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  • Blog Post: How SSMA Estimates Manual Conversion Time

    SSMA automates conversion of most statement. There are a few features and syntax which SSMA is unable to migrate. In such situation, SSMA issues a migration error and for each error, SSMA provides estimated manual conversion time. I often asked how do we come up with the time. Those manual estimation...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Sybase ASE to SQL Server – How to use SSMA for Sybase

    [Updated 2/7/2012 Jiafei Yuan - Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Sybase v5.2. The information provided below is still valid for SSMA for Sybase v5.2. Users should download the lastest SSMA for Sybase] In this blog, I’m going to walk you through the process of converting...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Sybase ASE to SQL Server: Similarities and Differences to Help in Planning a Migration Project

    [Updated 2/7/2012 Jiafei Yuan - Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Sybase v5.2. The information provided below is still valid for SSMA for Sybase v5.2. Users should download the lastest SSMA for Sybase] This blog post explores the similarities and differences between Sybase Adaptive...
  • Blog Post: Video: Automating Database Migration Using SSMA Console Application

    This video introduces SSMA console application which can automate your SSMA database migration tasks: Format: wmv Duration: 01:52 Detailed walkthough and sample file for using SSMA console application can be found here . Check out the other videos in this series: Introduction to...
  • Blog Post: Video: Analyzing Database Using SSMA

    This video walks you through database assessment feature of SSMA: Format: wmv Duration: 02:41 Check out the other videos in this series: Introduction to SSMA Planning Your Database Migration Analyzing Database Using SSMA Converting Schema to SQL Server Migrating Data Using...
  • Blog Post: Protecting DBA’s secret

    One common challenge for a migration project is for a DBA to give password to access a database that he/she owns. This article shows an approach where DBA can keep the password while allowing a separate migration team to run assessment and migration. This is done through SSMA console application which...
  • Blog Post: Part3: Creating a Custom SSMA Report

    In the last part of this installment, I will show an example of SSRS report using the data we parsed in part 2 and extracted from SSMA in part1 . For this report, I would like to list all projects and its aggregate conversion rate, number of object, and number of errors. If there are multiple runs of...
  • Blog Post: Part2: Creating a Custom SSMA Report

    This is part 2 of the article for creating custom SSMA report using SSIS and SSRS. In the previous post , we discussed how to use SSIS package to extract XML files containing SSMA assessment report information into SQL Server table. This week, we will discuss how to parse the XML data. First, let...
  • Blog Post: Part1: Creating a Custom SSMA Report

    SSMA provides a migration assessment report to help you identify potential migration issues . You can generate the assessment report by selecting source schema, right click and select Create Report . Alternatively, you can also click on the Create Report button on the top navigation bar. The report...
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