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The October release of Azure Data Studio is now available

We are excited to announce the October release of Azure Data Studio (formerly known as SQL Operations Studio) is now available. Download Azure Data Studio and review the Release Notes to get started. Note: If you are currently using the preview version, SQL Operations Studio, and would like to retain your settings when you upgrade...

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DBA essentials—SQL Server 2017 security, performance tuning, and more—inside out

Whether you’re an experienced DBA with multiple certifications or just starting on your SQL Server DBA journey, you face challenges constantly for putting your organization’s data to work. To turn the next-to-impossible into the practical, you need a comprehensive resource at your fingertips: SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out, by William Assaf, Randolph West, Sven...

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Modernize your SQL Server at the PASS Summit 2018

Each year thousands of data professionals make the annual visit to Seattle, Washington for the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit. This is a community driven organization and event but Microsoft has been a major contributor, sponsor, and part of this summit since its inception. This is the second post in a series leading up to...

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Join us at PASS Summit 2018 – Nov 6-9, 2018!

Get inspired by our industry-leading keynote speakers on the Microsoft data platform at PASS Summit 2018! There has never been a more exciting time for data professionals and developers as more organizations turn to data-driven insights to stay ahead and prepare for the future. But staying up to speed in this rapidly changing data landscape...

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SSMS 17.9 is now available

We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.9! Download SSMS 17.9 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.9 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug...

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The August release of SQL Operations Studio is now available

We are excited to announce the August release of SQL Operations Studio is now available. Download SQL Operations Studio and review the Release Notes to get started. SQL Operations Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS and Linux. To...

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Cloud data and AI services training roundup August 2018

To help you stay up to date on online training opportunities, we’re releasing a monthly list of the latest free Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) sessions in one convenient post. SQL Server Build modern applications using the language of your choice, on-premises and in the cloud, now on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. Prepare for...

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The July release of SQL Operations Studio is now available

We are excited to announce the July release of SQL Operations Studio is now available. Download SQL Operations Studio and review the Release Notes to get started. SQL Operations Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS, and Linux. To...

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SQL Server 2008 end of support is the first step to tomorrow’s database

Today, Takeshi Numoto blogged about the upcoming SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support. If you’ve been thinking about what to do with your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases, you’re not alone. These databases reach end of support on July 9, 2019, and many organizations have started planning in earnest for...

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SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are reaching end of support. What’s next?

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have had a tremendous run. But all good things come to an end, right? On July 9, 2019, Microsoft will end Extended Support, which means no more updates or support of any kind, potentially leaving you vulnerable to security and compliance issues. The good news is, you still have...

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