Victoria Launders

Victoria
Launders

Victoria Launders is a freelance consultant with more than 12 years of experience in database administration and design. She heads Specialist Data Systems and is the SQL Server database administrator for a large financial institution.

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Managing SQL Server Jobs 6
Use SQL Server jobs to automate processes that keep your server and databases functional.
Using SQL Server 7.0 Jobs 2
SQL Server 7.0 jobs let you schedule work how and when you need to. Here's how you can create and define jobs to automate repetitive database administration tasks.
SQL Server 7.0 Security 1
Security in SQL Server 7.0 is more flexible--and more complex--than in SQL Server 6.5. This overview includes a primer on the hottest new part of SQL Server 7.0 security: database roles, sets of permissions associated with specific functionality.

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Sep 1, 2015
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Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

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
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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
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