Is SQL PaaS Right for You?

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With the arrival of the new year, you might be considering how SQL Server can better fit your company’s growth in 2019.  SQL Platform as a Service (PaaS) could be a viable option for managing essential database operations. With PaaS, your SQL Server workloads would run as a hosted service in the cloud with most database management functions maintained by the cloud service provider instead of your IT team. Top Reasons to Consider PaaS Operates completely within the cloud. PaaS provides developers with an environment to develop and deploy applications entirely within the cloud. This includes complex enterprise applications your company may need to solve business problems and simple cloud-based applications. Scaling is easy. You can pay-as-you-go. Service providers allow you to take advantage of advanced development tools as you need them, giving you more value at an affordable rate. Your bottom line increases. You no longer need to purchase software licenses, application infrastructure, or development tools. Finally, your development team can have the opportunity to focus on managing the applications and services they create while the cloud service provider manages the rest. Decrease coding time. The development tools PaaS can provide include some pre-coded application components (i.e., security features, directory services, workflow, etc.) (more…)

What’s New in Management Studio Version 17.6

By | SQL Server
Microsoft continues to make great strides in improving SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Version 17.6 comes with some impressive new features and bug fixes that enhance your user experience. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Users If you’re using the newly developed Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a new model of Azure SQL Database, you should definitely consider upgrading to SSMS v 17.6. One of the most notable changes is the added support for some of its most common management scenarios. After you complete the upgrade, you can expect a much more efficient support process if you encounter issues with the following: Databases – Creating, altering, backing up, and restoring databases are all fairly common tasks in database management, which makes their processes easy to support. Object Explorer – All technical issues that arise while using Object Explorer to manage objects in each SQL Server instance are eligible for support. SQL Linked Servers – You can relax when using Linked Servers to connect to other database instances on a remote server, same server, or an entirely different machine. The SQL Tools Team has you covered. SQL Agent Jobs – Your automated execution jobs/tasks usually consist of several steps. Any disruption can (more…)

We’re Excited About SQL Server 2019, Here’s Why

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Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is out in preview and it’s got some exciting new features. When Microsoft announced the release at their Ignite 2018 conference on Sept 24th, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store. This newest offering will continue to build on the solid foundation of SQL servers while expanding offerings of flexibility and further embracing big data by adding support for Kubernetes, Apache Spark, and Hadoop clusters. Embraces Big Data – Probably the biggest change to SQL 2019 is the ability to manage big data clusters. Big data has always been a bit of a gap in the arsenal of Microsoft’s SQL servers, but not anymore. With SQL 2019, Microsoft is fully embracing big data with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open-source container-based platform that represents exciting new possibilities for this SQL engine. With SQL on Kubernetes you will be able to can create high availability solutions with Linux containers and manage multiple data sources all in one place. Manage Relational and Non-Relational Data – The new engine can query data from a number of different sources, including relational and non-relational data storage. Microsoft has built in native support of Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (more…)

Reducing Application Errors with Application Continuity

By | Database Technology Trends
The database and application work hand in hand. When a client interacts with features on your website the application calls back to the database, and the database responds by giving it the right information or action. It’s a well-orchestrated conversation. When something happens that stops the conversation the application doesn’t get what it needs and the customer receives an error. This is where application continuity comes in. The idea is to enable maximum continuous communication between the application and your database instances even if there is an outage. This is a massive step in maintaining data integrity and improving the end user experience. The first step in understanding continuity is virtualization. This means that your database layers are virtualized in the stack and your infrastructure can create multiple nodes and instances for your workload, shuffling transaction and processing usage as needed. It is useful for scaling up and down easily and allows more redundancy to protect in case of outages. When one node goes down, whether for scheduled maintenance or unexpected failure, the other nodes are there to take its place and your customer is never the wiser. There are some software products that can help you design this virtualization (more…)
SAP ASE Always-On

SAP ASE Always-On Replication / Combining HA and DR – Best of both worlds

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The recent introduction of SAP’s Always-On HADR solution, (licensed) feature of Adaptive Server Enterprise, will have former Sybase clients thinking, “why did we ever toss Sybase in favor of brand X?” After all, Wall Street was built upon the speed and reliability of Sybase software. No other product came close to its dataserver, replication server, and client/server ground-breaking technology.  ASE and Replication Servers still play an integral part in our data services, especially with regard to speed, data integrity, and heterogeneous capability. I’ve been working with these two products for over 20 years from Replication Server 11.0.2 (when I used to pull my hair out) to the most recent 15.7.1 SP305. Now, in the post-Sybase era, the ASE/RS tag team has been given a fresh tank of oxygen and continues to thrive in the marketplace. Through the introduction of practical, user-desired features incorporated by SAP, Always-On HADR continues to be a cost-effective, reliable, robust solution for many clients planning or upgrading an OLTP, HA, or DR environment.SAP ASE Always-On HADR option Dobler Consulting has performed extensive evaluation and testing on the SAP Always-On HADR feature.   SAP ASE Always-On HADR Option Dobler Consulting has performed extensive evaluation and testing (more…)

