Paul S. Randal

Paul S.

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.

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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Nov 3, 2015

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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