Michael D. Reilly

Michael D.
Reilly

Michael D. Reilly is a former contributing editor for SQL Server Magazine and Windows & .NET Magazine, an MCSE, and an MCT.

Articles
Multiserver Task Administration
With multiserver task capability, you can set up a backup or database-maintenance task on one server and run it on multiple servers. Here's how to set up multiserver tasks and reap the rewards of convenience and centralized reports.
New in 2000
Here are some new features of SQL Server 2000 that you need to be aware of before you migrate your databases.
Before and After
Before you upgrade your SQL Server 6.5 system, you need to prepare. After the upgrade, you can take several steps to utilize SQL Server 2000's new features.
Move Up to SQL Server 2000
If you've been putting off upgrading your SQL Server 6.5 databases, now is the time to bring them into the twenty-first century. Don't miss our tips, tricks, and advice about how to prepare for and implement an upgrade to SQL Server 2000.
Upgrading from SQL Server 7.0 to SQL Server 2000 1
Upgrading from SQL Server 7.0 to SQL Server 2000 is much less of a hassle than upgrading from SQL Server 6.5. Here's what you need to know.
Recovery Models
Here's the scoop on SQL Server 2000's recovery models and how to use them effectively.
Top 11 Backup Tips
SQL Server's native backup and restore utility is powerful and reliable. Here are 11 best practices to help you make the most effective use of this capability.
All About Stored Procedures 5
Tips for SQL Server certification exams.
Restoring Databases 3
Planning and practice can ensure a smooth, efficient restore when the inevitable happens.
Answers to Practice Questions--Restoring Databases 1
Check your answers to the practice questions.
Practice Questions--Restoring Databases
Test your knowledge of restore processes.
Practice Questions—Backup Strategies 3
Test your knowledge about SQL Server's backup process.
Answers to Practice Questions: Backup Strategies 1
Check your answers to the practice questions.
Practice Questions--The Transaction Log 1
Test your knowledge about SQL Server's transaction log, checkpoints, and automatic recovery process.
The Transaction Log 10
Before you can plan an effective backup and restore strategy, you need to understand the interaction among SQL Server's transaction log, checkpoints, and automatic recovery process.

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
May 18, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 24: Synchronizing SSIS Packages

In my previous post I covered options for adding “If-checks” into SSIS Packages – or SQL Server Maintenance Plans (which are, effectively, specialized SSIS packages). Once you’ve tackled that process, you’ll need to tackle something else when it comes to managing SSIS packages in conjunction with AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Or, more specifically, you’ll actually need to tackle two tasks....More
May 13, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 23: Maintenance Plan Backups and SSIS Packages

In my last post, we took a look at some of the details involved in actually implementing backups against databases being hosted in AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In addition to providing a high-level overview of how sys.fn_hadr_backup_is_preferred_replica() works, I also mentioned that integrating it into backups managed by SQL Server Maintenance Plans isn’t as easy as what you’ll run into with other types of backups....More
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