Robert Sheldon

Robert
Sheldon

Robert Sheldon has written numerous books and articles about Windows technologies, database systems, business intelligence, scripting, enterprise operations, and consumerization. His books include Beginning MySQL (Wiley) and SQL: A Beginner’s Guide (McGraw-Hill). Visit his website.

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5 Tips for Developing SQL Server Integration Services Packages
These five tips help you avoid a few frustrations that might arise when developing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages so you keep your development efforts moving forward.
Accessing SQL Server Data from PowerShell, Part 2 1
Because PowerShell is integrated with the.NET framework, you can leverage the .NET object model within PowerShell scripts and build ADO.NET objects that retrieve SQL Server data; learn how to use ADO.NET to insert, update, and delete SQL Server data.
Accessing SQL Server Data from PowerShell, Part 1 1
Learn how to use ADO.NET to retrieve SQL Server data through PowerShell scripts.
Integrate MySQL and SQL Server 1
Need to retrieve MySQL data and insert it into a SQL Server database? SQL Server Integration Services and MySQL connectors let you do so fairly easily.

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Mar 17, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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