Brian Knight

Brian
Knight

Brian Knight is a SQL Server MVP and is the founder and owner of Pragmatic Works. He's a contributing columnist for several technical magazines and has written more than 15 SQL Server books.

Articles
Troubleshooting a Failed Installation
Learn tips for figuring out a failure in SQL Server installation on a Windows Server 2003 cluster.
Network Setup Options
Learn about the three network setup options you can choose from when setting up clustering for SQL Server.
Clustering SQL Server 3
Many DBAs and systems administrators are intimidated by the idea of SQL Server clustering. But by breaking the process into these six manageable steps, you can set up a clustered environment to provide high availability for SQL Server.
DTS Grows Up 3
SQL Server 2000's Data Transformation Services is full of new and improved tasks that make transforming your data faster and easier than ever.
Configuring SQL Server 2000 Options 5
By eliminating some options and revamping others, Microsoft helps you to better configure SQL Server.
Database Scanner 4.0.1
Lock down your SQL Server 7.0 and 6.x systems with Internet Security Systems' security-scanning tool.
SQLAudit 1.7 1
Red Matrix Technologies' auditing tool provides an easy-to-use trigger-based system for tracking inserts, updates, and deletes to your data.
SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 2 1
SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) includes more than 170 known fixes to SQL Server 7.0 and 20 fixes to OLAP Services. Here's a guide to installing SP2.
Linked Servers 9
Linked servers, the core technology in SQL Server 2000 distributed partitioned views, let you use distributed queries to query a SQL Server or non-SQL Server database as if it were on the local server.
Reader to Reader: Undocumented Stored Procedures
Extended stored procedures are a useful way to display information about files or your system. Any noninteractive program you can write in C or C++, you can write as an extended stored procedure as long as it's compiled as a DLL file.
Exercise - 01 Nov 1999
Creating a SQL Server Agent job
Exercise - 29 Oct 1999
Auditing a table
Reader to Reader: Undocumented Power
In SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0, Microsoft ships a set of stored procedures that let you use a one-line cursor query for querying the master database for all tables or databases and performing an action on the results.

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Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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