John Green

John
Green

John Green is president of Nereus Computer Consulting.

Articles
Vulnerability Scanner Showdown: AppDetectivePro 5.4.6 vs. AuditPro Enterprise 4.0
Your SQL Server could be vulnerable to attack, but how would you know? AuditPro Enterprise and AppDetectivePro are database vulnerability scanners that can tell you, and this review will help you decide which one you want.
dbWatch Version 8.1
If you want affordable, basic database-monitoring capabilities, the dbWatch 8.1 tool will meet your needs.
SteelEye LifeKeeper Protection Suite for SQL Server
Need high availability and clustering for SQL Server? If you don't mind the lack of granular data rewind capabilities, check out SteelEye's suite.
DTS xChange 1
Pragmatic Works' DTS xChange converts DTS packages to native SSIS packages for use with SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005.
SQL Server Change Management Tools 2
These solutions help protect your SQL Server environment from unwanted modification by registering changes to data, server configurations, and schemas. Find out which one you can use to roll back changes or to migrate databases to a different platform.
SQL diagnostic manager 5.0
This monitoring and management product can help you diagnose database performance problems so that you can quickly resolve them.
SoftTree Technologies SQL Assistant 2.5
Want to optimize your SQL coding sessions? SoftTree Technologies offers some helpful coding features with SQL Assistant 2.5.
ApexSQL Log
Need some help with SQL Server database recovery and log auditing? Our review of ApexSQL Log will help you decide whether this app fits your needs.
SonaSafe for SQL Server
Simplify your SQL Server backup and recovery efforts with this disk-to-disk backup solution.
SQL Server Performance Monitoring and Management Tools 1
Both Idera's SQL diagnostic manager and Quest Software's Spolight on SQL Server Enterprise can help you quickly detect and diagnose problems with your SQL servers.
ProClarity Analytics 6.2
This Analysis Services product is feature-rich enough for experienced business analysts yet easy for beginners to navigate.
MiraLink 400 - 23 Aug 2006
Check out the MiraLink 400, a remote data-mirroring appliance that looks like a SCSI drive to the server.
SQL Server Backup and Recovery
Needs to maintain application availability, to stash copies of data in safe, remote locations, and to be able to readily recover data have given rise to new SQL Server 2005 features, as well as new backup and recovery strategies.
Format File Overview 1
The contents of the eight fields that make up the format file header.
Some Gotchas to Remember
Seven issues to consider when using a bulk copy operation.

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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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