Michael Otey


Michael Otey, Senior Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products. Follow Michael on Google+ and Twitter.

Migrating to SQL Server 2014 9
Follow this step-by-step guide for performing an in-place upgrade to SQL Server 2014.
SQL Server Hybrid Cloud Options 1
Microsoft has recognized that most businesses are going to be sticking with their on-premises infrastructure for some time, and it has quite pragmatically come out with several hybrid cloud options that can be a real value to SQL Server customers.
Q & A
SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014 6
Learn how to get SQL Server Data Tools for SQL Server 2014.
Session 2: Creating Synchronous, Asynchronous and Read-Only Replicas 

Running Time: 56 minutes |

In this session, you'll see how you can create AlwaysOn Availability Groups that contain both synchronous and asynchronous replicas. You'll also see how you can offload reporting and backups to read-only replicas.

Session 3: Creating AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure 

Running Time: 50 minutes |

In the final session, you'll see how you can create SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability group replicas in Azure and use them for cloud-based disaster recovery.

Using the SQL Server Dedicated Administrator Connection
Learn how to use the SQL Server's Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC).
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Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud is Positioned to Win the Cloud Wars
Microsoft may not be the market leader in the cloud, but its new hybrid approach puts it in the best positioned best to provide useful and effective cloud services to businesses today.
Configuring AlwaysOn Read-Only Replicas 1
Learn how to configure your SQL Server AlwaysOn replica to allow read-only access.
Setup SQL Server AlwaysOn Replicas in Microsoft Azure
Azure can be a cost-effective alternative to setting up your own private disaster recovery site. Learn a couple of different ways that you can use Azure as a disaster recovery location for SQL Server.
The Azure Experience
Michael Otey shares with readers his hands-on experience using the new Microsoft Azure. Learn why you might want to give the new Azure a try.
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Increasing the SSMS Table Designer Timeout Value
Are you getting an error changing the schema for a table using the Table Designer in SQL Server Management Studio? Learn how to fix the problem!
Sizing In-Memory OLTP Hash Indexes
Learn how to size the bucket_count value for SQL Server 2014's In-Memory OLTP hash indexes.
Q & A
SQL Server 2014's In-Memory Technology May Require Database Changes 4
There are a good number of SQL Server data types and features that aren't support by this initial release of In-Memory OLTP.
Brad Anderson speaking at Microsoft TechEd 2014
The New Microsoft
Expect a more rapid rate of change from Microsoft—especially for Azure-based services—as well as a better hybrid experience that incorporates more mobile devices and other technologies.
HammerDB Transaction Counter
Generating a TPC-C OLTP Workload
Learn about a free tool that you can use to generate a TPC-like workload on your SQL Server system.

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Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
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