Data Engineering on Azure is not an easy topic to grasp, and the corresponding certification pathway was also arduous. Thankfully, change is afoot, as we now have a brand new exam available to test our knowledge with…
Getting your head around Azure Synapse Analytics can be challenging, even for the most seasoned SQL Server professional. With that in mind, this blog post will jump into the two concepts that you need to understand - table distribution and index types.
Today, we are looking at the final topic for the MB-400 exam – the Data Export Service - a convenient tool to use when performing simplistic integrations involving Dynamics 365 Online or the Common Data Service. What’s more, it’s dead easy to set up too...
If developers cannot deploy their code locally, then there’s a significant problem here that needs addressing. That’s why, in the context of SQL Server database development, the use of a publish profile becomes almost essential, by allowing you to ignore problematic components, such as Active Directory scoped user credentials.
A few weeks ago, I did a post on the process involved when migrating Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) subscriptions across tenants. Having done some actual work relating to this since then (shock horror!), I thought I'd follow up with a new post, sharing some additional thoughts and lessons learned.
One of the best things about Azure Data Factory is its ability to incorporate continuous integration and automated deployments quickly alongside your solution. However, if you’re working with SQL Server data sources and are using square brackets to interact with tables, then you may be in for a bumpy ride…
I’ve worked with SQL Server for several years now, and I am continually amazed at its capabilities, Recently, my work in this area has focused on the products change tracking feature, a nifty tool that can assist you in monitoring how your data evolves.
Obscure error messages can be the bane of an IT professionals life, often hampering or even preventing outright any successful resolution of issues. An example of this happened to me recently, during what appeared to be a run-of-the-mill Azure SQL automated deployment.
Dealing with “SQL Bulk Copy failed due to received an invalid column length from the bcp client” Errors in Azure Data Factory
When you are amid a pesky IT issue, it can be difficult determining whether the problem is down to a bug/system fault or human error. Like this recent example involving Azure Data Factory illustrates, it is generally best to assume the latter, to avoid any prolonged difficulty.