sexta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2017

[From Technet] SQL Server next version CTP 1.3 now available

Microsoft is excited to announce a new preview for the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next). Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.3 is available on both Windows and Linux. In this preview, we added several feature enhancements to High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR), including the ability to run Always On Availability Groups on Linux. You can try the preview in your choice of development and test environments now: http://ift.tt/2ggXeal.

Key CTP 1.3 enhancement: Always On Availability Groups on Linux

In SQL Server v.Next, we continue to add new enhancements for greater availability and higher uptime. A key design principle has been to provide customers with the same HA and DR solutions on all platforms supported by SQL Server. On Windows, Always On depends on Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC). On Linux, you can now create Always On Availability Groups, which integrate with Linux-based cluster resource managers to enable automatic monitoring, failure detection and automatic failover during unplanned outages. We started with the popular clustering technology, Pacemaker.

In addition, Availability Groups can now work across Windows and Linux as part of the same Distributed Availability Group. This configuration can accomplish cross-platform migrations without downtime. To learn more, you can read our blog titled “SQL Server on Linux: Mission Critical HADR with Always On Availability Groups”.

Other Enhancements

SQL Server v.Next CTP 1.3 also includes these additional feature enhancements:

  • Full text search is now available for all supported Linux distributions.
  • Resumable online index rebuilds enables users to recover more easily from interruption of index builds, or split an index build across maintenance windows.
  • Temporal Tables Retention Policy support enables customers to more easily manage the amount of historical data retained by temporal tables.
  • Indirect checkpoint performance improvements. Indirect checkpoint is the recommended configuration for large databases and for SQL Server 2016, and now it will be even more performant in SQL Server v.Next.
  • Minimum Replica Commit Availability Groups setting enables users to set the minimum number of replicas that are required to commit a transaction before committing on the primary.
  • For SQL Server v.Next technical preview running on Windows Server, encoding hints in SQL Server Analysis Services is an advanced feature to help optimize refresh times with no impact on query performance.

For additional detail on CTP 1.3, please visit What’s New in SQL Server v.Next, Release Notes and Linux documentation.

Get SQL Server v.Next CTP 1.3 today!

Try the preview of the next release of SQL Server today! Get started with the preview of SQL Server with our developer tutorials that show you how to install and use SQL Server v.Next on macOS, Docker, Windows and Linux and quickly build an app in a programming language of your choice.

Have questions? Join the discussion of SQL Server v.Next at MSDN. If you run into an issue or would like to make a suggestion, you can let us know through Connect. We look forward to hearing from you!



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[From Technet] SQL Server on Linux: Mission-critical HADR with Always On Availability Groups

This post was authored by Mihaela Blendea, Senior Program Manager, SQL Server

In keeping with our goal to enable the same High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions on all platforms supported by SQL Server, today Microsoft is excited to announce the preview of Always On Availability Groups for Linux in SQL Server v.Next Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.3. This technology adds to the HADR options available for SQL Server on Linux, having previously enabled shared disk failover cluster instance capabilities.

First released with SQL Server 2012 and enhanced in the 2014 and 2016 releases, Always On Availability Groups is SQL Server’s flagship solution for HADR. It provides High Availability for groups of databases on top of direct attached storage, supporting multiple active secondary replicas for integrated HA/DR, automatic failure detection, fast transparent failover, and read load balancing. This broad set of capabilities is enabling customers to meet the strictest availability SLA requirements for their mission- critical workloads.

