Karen Watterson

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.

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

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...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
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

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
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