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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Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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