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Azure SQL Database backup history

May 4, 2022

There is a new DMV currently in preview which returns information about backups of Azure SQL databases except for the Hyperscale tier. Microsoft official documentation is here. If you run the example query as-is from the above documentation some of the columns do not make sense. Instead, use this query where I am joining with […]

Azure Synapse SQL Pool Backup

November 2, 2021

Definition Data warehouse snapshot A data warehouse snapshot creates a restore point you can leverage to recover or copy your data warehouse to a previous state. Since a dedicated SQL pool is a distributed system, a data warehouse snapshot consists of many files that are located in Azure storage. Snapshots capture incremental changes from the data stored […]

Auto-failover Groups – GracePeriodWithDataLossHours

March 31, 2021

The auto-failover groups feature for the Azure SQL database can be configured with an automatic failover policy. Azure triggers failover after the failure is detected and the grace period has expired. Grace period is determined by a setting called ‘GracePeriodWithDataLossHours’ that cannot be set under one hour. Why is it not allowed to set a […]

Replace Trace Flag with ‘USE HINT’

January 23, 2021

Introduced in SQL Server 2016 (13.x) SP1 and Azure SQL Database is the USE HINT option. At the time of writing this article, there are 23 of those. You can see an up to date list by running Dynamic Management View sys.dm_exec_valid_use_hints. With the introduction of this feature, we can replace some of the trace […]

Executive Summary – Always On Availability Group

December 20, 2020

The ‘Always On Availability Group’ feature is a high-availability and disaster-recovery solution. Since the launch with SQL Server 2012, data professionals have adopted this solution widely. Before implementing ‘Always On Availability Group’, data professionals need to make decisions about availability and failover mode. These decisions will involve discussion with business owners of the applications that […]



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