Learn Azure Part 0 – Create an Azure Account

If you are interested in learning Azure, cool! I am here to help.™ Let’s begin by thinking about this journey accurately: Azure is not easy. Azure is not simple. Learning Azure will take time. You will experience frustration. Sounds awesome, right?! The preceding list is the bad news. There is good news, though: If learning …
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Presenting Moving Data with ADF at TriPASS 20 Aug

I am honored to deliver Moving Data with ADF to the Triangle SQL Server Users Group (TriPASS) 20 Aug 2019 starting at 6:00 PM EDT! This event will be streamed live via Twitch. Abstract Azure Data Factory – ADF – is a cloud data engineering solution. ADF version 2 sports a snappy web GUI (graphical …
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SSIS Is Not Dead (Or Dying)

A few weeks ago I began hearing a rumor that SSIS had a couple years of life remaining. “In two years or so,” according to the rumor, “SSIS will die and be replaced with Azure Data Factory.” Is Microsoft capable of such a move; deprecating a technology? Yep. Remember SQL Server Notification Services? I can …
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“It’s 10 July 2019 and We Still Have SSIS 2008 in Production…”

I am writing this post 10 Jul 2019. Yesterday, support ended for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Many are still running SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in production, and many are using SSIS 2008 and 2008 R2 in production as well. If you are reading this post and thinking or saying, “Yep. He’s …
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Azure-Enabled SSIS Projects

The Azure-SSIS Team recently released an update to the Integration Services Extension. The update includes a new project template named “Integration Services Project (Azure-Enabled)”. The functionality is driven by another recent addition to Azure-SSIS; the ability to execute SSIS packages from Azure File Shares. I refer to this as “Azure-SSIS (Files)”. I’ve written and presented …
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Free Webinar: Azure Data Factory, Azure-SSIS, and Pipeline Parameters

UPDATE: You may view the recording of this webinar at Azure Data Factory, Azure-SSIS, and Pipeline Parameters Recording. Enjoy! :{> Join me 8 Jul 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT for another free Enterprise Data & Analytics webinar titled Azure Data Factory, Azure-SSIS, and Pipeline Parameters! In this free webinar, we build on the demonstration from …
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How To: Execute Azure-SSIS Packages From Azure Files

UPDATE: View the recording of the free webinar titled Execute Azure-SSIS from Azure Files. Enjoy! :{> Join me Tuesday, 2 Jul 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT for a free webinar titled Execute Azure-SSIS Packages from Azure Files! An Updated Azure-SSIS Integration Runtime I confess: I have been waiting for this feature since I first learned …
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Free Webinar: Using the Azure Data Factory If Condition and Web Activities

The summer o’ ADF continues with another free webinar from Enterprise Data & Analytics Friday, 14 Jun 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT: Using the Azure Data Factory If Condition and Web Activities! Abstract Join Microsoft Data Platform MVP and author Andy Leonard for 30 minutes packed with demos. In this session, Andy walks through using …
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Using Azure Resource Manager Templates with Azure Data Factory

Azure Resource Manager, or ARM, “allows you to provision your applications using a declarative template.” So says the Azure Quickstart Templates page. ARM templates are JSON and allow administrators to import and export Azure resources using varying management patterns. I really like ARM templates for implementing infrastructure as code in Azure. In this post I …
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