Identify the best Azure SQL Database SKU for your on-premises database by using the Database Migration Assistant

Migrating your databases to the cloud is a complicated and time-consuming task that involves a lot of variables, such as what to migrate, how to migrate it, and the target and SKU to which you should migrate it. Our goal with the Database Migration Assistant (DMA) is to answer these questions and to make your…


Release: Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v3.6

Overview The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) enables you to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality on your new version of SQL Server. The tool recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment. DMA allows you to move your schema, data, and uncontained objects from your…


Release: Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v3.5

Overview The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) enables you to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality on your new version of SQL Server. The tool recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment. DMA allows you to move your schema, data, and uncontained objects from your…

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Enhance Power BI with DAX

Power BI (PBI) is a suite of business analytics tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. The ease of use and powerful features enable PBI to gain a great reception in the market since it was introduced in July 2015. You can find the latest releases, learning guide, detailed documentation as well as in-depth discussion…


Database as a Service (DaaS) Solution

Introduction “We would like to have the data flow to our clients like ‘water from the faucet” stated the customer for which this solution was designed. This on-premises (on-prem) SQL Server based application contains crucial financial data for the external clients of this customer. External clients using this solution subscribe to this data and there…


Report on your consolidated Assessments With PowerBI

In a previous post How to consolidate Assessment Reports we looked at a method to consolidate the JSON output files from the DmaCmd.exe command line tool into SQL Server. Now lets look at a method to put some basic reports on top of that data. For this we will use PowerBi which you can download…

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How to consolidate Assessment Reports

Starting from Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v 2.1, DMA provides command-line support for running assessments in unattended mode.  This feature helps to run the assessments at scale.  The command-line version of DMA generates the assessment results in the form of a JSON or CSV file. You can assess multiple databases in a single instantiation of…

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Released: Data Migration Assistant (DMA) v3.0

Overview The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) enables you to upgrade to a modern data platform by detecting compatibility issues that can impact database functionality on your new version of SQL Server. It recommends performance and reliability improvements for your target environment. It also allows you to not only move your schema, data, but also uncontained…


Database Experimentation Assistant – Replay Trace

Replay trace allows you to replay a trace file (.trc) on another environment. For example, if a production workload is currently run out of SQL Server 2008 R2, the trace file for this workload would need to be replayed twice. Once on an environment with the same SQL Server as production, and secondly on an…

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Data Migration Assistant: Configuration settings

Certain behavior of Data Migration Assistant (DMA) could be tweaked or fine tuned using configuration values from dma.exe.config file. Here are few key configuration values.  Note You can find the configuration file at  %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Data Migration Assistant\dma.exe.config, if using DMA desktop application %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Data Migration Assistant\dmacmd.exe.config if using DMA command line utility Please save a copy…

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