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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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