Paul S. Randal

Paul worked on Microsoft's SQL Server team for nine years in development and management roles, writing many of the DBCC commands, and he was ultimately responsible for SQL Server 2008's core storage engine. He now works as a consultant, trainer, speaker, and writer specializing in internals, maintenance, availability, and disaster recovery.

Articles by Paul S. Randal
Using Database Repair for Disaster Recovery 2
Perform a repair operation using DBCC CHECKDB’s repair functionality to salvage some data from a corrupt database.
Advanced BACKUP and RESTORE Options 1
Most DBAs use the BACKUP and RESTORE commands’ standard options. However, some of the commands’ infrequently used options can help minimize data loss and downtime when disaster strikes, improve backup performance, and more.
Are You Taking the Right Backups? 1
In this PASS Summit Unite 2009 Speaker Tip, Paul Randal explains how you can minimize downtime when restoring your databases following a disaster.
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