Don Kiely

Don
Kiely

Don Kiely, MVP, MSCD, is a senior technology consultant specializing in developing secure desktop and Web applications that integrate databases and related technologies. When he isn’t writing software, he’s writing and speaking about it.

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Using SQL Server Permissions 3
Security got a major overhaul back in SQL Server 2005, and each new version has just made things better. Permissions are far more granular than they were in earlier versions of SQL Server, and you have a lot of control over who gets to do what in your server instance.
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Using SQL Server Spatial Data with .NET Applications

Learn how to get started using SQL Server's spatial data types with .NET applications.

SQL Server 2012 Keeps Your Data a Little More Secure
There's little that's revolutionary or radically new for security in SQL Server 2012, but there are a lot of nice enhancements that continue to refine server and database security.
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Key Ways to Secure ASP.NET Applications with a SQL Server Back End
It takes a lot of work and vigilance to secure ASP.NET applications that store data in SQL Server databases. Here are some key ways to protect your data while it’s in motion and at rest in the database.
Efficient Data Management in SQL Server 2008, Part 2 1
Sparse columns can give you significant storage savings, and you can use columns sets to efficiently update or retrieve sparse column data. Filtered indexes work with sparse columns and nonsparse columns to provide improved query performance.
Efficient Data Management in SQL Server 2008, Part 1
Sparse columns in SQL Server 2008 help minimize data storage space. Learn how to implement them in your tables for better data management.
Hack Your Database Before the Hackers Do
Fortify the security of your SQL Server environment by using an assortment of tools for locating servers, identifying security best practices, cracking passwords, and finding vulnerabilities.

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May 28, 2015
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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
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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