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05/13/2014 - 6:46pm

SQL Server DBA Tip: Credentials and Proxies

In situations where elevated permissions are needed to execute particular SQL Server jobs, or more importantly, steps within given jobs, a more....More
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05/07/2014 - 6:05am

Finding SQL Server Agent Jobs Running at a Particular Time

I’m guessing I’m not the first person to come up with the need to try and correlate a problem or issue on a server against whether or not a SQL....More
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04/23/2014 - 5:00am

SQL Server Management Studio 2014: Notes from the Field

SQL Server Management Studio is a complex application that does a ton of wonderful things and, with SSMS 2014, there are still a couple of quirks or....More
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04/15/2014 - 2:10pm

Save Thousands in Licensing Costs for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups

Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is a great way to save thousands on licensing—and save yourself some serious headaches....More
04/08/2014 - 1:28pm

NoSQL: Eventual Consistency Yields Major Flaws

While I believe that NoSQL can have some places where it legitimately makes sense, I also believe that NoSQL is also the patently wrong choice for a....More
04/01/2014 - 1:35pm

SQL Server 2014 Now Available—No Joke

Initial word on the street is that SQL Server 2014 has been very stable so far—which is probably why it went to release so quickly and bypassed what....More
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03/25/2014 - 5:14pm

Simple SQL Server Management Studio Trick: Multiple Line Text Editing

I've bumped into a few folks over the past year or so who simply don't know that you can easily edit (contiguous/similar) details across multiple....More
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03/17/2014 - 3:27pm

SQL Server Acceptance Testing: A Subtle Trick

For people who are simply too busy to tackle much needed SQL Server acceptance testing, I've found that a key way to tackle this is to simply....More
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03/11/2014 - 1:36pm

Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part III

Important post migration tasks are outlined in part III of this series on the steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a....More
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03/11/2014 - 1:09pm

Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part II

Here's Part II of an overview of actual steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a newer server as part of a SQL Server....More
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03/11/2014 - 12:01pm

Detailed Migration Steps for SQL Server Upgrades, Part I

Get an overview of actual steps you'll want to use when demoting an older server and promoting a newer server as part of a SQL Server upgrade or....More
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02/28/2014 - 3:15pm

Reasons to Avoid SQL Server In-Place Upgrades

As a consultant, one of the things I commonly do is help organizations 'upgrade' to newer editions of SQL Server. When doing so, I never recommend in....More
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02/25/2014 (All day)

Using Cache to Save $200,000

Recently, I've been working with a consulting client to help them tame CPU usage. Typically, they're clocking over 20,000 queries and operations per....More
02/19/2014 - 1:04pm

A Day in the Life of a DBA

What should most database administrators be doing on a regular basis? Here's a comprehensive list from Michael K. Campbell of many of the things DBAs....More
01/31/2014 - 7:18pm

The Importance of Properly Documenting Job Responsibilities and Expectations

Key concepts and concerns about documenting job responsibilities and expectations that anyone working in IT or with databases should keep in mind....More

Michael K. Campbell

Michael K. Campbell is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and Dev Pro and is an ASPInsider. Michael is the president of OverAchiever Productions, a consultancy dedicated to technical evangelism...
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