In my last post , I spoke about the free Azure credits that every MSDN subscriber gets , and detailed the steps to activate them.
Well , the Azure channel on Youtube now has a video which talks about this.
I thought I’d share a Windows 8 tip with you guys. When you’re using a Modern Application ( like Windows Mail ) , and you click on a Hyperlink , it normally opens it up with Modern Internet Explorer ( like in the image below ).
This is fine when you’re on a tablet ( or in touch mode ). It’s not so great if you’re using a mouse and keyboard. However, there is a setting to change this behaviour.
1) Launch the Desktop Internet Explorer
2) Go to [Tools] , [Internet Options] and then [Programs]
3) Under [Choose how you open links], select [Always in Internet Explorer on the Desktop]
When you go back into a Modern Application and click on a link , it will take you to the Desktop Internet Explorer.
This is the big one !! SQL 2014 , with the in-memory OLTP capability, has officially launched as of 1 April 2014. You’ll find everything that you need to know at the link below :
So far , I’ve been experimenting with the in-memory tables , and I’ve definitely seen some big performance improvements. I’ll do an upcoming post detailing how you create these tables.
Before that , I want to talk about dev and test environments. Many of you will be wanting to try out SQL 2014 , but perhaps don’t have the space available to spin up a VM. What you can do in this situation, if you have an MSDN subscription, is spin up a VM in Azure at no cost, and try out SQL 2014 there. To do so :
1) Log into the main MSDN page ( http://www.MSDN.com )
2) Click on “Cloud”
3) Under “Start your free trial” click on sign up
4) Scroll down to the bottom of that page. You’ll see a heading called “MSDN Subscriber?”. Click on “Activate Now”
5) You are basically entitled to $150 per month of free Azure services.
Once you have sorted that out , you’ll see that SQL 2014 is already available in Azure. There are preconfigured VM templates with various options.
It takes about 5 minutes to spin up a new Virtual Machine , with the OS and SQL 2014 already installed !! Once that’s done, you can remote desktop into that and work on it as normal.