Sheila Molnar


Sheila Molnar is a former executive editor, developer content, for SQL Server Pro, DevConnections, System iNEWS, and SharePointPro Connections. Formerly, she managed SDK and IT pro content teams at Microsoft.

Tom Casey on Microsoft’s BI Strategy 1
Ten years ago, Microsoft revolutionized business intelligence (BI) by making OLAP accessible to the IT professional right in the SQL Server relational database product. Now the company wants to make BI available throughout an organization. What’s next for BI?
SharePoint 2010: Microsoft's Thomas Rizzo Talks Details - 23 Feb 2010

Thomas Rizzo, senior director of SharePoint at Microsoft, took some time to talk about what’s new and what’s coming for SharePoint 2010 with SharePointPro Connections executive editor Sheila Molnar and her colleague Michael Otey, technical director for Windows IT Pro.

Molnar and Otey: Hi Tom. It’s great to have a chance to catch up with you. Before we get started, we understand that you go back quite a ways on Microsoft SQL Server before you moved to SharePoint.

Staying Abreast of SQL Server Database Trends in 2010
The CTO of Sentrigo thinks IT groups should pay attention to these trends—cloud services, database virtualization, and hacking tools that allow random attacks on data.
MySpace Answers the Question: Why SQL Server? 1
MySpace executives give an inside look at how they implemented and scaled SQL Server to handle more than 400 databases.
Ted Kummert on the SQL Server and MySpace Connection
Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the business and platform division at Microsoft, discusses the explosive growth of the MySpace SQL Server implementation.
SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM Date Still Not Certain 2

Today Mary Jo Foley's column predicted that May 6, 2010 would be the official "due date" for SQL Server 2008 R2. A Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) benchmark for SQL Server 2008 R2 was published in early November 2009. According to Microsoft, the TPC rules require a product to be released within 185 days of the published benchmark. Add up the days and you get a release in early May 2010.

PASS 2009: Tom Casey Dives into the New SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and SQL Azure
At PASS Summit 2009, Tom Casey, the Microsoft General Manager for SQL Server BI chatted with Michael Otey and me about the new editions for SQL Server 2008 R2 and how Microsoft is making it easier for developers and DBAs to try SQL Azure.
SQL PASS Summit 2009: New SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions Announced
Announcements from keynote: Nov CTP. New editions: SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse
What's Coming at SQL Server PASS Summit 1
I spoke with Bill Graziano and Wayne Synder of the PASS organization about the upcoming PASS Summit 2009 in Seattle, November 2-9. There will be over 160 technical SQL Server sessions. The conference has experienced explosive growth.
Microsoft's Tom Casey Previews SQL Server PASS Summit 2009
There promises to be a huge Microsoft presence at the PASS Summit, Nov. 2-5. Check out this podcast with General Manager for BI Tom Casey on keynote highlights and what's coming in SQL Server 2008 R2.
Donald Farmer Discusses the Benefits of Managed Self-Service BI 1
Microsoft’s Donald Farmer explains how SQL Server 2008 R2’s Gemini will benefit both end users and IT pros.
Red Gate Launches SQL Backup Pro 6 1
SQL Server DBAs will want to take a look at the new features in version 6: network resilience, self-healing log shipping, and improved compression.
TechEd 2009; More SQL Server 2008 R2 News 3
Some announcements at TechEd of interest to SQL Server pros are: SQL Server 2008 R2, Support for 64 logical processers, Self-service BI in-memory analysis, Utility Data Platform, Master Data Services, and Low Latency Complex Event Processing.
TechEd 2009: SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP Announced
Keynoter Bill Veghte, Microsoft VP, announced the availablity of a CTP for SQL Server 2008 R2 in the second half of 2009.
Embarcadero Execs Discuss New Products and Industry Trends
Embarcadero announced a set of new and enhanced performance optimization tools to detect, fix and prevent a range of software errors that will improve the performance, availability and scalability of software systems.

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Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015

Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015

AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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