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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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

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Feb 16, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

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
Feb 11, 2015
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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
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