Michael K. Campbell

Michael K.
Campbell

Michael K. Campbell is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and Dev Pro and is an ASPInsider. Michael is the president of OverAchiever Productions, a consultancy dedicated to technical evangelism, mentoring, and quality solutions. He specializes in SQL Server, ASP.NET, and related technologies. Michael has been a professional developer, web master, and production DBA for several well-known companies. He enjoys learning, problem-solving, teaching, and creating free videos for www.sqlservervideos.com.

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Disturbing Problems with SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 has a minor, new T-SQL improvement, but Michael K. Campbell believes the latest version of SQL Server didn't ship with any new improvements or benefits for developers.

Disturbing Problems with the Cloud and Security
Blogger Michael K. Campbell discusses whether it's safe to consider data put in 'the cloud' as private given recent revelations about FBI activities.
ScaleArc iDB 2.0
Without a doubt, the TDS proxy feature has a lot to offer. It can "speak" SQL Server's Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol.
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SQL Server 2012 Contained Databases 2
In SQL Server 2012, DBAs finally get help dealing with the age-old problem of orphaned users, thanks to its new database containment feature. With containment, SQL Server databases become much more portable.
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SQL Injection – Beyond the Basics 2
Ensuring a proper understanding of core concepts and avoiding common pitfalls are the keys to protecting against SQL injection.
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Troubleshooting Common SQL Server Problems
Discover insights, techniques, and resources for troubleshooting performance, connectivity, and other types of problems commonly encountered in SQL Server environments.
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Troubleshooting Performance Problems in Entity Framework Applications
Although the ADO.NET Entity Framework makes application developers' jobs easier, the code it generates can lead to poorly performing applications. Here is what you need to know.
Command vs Data in 2nd Order Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

SQL injection isn't the only situation in which hackers can elevate data to a command level in order to execute an attack. Web applications, for example, have to constantly guard against what can happen when end-user input is collected then redisplayed for other users (typically after it's been saved to a database).

Review: SQL Source Control 2.2
SQL Source Control takes all the pain and potential problems out of implementing version control in SQL Server.
Product Review: Red Gate Software’s SQL Prompt 5.1 2
This tool provides SQL query code-completion and other performance boosts at a minimal price.
Review: Performance Advisor for SQL Server 5.5
SQL Sentry’s Performance Advisor for SQL Server is an agentless performance monitoring solution that lives up to its great reputation.
Toad for SQL Server 5.0 Professional Edition 1
This management and development solution isn't a simple replacement for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Instead, it one-ups SSMS.
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Confusing High Availability with Disaster Preparedness 2
You want to be proactive about disaster recovery, but beware of looking only to high availability as your solution to system or data-center outages.
Starting My Wish List for Visual Studio Next
Even though Mike loves Visual Studio 2010, he’s already beginning to think about enhancements he’d like to see in the next version.
Altova DatabaseSpy 2010
Altova DatabaseSpy provides a set of standardized features for interacting with a wide range of database platforms at the database level.

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Feb 25, 2015
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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
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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
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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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