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.

Resolving AADSTS50126: Invalid username or password Errors During Azure SQL Database Deployment Task (Azure DevOps Pipelines)

We saw a few weeks ago how to utilise Azure Active Directory (AAD) Security Groups to manage Azure SQL database access at scale. When using this feature, you must ensure database changes are deployed out using an AAD administrator account or similar, a task which may be difficult to achieve in an Azure DevOps Pipeline.

Handling British Summer Time/Daylight Savings Time in Azure SQL

Is it just me or is British Summer Time (BST) AKA Daylight Saving Time (DST) an utterly pointless endeavour these days? Admittedly, on its introduction in 1916, it fulfilled a sensible objective - to provide more daylight hours during the summer. For agricultural, construction or other services that are reliant on sufficient light to carry [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

4 Reasons Why Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement Professionals Should Increase Their Microsoft Azure Knowledge

When it comes to technology learning, it can often feel as if you are fighting against a constant wave of change, as studying is outpaced by the introduction of new technical innovations. Fighting the tide is often the most desirous outcome to work towards, but it can be understandable why individuals choose to specialise in [...]

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 [...]