Jeff James

Jeff
James

Jeff James is industry news analyst for Windows IT Pro. He was previously editor-in-chief of Microsoft's TechNet Magazine, was an editorial director at the LEGO Company, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology writer and journalist.

Articles
SQL Server Backup and Recovery Software 2
Tips from SQL Server backup and recovery experts can help you decide when to upgrade from SQL Server's native backup capability to a third-party solution, and what features to look for.
LINQ (Language Integrated Query)
What is LINQ? We'll describe what LINQ is in this first post to our new SQL Server Magazine online glossary.
SQL Server Hardware Poll: AMD or Intel?
When it comes to powering the most mission-critical SQL Server apps, which CPU brand do you rely on?
Views from the Field: Expert Advice on Virtualizing SQL Server 3
SQL Server and virtualization gurus from Quest Software, Microsoft, VMware, and Rochester General Health Systems offer their suggestions for running SQL Server in a virtual environment.
SQL Server Magazine Forums Updated
We've added a new section devoted to SQL Server 2008 in our SQL Server Magazine forums.
Author Chat with Itzik Ben-Gan, Andrew Kelly, and Michael Otey
SQL Server Magazine invites you to participate in a live chat with SQL Server Magazine authors Itzik Ben-Gan, Andrew Kelly, and Michael Otey on Friday, November 7th, at 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST.
Awards Recognizee the Best of TechEd Developers 2008
For our seventh annual awards issue, our judges traveled to Orlando to take a close look at the finalists in our Best of TechEd awards process and bring you the top third-party SQL Server development products. The envelope, please!
Embarcadero Completes Acquisition of CodeGear
Roughly two months after it announced that it would acquire CodeGear from Borland, database tools developer Embarcadero Technologies issued a news release on July 1st announcing that it has completed the acqusition.
SQL Farms and Microsoft: Fact or Fiction?
A recent story we posted about Microsoft licensing technology from SQL Farms has generated some interesting responses, chiefly from two of the three parties involved in the supposed licensing deal.
Microsoft Licenses SQL Farms Technology
According to a news release issued earlier today by investment bank DeParis Redinger LLC, Microsoft has purchased technology from SQL Farms LLC, a Herndon, VA-based developer of management tools and utilities for Microsoft SQL Server.
New Products - 27 Jun 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products from Data Dynamics, iT-Workplace, AVIcode, ApexSQL, and Thomas Smyczek.
Sun Acquires MySQL AB: Now What?
Jeff James discusses the recent acquisition of MySQL AB by Sun Micrososystems.
New Products - 28 May 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server–related products from Fujitsu, NetPro, Confio, and Secerno.
New Products - 28 Mar 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from Datanamic Solutions B.V., CNS International, Caber Computing, and Microsoft.
New Products - 28 Feb 2008
Check out new and improved SQL Server-related products from OmBelt Solutions, Red Gate Software, ScriptLogic, Future IT Software, and Stimulsoft.

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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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