Distributed Availability Groups extended

SQL Server 2016 supports distributed availability groups (AG) as additional HA feature of the engine. Today we want to show how this feature can be used to transfer near-real-time productive data around the globe. Based on Jürgens Blog about SQL Server 2016 Distributed Availability Groups we set up a Primary AG with the SAP Database (e.g…. Read more

Few interesting findings on HANA with MDC

Few interesting findings on HANA with MDC I was working on HANA with MDC and had few very interesting learnings. If you have been using non- MDC HANA databases, you may come across those scenarios. This article summarizes the issues and their resolutions. Setup Configuration I had following setup for SAP HANA during my testing…. Read more

Protecting SAP Solutions with Azure Site Recovery

Protect SAP Applications Most large and medium sized SAP solutions have some form of Disaster Recovery solution. The importance of robust and testable Disaster Recovery solutions has increased as more core business processes are moved to applications such as SAP. Azure Site Recovery has been tested and integrated with SAP applications and exceeds the capabilities… Read more

High Available ASCS for Windows on File Share – Shared Disk No Longer Required

SAP Highly Available ASCS Now Supports File Share UNC Source SAP has released documentation and a new Windows Cluster DLL that enables the SAP ASCS to leverage a SMB UNC source as opposed to a Cluster Shared Disk. The solution has been tested and documented by SAP for usage in non-productive systems and can be… Read more

Customer experience with SAP BW FEMS-Pushdown

A few months ago we released a new SAP BW statement generator, which increases BW query performance for complex queries containing FEMS filters, see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2017/03/06/bw-queries-by-factors-faster-using-fems-pushdown. In the meanwhile, a few customers who tested the new feature, provided feedback to the “SAP on SQL Server development”. Based on this feedback, we further improved the performance of… Read more

End to End Setup for SAP HANA Large Instances

So, you are ready for “SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances” deployment, Great! And, you want to know the step by step process with screen shots to start the work? Then you are reading the right article. This blog illustrates the various steps required for the SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances (or in short… Read more

SAP OS/DB Migration to SQL Server–FAQ v6.2 April 2017

The FAQ document attached to this blog is the cumulative knowledge gained from hundreds of customers that have moved off UNIX/Oracle and DB2 to Windows and SQL Server in recent years. In this document a large number of recommendations, tools, tips and common errors are documented.  It is recommended to read this document before performing… Read more

More Questions From Customers About SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption – TDE + Azure Key Vault

Recently many customers have been moving from AIX and HPUX to Windows 2016 & SQL Server 2016 running on Azure as these UNIX platforms are no longer mainstream, developed or invested by their vendors Most of these customers are deploying TDE to protect the Database files and backups. Encrypting databases with strong ciphers like AES-256… Read more

Large Australian Energy Company Modernizes SAP Applications & Moves to Azure Public Cloud

This blog is a technical overview of a project recently completed by a large Australian Energy Company (the Company) over the past 12 months to transform the Company’s SAP Solution from an End of Life HPUX/Oracle platform to a modern SQL Server 2016 solution running on the Azure Public Cloud. This blog focuses on the… Read more

How to slowdown a SQL Server Database Backup

Yes, you read correctly. We are not talking about accelerating a SQL Server database backup. In our customer case we encountered the challenge to slow down the full database backup execution of a SQL Server database underneath the customer’s SAP ERP system. How did we get into this situation? In short the story reads: We… Read more