Joseph Sack

Joseph
Sack

Joseph Sack is a principal consultant, author, and trainer at SQLskills.com. He is a SQL Server 2008 and 2005 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and was the SQL MCM program manager from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as a premier field engineer.

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Getting Started with Transactional Replication 1
Although the learning curve for implementing transactional replication in SQL Server might seem intimidating, you can make significant headway by learning about the components involved and practicing basic deployments.
Put the Hammer Down 2
The Database Hammer, a SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit tool, gives you the power to stress-test your database under the most grueling conditions. Couple it with some performance monitor counters for even better performance data.

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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

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