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Certify your application for database compatibility mode, not SQL Server version

A common problem with data platform modernisation is gaining application vendor support for newer SQL Server versions, but that has been made easier since Microsoft’s change in position on the long-term use of database compatibility mode announced in 2018.

SQL Server 2008 End of Life: What does the Microsoft Product Lifecycle mean to me? (Infographic)

 

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 have now left Extended Support and no longer receive security updates. This blog and infographic explain what this means and how unsupported products can affect your business: 

Free extended security updates for SQL Server 2008

As its tenth birthday approaches, Microsoft prepares to end extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This date has been known since product launch, there are now less than 12 months to retire or replace aging SQL Server estates. In the past, when we hit extended support end date, that's..

Installing SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2012 R2 (the KB2919355 issue)

While performing an in-place SQL Server upgrade for a customer, I came across the KB2919355 issue. This article will show you how to resolve this this problem and point out why this can be misleading.

You Must Upgrade SQL Server to Stay Secure

A whole series of “speculative execution side-channel attacks” were disclosed in the first week of 2018, as detailed in this Microsoft article: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/ADV180002

Major security events like this highlight the severe risk companies are..

SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor Automation

The SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor is a great graphical user interface for analysing your existing SQL Server database to discover any features or syntax you are using that are not compatible with a 2016 upgrade.

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