In this article, we will proceed with configuring a SQL Server Always On Availability Groups and perform failover validations.
You should go through the following articles and build the infrastructure before proceeding with this article.
SQL Server 2019 is the latest version available for SQL Server. It has several new features along with the enhancements to existing ones.
You can check out SQL Server 2019 articles on SQL Shack to learn more about SQL Server 2019 features.
SQL Server 2019 provides developer edition to use for development and test purpose without any license cost.
Open the Microsoft URL and click on download now for developer edition.
It downloads a setup file. Launch it, and you get the below options.
It is a better idea to download the media first and then perform the installation. You can share the media across different servers as well as it avoids issues due to network fluctuations.
Next, specify the file type, directory and language of the setup.
Click on Downloads, and it gives you ISO file, but it might take time depending upon your network bandwidth.
It downloads the SQL Server 2019, as shown below.
Click on setup.exe, and it opens the SQL Server Installation Center.
Navigate to** Installation -> New SQL Server standalone installation.**
In a SQL Server Always On, we install the SQL as a standalone component on all the nodes. It does not require a SQL Server in a failover cluster mode.
Select the edition of SQL Server 2019. We choose the Developer edition in this demo.
Accept the Microsoft software license terms and privacy agreement.
The nextstep of Microsoft update is optional. We can ask Microsoft update to check updates for Windows, Microsoft software along with SQL Server 2019. It requires an active internet connection on the server.
It installs the required setup files.
In the next screen, we configure the following options.
Specify a SQL instance name as a named instance. You can give the SQL instance name to reflect your environment and application.
It creates the instance-specific directory in the specified instance root path.
On the next page, we configure the service account for running the SQL Services. Ideally, you should run the SQL Services with a separate service account in the active directory.
Let’s hold SQL Server installation at this moment (do not cancel) and connect to the active directory server.
Type dsa.msc in the Windows start -> run and launch the active directory users and computers.
Right-click on Users folder and create a new user with a unique service account information.
As per best practice, you should use the following things in the SQL Server service account.
Once the user is created, add the user to the administrator group on the respective node.
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Models for SQL exist. In any case, the SQL that can be utilized on every last one of the major RDBMS today is in various flavors. This is because of two reasons:
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Since the release of SQL Server 2017 for Linux, Microsoft has pretty much changed the entire game. It enabled a whole new world of possibilities for their famous relational database, offering what was only available in the Windows space until then.
I know that a purist DBA would tell me right away that the out of the box SQL Server 2019 Linux version has several differences, in terms of features, in regards to its Windows counterpart, such as:
However, I got curious enough to think “what if they can be compared, at least to some extent, against things that both can do?” So, I pulled the trigger on a couple of VMs, prepared some simple tests, and collected data to present to you. Let’s see how things turn out!
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When installing Machine Learning Services in SQL Server by default few Python Packages are installed. In this article, we will have a look on how to get those installed python package information.
When we choose Python as Machine Learning Service during installation, the following packages are installed in SQL Server,
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This is part 3 of “MS SQL Server- Zero to Hero” and in this article, we will be discussing about the SCHEMAS in SQL SERVER. Before getting into this article, please consider to visit previous articles in this series from below,
In part one, we learned the basics of data, database, database management system, and types of DBMS and SQL.
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SQL Server is designed to allow multiple databases on a single instance. With this model it is possible to have databases sitting on an instance which are not the same version as the instance itself. You can think of this as running the database in the “backward compatibility mode.” To break it down further, we are saying that you can have a 2008 database deployed on an SQL Server 2016 instance. In such a scenario, the database is, for instance, allowed to use certain constructs that belong to a previous version of SQL Server.
There are cases where you would like to upgrade all databases in your instance to a more recent version for security reasons or to align with your organization’s policies. When doing this it may not be safe to assume that such a database will automatically work when upgraded. Using Upgrade Advisor, you can determine whether your existing databases are suitable for upgrade to SQL Server 2016 or any other higher version.
Download Upgrade Advisor 2016 from Microsoft’s website. In this article, we have focused on Upgrade Advisor 2016; however, the latest version of Upgrade Advisor is called Data Migration Assistant and can be downloaded here. Once downloaded, you can install Upgrade Advisor 2016 on the computer that you will execute the analysis from. Note that this need not be the computer where SQL Server is installed.
Figure 1: Upgrade Advisor Splash Screen
Figure 1 shows the splash screen that is displayed when you launch Upgrade Advisor. We see that the advisor offers four options for the analysis:
The tool offers the database administrator an opportunity to properly prepare for any of these listed steps. It is better to predict what might happen if you embark on any of the listed tasks than to simply attempt them, fail and then realize why.
In the current scenario, we are focusing on number (4) which is Analyze and Migrate to SQL Server. We want to know whether existing databases can be migrated to SQL Server 2016, what we may need to do before embarking on such a migration, and what we may need to do as additional steps after the migration.
We select the option Analyze and Migrate to SQL Server and then click the Run button.
Figure 2: Select Instance
We must then connect to the instance we wish to analyze (Figure 2) and select the databases we want to analyze (See Figure 3). Type the instance name in the field shown and click Connect. In this scenario, we are running Upgrade Advisor on the same server where our SQL Server instance is hosted, so the tool can enumerate the installed instances and allow us to select from a menu. Recall that this behavior for tools that connect to SQL Server instance is made possible by SQL Server Browser.
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