AAD user creation on behalf AAD Service Principal with Azure SQL DB

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An interesting improvement was announced by the SQL AAD team on Monday 27th July 2020 and concerns the support for Azure AD user creation on behalf of Azure AD Applications for Azure SQL as mentioned to this Microsoft blog post.

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dbachecks and AlwaysOn availability group checks

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When I started my DBA position in my new company, I was looking for a tool that was able to check periodically the SQL Server database environments for several reasons. First, as DBA one of my main concern is about maintaining and keeping the different mssql environments well-configured against an initial standard. It is also worth noting I’m not the only person to interact with databases and anyone in my team, which is member of sysadmin server role as well, is able to change any server-level configuration settings at any moment. In this case, chances are that having environments shifting from our initial standard over the time and my team and I need to keep confident by checking periodically the current mssql environment configurations, be alerting if configuration drifts exist and obviously fix it as faster as possible.

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Database maintenance thoughts with Azure SQL databases

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As DBA, your priority is to ensure your data are consistent, safely backed up and you get steady performance of your database. In on-prem environments, these tasks are generally performed through scheduled jobs including backups, check integrity and index / statistics maintenance tasks.

But moving databases to the cloud in Azure (and others) tells a different story. Indeed, even if the same concern and tasks remain, some of them are under the responsibility of the Cloud provider and some other ones not. If you’re working with Azure SQL databases – like me – some questions raise very quickly on this topic and it was my motivation to write this write-up. I would like to share with you some new experiences by digging into the different maintenance items. If you have a different story to tell, please feel free to comment and to share your own experience!

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Collaborative way and tooling to debug SQL Server blocked processes scenarios

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A quick blog post to show how helpful an extended event and few other tools can be to help fixing orphan transactions in a real use case scenario. I often gave training with customers about SQL Server performance and tools, but I noticed how difficult it can be to explain the importance of a tool if you only explain theory without any illustration with a real customer case.
Well, let’s start my own story that began a couple of days ago with an SQL alert to indicate a blocking scenario issue. Looking at our SQL dashboard (below), we were able to confirm quickly we are running into an annoying issue and it would be getting worse over if we do nothing.

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Introducing SQL Server with Portworx and storage orchestration

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Stateful applications like databases need special considerations on K8s world. This is because data persistence is important and we need also something at the storage layer communicating with the container orchestrator to take advantage of its scheduling capabilities. For Stateful applications, StatefulSet may be only part of the solution because it primary focuses on the Pod availability and we have to rely on the application capabilities for data replication stuff. But StatefulSet doesn’t address that of the underlying storage at all. At the moment of this write-up, StatefulSet-based solutions for SQL Server such availability groups are not supported yet on production.

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