M Edwards

M
Edwards

Mark Joseph Edwards is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and writes the weekly email newsletter Security UPDATE (http://www.windowsitpro.com/email). He is a network engineer and the author of Internet Security with Windows NT (29th Street Press).

Articles
SQL Server 7.0 SP1 and SP2 Expose Admin Password
According to Microsoft, SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and SP2 introduce a security risk.
Love Bug Spreads
Variations of the newly discovered Love Letter virus, a Visual Basic (VB)-based script that arrives with a message subject of "ILOVEYOU," are already spreading.
New Security Risks Reported
An advisory warns users about proper configuration to avoid a SQL Server 7.0 SA password compromise.
SQL Server 7.0 Linked Passwords
Reported problem with linked SQL Server 7.0 systems.
Risky Stored Procedures
Stored procedures
Securing a Web Site on SQL Server 6.5
When a Web site’s traffic begins to outweigh the Web server's ability to keep up with the incoming client requests, you need to upsize the Web server. Take advantage of the opportunity to build in security measures.

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Feb 25, 2015
Commentary

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
blog

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
blog

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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