Dawn Cyr


Dawn Cyr is a former senior editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Simple Audit Solution Provides Tight Security
A reader highlights his favorite product: Audit DB.
Tool Proves That Value Doesn’t Always Have a Price Tag
A reader highlights his favorite product: DTSBackup 2000
New Products, November 2005
Learn about new and improved SQL Server–related products including SQL Stripes and Diana, a database-entity browser, finder, and information provider.
New Products, December 2005
Get the scoop on SQL Server–related products including DB Ghost 4.0 and SQL Examiner 1.1.
New Products, October 2005
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products.
Trackable Transaction Logs Bring Peace of Mind
A reader highlights his favorite product: Log Explorer
Practical BI: Tools at Hand Are Tools of Choice
Voters choose Microsoft's built-in BI tools as their favorites.
ADO, XML, and IDEs: Full-Featured Tools Spell Success for Developers
Readers choose their favorite developer tools.
Governmental Requirements Push Data-Protection Vendors to Comply
Readers chose disaster-prevention and recovery tools that help them comply with governmental legislation for data protection.
New Products, September 2005
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products.
Fast Indexing and Returns Enable Data Mining
A reader highlights his favorite product: SQL Turbo
New Products, August 2005
Check out SQL Server–related products such as HindSight 2005 and Firestreamer-DVD 1.6.
Proactive Alerting Prevents Downtime 1
A reader highlights his favorite product: SQLCentric.
New Products, July 2005
Get the scoop on SQL Server–related products such as Tableau and Panorama 4.5.
New Products, June 2005
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products.

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New Power BI Designer unifies the “power” tools
Jun 3, 2015

Power BI Preview Gaining Market Momentum

As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next....More
Evolution of SQL Server continues
Jun 3, 2015

What is Coming in SQL Server 2016 for Business Intelligence 1

Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences....More
May 28, 2015

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
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