Dan Sawyer

Dan
Sawyer

Dan Sawyer is a QA consultant and trainer who helps organizations test their databases and improve their development and administration practices. Dan is based in Tucson, AZ.

Articles
Automate Your Security Audits 1
Start with this stored procedure for tracking 15 commonly monitored checkpoints--and build on it by adding your own checks.
Build Your Own Automated Security Systems 1
Discover the keys to effective database-security testing: a well–thought-out testing plan, consistent reporting and bug-checking, and the use of scripts to automate testing tasks.
Pep Up T-SQL Procedure Testing 2
Wouldn't it be great to cut the time it takes to unit test T-SQL stored procedures? Well, now you can! You can automate your testing by using nothing more than Query Analyzer and a little T-SQL code. Here's the solution in four easy-to-implement parts.
Integration Testing
Piece by piece, then all together, test your application code by following this simple plan.
Unit-Test Your Stored Procedures 6
You're the one on the front lines; who better to drill your code to peak performance? Here's why and how to put stored procedures through their paces.

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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 16, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

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
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
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