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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From the Blogs
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

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
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