Migrating SQL Server to Azure at Scale (Pass Summit 2020)

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In November 2020, for the (until then) paid conference SQL Pass 2020, my colleague Avnish Rastogi and myself, presented the topic of how to migrate hundreds of SQL Server databases to Azure at scale.

We executed as Architects within of the Data Migration group at Microsoft, and worked in several engagements assessing multiple source databases and landing them into Azure. From the use cases, we compiled the steps, methodologies and services required to asses and migrate on-premises SQL Server instances to Azure Managed Instance. Leveraging PowerShell, we were able to automate and scale the migration of multiple databases.

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Amcrest GO 4K Action Camera – Quick Review

Being an Amcrest security video user, I decided to give the Amcrest GO 4K Action Camera a go. The camera is small, all plastic, that comes with many accessories, including an underwater/waterproof case. For under $50, this is what you get:

  • 1 x 4K Action Camera (AC4K-600).
  • 1 x Waterproof Case.
  • 1 x Bicycle Mount.
  • 1 x Back Clip.
  • 2 x Adhesives.
  • 1 x Mount Connector.
  • 2 x Helmet Mounts.
  • 1 x USB Charging Cable.
  • 1 x Li-Ion Battery.
  • 1 x User Manual.
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Peruvian Voting Data with PowerBI

It continues to be a controversial voting scenario for Peruvians, on the second round of voting between Pedro Castillo (far left) and Keiko Fujimori (far right). There have been allegations of fraud, though no tangible evidence has been provided yet.

ONPE, the National Office of Electoral Processes of Peru, has made the voting dataset public, for both 1st and 2nd rounds. That shows the level of transparency the entity is providing, to try mitigate disinformation.

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Create External Tables on Azure Synapse Analytics

As we continue working with Azure Synapse Analytics on Peruvian voting data, as I have posted before, we are extending to creating an external table from the ground up, that points to existing data in the Data Lake Store.

This post will show how to create an external table that will point to a folder hierarchy that contains data in plain text (CSV format). All files inside the folder will be considered for this example.

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