Where are the Unified Service Desk (USD) help topics?

If you are getting a “This topic is no longer available” message while browsing to the Unified Service Desk (USD) help topics that you found through search or if you had bookmarked it earlier, this post helps to address it, and help you find the topics you were looking for. For the Microsoft Dynamics CRM…

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Comparing Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS)

This post describes some of the ways that Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS) differ in their processes and some of the ways in which they are similar. The information in this post is taken from the Cleanse and Match Master Data by Using EIM Whitepaper to ensure that the content is…

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Data Quality Services (DQS) Community Resources

The DQS community is growing stronger everyday since the feature got introduced in SQL Server 2012, and there is some excellent content generated by our community members for DQS. To supplement the learning through the community and to leverage the hands-on knowledge of our DQS experts, I have created a TechNet Wiki article that contains links to all the wonderful DQS…

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Whitepaper on building an AlwaysOn HADR solution for DQS using Availability Groups

A whitepaper is now available on building an AlwaysOn high-availability and disaster-recovery (HADR) solution for DQS using the Availability Groups feature in SQL Server 2012. You can download the whitepaper from here. The unit of failover in an Availability Group is a group of user databases only. However, just failing over 3 DQS databases is…

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Data Quality Services (DQS) Case Studies

Did you get a chance to look at the DQS case studies that showcase how customers use DQS in their organizations to resolve real-world data quality issues. Check out the following 12 DQS case studies: Realty Trac Areva Vienna International Airport Heraeus Holding Vizio New Zealand Ministry of Health China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corporation…

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Control access at the database level using the improved Windows Azure SQL Database firewall rules

Windows Azure SQL Database firewall prevents access to your SQL Database server to help protect your data. You can specify firewall rules to control access to your SQL database server by specifying ranges of acceptable IP addresses. However, these firewall rules were defined at the server level, and enabled clients to access your entire SQL…

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Download Books Online (Product Documentation) for SQL Server 2012

—————————————————————————-  UPDATE as on April 8, 2015: The online SQL Server documentation now has a dedicated topic on how you can install and manage Books Online (BOL). See here for the most up-to-date information: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms166020(v=sql.120).aspx. —————————————————————————- If you are wondering why you don’t have a local copy of Books Online for SQL Server 2012, here is the…

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