Robert L. Davis

Robert L.
Davis

Robert L. Davis is a program manager for Microsoft’s SQL Server Master Certification program and was previously a senior production DBA at Microsoft. He's a SQL Server 2008 Certified Master and coauthor of Pro SQL Server 2008 Mirroring (Apress). Follow Robert on Twitter: @SQLSoldier

Articles
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Database Mirroring for Disaster Recovery 4
If you’re currently using log shipping for disaster recovery, consider using asynchronous mirroring instead. Asynchronous mirroring offers enhanced manageability and more features, making it an attractive option.
Comparative Review: Database Schema Comparison Tools 2
The author tests four tools for comparing database schemas: Red Gate Software’s SQL Compare 9.0, ApexSQL’s ApexSQL Diff, xSQL Software’s xSQL Object, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate’s Schema Compare tool.
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3 Log Shipping Techniques
Although log shipping isn’t as widely used as it once was, it’s still a vital tool that has many applications. Here are three techniques that can save you time and make working with log shipping painless.
Hardening SQL Server 2
You can better protect your SQL Server instances and the data they contain by reducing their surface area and controlling access to them. Here’s how.
Review: ScriptLogic Security Explorer for SQL Server
With Security Explorer, you can manage security for the whole enterprise, not just SQL Server.

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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 12: Issues with Enabling and Disabling Batch Jobs

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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 11: A Fork in the Road

A quick overview of the pros and cons of dynamic detection at job execution time or the option of dynamically enabling/disabling jobs....More
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 10: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #3

You can interject a SQL Server Job Step into your Jobs and have this new/injected Job Step do some checking for you. Here's a look at everything that’s involved in such an approach....More
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