Larry Clark is a Microsoft technology specialist in Austin, Texas. He is an MCTS and focuses on databases and development tools. Larry started working with Access, SQL Server, and Visual Basic in 1994.
Help meet compliance goals by using SQL Trace, SQL Server Profiler, and C2 audit mode. View stored procedure examples that demonstrate audit logging with these features, and take a brief look at SQL Server 2008 auditing and third-party options.
Common Criteria Compliance is an advanced configuration option available in SQL Server 2005 SP1 (SP2 is under review). Government, military, financial, and other entities with serious security needs may require its certification and implementation.
Third-party transaction-log analyzers and gateways can audit logs and process and filter SQL Server traffic. They can analyze backup logs and use listener agents to collect and process SQL Server traffic to filter out the good stuff.
Digital Magazine Archives
Browse back issues of SQL Server Pro, from January 2007 through the last issue published in April 2014. Find the back issues here.
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
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
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