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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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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