Here is an overview of the scenarios that Always On Availability Groups are enabling for SQL Server v.Next:

Run mission-critical application using SQL Server running on Linux

Always On Availability Groups make it easy for your applications to meet rigorous business continuity requirements. This feature is now available on all Linux OS distributions SQL Server v.Next supports — Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Also, all capabilities that make Availability Groups a flexible, integrated and efficient HADR solution are available on Linux as well:

  • Multidatabase failover – an availability group supports a failover environment for a set of user databases, known as availability databases.
  • Fast failure detection and failover – as a resource in a highly available cluster, an availability group benefits from built-in cluster intelligence for immediate failover detection and failover action.
  • Transparent failover using availability group listener – enables client to use single connection string to primary or secondary databases that does not change in case of failover.
  • Multiple sync/async secondary replicas – an availability group supports up to eight secondary replicas. The availability mode determines whether the primary replica waits (synchronous replica) or not (asynchronous replica) to commit transactions on a database until a given secondary replica has written the transaction log records to disk.
  • Manual/automatic failover with no data loss – failover to a synchronized secondary replica can be triggered automatically by the cluster or on demand by the database administrator.
  • Active secondary replicas available for read/backup workloads – one or more secondary replicas can be configured to support read-only access to secondary databases and/or to permit backups on secondary databases.
  • Automatic seeding – SQL Server automatically creates the secondary replicas for every database in the availability group.
  • Read-only routing – SQL Server routes incoming connections to an availability group listener to a secondary replica that is configured to allow read-only workloads.
  • Database level health monitoring and failover trigger – enhanced database-level monitoring and diagnostics.
  • Disaster Recovery configurations – with Distributed Availability Groups or multisubnet availability group setup.

Here is an illustration of a HADR configuration that an enterprise building a mission-critical application using SQL Server running on Linux can use to achieve: application-level protection (two synchronized secondary replicas), compliance with business continuity regulations (DR replica on remote site) as well as enhance performance (offload reporting and backup workloads to active secondary replicas):

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Fig. 1 Always On Availability Groups as an Integrated and Flexible HADR Solution on Linux

On Windows, Always On depends on Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) for distributed metadata storage, failure detection and failover orchestration. On Linux, we are enabling Availability Groups to integrate natively with your choice of clustering technology. For example, in preview today SQL Server v.Next integrates with Pacemaker, a popular Linux clustering technology. Users can add a previously configured SQL Server Availability Group as a resource to a Pacemaker cluster and all the orchestration regarding monitoring, failure detection and failover is taken care of. To achieve this, customers will use the SQL Server Resource Agent for Pacemaker available with the mssql-server-ha package, that is installed alongside mssql-server.

Workload load balancing for increased scale and performance

Previously, users had to set up a cluster to load balance read workloads for their application using readable secondary replicas. Configuring and operating a cluster implied a lot of manageability overhead, if HA was not the goal.

Users can now create a group of replicated databases and leverage the fastest replication technology for SQL Server to offload secondary read-only workloads from the primary replica. If the goal is to conserve resources for mission-critical workloads running on the primary, users can now use read-only routing or directly connect to readable secondary replicas, without depending on integration with any clustering technology. These new capabilities are available for SQL Server running on both Windows and Linux platforms.

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Fig. 2 Group of Read-Only Replicated Databases to Load Balance Read-Only Workloads

Note this is not a high-availability setup, as there is no “fabric” to monitor and coordinate failure detection and automatic failover. For users who need HADR capabilities, we recommend they use a cluster manager (WSFC on Windows or Pacemaker on Linux).

Seamless cross-platform migration

By setting up a cross-platform Distributed Availability Group, users can do a live migration of their SQL Server workloads from Windows to Linux or vice versa. We do not recommend running in this configuration in a steady state as there is no cluster manager for cross-platform orchestration, but it is the fastest solution for a cross-platform migration with minimum downtime.

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Fig. 3 Cross-Platform Live Migration Using Distributed Availability Groups

Please visit our reference documentation on business continuity for SQL Server on Linux for more specifics on how integration with Pacemaker clustering is achieved in all supported OS flavors and end-to-end functional samples.

