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December 2020 SQL Tools Releases

Drew Skwiers-Koballa gives us an update on where SQL Server tooling is at:

The December releases of Azure Data Studio 1.25 and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.8 are now generally available.  Additionally, the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code has recently been updated to version 1.10.0. Read on to learn more about each of these updates and grab the latest versions of SSMS, Azure Data Studio, or the mssql extension for VS Code.

Read on to learn more.

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SolarWinds Acquires SentryOne

Greg Gonzalez announces the news:

SolarWinds recently announced the intention to acquire SentryOne, an event that promises to make life even better for the IT and data professionals who use our products. Both companies have historically focused—in their own ways—on solving real-life problems for customers by providing high-quality solutions.

I do wonder what will happen given that SolarWinds already has a database monitoring tool; will they keep the two separate, combine them together, or do something else?

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Importing Perfmon Data Into SQL Server

David Klee continues a video series:

If you followed the last video, I showed you how to set up windows perfmon for ongoing performance metric collection on all of your critical SQL Server machines. However, having this raw data in a portable format doesn’t mean you have an easy means to access that data. In this training video, I show you a PowerShell script that we released that helps you export this data into a SQL Server database table so that you have access to the raw data to perform ongoing performance analysis with whatever favorite tool you prefer.

David walks through the process in a video, so check it out.

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SQL Server Management Studio 18.7

Drew Skwiers-Koballa announces SQL Server Management Studio version 18.7 is now generally available:

Policy-based management is accessed in SQL Server Management Studio under “Management” in the object explorer as “Policy Management”. Getting started with policy-based management can be accelerated by importing the sample policies available for SQL Server. In September, these policies were added to the open source collection of SQL Server samples to facilitate their use and improvement. You can access these sample policies on the GitHub repository and your contributions to these best practices are welcome. For more information on Policy-Based Management, please check out the documentation.

I think Policy-Based Management is one of the biggest missed opportunities in SQL Server. They came out with a good start in 2008 but the product stagnated after that and it remains under-utilized as a result. Perhaps open-sourcing the policies will help, as the key problem with PBM was how limited it was.

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Issues Using EF Core Database First to Reverse Engineer SQL Server Databases

Erik Ejlskov Jensen takes us through several things to watch out for when reverse engineering a SQL Server database in Entity Framework Core:


SQL Server allows blank column names in tables, but this causes the following error when scaffolding: The string argument 'originalIdentifier' cannot be empty.


– Use EF Core Power Tools, which contains a fix for this. (Fix will also be in EF Core 6.0)
– Rename the column 🙂

Click through for several more issues and solutions in this vein.

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Looking at BDC in Kubernetes with Lens

Mohammad Darab shows off a tool to monitor the Kubernetes cluster driving a Big Data Cluster:

I don’t recall how I came across this Kubernetes IDE called Lens, but all I know is it’s cool as hec! It connects to a Kubernetes cluster (using the kube config file) and gives you an in depth view of all the different Kubernetes objects, their associated yaml files, health/metrics, etc. In this blog post I will show you how we can look into a Big Data Cluster’s Kubernetes infrastructure using Lens.

Click through for instructions on installation, as well as how to use the product.

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Stellar Repair: A Review

Grant Fritchey reviews a product which attempts to repair corrupted SQL Server databases:

Let’s start with the most important piece of information you need: it works.

The software itself is really simple to use and just does what you need, repairs your corrupted SQL Server instance. On that alone, I can recommend the tool.

However, there are a few gotchas I ran into along the way. Mostly, little stuff. It’s things a little polish in the UI and some clean up around language could help out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with this software. It worked. It’s just how it works that we should talk about.

Click through for Grant’s full review.

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Breaking Changes in Microsoft.Data.SqlClient 2.0

Erik Ejlskov Jensen goes over the list of breaking changes with the most recent version of Microsoft.Data.SqlClient:

Microsoft.Data.SqlClient version 2 has just been released. This library is the latest and greatest .NET client driver for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database – and will be used by EF Core 5. In addition to a number of new features (which I blogged about earlier), this major version release also includes a number of breaking changes.

Click through for the list.

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