Oracle Database

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The Oracle Database offers a multi-tenant architecture that makes  consolidating databases quick and simple while also offering cloud services. This database also includes in-memory data processing capabilities that deliver a breakthrough analytical performance. Additional database inventions deliver improved levels of performance, efficiency, security, and availability. What are the advantages of using an Oracle Database? Portability – Oracle is ported to more platforms than any of its competition, as it runs on more than 100 different hardware platforms and 20 different network protocols. Writing an Oracle application is safe from changes in direction in both hardware and software. Backup and Recovery – From online backups and recovery, to software tolerance and disk failure, Oracle offers some of the best overall solutions. Performance – Even with larger databases and amounts of data, the Oracle database and application runs quickly and efficiently without locking and loss of transaction control. Multiple Database Support – Oracle has a superior ability to manage multiple databases within the same transactions using various protocols. It is simple for users to move data to where it is needed from node to node and with data mirroring.  About Dobler Consulting Offering a wide array database services, Dobler Consulting is one of the (more…)

Upgrade Sybase ASE to Sybase ASE Cluster Edition – Step by Step

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Install the Sybase ASE Cluster Edition Software

Shared Installation

With the new Sybase ASE 15.5 version, you have to option to install the software either as shared installation or private installation. If you use the shared installation, you need to have access to a shared filesystem that is accessible from every node in the cluster. Although the shared installation is more convenient, it presents other risks like a single point of failure if the shared filesystem goes offline.

Private Installation

The private installation provides a dependency separation between nodes for added stability and protection. The private installation installs the Sybase software on each node, and does not require a shared filesystem. You need to maintain a strict file structure and placement discipline, because every node must access the software identically.

Pre-Upgrade Steps

Once you completed the prerequisites, you need to shift your focus to preparing the databases, and the database server.

  1. If you are upgrading Adaptive Server, the previously installed version of the server must be running. If you are upgrading Backup Server, Historical Server, Monitor Server, or XP Server, those servers must not be running.
  2. Stored procedure text in the syscomments table is required for the upgrade. If you deleted the text, you must add it back again.Note: As a best practice: if you don’t want to display the text, hide it by using the sp_hide_text stored procedure instead of deleting it.
  3. Resolve reserved words using quoted identifiers. This is a simple check by installing the upgrade package and then executing sp_checkreswords.Caution: This step is simple enough, but if omitted, can lead to serious issues during the upgrade process.

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Sybase ASE 15 Cluster Edition Step-By-Step Installation – Part 5

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Part 5 is the final part of the series and shows how to add an additional node to an existing Sybase cluster.

The 5 parts of this series are:

The instructions designed that non-Sybase DBA can perform these tasks. Sybase DBA will find that the steps are very similar to your standard ASE installation.

Please click here to read about how to setup and test the Sybase Cluster.

Add an Additional Node to the Sybase Cluster


The process adding a node to the cluster can be executed when the cluster is active. The steps are very simple and non-intrusive.

Note: As a pre-requisite the steps to setup the Linux environment for the original nodes must be followed before actually adding a node to the Sybase ASE cluster. The new node should already be configured with all network adapters, all the disks should have be mounted with right permissions etc.. Since the /sybase filesystem is a NFS share no other extra steps are needed for this preparation step. Simply follow the steps in the installation description. The only new raw filesystem that will be added is the temp device for the tempdb on the new node. This will be the new raw device raw 9 and must be mounted to all nodes.

The new /etc/raw looks like this and has to be the same in all nodes (asece1,asece2,asece3):

sybase@asece3:~> cat /etc/raw
# /etc/raw
# sample configuration to bind raw devices
# to block devices
# The format of this file is:
# raw:
# example:
# ---------
# raw1:hdb1
# this means: bind /dev/raw/raw1 to /dev/hdb1
# ...

Please make sure that the /dev/raw/raw9 is owned by the sybase user.

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Sybase ASE 15 Cluster Edition Step-By-Step Installation – Part 4

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Part 4 of the 5 part series on the step by step installation post focuses on setting up the Sybase cluster. Part 1 has a list and links to the download pages for this software.

The 5 parts of this series are:

The instructions designed that non-Sybase DBA can perform these tasks. Sybase DBA will find that the steps are very similar to your standard ASE installation.

Please click here to read about how to install the Sybase software.

Sybase Setup


Before continuing with the cluster install, each node needs to have a running agent waiting for the connection. Without this agent Sybase Cluster Edition will not install nor run.
On asece1 and asece2 as user sybase run this command.

