Karen Watterson


Karen Watterson is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro. She is a database and data warehouse design consultant and the editor of the SQL Server Professional newsletter.

Questions, Answers, and Tips about Using SQL Server
Tips on determining the correct service pack build number, using the Database Consistency Checker (DBCC), and more.
Locating DTS Packages 2

You can launch a Data Transformation Services (DTS) session that moves data between two computers from a third computer, but understanding where DTS runs can be difficult. The most important thing to remember is that SQL Server stores DTS packages by default in the sysdtspackages table of Microsoft database (msdb). SQL Server stores DTS packages as binary large object (BLOB) data.

Moving Passwords in Bulk
Here are tips for transferring encrypted passwords between servers in SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0.
SQL Server Security Model Changes
Changes that Microsoft made to the SQL Server security model have caused performance slowdowns for certain queries. Here's a workaround.
Application Roles: Not as Useful as They Could Be 2
The authors discuss how to customize users' security permissions.
Trends & Insights: Collaboration and KM
Read the tea leaves of key technologies--collaboration and KM.
SQL Server Savvy - 01 Oct 1999
SQL Server 7.0's new Index Tuning Wizard is one of the basics in a DBA toolbox, but here's a weakness we recently encountered.
Trends & Insights: Shiloh Mounts an Offensive
For Microsoft BackOffice and SQL Server users, Shiloh means the next major release of SQL Server.
Trends & Insights: Healthcare, BI, and Data Mining
Microsoft has identified healthcare as a vertical market.

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
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