Another free resource for learning and gaining your knowledge that might be possible to earn MCSA Certifications with few efforts. Here is the link: 90 Days to MCSA – where you have 6 videos, 3 per Windows 2012 and 3 others for SQL Server 2012 MCSA Certification prep. There are also some additional resources like Discussion Forums and Resource Wikis. In the right corner, you have another resource, Certification Challenge where you can find more and more info about Certs path!
A good news for the Exams, is that you can win a voucher to save 20 % + Second Shot for free (just in case if you failed!!!), check here, a great offer from Microsoft Virtual Academy – another great resource for the courses about the SQL Server.
Knowledge is the Power – Learning is the key!
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I’m so exciting to announce that the SQL Saturday Kosovo is going to be held on May 18, 2013 and it’s our firs time SQL Saturday where I will speak also. However I’ve started the challenge journey to organize things properly. The most important thing here for our local community is that the list of the speakers will be all the MVPs for SQL Server.
More information will be in our official website at SQL Saturday #225 Kosovo.
SQL Server is in the Cloud as Windows Azure SQL Database, but in the Cloud, still have some limitations that are not supported and here are some of them (short info):
SQL Server 2008 R2 features that are not supported by Azure SQL Database:
- SQL Server Utility
- Master Data Services
SQL Server 2008 features that are not supported by Azure SQL Database:
- Change Data Capture
- Data Auditing
- Data Compression
- Extended Events
- Filestream Data
- Integrated Full-Text Search
- Policy-Base Management
- Resource Governor
- SQL Server Replication
- Transparent Data Encryption
SQL Server 2005 features that are not supported by Azure SQL Database
- Common Language Runtime (CLR and CLR User-Defined Types)
- Database Mirroring
- Service Broker
- Table Partitioning
- XML Indexing
Other features that are not supported as well:
- Backup and Restore
- Extended Store Procedure
- SQL Server Agent
For more information you can check here.
An error that is known how to solve it, I was the victim today with it and when I started the SSMS, I saw that error. I’m telling you here how to fix it as fast info and references from MS.
This error usually comes when your DB no longer exists or it is in suspect mode or has been detached or offline etc, and you will have the pop-up message with error description and the number 4064:
Ok, as you can see the user Blue cannot connect in the default database and the login failed!
Fixing this error is really easy, so you can try again to login with that user but first before to Connect, you must go to the Options that is in right corner below and you will be asked for the Connection Properties on the second tab of the login dialog box and you must enter the master database in the drop-down box, see the fig below and hit Connect:
Now you will be able to connect in your SQL Server. So what’s next!? As I said, some of the reason why it happened are described above, so now you can check for the correct DB that must be as default DB of that user. After that to be sure for the next connection you need to change the default DB via T-SQL or GUI:
GUI: Open the SSMS on the right, you have object Explorer, go to Security > Logins > Find your login and right click > Properties. You will have the dialog box like shown in the fig below.
Or you can use the T-SQL script:
ALTER LOGIN [Blue] WITH DEFAULT_DATABASE=[TESTING2];
For more info about this error, you can check here.
After the successful installation of the SQL Server 2012, some shortcut keys can be possible to not work properly like in early versions, and one of the most shortcut key that I had problem after my installation of the SQL Server 2012 in the SSMS has been well known shortcut Ctrl+R to remove the last results pane from the SSMS! Ok lets take a look few steps how to activate it in the new SSMS of the SQL Server 2012:
Select > Tools > Customize … click “Keyboard”
In the list window scroll down and find to select “Window.ShowResultsPane”
Go to “Use new shortcut in:” – select “SQL Query Editor”
Go to “Press shortcut keys” text box and press Ctrl+R
Click “Assign” and finally OK!
Now, when you execute a select statement in SSMS and you have results set, you can remove them, pressing Ctrl+R, that is very often used from the Developers and DBA to clear the results pane!
This is very little help and enjoy it!
The new version of the lovely SQL Server edition, Express Edition!
Take a look the new link for the download and you have many possibilities for the download – (32/64 bit, multilingual etc).
SQL Server 2012 Express RC
Many of you DBAs DB Devs and BI Devs in these days can have some changes from one SQL Server version to another (SQL Server 2012RC0 / 2008 R2 / 2008 / 2005) and when you trying some scripts that you can find here in SSC articles or anywhere else, some of the scripts cannot be test because of the version that you have installed! However, you can have a machine with lot of the resources where you can install any kind of the version that you want to test things so in all SQL Server installation you need to have Sample DBs that are very usefull for testing purposes then I’m puting here the great resource from the CodePlex where you can find all sample databases for almost all versions of the SQL Server including SQL Server 2012 RC0!
Take a look this location here and enjoy the Sample Databases in any version of the SQL Server that you have installed!