Azure SQL News Update: February 2022
Published Feb 02 2022 09:00 AM 3,909 Views

Usually, Data Exposed goes live at 9AM PT on LearnTV on the first Wednesday of the month. Every 4 weeks, we’ll do a News Update. We’ll include product updates, videos, blogs, etc. as well as upcoming events and things to look out for.  This month, we didn't do an episode, but if you want to catch other episodes, you can find them all at


You can read this blog to get all the updates and references for February. Here’s the February 2022 update:


Product updates

The Azure SQL, SQL Server and other database teams at Microsoft have been hard at work the past month. We have so many cool things in the oven that I cannot wait to share out over 2022 as they land.


In January, one of the big updates for SQL Server was the release of Cumulative Update 15 for SQL Server 2019. This included some fixes as well as several improvements to the SQL Engine for Linux. One Linux improvement is that mssql-conf and adutil (utilities for running SQL Server on Linux) have been added to SQL Server 2019, enabling you to reduce the number of Active Directory (AD) customer service requests on Linux by simplifying deployment and rotate AD key tabs without downtime.


As with most months, several drivers/packages also have released updates, including for PHP, JDBC, and .NET. It’s nice to see that the changes and improvements we are making that are not language specific are being applied across the packages.


Additionally, there were several updates mentioned last month, that now have deeper dive blogs posted on both the Azure SQL Techcommunity and Azure Database Support blogs. Two that caught my eye are around backup storage redundancy and outbound firewall rules. There have also been some great blogs on cost management and automation. For the full list, keep reading!      


Other database updates

Here are some updates from our open-source databases and Cosmos DB:

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Database for PostgreSQL-Hyperscale (Citus)

Azure Database for MySQL

Azure Cosmos DB Conf 2022 - Call for Papers  

Call for speakers for Citus Con: An Event for Postgres


Generally available: Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): New certifications


General availability: Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) in new regions

Generally available: Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server in two new regions


Azure Database for MySQL: Extending Long Term Retention by using containers





We continued to release new and exciting Azure SQL episodes this month. Here is the list, or you can just see the playlist we created with all the episodes!

  • Drew Skwiers-Koballa: Introduction to Azure SQL Bindings for Azure Functions
  • [MVP Edition] Heini Ilmarinen: Azure AD for Azure Data Services: Synapse Edition
  • Chris Rininger: How to Leverage Centrally-managed Azure Hybrid Benefit to Save Money, Manage Cost and Stay Compliant
  • Ebru Ersan: Azure SQL VM: Optimally Configure SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines with SQL Assessment (Ep. 7)
  • Lior Kamrat: Azure Arc-enabled Data Services Directly Connected Mode Breakdown

We’ve also had some great Data Exposed Live sessions. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see them all and get notified when we stream. Here are some of the recent live streams.

  • Azure SQL January 2022 News Updates
  • Azure SQL & SQL Server 2022: Intelligent Database Futures
  • Azure SQL News Update: Year in Review
  • Welcome to SQL Server 2022 Live!



As always, our team is busy writing blogs to share with you all. Blogs contain announcements, tips and tricks, deep dives, and more. Here’s the list I have of SQL-related topics you might want to check out.


Upcoming events

As always, there are a lot of events coming up. Here are a few to put on your calendar and register for from the Azure Data team:

2/25: Northern Virginia Data Platform MeetUp

3/8 -12: SQL Bits 2022

4/4-7: SQL Server & Azure SQL Conference

Plus find new, on-demand Data Exposed episodes released every Thursday at


Until next time…

That’s it for now! Be sure to check back next month for the latest updates on LearnTV. We also release new episodes on Thursdays at 9AM PST and new #MVPTuesday episodes on the last Tuesday of every month at 9AM PST at


Having trouble keeping up? Be sure to follow us on twitter to get the latest updates on everything, @AzureSQL.


We hope to see you next time, on Data Exposed :)

--Anna and Marisa

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