Paul S. Randal

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
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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Mar 17, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
Commentary

For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 6

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
blog

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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