Iain Kick


Iain Kick is a senior technical consultant at Computacenter for SQL Server. He has more than 10 years of experience working with SQL Server. He blogs at www.iainkick.com.

Step-by-Step Approach to Differential Backup and Recovery
DBAs have been reluctant to use differential backups in the past, but it’s a practice that DBAs need to understand and implement as databases grow larger.
Determining How Much Data Has Changed
If you’re not sure whether the data in your database changes a lot or a little, you can use the undocumented (and therefore unsupported) DBCC PAGE command to retrieve information from the differential bitmap page and display it in a readable format. The command’s syntax is:
DBCC PAGE ( {'dbname' | dbid}, filenum,

  pagenum [, printopt={0|1|2|3} ])

Digital Magazine Archives

Browse back issues of SQL Server Pro, from January 2007 through the last issue published in April 2014. Find the back issues here.


From the Blogs
Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
SQL Server Pro Forums

Get answers to questions, share tips, and engage with the SQL Server community in our Forums.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×