SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure Blob Storage Service: Better Together

Just a quick post to point you to this new SQL Server 2014 whitepaper: SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure Blob Storage Service: Better Together. You will find many interesting best practices and a WSFC-like framework. Summary: SQL Server 2014 introduces significant new features toward a deeper integration with Microsoft Azure, thus unlocking new scenarios and…

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About Container Shared Access Signature for SQL Server XI

Hi all, Ever since the MSDN post about SQL Server XI, available from SQL 2014 (see  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/igorpag/archive/2013/10/23/create-a-sql-server-2014-database-directly-on-azure-blob-storage-with-sqlxi.aspx) there is a lot of buzz about Azure Storage in the SQL Server community. One recurring question is: What is the Shared Access Signature (SAS) and why SQL Server XI needs it? First some background: in the Azure…

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Backup to Azure using TSQL (and CLR)

Hi All, as a sample of how to use Microsoft SQL Server To Windows Azure helper library let me show you how to perform a backup to azure using the TSQL. As prerequisite, of course, you should have downloaded and installed the helper assembly (for how to do that please refer to the project documentation). …

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Blob leases: how to break them from SQL Server (using SQL CLR and Windows Azure REST API)

SQL 2014 will give you a terrific feature: SQL XI. It will allow you to store your datafiles and tlogs directly in Windows Azure Page Blobs. You can read about it in this great post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/igorpag/archive/2013/10/23/create-a-sql-server-2014-database-directly-on-azure-blob-storage-with-sqlxi.aspx. As you can see, however, SQL Server places a lease on each blob in use. Think about Azure leases…

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Call Copy Blob (Azure REST API) from SQL Server

Following my recent post Call Azure REST API from SQL Server I’ve received many requests about how to call the new API Copy Blob. Its description is here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dd894037.aspx. As before, let me show you what we want to achieve:   We want to have a simple stored procedure to call with a storage account, a source…

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Call Azure REST API from SQL Server

Microsoft Azure platform can be managed in a number of ways. You can use PowerShell, you can use the Management Portal or you can use the http REST interface. If you happen to manage a lot of Azure items (containers, blobs, etc…) you might have to do some serious PowerShelling. But would not be wonderful…

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