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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May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
Apr 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 22: Executing Backups

Ultimately, there are a number of ways that DBAs can regularly create backups of their databases. Some of the more common options for managing backups include:...More
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