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  • Update on My Dynamic Data Masking Article - Behavior Change in CTP 2.4

    Introduction Recently, an article of mine was published by on the site titled “An introduction to SQL Server 2016 dynamic data masking” which can be found here.  I encourage you to read the article in order to get the most out of this blog post and to better understand this feature.  This ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on October 6, 2015
  • Speaking at SQL Sat 440 in Pittsburgh on Oct 3!

    I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday #440 on October 3, 2015! I am originally from Western PA and it is always good to get back ''Home''.  This will be my 3rd time at this SQL Saturday event.  There is still time to register.  Go to the following ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 28, 2015
  • Speaking at SQL Sat 427 in Sioux Falls, SD on July 18!

    SQL Saturday finally comes to South Dakota!  Register Now! -  Here are some of the other featured speakers: Database Snapshots - Making Your Job Easier            Paul Timmerman Continuous Integration for ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 9, 2015
  • New Article: A Look at StretchDB - a New Feature in SQL Server 2016

    My article on the new StretchDB feature in SQL Server 2016 is now available.  StretchDB allows you to have a table in your database to be partially on-prem and partially in Azure. If you have a database with a lot of historical data that doesn't change, this feature may be a good fit for your situation. I hope that you enjoy the ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 8, 2015
  • I'm speaking at SQL Saturday #250 in Pittsburgh!

    On September 14, 2013, I will be speaking at the 2nd SQL Saturday event to be held in Pittsburgh.  I spoke at the last SQL Saturday event last year which was a blast.  This year, I will be presenting a session entitled ''Really Basic Perfmon''.  It is designed for the person who has heard about Perfmon before, but never really got ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on August 19, 2013
  • Is the SAN dying???

    Is the SAN dying? The reason that I ask this question is that MSFT has unleashed technologies this year that point in that directionAlways ON Availability Groups shuns shared storageWindows 2012 has Storage Replication Technology that does not require a SANWindows 2012 has Hyper-V Replica Technology that does not require a SANPDW v2 continues to ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on December 11, 2012
  • Comparing Standard Editions of SQL Server

    Recently, I've been speaking with customers about upgrading SQL Server.  At times, some customers have a lot of Standard Edition  SQL Server 2005 / 2008 / 2008R2 in their organization and they want to see the features they get when upgrading to SQL Server 2012.  Last week, I sent out some tweets to the #sqlhelp hashtag to see if ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on July 10, 2012
  • Connect Digest : 2009-05-30 : please vote!

    Here are some issues I came across recently; most involve SSMS in some way, though Erland's assertion suggestion is a great one. And just to be clear, since I am seeing some accusations of distorting the fairness of Connect by ''asking for votes,'' I am not asking anyone to vote blindly on these items (and it's clear from last week's results that ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on May 30, 2009
  • Connect Digest : 2009-05-23 : please vote!

    Here are the items from this week that I feel deserve some attention.  I'm also adding a little bit of analysis to this.  I am always curious if my vote-pimping has any effect, so I am going to start taking a note of the ratings at the time I publish the post, and then compare them when I publish the next post.  This will give me ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on May 23, 2009
  • Connect Digest : 2009-05-16 : please vote!

    Here are the items from this week that I feel deserve some attention. ==================== Hotfixes / service packs should leave authentication mode alone I may have talked about this issue here before, I'm not sure, but I thought I was the only one who saw this happen.  This week someone else came across the issue, where they had a SQL ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on May 16, 2009
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