AWE (Addressing Windows Extension) is one of the know server configuration to everyone. This parameter allows SQL Server to access large amount of memory in 32 bit machines. However MS decided to depreciate this configuration in SQL Server 2012 (Denali) . I hope this is the first step towards depreciating all 32 bit SQL server editions. So if you are using this setting in your current environment then you need to be careful while upgrading it to SQL Server 2012.
Today I’m going to discuss another new feature in SQL Server 2012. Pagination in result set is a new feature in SQL Server 2012. ORDER BY clause in SQL Server 2012 is enhanced with additional parameters that is OFFSET and FETCH. Using this parameter allows you to fetch data from a particular page from result set, you can also specify how many rows to retrieve. However an ORDER BY clause is compulsory to utilize this feature.
SQL Server 2012 codenamed SQL Server Denali is on the way to market by 2012. As you all know SQL Server 2012 has new features related to security, we have contained database where you are allowed to create contained users and the next feature is server level roles, other security features are not related to this article, we will cover those later. I wrote some scripts earlier to retrieve permissions from SQL 2000 and SQL 2005 (links below) however these scripts are no longer useful for SQL Server 2012 as it won’t return the new contained user and server level role permissions.
In SQL Server Denali we have new feature called contained database that will let you move your database easily. Understood? Whatever I said is a very simple meaning of contained database, let’s see what it’s going to do and how it’s going to help us.
Microsoft released 3 new conversion function in SQL Server Denali. In which two functions will tell you whether the action is possible the third one will give you the result. Below are the three conversion functions