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

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diagram of asynchronous mirroring
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.
Screenshot of SQL Server Log Shipping example
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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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries 1

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 16, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups 1

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
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