Backing up on-premise SQL Server databases to Azure

So SQL 2016 has been officially released in June and there are a boat load of new features. One of the first new features to review is the ability to backup your databases to Azure. Now, technically, this feature has been around since SQL 2012 SP1 CU2, but the main idea behind SQL Server 2016 is that its bigger, better, faster than previous versions. Going with that theme, 2016 has upgraded its functionality and the performance of this feature. (more…)

T-SQL Tuesday #84

This month’s #tsql2sday is being hosted by Andy Yun (b|t) and is about helping new speakers.

I am taking a shot at my very first T-SQL Tuesday. This month it all about helping new speakers. This is an interesting topic, as I am a new speaker. Just about a year ago I was voluntold to give a lightening talk at the NESQL User Group. I was sitting in the back of the room, working away on something, while Mike Hillwig was going through the normal announcements at the start of the meeting. I was not paying close attention as I was lost in thought. However, I noticed that the room went silent and I felt eyes on me. I looked up and saw Mike staring right at me with a big grin on his face. Then him just saying “…you’re up next month…”