SQL Server IaaS Agent Extension

Let’s say you have completed a lift and shift VM hosting to the cloud.  Great—you now use Iaas services.  While you don’t have to worry about the hardware, managing the software can be problematic.  The SQL Server IaaS Agent Extension can offer some PaaS-like services and make it easier to manage the database environment.  In this episode we chat with Ameena Lalani from Microsoft about this feature, why you might want to enable it, the prerequisites, and the downsides.  She also shares her daily guilty pleasure and Kevin lets it be known he doesn’t put toppings on his ice cream anymore.

3 Takeaways

  1. The IaaS Agent Extension gives you PaaS functionality in an IaaS environment.
  2. You’ll need to understand your licensing arrangement to implement the feature.
  3. If you choose a pre-installed configuration from the marketplace, the service is already in place.

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Our Guest

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Ameena Lalani

Ameena Lalani is a SQL Server veteran and started her journey with SQL Server 2000. She works at Microsoft as a Customer Engineer. She has implemented numerous High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions at various companies. She imparts high quality SQL Server on-prem and in Azure training to her customers. Ameena is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. She is a co-leader of the local Chicago SQL Server User Group. She loves to share her knowledge and volunteers to speak at various community technical events throughout the United States. In her free time, she plays with her cat Seby, read books and take walks in nature.

They can go to a VM, and then from there they figure out how they will work with the data, and then they can migrate to the Managed Instance from VM. Some companies take a path like that.

Ameena Lalani

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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