Today’s announcement marks the first preview of new Always On Availability Groups capabilities: Linux platform support for HADR as well as new scenarios like creating a cluster-independent group of replicated databases for offloading read-only traffic. Availability Groups are available on all platforms and OS versions that SQL Server v.Next is running on. In upcoming releases, we are going to enhance these capabilities by providing high-availability solutions for containerized environments as well as tooling support for an integrated experience. Stay tuned!

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sexta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2017

[From Technet] Microsoft’s SQL Platform continues to lead the market with advanced data security

This post was authored by Rohan Kumar

Securing customer data while maintaining the highest levels of privacy have always been top priorities for Microsoft and the SQL organization. As a result, SQL Server, which also powers Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse, continues to be one of the most secure Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) on the market.[1]

At the RSA Conference last year, we talked about our commitment to security and privacy. I want to share a few examples of industry-leading security features we shipped since then and update you on our plans to deliver the highest levels of security across the SQL Database product lineup.

Announcing the April general availability of Azure SQL Database Threat Detection for proactive monitoring and alerting of suspicious database activities and potential vulnerabilities.

Using machine learning, SQL Database Threat Detection continuously monitors and profiles application behavior, and detects suspicious database activities to identify unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access, breach or exploit sensitive data in databases. When suspicious activity is detected, security officers and designated administrators get immediate notification or can view the alerts in the Azure Security Center along with recommendations for how to mitigate the threats. SQL Database Threat Detection can detect potential vulnerabilities and SQL injection attacks, as well as anomalous activities such as data access from unusual locations or by unfamiliar principals.

Frans Lytzen, CTO of New Orbit, UK, is early adopter of SQL Database Threat Detection, said “I’ve seen it detect potential SQL injection attacks […]. This is a useful feature to potentially detect both external and internal attacks […]. You have nothing to lose by switching it on.” SQL Database Threat Detection is simple to configure via the Azure portal and requires no modifications to your existing T-SQL code or client applications. Fernando Sola, Cloud Technology Consultant at HSI adds, “Thanks to Azure SQL Database Threat Detection, we were able to detect and fix vulnerabilities to SQL injection attacks and prevent potential threats to our database. I was very impressed with how simple it was to enable Threat Detection using the Azure portal.”

State-of-the-art protection of sensitive data in flight, at rest and during query processing with Always Encrypted in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL Database has been generally available since July 2016.

Always Encrypted is an industry-first feature that offers unparalleled data security against breaches involving the theft of critical data. For example, with Always Encrypted, customers’ credit card numbers are stored encrypted in the database at all times, even during query processing, allowing decryption at the point of use by authorized staff or applications that need to process that data. Encryption keys are managed outside of the database for maximum safety and separation of duties. Only authorized users with access to the encryption keys can see unencrypted data while using applications.

Financial Fabric, a global provider of big data analytics to hedge funds and institutional investors, uses Always Encrypted to ensure that sensitive data is encrypted from the moment it is ingested in Azure SQL Database until it is accessed by authorized end users. Paul Stirpe, CTO of Financial Fabric states, “With Always Encrypted in Azure SQL Database, analysts can aggregate information, work on client data and positions, and provide numbers without revealing highly sensitive, identifiable information.” You can read more about how Financial Fabric is transforming hedge fund management with Azure and SQL Database here.

Always Encrypted is simple to use, transparent, and ready to protect your data.  Client drivers have been enhanced to work in conjunction with SQL Server and Azure SQL Database to decrypt and encrypt data at the point of use, requiring only minimal modifications to your applications.

SQL Dynamic Data Masking is another security capability that’s built right into the relational engine. Itlimits sensitive data exposure by masking the data when accessed by non-privileged users or applications. Any data in the result set of a query over masked database fields is obfuscated on the fly while the data in the database remains unchanged.  SQL’s Dynamic Data Masking requires no changes to the application and is simple to configure. What’s more, for users of Azure SQL Database, Dynamic Data Masking can automatically discover potentially sensitive data and suggest the appropriate masks to be applied.

