Microsoft Office 365 is a popular choice for enterprises that want a cloud-based suite of productivity and collaboration applications. The latest version of Office 365 gives you access to online Microsoft Office solutions anytime and anywhere on multiple Operating System platforms.
Microsoft’s marketing description of Office 365:
Microsoft Office 365 now includes Office 2016 and gives you the full Office experience. With access to the latest Office applications as well as other cloud-based productivity services, whether you need Office for home, school, or business, there is an Office 365 plan to meet your needs.
Our Office 365 subscription plans include Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, Office 365 University, and Office 365 for Mac. With each plan, you can install the 2016 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote (Access, and Publisher are also included only for PC users). When a new version of Microsoft Office is released, you’ll get instant access to it so your applications are always up-to-date – and because Office 365 is optimized across your devices it’s easy to get anywhere access to your stuff on your laptop, phone, tablet and more.
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Microsoft’s SQL Server database engine has gone through various versions over the many years it has been one of the most popular solutions for database design. Some of the versions also support databases created under the older versions of the engine. This table helps you understand what support is available from those various SQL Server versions.
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The Master database is important to your SQL Server instance. This database records all the system-level information for your SQL Server system. This includes instance-wide metadata like logon accounts, endpoints, linked servers, system configuration settings, and records for the existence of all other databases and their file locations.
SQL Server cannot start if the Master database is unavailable. The core information of master database is recorded in a physical file called master.MDF files, and the transaction logs are stored on to the masterlog.LDF file. This means the all user and login details for the instance and the information about all the other databases on that instance are stored on the master database.
If anything happens to the master database you can’t start or use your SQL Server instance. As a Database or System Administrator, it is essential that you to know the symptoms that may indicate the corruption or damage in your Master database so you can troubleshoot those types of issues correctly.
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Microsoft is selling an appliance named StorSimple, that can be used for archiving files, a network backup target, or even as a file server. Microsoft bought the company named Xyratex, a former subsidiary of Seagate, to acquire this solution. This appliance was originally not very useful, because:
- It shared storage via iSCSI only so it didn’t fit well into a virtualization stack, especially Hyper-V which has moved more to SMB 3.0.
- The file storage engine that decided which files stayed local vs. were moved to the Azure cloud was almost useless.
- The physical appliance required space in your server rack, when virtualization is the focus for most solutions.
- While the box was free, it did require a purchase of an enterprise agreement and paying for moving files out of Azure as some files were accessed.
Microsoft has improved StorSimple over the years and now the product is much more useful.
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There are often questions about what features are available in the different versions of SQL Server 2016 SP1. Continue reading “SQL Server 2016 Version Differences”
You may want to log the event each time a user logs into your database. This can be easily done by starting SQL Server Managements Studio (SSMS) and running the following code in Transact-SQL: Continue reading “How to Create a SQL Server Logon Trigger”
SQL Server 2017 is available as a Release Candidate (RC2, August 2017) and Community Technical Preview (CTP) , which represents a step towards making SQL Server a platform that gives you more choices when it comes to development languages, data types, and operating systems by making it available the to Linux users, as a Linux-based Docker containers, and traditional Windows users.
New features as described by Microsoft: Continue reading “SQL Server 2017 – Windows, Linux, and Docker”