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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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 4

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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