We have also delivered single sign-on for Azure SQL Database and SQL DW with Azure Active Directory Authentication which was made generally available in August 2016, and customers can now preview secure, compliant management of the TDE encryption keys using Azure Key Vault.

Securing customer data doesn’t end with the features we ship. Security and privacy are built right into our products, beginning with the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) that focuses on security at every step – from the initial planning, to launch, to making sure the service and our infrastructure are continuously monitored and updated to stay ahead of new threats.

For example, our scanning and threat protection tools run continuously against our service to look for viruses, ensure software is properly patched, and identify potential vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. “Just-in-time” access management enables us to operate our service with no standing access to production servers and their databases. Instead, employees are required to request access which is reviewed and granted for the narrowest possible scope and limited time only. In addition, much of what we do internally has found its way back into customer facing products, Azure SQL Database Threat Detection is one example. I also encourage you to read our whitepaper on protecting data and privacy in the Azure cloud to learn about how we work hard every day to earn your trust.

Going forward we want to dramatically simplify security to ensure all of our customers can implement and operate an effective, defense-in-depth strategy for their sensitive data independent of their level of expertise. For example, we believe that securing a SQL database should be as simple as identifying the desired protection level (e.g., High Business Impact) and applying the appropriate policy to secure the database. Microsoft’s SQL Server platform will do the rest, including identifying which data is sensitive and which features are needed to secure the data. While the database is in use, it will continuously monitor for changes in the configuration and any unusual activities that may be signs of malicious attacks.

Although this remains a vision for now, we continue to invest in features that combine machine learning and adaptive behavior with state-of-the-art security and privacy protection to get us closer to our goals.

Our customers are taking notice, as voiced by Paul Stirpe from Financial Fabric who said “[… the] new technology that has been rolled out by Microsoft is a game-changer. Cloud security has fundamentally shifted as of now.

We believe our vision of the intelligent, always secure database will democratize security in the same way relational query processing democratized data management in the 1970’s by enabling anyone who could write SQL queries to manage and access large databases.


[1] Based on vulnerabilities reported in the NIST National Vulnerability Database (nvd.nist.gov) for the last 6 years.



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quarta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2017

[From Technet] ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux Released

This post is authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft

Hi all. We are delighted to share the Production Ready Release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux (Ubuntu, RedHat and SUSE). The new driver enables access to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW from any C/C++ application on Linux.

Added

  • BCP API support
    • You can use functions through the ODBC driver as described here on Linux.
  • Support for user-defined KeyStoreProvider for Always Encrypted
    • You can now user-defined/created AE Column Master Key keystore providers. Check out code samples and more information here.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 support
    • Developed a package Ubuntu 16.10 for an apt-get experience.
  • Dependency on the platform unixODBC Driver Manager instead of the custom unixODBC-utf16 Driver Manager
    • This avoids conflicts with applications/software that depends on the platform unixODBC Driver Manager.

Fixed

  • msqobcsql.h (Connect issues 3115331, 3114970)
    • Missing definitions for AE, BCP and SQL Server specific types were added
  • TRUST_SERVER_CERTIFICATE connection attribute is always yes (Connect 3116639)
    • Setting the TRUST_SERVER_CERTIFICATE connection attribute to anything other than yes failed to set the attribute value. This has been corrected.
  • Fixed Connect issue 2693027 — Memory Leak
    • We detected this issue independently of the bug report using valgrind. The memory leak has been fixed.
  • Driver failure when connecting with more than 1,024 handles
    • Switched away from libio select. Driver now supports (theoretical) handle limit of 64K or platform max.
  • Intermittent commlinkfailure when using Azure DW
    • In some high-latency scenarios over an encrypted channel, the driver could fail unexpectedly. This has been resolved.

