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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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