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Enhance your Log Analytics data exploration in Azure Data Studio 

The Azure Monitor Logs extension in Azure Data Studio is now available in preview. The extension is supported in Azure Data Studio August 2021 release, v1.32.0. Administrators can enable platform logging and metrics to one of their Azure services such as Azure SQL and set the destination to Log Analytics workspace. By installing native Azure Monitor...Read more

Open sourcing the .NET 5 C# Language Extension for SQL Server 

For over two decades, the C# programming language has allowed developers to build secure and robust applications within the .NET ecosystem. SQL Server 2019 supports the R, Python, and Java Language Extensions. These language extensions provide many benefits to developers. They provide data security, rapid speed for deployment, and ease of integration. Previously, we announced...Read more

Recent updates for Data-Tier Application Framework and SqlPackage 

In this article, we will cover some recent changes to the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) and SqlPackage. DacFx is a library that provides APIs for database deployment and development scenarios and SqlPackage is a command line interface to DacFx for common uses. Earlier this year SqlPackage released updates including additional support for Azure Synapse Analytics...Read more

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters—CU11 Release 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data platform. BDC...Read more

Looking to the future for R in Azure SQL and SQL Server 

Data science, machine learning, and analytics have re-defined how we look at the world. The R community plays a vital role in that transformation and the R language continues to be the de-facto choice for statistical computing, data analysis, and many machine learning scenarios. The importance of R was first recognized by the SQL Server...Read more

The February 2021 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The February release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, macOS, and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub....Read more

What’s new with SQL Server Big Data Clusters 

SQL Server Big Data Clusters (BDC) is a new capability brought to market as part of the SQL Server 2019 release. BDC extends SQL Server’s analytical capabilities beyond in-database processing of transactional and analytical workloads by uniting the SQL engine with Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop to create a single, secure, and unified data platform....Read more

Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community 

Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. If you are a leader who is interested in adding your existing...Read more

The July 2020 release of Azure Data Studio is now available 

The July release of Azure Data Studio is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the release notes to get started. Note: After downloading Azure Data Studio, say Yes to enabling preview features so that you can use extensions. Azure Data Studio is a multi-database, cross-platform desktop environment for data professionals using the family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS,...Read more

When to use SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines 

Rearchitecting applications to run in the cloud can be a significant undertaking requiring time, money, and the appropriate skills. If you want to move existing on-premises apps to the cloud, but don’t have the necessary resources to rearchitect your applications, consider SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines to get there quickly and easily. If you’re still...Read more

New in Azure Synapse Analytics: CICD for SQL Analytics using SQL Server Data Tools 

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, we announced Azure Synapse Analytics, a major evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The same industry leading data warehouse now provides a whole new level of performance, scale, and analytics capabilities. One of these capabilities is SQL Analytics, which provides a rich set of enterprise data warehousing features. Today we are announcing the general availability of the highest requested feature...Read more