Scheduling Azure ML Compute Instances

Not too long ago, I mentioned that compute instances in Azure Machine Learning are lacking one critical thing: auto-stop functionality. The single biggest problem I have with compute instances is that there is no auto-stop functionality to them. This is really frustrating because you’re paying for that virtual machine like you would any other, so…

Getting the SQL Server Product Key via Powershell

I was working on an upgrade recently, trying to move from SQL Server 2016 to SQL Server 2019. I wanted to perform an upgrade in-place on an Azure VM, but needed to get the product key. There are a few places where you can find Powershell functions to get this product key, with Ryan @…

Upcoming Events: Data Platform Summit 2020

I've talked about Data Platform Summit before, but now that we're close to go time, I wanted to mention it again. This year, I will be presenting one breakout session and one training class. The breakout session is entitled Optimizing Backup Performance using Data Science Techniques. In it, I walk through the configuration settings we…

SQL Saturday Raleigh

SQL Saturday Raleigh 2019 is now live. It will take place on Saturday, April 27th at Wake Technical Community College's RTP campus. For the past three events, we hosted at William Peace University, which I absolutely enjoyed having as a venue. But with Wake Tech opening a campus just a couple of miles from the…