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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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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