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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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

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
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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