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 15.10

sudo su
curl http://ift.tt/2ePxFg7 | apt-key add –
curl http://ift.tt/2kmQ16K > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list
exit
sudo apt-get update
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt-get install msodbcsql=13.1.4.0-1
sudo apt-get install unixodbc-dev

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 16.04

sudo su
curl http://ift.tt/2ePxFg7 | apt-key add –
curl http://ift.tt/2fwmy8e > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list
exit
sudo apt-get update
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt-get install msodbcsql=13.1.4.0-1
sudo apt-get install unixodbc-dev

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 16.10

sudo su
curl http://ift.tt/2ePxFg7 | apt-key add –
curl http://ift.tt/2kmKSf9 > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list
exit
sudo apt-get update
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt-get install 13.1.4.0-1
sudo apt-get install unixodbc-dev

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on RedHat 6

sudo su
curl http://ift.tt/2k3tbVJ > /etc/yum.repos.d/mssql-release.repo
exit
sudo yum remove unixODBC-utf16 unixODBC-utf16-devel #to avoid conflicts
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y yum install msodbcsql-13.1.4.0-1
sudo yum install unixODBC-devel

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on RedHat 7

sudo su
curl http://ift.tt/2f3TvHV > /etc/yum.repos.d/mssql-release.repo
exit
sudo yum remove unixODBC-utf16 unixODBC-utf16-devel #to avoid conflicts
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y yum install msodbcsql-13.1.4.0-1
sudo yum install unixODBC-devel

Install the ODBC Driver for SLES 12

sudo su
zypper ar http://ift.tt/2k3d7na
zypper update
exit
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y zypper install msodbcsql-13.1.4.0-1
sudo zypper install unixODBC-devel

Try Our Sample

Once you install the driver that runs on a supported Linux distro, you can use this C sample to connect to SQL Server/Azure SQL DB/Azure SQL DW. To download the sample and get started, follow these steps:

wget “http://ift.tt/2kmLe5f;
gcc sample_c_linux.c -o sample_c_linux -lodbc -w #make sure you change the servername, username and password in the connections string
./sample_c_linux

If you installed the driver using the manual instructions found here, you will have to manually uninstall the ODBC Driver and the unixODBC Driver Manager to use the deb/rpm packages. If you have any questions on how to manually uninstall, feel free to leave a comment below.

Please fill bugs/questions/issues on our Issues page. We welcome contributions/questions/issues of any kind. Happy programming!

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[From Technet] January 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

This post was authored by Rahul Venkatraj, Program Manager, Data Platform Group

January 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN



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segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2017

[From Technet] SQL Server named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines

SQL Server was recently named DBMS of the Year by DB-Engines. DB-Engines is an initiative to collect and present information on database management systems, and provides a widely accepted popularity ranking of database management systems, and has been created and maintained by solid IT, an Austrian company with a special focus on database consulting and software development. In their award announcement recognizing SQL Server as the DBMS gaining the most popularity in 2016, DB-Engines cites the “release of SQL Server 2016 and the announcement to port SQL Server to Linux” and also highlights SQL Server’s strength in their ranking categories of job offers, LinkedIn profiles, and other ranking components.SQL-Server-DBMS.png

 

We strive to deliver choice to our customers and to continually empower them to do more. SQL Server 2016 enables industry-leading performance and security [1] with built-in business intelligence on any device, as well as in-database advanced analytics, at industry-leading TCO. In 2016, we also made our fully-featured SQL Server Developer Edition free for development and testing. [2] With SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1, we have made key innovations more accessible to developers and organizations across SQL Server editions, making it easier than ever to build advanced applications that scale across editions. Finally, the next release of SQL Server, currently in public preview, brings even more choice to developers, with the abilities to run SQL Server on Linux, Docker Engine, macOS on Docker for Mac, in addition to Windows.

Thank you to DB-Engines for this award, and to our customers for your continued support. We are grateful to have such a passionate user community. Please feel free to share your input about SQL Server using Microsoft’s Connect tool.

For those who haven’t used SQL Server 2016 or SQL Server v.Next yet, here are a few resources to learn more:


[1] National Institute of Standards and Technology Comprehensive Vulnerability Database, 2016.

