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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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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