Michael Hotek

Michael
Hotek

Michael Hotek is an independent consultant who specializes in replication implementation, disaster recovery, and performance tuning. He manages http://mssqlserver.com and is a SQL Server MVP.

Articles
Disaster Recovery Means Availability, Too
Some IT executives are unwilling to spend money on disaster recovery, though they see the profit in high availability. But you can't have available systems if you can't recover them.
High Availability Solutions 1
SQL Server 2000 provides three technologies that you can use to build highly available systems. But availability is more than technology. This article can help you put all the pieces together.
Database Replication - 24 Jan 2002 2
Looking for an effective database-replication solution? Here’s a concise product guide that you can use to get your search off the ground.

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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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