[2] Development and testing only; not for production or use with production data



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[From Technet] December 2016 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

This post was authored by Rahul Venkatraj, Program Manager, Data Platform Group

We continue to receive encouraging comments from the community on the Leaderboard. Thank you.
Many congratulations to the top-10 contributors featured on our December leaderboard!

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Olaf Helper and Alberto Morillo top the Overall and Cloud database this month. Six of this month’s Overall Top-10 (including all of the top three) featured in last month’s Overall Top-10 as well, and four others are new entrants.

The following continues to be the points hierarchy (in decreasing order of points):

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For questions related to this leaderboard, please write to leaderboard-sql@microsoft.com.



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sexta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2017

[From Technet] SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available

As part of our rapid preview model, Microsoft is excited to announce that the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux. In CTP 1.2 we implemented bug fixes and added support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. You can try the preview in your development and test environments now, or apply to join the SQL Server Early Adoption Program to get support for implementing SQL Server v.Next in production.

Key CTP 1.2 enhancement: Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise

In SQL Server v.Next, a key design principle has been to provide customers with choice about how to develop and deploy SQL Server applications: using technologies they love like Java, .NET, PHP, Python, R and Node.js, all on the platform of their choosing. Now in CTP 1.2, Microsoft is bringing the power of SQL Server to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, providing more deployment options and a streamlined acquisition process.

Said Kristin Kinan, Global Alliance Director, Public Cloud at SUSE, “We’re thrilled that Microsoft is announcing support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux. SQL Server and SUSE customers will now be able to run performant, secured SQL Server applications with reliable, cost-effective infrastructure from SUSE.”

You can get started with SQL Server on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server v12 SP2 using the installation directions. To learn more about how SQL Server runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and container platforms, you can register for this upcoming webinar that will take place on February 15, 2017. For additional detail on CTP 1.2, please visit What’s New in SQL Server v.Next, Release Notes and Linux documentation.

SQL Server Early Adoption Program (EAP)

Today we also announced the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program (EAP). The Early Adoption Program is designed to help customers and partners evaluate new features in SQL Server v.Next, and to build and deploy applications for SQL Server v.Next on Windows and Linux. Qualified applicants will receive technical assistance from Microsoft engineers to deploy and support an application in production before general availability, or to build or modernize an application for SQL Server v.Next. Read the detailed blog on EAP to learn more about all the benefits of this program and how to get started.

Get SQL Server v.Next CTP 1.2 today!

Try the preview of the next release of SQL Server today! Get started with the preview of SQL Server with our developer tutorials that show you how to install and use SQL Server v.Next on macOS, Docker, Windows, and Linux and quickly build an app in a programming language of your choice.

Have questions? Join the discussion of SQL Server v.Next at MSDN. If you run into an issue or would like to make a suggestion, you can let us know through Connect. We look forward to hearing from you!



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[From Technet] Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program

What is the SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP)?

The SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP) is a Microsoft program started in January 2017 to help both customers and partners adopt the next version of SQL Server before general availability.

Who is SQL EAP for?

If you are interested in adopting SQL Server v.Next on Windows or Linux in production, then SQL EAP is for you. SQL EAP is also for partners who want to build SI (system integrator) offerings and ISV (independent software vendor) applications using SQL Server v.Next. Upon successful validation, these applications and solutions can be supported in production prior to the general availability release. Customers and partners who would like to validate new features such as Adaptive Query Processing and High Availability (HA) on Linux are an especially good fit for SQL EAP. Enroll for the program here.

What are the benefits?

