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
Setting the Record Straight - 22 Aug 2000
Contrary to SQL Server Books Online, SQL Server 7.0 checkpoints write all changed pages to disk immediately.
Answers to Practice Questions—The Transaction Log
Check your answers to the practice questions.
Backup Strategies
Explore SQL Server's three types of backups: full, log, and differential.
Practice Questions: Defining Jobs
Test your knowledge of how to define jobs that fire when a previous job completes or when an alert condition arises.
Answers to June Practice Questions: Defining Jobs
Check your answers to the June practice questions about defining SQL Server 7.0 jobs.
Lab Files: Defining Jobs
Use these exercises to practice defining SQL Server 7.0 jobs.
Lab Files: Alerts and Operators
Use these exercises to practice setting alerts and operators.
Defining Jobs
SQL Server 7.0 lets you set up not just a single task, but a series of tasks with dependencies.
Answers to May Practice Questions: Alerts and Operators
Here are answers to the May practice questions about alerts and operators.
Practice Questions: Alerts and Operators
Test your skill on setting SQL Server alerts and operators.
Alerts and Operators
To master SQL Server 7.0's automated administrative tasks, you need to know how to configure alerts and set up operators.
Answers to January Practice Questions Login Security
Answers to SQL Server certification January practice questions about login security
Practice Questions Security and Permissions
SQL Server certification exam questions on security and permissions
Certifiably SQL: Security and Permissions
Tips for setting security in your SQL Server databases
Answers to December Practice Questions
Answers to December practice questions on constraints and integrity.

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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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