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Query Editor – Azure Portal

An interesting new tool (in preview) added to Azure SQL database. Now Azure portal provides flexibility to query azure sql database from a browser!! Interesting! you can simply connect to Azure portal from any browser, view the database and then launch this tool to get connected to the database.  When you are in support this is nice to have feature. If you are not in front of your system you can connect to the database to perform health, connectivity check etc. Continue reading Query Editor – Azure Portal

Always Encrypted – An Over View – Part 1

Always encrypted is a new feature introduced to encrypt the  in rest as well as during transport. It’s been quite long time the feature has been released to general public. In this encryption method the encryption will be done at the client side. Encryption keys can be stored in Azure vault, Windows certificate store in client server or in hardware module. Since the encryption keys doesn’t sit in the database engine it doesn’t reveal the actual data and even this is applicable for an administrators.  Continue reading Always Encrypted – An Over View – Part 1

SQL Server 2016 – Dynamic Data Masking

One of the new feature that’s being developed with SQL Server 2016. If you are a DBA then you will like this feature very much. In the real world when you move the data from production to development or uat server we are supposed to obfuscate the data so that the developer wont see the actual live data. Till SQL Server 2016 we are achieving this with dynamic DML scripts which will mask the data. Based on the volume of records in the database we will end up long wait hours to obfuscate it. Continue reading SQL Server 2016 – Dynamic Data Masking