Jayleen Heft

Former Editor, Web Content Manager,
SQL Server Pro

Jayleen is the former SQL Server Pro editor and web content manager. Responsibilities included writing, managing the SQL Server Pro website, and working with authors to acquire and edit technical SQL Server articles. She also handled SQL Server training development and management for web seminars, virtual trade shows, and the IT/Dev Connections Conference. In addition, Jayleen managed the SQL Server Pro social media accounts including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Actifio 6.1 Delivers Advanced Integration with SQL Server and Hyper-V Environments
At PASS Summit 2014, Actifio, a copy data virtualization company, announced new platform features for enterprise users of SQL Server and Hyper-V environments.
New, Free SQL Server Index Maintenance Solution: Minion Reindex
Index maintenance is critical to database performance, yet a huge number of shops don't have a decent solution in place. The MidnightDBA team has announced the release of Minion Reindex, a new, free index maintenance solution for SQL Server.
Goodbye Big Data, Hello All Data?
Big Data doesn't really mean anything. With SQL Server 2014 and the democratization of data, it appears that "traditional data" and Big Data are merging.
2015 IT/Dev Connections Sept.14-18 at Las Vegas ARIA
We are excited to announce that IT/Dev Connections 2015 will take place September 14-18, 2015 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas!
Welcome to the IdeaXchange Community 1
IdeaXchange is a community devoted to sharing and expanding expertise and knowledge across the SQL Server technology market.
A Look at SQL Server and Data-Related Salaries in 2015
Citing current business trends, the Robert Half Technology 2015 Salary Guide indicates specialized IT professionals in mobile, security, and big data will be especially in demand during 2015.
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Emerging Data Culture Makes it an Exciting Time to Be a SQL Server DBA
Never before has it felt like SQL Server was on the leading edge of technology. But now, SQL Server 2014, and some of the new ancillary tools, have really changed that in the past year.
SQL Server 2008 SP4 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 Released
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 SP4 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 for all customers with existing SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 deployments.
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Take the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey! The survey will be open until October 24. We will start sharing insights in November and will publish the full survey results in early 2015.
GenesisOne's T-SQL Source Code Unscrambler
T-SQL Unscrambler Automatically Documents Legacy Code for SQL Server
GenesisOne has released version 2 of its T-SQL Source Source Code Unscrambler—the industry's first tool to read SQL code and automatically create professional, data-flow documentation without altering the code in any way.
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10 Resources for Tackling SQL Server Errors
Check out these 10 helpful resources for addressing SQL Server errors.
IdeaXchange: What It Means for SQL Server Pro
IdeaXchange is a user-first, user-generated content offering available to SQL Server Pro's readers. Here's what it means for readers..
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SQL Server 2014 Cumulative Update 3 Now Available
Microsoft has released the cumulative update package 3 (Build number: 12.0.2402.0) for SQL Server 2014.
10 SQL Server Indexing Essentials
Great tips for proper SQL Server indexing to make a sluggish database perform better.
SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle
SQL Server Migration Assistant v6.0 for Oracle Available
The latest version of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA), a free tool from Microsoft that simplifies the database migration process from Oracle to SQL Server and Azure SQL DB, is now available for download.

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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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