John Savill


John Savill is a Windows technical specialist, an 11-time MVP, an MCSE for Private Cloud, and an MCITP: Virtualization Administrator for Windows Server 2008 R2, and he's ITIL certified. He is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro. John is the author of The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 (Addison-Wesley) and Microsoft Virtualization Secrets (Wiley).

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SQL Server Options in Azure
Learn when you should use Azure SQL Database, and when you should use SQL Server running in an Azure IaaS VM.
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SQL Server License Requirements in Microsoft Azure
If you intend to host a long-term SQL Server instance on Microsoft Azure, it will likely be cheaper to install a regular Azure Windows Server VM and then install SQL Server and use your own SQL Server license.
Storage Performance for SQL Server in Azure IaaS

Learn about getting the best storage performance for SQL Server running on an Azure IaaS virtual machine.

What's in Microsoft System Center 2007?
Learn about the updated products that comprise the latest version of Microsoft System Center.
A DBA’s-Eye View of System Center 2007 3
Microsoft System Center 2007 products offer many new SQL Server management features, such as more detailed alerting, configuration management, and SQL Server–specific data protection.

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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
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