How to Set Up Managed Backups in SQL Server 2014

Azure, SQL Server 2014
Earlier this week I introduced the concept of Managed Backups (and caused less of a turmoil than I thought I would). Now I want to show you how it works. It's really simple and quite well documented. Before you get to the, insanely simple, task of actually enabling Managed Backup, you will need to go through the prerequisites. First, and this should be obvious, but I'll state it, just in case, you need to set up an Azure storage account. That's so insanely straight forward that I'm not going to say more. Then, you have to set up encryption on your system. I used these commands to prep it: [crayon-5a6d0e2fd27fa123448697/] Again, shouldn't have to say this, but covering my bases, don't lose that password. You might need it later. You'll…
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Introducing Managed Backups in SQL Server 2014

Azure, SQL Server 2014
Some of the new functionality of 2014 is straight forward, non-controversial and easily welcomed by the community. Think, updateable column store indexes. Some of the new functionality is going to raise an eyebrow or three (most of the time, not on one person, but you know the #sqlfamily, we have some interesting mutations represented). Think... managed backups. Now, why on earth would a process that takes backups for you, including log backups, does it automatically per a schedule and/or when data has changed sufficiently, stores it offsite for protection and is easy to set up and maintain going to cause so much controversy? Hey, I'm wrong, it won't, move along... Or, maybe, I'm right, and this is going to raise more than eyebrows. We're talking about surrendering control over your…
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