$SYBASE_UA/bin/ &

This is the out from running the command. Make sure no errors are displayed.

sybase@asece1:~> $SYBASE_UA/bin/ &
[1] 12142
Node: asece1
Operating System: Linux
OS Architecture: x86_64
OS Version:
JAVA Runtime: /sybase/shared/jre150_012
java version "1.5.0_12"
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_12-b04)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.5.0_12-b04, mixed mode)
Message level: WARN
Creating a UAF nodes subdirectory representing the node asece1
Agent Home: /sybase/UAF-2_5/nodes/asece1
2008-11-25 15:44:53,500 INFO [main] Starting Unified Agent...
2008-11-25 15:44:53,508 INFO [main] Version: 2.5.0(983)
2008-11-25 15:44:53,705 INFO [main] Initializing BootstrapService...
2008-11-25 15:44:53,705 INFO [main] Starting BootstrapService...
2008-11-25 15:44:54,196 INFO [main] Host: asece1.cluster.local
2008-11-25 15:44:54,199 INFO [main] Agent home: /sybase/UAF-2_5/nodes/asece1
2008-11-25 15:44:54,409 INFO [main] Loading 7 primordial services...
2008-11-25 15:44:54,616 INFO [main] Registered Agent Service
2008-11-25 15:44:55,253 INFO [main] Initializing Agent Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:55,257 INFO [main] Starting Agent Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:55,802 INFO [main] Registered Environment Service
2008-11-25 15:44:56,516 INFO [main] Registered Configuration Service
2008-11-25 15:44:57,229 INFO [main] Registered Session Service
2008-11-25 15:44:57,543 INFO [main] Registered Security Service
2008-11-25 15:44:58,180 INFO [main] Registered Service Registration Service
2008-11-25 15:44:58,218 INFO [main] Initializing Service Registration Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:58,219 INFO [main] Starting Service Registration Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:58,656 INFO [main] Validated 9 extended services.
2008-11-25 15:44:58,656 INFO [main] Check circular dependencies...
2008-11-25 15:44:58,657 INFO [main] OK. No circular dependencies are found.
2008-11-25 15:44:58,837 INFO [main] Initializing RMI Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:58,928 INFO [main] Starting RMI Service...
2008-11-25 15:44:59,588 INFO [main] Agent URL in long format: service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://asece1.cluster.local:9999/agent
2008-11-25 15:44:59,588 INFO [main] Agent URL in short format: rmi://asece1.cluster.local:9999
2008-11-25 15:44:59,589 INFO [main] TDS Service will not be registered because registerOnStartup is false.
2008-11-25 15:44:59,592 INFO [main] SNMP Service will not be registered because registerOnStartup is false.
2008-11-25 15:44:59,593 INFO [main] DeploymentService: Found 1 dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:44:59,593 INFO [main] Dependent service RemoteShellService needs to be registered...
2008-11-25 15:44:59,809 INFO [main] DeploymentService: successfuly resolved dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:44:59,931 WARN [main] The template directories has been preset to: [/sybase/UAF-2_5/nodes/asece1/templates]
2008-11-25 15:45:00,275 INFO [main] SelfDiscoveryService: Found 1 dependencies.2008-11-25 15:45:00,279 INFO [main] Dependent service RMIService already registered.
2008-11-25 15:45:00,280 INFO [main] SelfDiscoveryService: successfuly resolved dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:45:00,801 INFO [main] Initializing Plugin Registration Service...2008-11-25 15:45:00,801 INFO [main] Starting Plugin Registration Service...
2008-11-25 15:45:00,875 INFO [main] Validated 2 plugin directories.
2008-11-25 15:45:01,238 INFO [main] Plugin registered. Updating lookup info...
2008-11-25 15:45:01,392 WARN [main] The Sybase home directory should be specified in the com.sybase.sysam agent-plugin.xml file.
2008-11-25 15:45:01,786 WARN [main] The Sysam home directory should be specified in the com.sybase.sysam agent-plugin.xml file.
2008-11-25 15:45:01,789 WARN [main] Log file could not be located. This may be that the license manager has not been started
2008-11-25 15:45:02,240 INFO [main] Plugin com.sybase.ase.snmp_2.0.0: Found 2 dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,419 INFO [main] Validated 9 extended services.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,420 INFO [main] Check circular dependencies...
2008-11-25 15:45:02,420 INFO [main] OK. No circular dependencies are found.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,425 INFO [main] TdsService: Found 1 dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,425 INFO [main] Dependent service RMIService already registered.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,426 INFO [main] TdsService: successfuly resolved dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,849 INFO [main] Validated 9 extended services.
2008-11-25 15:45:02,850 INFO [main] Check circular dependencies...
2008-11-25 15:45:02,850 INFO [main] OK. No circular dependencies are found.
2008-11-25 15:45:03,770 INFO [main] Plugin com.sybase.ase.snmp_2.0.0: successfuly resolved dependencies.
2008-11-25 15:45:04,059 INFO [main] Plugin registered. Updating lookup info...
2008-11-25 15:45:04,076 INFO [main] Finished loading primordial services.
2008-11-25 15:45:04,076 INFO [main] Bootstrap completed successfully.

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