Three phased approaches to getting your SQL Server database into source control

Challenge

Database development teams show an increasing interest in getting their SQL Server databases into source control. However, depending on the team’s actual needs, their development plan and the level of source control integration required, there are various ways to achieve getting a database under source control.

January 25, 2017

How to delete old database backup files automatically in SQL Server

Introduction

While working with a number of databases, creating a recovery plan can be challenging, especially if we want a foolproof design. Automated backup and restore strategies ensures the recovery plan is successful. However, strategies relying on frequent backups, although part of a sound strategy, can start causing issues when available storage space becomes limited. Old database backups are in many cases unnecessary, and it is often prudent to delete those backups to increase available storage. This can be done manually or automatically. There are several options to delete old backup files automatically in SQL Server:

January 19, 2017

Automatically comparing and synchronizing data changes in a SQL Server database

For the second use case, when only data changes are made to the source control repository, a combination of 3rd party applications – ApexSQL Build and ApexSQL Data Diff, can be used to perform this Sync step. ApexSQL Build can be used to build a database from the source control repository along with its static data, while ApexSQL Data Diff can be used to synchronize data from the built database to a QA database.

January 13, 2017

Automatically comparing and synchronizing SQL Server database schema changes

If only schema changes are made in the source control repository, a 3rd party tool – ApexSQL Diff can be used to perform the schema synchronization. ApexSQL Diff is a tool that can be used to compare and synchronize schema differences between live SQL database, source control repositories, database backups, script folders and ApexSQL snapshots. It can handle any dependencies, triggers, etc. and create an error-free synchronization script, while ensuring a database integrity.

January 13, 2017

How to automatically process SQL Server databases with Unit tests

In order to begin this process, first the tSQLt, (SQL Server database unit testing framework) has to be installed on the database which will be used for unit testing. This can be done manually in SSMS by right-clicking the selected database in the Object explorer, find the Unit tests menu and select Install tSQLt.

January 13, 2017

How to automatically create synthetic test data for a SQL Server database

ApexSQL Generate is a tool that can populate SQL databases with test data using multiple generators for each column. It supports a full range of SQL data types and has an ability to recognize them in a loaded SQL database and provide real-world test data based on contained data types. It can generate: randomized test data using the Random generator and various options, and using the Regular expression generator, sequential data using the Incremental generator, and much more.

January 13, 2017