Articles SQL Windows Server

What are the TLS supports in SQL Server?

SQL Server can support different TLS (Transport Layer Security) versions across various editions. The TLS versions supported by SQL Server may vary depending on the SQL Server version and the Windows operating system in use.

In general, SQL Server 2008 and later versions typically support TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2. However, it’s essential to obtain the most up-to-date information from Microsoft’s official sources, as security updates and patch releases are primarily designed to address security vulnerabilities. ...  READ MORE ❯❯❯

Articles Backups SQL

How many types of backups can be taken in SQL Server?

In SQL Server, backups are typically taken in four different types:

  1. Full Backup
  2. Differential Backup
  3. Transaction Log Backup
  4. File or Filegroup Backup

Let’s delve into the details of each type of backup in SQL Server: ...  READ MORE ❯❯❯

Articles Backups SQL Windows Server

How to Perform a Database Copy in SQL Server

Copying databases can often be quite useful, but knowing how to do it is crucial. In SQL Server, an easy way to copy a database is to use the “Database Copy Wizard.” Here’s how to do it using this wizard:

  1. First, open the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) application and connect to your SQL Server.

You can access the article where I previously explained the installation process from here...  READ MORE ❯❯❯

Articles Monitoring Windows Server

Part II — Monitoring MSSQL on Windows Server: A Guide to Maximizing Database Performance

Continuing our guide, we will explore the process of setting up monitoring for Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) in your Windows Server environment. Monitoring your MSSQL instance is crucial for maintaining database performance, identifying bottlenecks, and ensuring optimal operations.

Here’s how to perform this comprehensive monitoring:


  1. Enable SQL Server Agent: Activate the SQL Server Agent for interaction with external collectors such as Prometheus.
  2. Install Prometheus Windows Exporter: Download and install the Prometheus Windows Exporter from GitHub.
  3. Set Up Prometheus Scraper/Database: Install Prometheus on your monitoring server/computer and configure the scraper.
  4. Access Prometheus Server and Add Targets: Access the Prometheus server through a browser and add a new target.
  5. Query SQL Server Processes: Execute the necessary query to query SQL Server processes.
  6. Install Grafana and Connect to Prometheus: Install Grafana, connect it to the Prometheus server, and visualize the data.

In our previous article, you can find information on how to perform monitoring on a Windows server. ...  READ MORE ❯❯❯

Articles SQL Windows

Azure Data Studio or SSMS — which should I use?

Azure Data Studio (ADS) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are both database management tools used for different purposes, and which tool to use depends on your needs and preferences.

Azure Data Studio (ADS): ...  READ MORE ❯❯❯