Brian Lawton

Brian
Lawton

Brian Lawton is an independent consultant specializing in data warehousing and in solving the design, implementation, and deployment challenges created when integrating OLTP databases with their applications. He is an MCSE, an MCDBA, and an MCSD.

Articles
Smart Data Validation
Regardless of the size and speed of your database, if you can’t trust your data, it’s useless. Learn how you can use some basic database best practices to set up your database and processing environment to enforce validation automatically.
Buried Treasure in Your Backyard
With SQL Server 2005 still on the distant horizon, how can you get the most out of your SQL Server 2000 system today? Dig into these seven valuable and often overlooked features.
Mastering DTS
DTS can jumpstart your career by helping you master ETL implementation.
DTS Scripts and Tricks 5
Put DTS through its paces by applying these common scripting patterns to package development, including invoking a package from within another package, accessing properties the Package Designer doesn't directly expose, and more.
Data Warehousing: Back to Basics 2
Careful planning can make your data warehouse a success. Use these tips and tricks for planning a successful data-warehousing project.
DTS: Error Handling Revealed 2
Find out how DTS deals with errors, and you'll be on your way to building robust custom packages.
Standalone DTS 2
Discover how to leverage DTS’ power and flexibility in a non-SQL Server environment.
Creating DTS Custom Transformations 1
Custom transformations in DTS offer powerful maintainability, functionality, and performance. Here's an example showing how you can use a Visual C++ extension to build a custom transformation that generates XML documents from database tables.
DTS Development Handbook, Part 2
The DTS masters guide you through common development problems, including timestamp data types.
Constructing DTS Custom Tasks 4
We explain how to use custom packages to leverage the DTS object model further by examining custom tasks, what they are, and why you might use them. We then detail how to build a custom task and how to use it both graphically and programmatically.
Migrating from SQL Server 6.5 to 7.0 1
The SQL Server Magazine migration alerts you to compatibility conflicts you'll encounter in migrating from SQL Sever 6.5 to 7.0
The DTS Development Guide 6
Do you have a DTS question about error handling, package execution, extensibility, or data-driven queries? You're not alone. Let our experts help!
Pump Up the Power of DTS 1
Leverage the power of Data Transformation Services (DTS) by using its native COM interfaces.
Unleash the Power of DTS 3
Data Transformation Services (DTS) is a SQL Server 7.0 utility service that provides import, export, and data manipulation capabilities between OLE DB, ODBC, and ASCII data stores.
Using DTS to Populate a Data Warehouse 3
Learn how DTS attacks two troublesome warehousing tasks, data acquisition and data transformation, and how easily you can use the DTS Package Designer to script a package.

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Feb 25, 2015
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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
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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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