SQL Server

News and announcements related to the SQL Server platform (on-prem and cloud)

Submitted my session on “Global Azure 2020” event!

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I just submitted my session for this year’s Azure event “Global Azure 2020” happening in Athens, Greece. I’m a bit stressed since this is my session after many years but also excited as I will be speaking on a subject that touches my two most favorite subjects and that is SQL and Azure.

This time I will be focusing on SQL Server FCI deployed on Azure Shared Disks, a new feature of Microsoft Azure currently in Preview. It will be a practical guide on how to implement such a solution and I hope it will be fun for everyone.

Don’t forget to check the event news and register!

You can find more here about the event.

See you there!

Released: OLE DB Driver 18 for SQL Server

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OLE DB Driver 18.3 for SQL Server was released this week, bringing additional Azure Active Directory authentication methods directly into the driver.


  • Added support for additional Azure Active Directory authentication methods: ActiveDirectoryInteractive and ActiveDirectoryMSI (Using Azure Active Directory)
  • Embedded Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). A separate installation of ADAL is no longer required to use certain authentication methods.

You can find more here

Released: ODBC Driver 17.4 for SQL Server

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Version 17.4 of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server has been released. Version 17.4 brings several added features and fixed issues.


  • Support for Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves
  • Support for dynamic loading of OpenSSL (on Linux/macOS)
  • Support for insertion of UTF-8 data against SQL Server 2019
  • Support for configuring TCP Keep Alive settings
  • Support for Debian 10
  • Support for RedHat 8
  • Support for Ubuntu 19.04
  • Support for connecting to named instances on Linux and macOS

You can read more here