Using SQL Tools with SQL Server on Linux

Today, developers can use SQL Server in a variety of environments including on-premises, in datacenters, in virtual machines, in clouds such as Azure, AWS and Google, and also as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering with Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. We recently announced SQL Server v.Next CTP1 on Linux and… Read more

SQL Server on Linux: High availability and security

With SQL Server on Linux, Microsoft brings SQL Server’s core relational database engine to the growing enterprise Linux ecosystem. Both High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) and security are aspects of SQL Server that are critically important for enterprises. This article highlights the HADR and security solutions for SQL Server on Linux that are available… Read more

Recognizing the top Database Systems contributors on MSDN forums!

We are planning to launch a monthly leaderboard for the top contributors on MSDN forums. This is a pilot effort for Database Systems, including SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and SQL Server VMs on Azure questions on MSDN. Read more about it on the Azure blog and send in your feedback… Read more

Microsoft releases the latest update to Analytics Platform System

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the appliance update, Analytics Platform System (APS) 2016, has been released to manufacturing and is now generally available. APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing fully integrated system for data warehouse specific workloads. This appliance update builds on the SQL Server2016 release as a foundation to bring you many… Read more

Technical Preview: Database Experimentation Assistant

This post is authored by Christina Lee, Program Manager – Data Group SEALS Team Overview Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA) is a new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades. It will assist in evaluating a targeted version of SQL for a given workload. Customers upgrading from previous SQL server versions (starting 2005 and above) to… Read more

Source Control in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

This post was written by Ken Van Hyning, Engineering Manager, SQL Server Client Tools. In the latest generation of SQL Server Management Studio, we moved to the Visual Studio 2015 Isolated Shell. While this provides SSMS a modern IDE foundation for many functional areas, it also had some consequences. Specifically, the integration with source control… Read more

SQL Server 2016 SP1 brings new innovation opportunities to software partners

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing Yesterday at Connect(); we announced SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1), which introduces a common programming surface across SQL Server editions. This move makes innovative database features such as in-memory performance across workloads, encryption at rest and in motion, and the… Read more

Announcing the Next Generation of Databases and Data Lakes from Microsoft

This post was authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Data Group. For the past two years, we’ve unveiled several of our cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions at Connect(); which will be livestreaming globally from New York City starting November 16. This year, I am thrilled to announce the next generation of… Read more

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 generally available

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (SP1). With SQL Server 2016 SP1, we are making key innovations more accessible to developers and organizations across all SQL Server editions, so it will be easier than… Read more

Announcing SQL Server on Linux public preview, first preview of next release of SQL Server

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing Today, we are excited to announce the public preview of the next release of SQL Server on Linux and Windows, which brings the power of SQL Server to both Windows – and for the first time ever – Linux.  SQL Server enables… Read more