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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Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

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
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