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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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

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
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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
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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