Reporting of SPLA licenses usually was a challenge for big service providers. Some service providers collect the list of needed SPLA licenses manually every month, others use 3rd-party tools like Odin Service Automation to automate this task. But recently Microsoft launched an early adoption program of a set of tools, which automate and simplify SPLA reporting. There is no official name of this toolkit, so I will call it SPLA Reporting.
In the next posts I will show you how to deploy this set of tools. But let's start with the introduction to the solution first.
Last Friday Azure Stack Technical Preview 1 was published. Now anyone can install it in a lab environment and get "Azure in your own datacenter". To download Azure Stack TP1, go here. Technical documentation regarding the deployment is available here.
We've already started testing Azure Stack in a lab environment. So expect a lot of information about Azure Stack soon. First advice - don’t try to cheat with Hardware Requirements :)
Using SQL Server Agent as an application workflow engine makes it one of the most expensive scheduling and batch processing tools there is. It's not in Azure SQL Database, but included are two features that do it better.
If SQL Server is something you talk to your customers about, then please ensure April 12th 2016 is marked on your and their calendars. This is when support for SQL Server 2005 ends, and conversations about upgrading to SQL Server 2016 should start (if they haven’t already!). Help your customers plan, budget and execute a smooth upgrade. Learn more about the upgrade opportunity and resources available to you. Register for the webinar on Thursday February 25th at 12 noon.