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14 Jan 2019 Data Lake Security and Governance best practices

Data Lakes are the foundations of the new data platform, enabling companies to represent their data in an uniform and consumable way. In this document, we’ll describe how to setup a Data Lake in such a way that it will become the efficient Data Lake that users are looking for.

09 Jan 2019 Power BI and Python: scraping De Tijdloze 100 website

As you might know, Python is now available as a preview feature in Power BI. I used it to complete the data in our Power BI dashboard of the radio show "The Tijdloze 100". The data was mostly coming from a web-page, but in the latest edition all data was not available for Power BI.

07 Jan 2019 Update: De Tijdloze Power BI

Doe jij dat ook, op het einde van het jaar luisteren naar een top 100 of 1000? Bijna elke radiozender blikt terug met een muzieklijst van nummers van het voorbije jaar of telt af naar de grootse hit allertijden. Ondertussen hebben we ook de gegevens van de meest recente editie 2018 in ons Power BI rapport geladen.

04 Jan 2019 Migrating Databases using Backup and Restore

In this blog post we will describe how to migrate a SQLServer Database between different SQL Instances using the Backup and Restore procedure. The main advantage from migrating databases this way that it is less error prone than other procedures

02 Jan 2019 Migrating to newer SQL Server versions

SQL Server 2017 is not that new anymore, but, as with each new release of SQL Server, most people are hesitating to start migrating to this new version for a variety of reasons. Let's have a look at why you shouldn't hesitate to migrate....

01 Jan 2019 Validate your SQL environment the easy way

Every DBA probably knows and should even be using DBAtools stuff. Lately Chrissy Lemaire and her team also added DBAchecks, a validation tool, to it. A separate powershell module , based mainly on pester checks.

21 Dec 2018 Scale out SRSS with failover on SQL standard edition

A few days ago, I set up my very first SQL Always On cluster. It would be a very straightforward task, just two databases in a 2 basic availability groups and making sure one fails over with the other. Besides that, the customer also asked some other stuff...

19 Dec 2018 Queries are running slower after migrating?

There's a solution for everything. If your queries are running slower after migrating, you can use the Query Store to force lower compatibility plans.The query store is a very easy way to track the queries happening in your database, ...

16 Dec 2018 All I want for Christmas is you

Oh, this is cheesy, can’t believe we could ever dare to mention Mariah Carey in our blogpost series.  Well, the holiday season is starting, so there is no escape at all 😊. By the way, what I meant with the title was: All I need for Christmas is you… Azure Data Flow. 

13 Dec 2018 When the SQL Server Agent overrides default behavior: QUOTED_IDENTIFIER

For a customer, I recently migrated one of their databases from 2012 to 2017, whilst putting compression on all the indexes. The process of recreating the Indexes on 8 new filegroups took 3 hours for a 400GB database.

11 Dec 2018 How to import a JSON-file into a SQL Server table?

Many of you are, hopefully, starting up projects to upgrade your current SQL Server to the shiny SQL Server 2017. One of the first things to do is run the Database Migration Assistant (DMA). I'll show you how to export the report as a .JSON-file.

07 Dec 2018 A Historically correct approach on the evolution of the Microsoft Data Platform

As we are nearing the end of a very interesting year, I was mesmerizing about the changes we saw this year. This took me back to what I’d later would call the very beginning of what would become my personal IT-Career, ...

04 Dec 2018 Creating and managing Audits in SQL Server

In this blog I will be talking about Creating and Managing Audits in SQL Server. We will first look at what SQL Server audit is and why you should use it. Then I'll discuss the configuration and activatation of the SQL server audit, and many more...

30 Nov 2018 When an Azure runbook does not recognize your cmdlets…

Automating a Data Factory pipeline using a runbook seemed like an easy last step in a Azure DWH setup I developed lately. The part in my script responsible to start and stop the DWH ran without problems, but then ...

28 Nov 2018 How to Automatically add measures to Power BI

Some time ago I wrote a blogpost to retrieve all the measures from your tabular cube or from your open Power BI files. I made a simple addition to this blog, enjoy! And don't forget to watch the how-to video.

26 Nov 2018 The Chamber of SQL Part 3

"Basically", Stephanie started, "we have 2 different options under the umbrella what we call Always On. We have on one side Always On High Availability Groups and on the other side we have Always On Failover Cluster Instances. Hence the confusion."

21 Nov 2018 Connecting to an (Azure) database from within Databricks

I made a very useful ELT program in python and wanted it do run inside a Databricks cluster. Databricks on Azure fully supports python 3, so I thought I was up for a walk in the park. Trying to import the database connection classes, already gave a small hint of the troubles ahead...

20 Nov 2018 OPINION – Is SSRS on Azure happening?

Is SSRS on Azure happening? Well as always in Azure it depends… If you mean that ‘SQL Service Reporting Services’ is going to be provided on Azure, the answer is NO as SSRS is a product name as well as a part of SQL Server. But...