‘Could not create a managed connection manager’ Error Message on SSISDB .dtsx Package Execution

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package execution can always throw up a few spanners, particularly when it comes to the task of deploying packages out to a SQL Server SSISDB catalog - principally, a specialised database for the storage of .dtsx packages, execution settings and other handy profile info to assist with automation. Problems can [...]

‘An unexpected error occured while processing the request’ Error when Downscaling an Azure SQL Database

When considering whether or not to shift your existing SQL workloads to a single database offering on Azure SQL, one of the major pros is the breadth of capabilities the service can offer when compared with other vendors or in comparison to SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine. A list of these may include: [...]

Using Microsoft Flow to Extract SendGrid Statistics to a SQL Database

If you are looking for an easy-to-use and highly expandable mail relay service, SendGrid represents the most developer-friendly solution out in the market today. What's even better is that it's available on Azure, making it the ideal choice if you are developing an existing solution on the Azure stack. The best thing I like about [...]

Evaluating Database Encryption Options for SQL Server

This week's blog post is sponsored by ActiveCrypt Software. Encryption appears to be a topic of near constant discussion at the moment, spearheaded primarily by the impending deadline of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). These are, in essence, a new set of data protection rules that will apply to all organisations operating within the [...]

Top 10 Most Viewed CRM Chap Blog Posts

Slight change of pace with this week's blog post, which will be a fairly condensed and self-indulgent affair - due to personal circumstances, I have been waylaid somewhat when it comes to producing content for the blog and I have also been unable to make any further progress with my new YouTube video series. Hoping [...]

Resolving “Failed to decrypt an encrypted XML node because the password was not specified or not correct” Error (SSIS)

If you are looking at automating the execution of SQL Server Integration Services .dtsx packages, then there are a few options at your disposal. The recommended and most streamlined route is to utilise the SSIDB catalog and deploy your packages to the catalog from within Visual Studio. This gives you additional flexibility if, when working [...]

Getting Around SQL Server Table Restrictions (Microsoft Flow)

Microsoft Flow is a tool that I increasingly have to bring front and centre when considering how to straightforwardly accommodate certain business requirements. The problem I have had with it, at times, is that there are often some notable caveats when attempting to achieve something that looks relatively simple from the outset. A good example [...]

Using Azure SQL Database Firewall Rules with Database Projects (Visual Studio)

The world of database security and protection can be a difficult path to tread at times. I often find myself having to adopt a "tin-foil hat" approach, obsessing over the smallest potential vulnerability that a database could be compromised with. This thought process can be considered easy compared with any protective steps that need to [...]

Resolving GUID SSIS Import Error “The value could not be converted because of a potential loss of data”

Perhaps one of the most fiendish aspects of working with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is the inevitable data transformation/conversion issues that get thrown up, even as part of relatively simplistic Extract, Transform & Load (ETL) packages. It doesn't help as well if, having come from a strictly T-SQL focused background, you are then having [...]