Karen Bemowski

Karen
Bemowski

Karen Bemowski is a former senior editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Articles
The Great Debate: Should You Shrink Databases? 3
The debate over whether you should or shouldn't shrink databases took center stage recently. Find out what your peers think, then let us know what you think.
SQL Server Consolidation Initiative Under Way at Microsoft
Microsoft's IT function is implementing SQL Server consolidation activities aimed at saving money and the environment.
Free PowerShell Scripts for Managing SQL Server
Idera has made than 20 Windows PowerShell scripts for managing SQL Server 2005 and later available for free download.
SQL Server Provider Entering the PowerShell Tools Market
Idera is releasing a new PowerShell editor that's targeted for not only SQL Server professionals but also Windows administrators.
Database Design Tools 6
The prerequisite for an efficient, high-performance database is a database design. Using one of these nine design tools will make you more productive and the resulting database more efficient.
Basic Data Modeling Terms 1
When shopping for a third-party Microsoft SQL Server database design tool, you need to understand the terminology vendors use. These definitions of 9 basic terms will get you started.

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Mar 17, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
Commentary

For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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