How to Download and Install SQL Server Data Tools in Visual Studio 2019

The Business Intelligence platform has been changing on each new version of SQL. In the beginning, it was part of the SQL Server setup. But since SQL Server 2014 BI platform started to be distributed separately. The name of this tool and its installation method started to vary from version to version of Visual Studio […]

The definitive guide for Microsoft SQL Server licensing


The Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Guide is really not long and contains just over fifty pages. However, the challenge here is that it refers to other related memos and manuals such as Capacity Guide, Volume Licensing Guide, SQL Server Virtualization Guide, etc. So, to address the challenge, the most straightforward way would be to familiarize […]

Different ways to sync SQL Server data from Azure to on-premise SQL Server

As Cloud computing is getting more popular, many companies choose to deploy a hybrid environment using a mix of on-premises data centers and public clouds. Microsoft Azure allows users to synchronize tables or databases between Azure SQL Databases (Azure Cloud) and on-premises SQL Server databases. Moving data around efficiently in a hybrid cloud environment is […]

PROS and CONS – AWS RDS SQL Server vs. Azure SQL Database

Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are great options for deploying MS SQL Server databases. Some use both clouds to get each cloud’s unique feature set. However, we need to compare the features, advantages, and limitations between AWS and Azure before deciding migrating SQL to AWS vs Azure. Lets take a look at high-level differences how […]

How to keep SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) updated?

Microsoft pealed out SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) into its own distribution from SQL Server. SQL world would only get new SSMS every time new SQL Server version was released, which means every 2-3 years. Not great! But that’s history. Today new SSMS versions come out on monthly basis. By the way, this check is […]

How to migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL database

Azure SQL Database is a fully managed service. With this platform as a service (PaSS) option, organizations can reduce management overhead and quickly deliver highly resilient services. Azure SQL Database uses the latest stable version of the Microsoft SQL Server database engine (Currently similar to SQL Server 2019). Azure delivers predictable performance at multiple service levels that […]

Microsoft SQL Server migration strategies to AWS

Let’s assume that you have a SQL Server workload on Premises and want to take those to the cloud. You have two options for MS SQL Server migration to aws. The first option is a self-managed option which would be installing SQL Server on EC2 (Elastic Compute cloud). To simplify, you get a virtual machine, […]

[2023] 145 Point SQL Server Database Health Checklist


Our FULL SQL Server health check will cover a complete SQL Server health checklist of items on-premises and cloud-based DBMS services. Hardware, operating system, SQL server configuration, security (users), availability, load (amount and type of access), operation (maintenance and monitoring plans), disaster recovery, and much more will be analyzed. Some clients want to check server health […]