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Category: Versions

SSIS Extensions in Visual Studio

Andy Leonard fills us in on what’s happening in the world of Integration Services:

I’m not sure why the decision was made to “fork” development and maintenance of the Integration Services extension for Visual Studio 2022. Based upon experience with SSIS, Visual Studio, and the Microsoft SSIS team, I am confident there’s a very good reason. As one can glean from my appointment screenshot above, I save the links to both pages. The links are:

SSIS Pre-2022:
SSIS 2022:

Read on to see what’s new in both of those projects.

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Azure SQL Managed Instanced Update Policies

Rod Edwards is not amused:

Ah, SQL 2022, the release that finally brought box SQL and Azure managed instance closer together. We have wonderful toys such as Managed Instance Link, allowing us to connect our SQL 2022 on prem instances with Managed Instance Link. It waslike the first real effort to integrate modern Azure offerings with those who also need / prefer an On Prem presence.

Rob Litjens has a follow-up on this:

I prepared some questions:

  1. What polices does Managed Instance have?
  2. Why did Microsoft implement the ‘Always-up-to-date update policy’ Policy?
  3. Why is it named Policy?
  4. Do we need to update our Azure scripts to implement it (immediately)?
  5. Is there impact on offerings like Managed Instance Link

Do read both of these as they combine for a rounded perspective of the issue Rod brought up.

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Module.Versions in Power Query

Chris Webb gives Internet sleuths something to chew on:

The ever-vigilant folks on the internet have spotted that there’s a new M function in the latest versions of Power BI and Excel: Module.Versions. This function, at the time of writing, returns a record with a single field in that contains the version number of the Power Query engine currently in use.

Click through for an example of calling the function and what it returns as of right now.

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Contained Availability Groups in SQL Server 2022

Rich Benner talks about a new feature:

SQL Server 2022 introduced of a number of new features, and one of the more interesting of these is Contained Availability Groups. These are very close to normal Availability Groups, but they have some very important differences. In this post, I’ll compare the new features included and some of the pitfalls that we’ve come across with their implementation.

Read on to learn more about the functionality and several harsh limitations.

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Updates in R 4.4.0

Russ Hyde shares items of interest:

R 4.4.0 (“Puppy Cup”) was released on the 24th April 2024 and it is a beauty. In time-honoured tradition, here we summarise some of the changes that caught our eyes. R 4.4.0 introduces some cool features (one of which is experimental) and makes one of our favourite {rlang} operators available in base R. There are a few things you might need to be aware of regarding handling NULL and complex values.

The full changelog can be found at the r-release ‘NEWS’ page and if you want to keep up to date with developments in base R, have a look at the r-devel ‘NEWS’ page.

Read on for a big note on tail-call recursion, an operator for coalescing, and a few more neat features.

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Updates to Open-Source Procedures sp_QuickieStore, etc.

Erik Darling has been busy:

Let’s start with giving some credit, here, since I hate an overdue bill.

ReeceGoding reported and very capably fixed an issue with sp_QuickieStore. The problem only occurred when you ran the procedure with @get_all_databases and the new @escape_brackets parameter set to true. Each loop would add an escape character to the search string, which could end up looking like this: %\\\\\[AnyStringStartingAndEndingWithSquareBrackets]\\\\\]%'

That’s a fix in place, and you can also see updates to sp_HealthParser and sp_PressureDetector.

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SSMS 20 and Mandatory Connection Security

Chad Callihan hits an annoyance:

I tried to run a new query for a CMS but the query window opened as disconnected. If I selected one server out of the group and tried to open a new query, I received an error that “A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process.”

That can get really annoying if you have a few hundred instances in your Central Management Server. They’d all go away if you set up certificates for the servers, but until then, it would be a major annoyance.

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What’s New in SSMS 20

Erin Stellato gives us the skinny:

We expect that the first two posts, combined with the release notes and the new Connect with SQL Server Management Studio page, provide the details you need about the changes in SSMS 20 GA.  As such, the focus of this post is the roadmap for SSMS.  Our roadmap is heavily influenced by the evolving capabilities of SQL Server and Azure SQL, and feedback from SSMS users.  We’re currently collecting general feedback at, and feedback on Copilot in SSMS at  Please comment and upvote on items that you would like to see in SSMS!

With SSMS 20 now being generally available, you can download it and try it out in your own environment. Erin quells any fears that Microsoft is abandoning SSMS and covers some of the big-ticket items on the roadmap.

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Azure Data Studio 1.48 Now Available

David Levy gives us the latest:

The February release of Azure Data Studio (version 1.48) includes several new features and enhancements, such as:

  • Support for restores from URLs, including S3-compatible storage, via the restore dialog
  • Query Editor now includes SPIDs in tab titles
  • You can now specify a connection when launching ADS from the command line
  • You can now enable Ledger when creating a database in the Create Database dialog

Read on for more about each of these topics.

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