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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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

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
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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
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
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