Last week, I was attending SQLPASS 2012 and I had great fun attending the event. During the event long awaited SQL Serer 2012 Service Pack 1 was released. I am pretty excited with SP1 as new service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all editions and service levels of SQL Server 2012 to SP1. This service pack contains SQL Server 2012 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and Cumulative Update 2 (CU2).
The latest SP1 has many new and enhanced features. Here are a few for example:
Cross-Cluster Migration of AlwaysOn Availability Groups for OS Upgrade
Selective XML Index
DBCC SHOW_STATISTICS works with SELECT permission
New function returns statistics properties – sys.dm_db_stats_properties
SSMS Complete in Express
SlipStream Full Installation
Business Intelligence highlights with Office and SharePoint Server 2013
Management Object Support Added for Resource Governor DDL
Please note that the size of the service pack is near 1 GB.
Microsoft has recently released the updated to Windows Azure Training Kit. Earlier this month they have updated the kit and included quite a lot of things. Now the training kit contains 47 hands-on labs, 24 demos and 38 presentations. The best part is that the kit is now available to download in two different formats 1) Full Package (324.5 MB) and 2) Web Installer (2.4 MB). The full package enables you to download all of the hands-on labs and presentations to your local machine. The Web Installer allows you to select and download just the specific hands-on labs and presentations that you need.
This Windows Azure Training Kit contains Hands on Labs, Presentations and Videos and Demos. I encourage all of you to try this out as well. The Kit also contains details about Samples and Tools. The training kit is the most authoritative learning resource on Windows Azure.
Power View, a feature of SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition, is an interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience. It provides intuitive ad-hoc reporting for business users such as data analysts, business decision makers, and information workers. Microsoft has recently released very interesting whitepaper which covers a sample scenario that validates the connectivity of the Power View reports to both PowerPivot workbooks and tabular models. This white paper talks about following important concepts about Power View:
Understanding the hardware and software requirements and their download locations
Installing and configuring the required infrastructure when Power View and its data models are on the same computer and on different computer
Installing and configuring a computer used for client access to Power View reports, models, Sharepoint 2012 and Power View in a workgroup
Configuring single sign-on access for double-hop scenarios with and without Kerberos
This whitepaper talks about many interesting scenarios. It would be really interesting to know if you are using Power View in your production environment. If yes, would you please share your experience over here.
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0 is a free, embedded database that software developers can use for building ASP.NET websites and Windows desktop applications. SQL Server Compact 4.0 is the default database for Microsoft WebMatrix. For enhanced development and debugging capabilities, including designer support, Visual Studio can be used to develop ASP.NET web applications and websites using SQL Server Compact 4.0. Enabled to work in the medium or partial trust environments in the web servers, and can be easily deployed along with the website to the third party website hosting service providers. SQL Server CE 4.0 also provides stronger data security with the use of the SHA2 encryption algorithms for encrypting the databases. Latest version also supports T-SQL syntax enhancement by adding support for OFFSET and FETCH that can be used to write paging queries. Used with ADO.NET Entity Framework, SQL Server Compact now supports the columns that have server generated keys like identity, rowguid etc. and the code-first programming model. SQL Server Compact 4.0 is freely redistributable under a redistribution license agreement. SQL Server Compact 3.5 and SQL Server Compact 4.0 can be installed and work side by side on a desktop.
During an early career of mine as a database consultant – when I was dealing with SQL Server 2000, I often needed to collect various data related to SQL Server. My favorite tool to collect the data is PSSDIAG tool. It is a general purpose diagnostic collection utility that Microsoft Product Support Services uses to collect various logs and data files. It collects Performance Monitor logs, SQL Profiler traces, SQL Server blocking script output, Windows Event Logs, and SQLDIAG output. The data collected can be used by SQL Nexus tool which help you troubleshoot SQL Server performance problems. PSSDIAG is a wrapper around other data collection APIs and utilities, the performance impact of running PSSDIAG is generally equal to the impact of the traces that PSSDIAG has been configured to capture.
If you are using SQL Server 2000 – you need to seriously consider to upgrading it to SQL Server 2012.
If you are using SQL Server 2000 still today my very first recommendation to you is to upgrade to SQL Server 2012. SQL Server 2000 is now 12 years old product and since then many new enhancements as well features which are relevant to current growth and progress in Informational Industry. Now is the time to catch up with the latest trends. Here is one more point for you to notice if this helps you consider to upgrade to the latest version. One can’t upgrade directly from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2012. You need to first upgrade to either SQL Server 2005/2008/R2 and then further plan to upgrade to SQL Server 2012. There is no direct upgrade path for SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2012. I strongly believe this is the time to upgrade to the latest version.
Well, also there is a rule that to let something continue if it is not broken and working fine. If you are following that rule and still using SQL Server 2000 I strongly suggest that you upgrade your SQL Server 2000 SP4 and update it with latest Security updates.
Here are two important SQL Server Security Updates.
Earlier I blogged about Beginning NuoDB – Who will Benefit and How to Start, I received a few follow up questions about it so I decided to write a short article as a follow up. One of the questions I received was why I started with this product. Well, the reason is that I decided to learn more in the database field. This product got my attention and would like to explore more. I started to play with the NuoDBbeta 7 and I am finding it very interesting. There were a few more questions as well and I decided to write them in the following post to my earlier post.
The power of NuoDB becomes evident when you need more Transaction Engines to handle load. You can add these to (and take them away from) a running chorus dynamically. Transaction Engines in a chorus can run on a mixture of networked hosts – on a variety of operating systems, including ones in the cloud – as I mentioned above. Let me quickly divert here, by saying that the idea that a database can span multiple computers and run across multiple operational systems is mind boggling to me. You know that I am a geek but this is more than super-cool and a true revolution in database technology and architecture.
During beta 7 (and beta 8 as far as I know), the broker hands out the connections to Transaction Engines in a round-robin fashion. NuoDB will provide different load balancing mechanisms as needed. I expect that load balancing algorithm could get very interesting. To browse NuoDB and test my SQL code, I use DBVisualizer as recommended by NuoDB. SQuirreL is also supported, and your tool of choice likely works with very little configuration – as long as it uses ODBC or JDBC to connect. There is also a command line tool called NuoSQL, which can run SQL in interactive or batch mode. Another tool, NuoLoader, imports your CSV-formatted data.
This should be enough information to be dangerous. I very much recommend that you give it a try and tell me how it goes. By beginning to embrace NuoDB’s innovative SQL database concepts, I am sensing that we might be on to something very big that hasn’t happened in the database market in a long time. You can download the NuoDB beta software at this link.
Download and try out NuoDB(The same link will work for future versions of the product)