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12/19/2013 - 12:45am

Another Reason to Avoid Anti-Virus on SQL Server

If you install anti-virus on SQL Server, many 'bigger' anti-virus vendors either offer 'options' that let them 'monitor' SQL Server—or just plain....More
11/26/2013 - 2:53pm

Setting Up Alerts for Long-Running Transactions

Learn how to set up alerts for long-running SQL Server transactions....More
11/19/2013 - 1:47am

Common SQL Server AlwaysOn Gotchas

As part of my "5 Common Gotchas with SQL Server AlwaysOn" presentation, I mentioned that I'd provide a links and additional resources as a follow up....More
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10/31/2013 - 5:15pm

SQL Injection: Something Really Scary

As far as I'm concerned we'll likely always have SQL Injection around to haunt us. Even though this attack vector has been well-publicized and well-....More
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10/29/2013 - 1:05pm

SQL Server and Health Checks: A Slightly Different Take

Physical health is important for database professionals. Mentally, we do lots of heavy lifting....More
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10/22/2013 (All day)

Creating Simple Performance Baselines with SQL Server Profiler

Use SQL Server Profiler to create a performance baseline and then measure performance metrics that you can compare against the baseline....More
09/30/2013 - 1:03pm

SQL Server Authentication on Internet Facing Servers

If you’ve got a SQL Server that's publicly facing, make sure you've done everything you can to make it as secure as possible....More
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09/24/2013 - 8:31pm

Truncating SQL Server Job History

A common maintenance task that many 'reluctant DBAs' commonly overlook is the need to keep historical information in the msdb database trimmed, or '....More
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09/10/2013 - 3:39pm

Microsoft’s Retirement of the Certified Master Program

Microsoft Learning has made the decision to retire (or kill) a certification process and the SQL Server community has mostly reacted with shock and....More
08/30/2013 - 12:37pm

Database Mail Tip: Notifying Operators vs. Sending Emails

I recently discovered that to improve SQL Server's Database Mail functionality, it's more effective to send alerts and notifications to Operators....More
08/27/2013 - 12:48pm

SQL Server Tip: Assign Ownership of Jobs to the SysAdmin Account

For most of your SQL Server Agent jobs, make sure that as the jobs are created or modified, that you specify that 'sa' (or the built-in SysAdmin)....More
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08/22/2013 - 11:38am

Sending SQL Server Database Mail Alerts via Amazon’s SES

Here's how to get SQL Server’s Database Mail functionality to work with Amazon's excellent (as in highly available and absurdly affordably) Simple....More
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08/19/2013 - 3:40pm

A Better Way to Enable Email Alerts for Deadlocks

Here's a quick and easy way to enable email alerts for deadlocks, without requiring any system table modifications....More
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07/26/2013 - 1:40pm

Disappointing News About SQL Server 2014

It looks like SQL Server 2014 will keep the artificially imposed limit of 64GB per instance (along with 16 cores max) for SQL Server Standard....More
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07/18/2013 - 1:32pm

Tracking Live SQL Server File Stalls

Given that SQL Server workloads are commonly I/O bound, a great way to get a sense for how a given server is keeping up with its current workload is....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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