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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