Karen Forster

Karen
Forster

Karen Forster was formerly editorial and strategy director for Windows IT Pro. She is currently director of technical communications at Microsoft.

Articles
A Fresh Approach to SQL Server 1
We've redesigned SQL Server Magazine to sharpen our focus on content you want, such as business intelligence and SQL Server fundamentals, and to make it easier for you to read, interact with the community, and find related content on the Web.
What Do You Care About PerformancePoint Server 2007? 1
Microsoft’s BI manager explains why the company is targeting its new business-performance management application at business decision makers rather than DBAs.
Insane Devotion to SQL Server Pros 1
Karen Forster reflects on SQL Server Magazine's 100th issue, how the magazine originated, and the promises we still strive to keep for our readers.
Visual Studio 2008 Bridges Dev and IT
Microsoft Senior VP S. Somasegar candidly discusses data-enabled features of Visual Studio, including LINQ and the Entity Data Model, and how Visual Studio supports SQL Server as a data platform.
Life Cycle Tools for the Data Dude
Get the inside story on Microsoft's new database development tool, Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals (VSDB Pro), which its creators hope will bridge the gap between database and application developers.
Admin Scripts 1
Scripting support for DBAs is part of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals (VSDB Pro). Creators Gert Drapers and Richard Waymire discuss this database development tool's script management feature.
Microsoft IT’s Experience with Reporting Services 2005
An informal chat with some Microsoft executives (namely, Ron Markezich, Stuart Scott, and Frank Schneider) for an inside look at deploying and using Reporting Services 2005.
Favorite Features
Microsoft executives Paul Flessner and S. Somasegar share their thoughts about the top features in SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.
Value in Integration: SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005
Microsoft execs Paul Flessner and S. Somasegar discuss how SQL Server 2005 will benefit developers, IT, and end users; release delays; a beta strategy; and how Microsoft plans to counter its database competitors.

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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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