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New Products - 28 Aug 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from SQL Sentry, Quest Software, Sentrigo, and AMB.
SQL Server Magazine Editors' Best Awards 2008 2
After many sleepless nights, our editors have compiled the best products of 2008 in 12 categories, including Product of the Year. Find out who earned the highest honors in our annual Editors' Best awards.
A Misfire in Backup Compression Shootout? 1
A reader disagrees with comparative review's findings.
SQL Server 2000 Code for Temporal Histograms
If you're running SQL Server 2000, use the code linked to this document in place of Listing 3 and Listing 4 in "Temporal Histograms," May 2008, InstantDoc ID 98360.
New Products - 29 Apr 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from LogRhythm, Embarcadero, Vertica, and Markus Gruber.
What's New in SQL Server 2008? 1

In this instructional video, Alex Ji takes you through the main components of SQL Server 2008 while answering the question: “Why Should I use SQL Server 2008.”

You will gain an understanding of what SQL Server 2008 is and how it can be used to store important corporate data.

New Products - 25 Jan 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from Acronis, Dundas, ISC, and TulaSoft.
Protecting Your Data: Mirroring in SQL Server 2008

In this instructional video, Randy Dyess discusses the database mirroring feature found in SQL Server 2008.

Randy walks you through database mirroring architecture and how this feature has changed since its release in SQL Server 2005. Throughout the video you will be offered insights into how you can best use database mirroring to achieve high availability and data protection.

Under the Hood: Performance Tuning SQL Server 2008

In this instructional video, Randy Dyess discusses the features of SQL Server 2008 that will help SQL Server database administrators optimize and tune their database environments.

You will learn about the built-in features of SQL Server 2008 that make it easier for database administrators to understand and adjust the performance characteristics of their databases.

How Can I Secure Data? Security in SQL Server 2008

In this instructional video, Randy Dyess discusses security in SQL Server 2008. You will learn the fundamentals of SQL Server 2008 data security and how you can use this security in your database environments.

Randy also discusses security starting from the server to the database and then finally to the data itself. This video will cover both security permissions and data encryption.

Building Your Data Warehouse
Give us your feedback about these data warehousing topics, which Michelle Poolet will discuss in future Solutions by Design articles.
SQL Server Standouts
SQL Server Magazine gives you information about database-related hardware, software, and services in every issue. In our second annual Editors' Choice Awards, we honor the best of the best from all the products we've covered in the past year.
The Best of TechEd 2007
The sixth annual Best of TechEd Awards took place in June and highlighted outstanding products from Microsoft partners. Here are the top SQL Server-related product winners.
The Right Way to Calculate a Leap-Year Birthday? 1
A reader responds to Itzik's fifth DATETIME column by providing some code that might provide a better solution for calculating a leap-year birthday.
Industry Bytes - 19 Apr 2007
Our editors share insights from their conversations with AppDev Products and Pillar Data Systems.

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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 4

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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
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