Karen Bemowski


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

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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From the Blogs
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

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
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