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That went quick and without much fuss.
Mainstream support has now ended for SQL Server 2012.
In an unusual turn of events Microsoft has advised that the final SP4 is expected to be released in September.
Currently, any new installs of SQL Server should be 2016 to which allows non-Enterprise editions to take advantage of some Enterprise features which were introduced in SP1. Software Assurance is also a growing ‘must have’ to allow for DR, use of ever increasing new SQL releases etc.
SQL Server 2017 is due for release, but unless you want the pain of bugs for several months, it will likely not be worth considering until later next year when it should be more stable.
The download can be found here.
Details on this release can be found here.
Microsoft is giving away a variety of eBooks here.
It’s definitely worth a look as the books include SQL Server, Azure, Power BI, PowerShell, Windows Server …
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The newly released SQL Server Diagnostics (Preview) can be found here.
Below are the install screenshots
Once installed it is accessible via SSMS
Dumps are usually located in your …MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log folder.
Here I also selected to send an email just to see what it’ll look like.
The email received was
The other Diagnostics options were
Looks a bit of a cover all at the moment
Takes you to the below site (which no longer exists)
It’ll be sad to see the default trace go. It’s help me out numerous times during onsite consults when monitoring has not been in place. It really is one of the good features introduced in SQL Server 2005.
The deprecated features list is a bit of an unknown as there is no fixed version/date set by Microsoft, so when it’ll finally goes is anyone’s guess. Hopefully by that stage extended events will be more palatable.