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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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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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