  • Through the program you will have direct access to the engineering team through a Program Manager Buddy. Your PM Buddy is there as a primary contact within the development team to help connect you to the right people to help your solution adopt SQL Server v.Next. Typically, PM Buddies communicate with the customer via email and regularly scheduled meetings. PM Buddies help scope the project when the customer first joins SQL EAP so that there is common understanding of the schedule and requirements.
  • SQL EAP participants have the opportunity to bring your workload to the SQL Customer Advisory Team Customer Lab to directly engage and test with the SQL Server team.
  • Customers in SQL EAP will be able to try out new features, sometimes before the public gets to see them, and provide the feedback directly to the engineering team. They will have the opportunity to provide input into the prioritization of product requirements for SQL Server v.Next via regular surveys. Participants will also be able to discuss feature design with PMs.
  • You will have access to a private Yammer group for SQL EAP customers to communicate with one another and the engineering team, helping customers learn from each other. Content on the private Yammer group will be considered confidential and covered by the Microsoft NDA required to participate in SQL EAP.
  • Customers going into production will be fully supported by Microsoft Support before general availability. A special support channel is provided to raise cases for SQL Server v.Next. The SQL Server engineering team will be backing up the Microsoft Support team to provide assistance as needed. Customers in production will also have support for release-to-release upgrades.

What are the requirements?

  • Complete the form here. Enrollments will be evaluated and a PM Buddy aligned to access workload validation and those on track for production deployments.
  • An NDA with Microsoft will be required to participate in the program. If you do not already have an NDA, we will help to get one signed.
  • Customers in SQL EAP that are going in production will need to sign a EULA amendment that grants them the permission to use the software in production.

Get Started Today:

Apply for the program here!

Join the Webinar:

We are having a webinar called SQL Server on Linux Next Steps on 1/24 at 6pm PST and also 1/31 at 9pm PST. Please join us to learn more about SQL Early Adoption Program. The webinar covers:

  • The latest updates to SQL Server v.Next
  • How SQL Server 2016 v.Next can improve your applications and solutions
  • Our SQL Early Adoption Program where you can get advice from our technical experts and get technical resources to help upgrade or migrate your applications to SQL Server v.Next.

We will have a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

Link to Skype Broadcast 1/24 at 6pm PST
Link to Skype Broadcast 1/31 at 9pm PST

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terça-feira, 10 de janeiro de 2017

[From Technet] Announcing Columnstore Indexes and Query Store support in Database Engine Tuning Advisor

The latest version of Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) supports two new features: (a) Ability to recommend columnstore indexes in addition to rowstore indexes, and (b) Ability to automatically select a workload to tune from the Query Store. These new features are available when tuning for SQL Server 2016 Database Engine (or later) versions.

Recommendations for columnstore indexes

Data warehousing and analytic workloads often need to scan large amounts of data, and can greatly benefit from columnstore indexes. In contrast, rowstore (B+-tree) indexes are most effective for queries that access relatively small amounts of data searching for a particular range of values. Since rowstore indexes can deliver rows in sorted order, they can also reduce the cost of sorting in query execution plans. Therefore, the choice of which rowstore and columnstore indexes to build for your database is dependent on your application’s workload.

The latest version of DTA can analyze the workload and recommend a suitable combination of rowstore and columnstore indexes to build on the tables referenced by the workload. This article highlights the performance improvements achieved on real customer workloads by using DTA to recommend a combination of rowstore and columnstore indexes.

Tune Database using Workload from SQL Server Query Store

The Query Store feature in SQL Server automatically captures a history of queries, plans, and runtime statistics, and persists this information along with a database. It stores query execution statistics summarized over time intervals so you can see database usage patterns and understand when query plan changes happened on the server. DTA now supports a new option to analyze the Query Store to automatically select an appropriate workload for tuning. For many DTA users, this can take away the burden of having to collect a suitable workload file using SQL Server Profiler. This feature is only available if the database has Query Store turned on.

Next Steps

Download the latest version of Database Engine Tuning Advisor
For additional documentation on these features see also:
Columnstore Index Recommendations in Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA)
Tuning Database Using Workload from Query Store
Performance Improvements using Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) recommendations



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