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Dec 30, 2013

My Favorite Tool of 2013: CloudBerry Backup - Server Edition

I’ve increasingly been bumping into clients with the need to find a dependable, configurable, durable, and secure off-site backup mechanism and....More
Dec 27, 2013

Cycling (and Retaining) SQL Server Logs

While it is cool to see a SQL Server running for months at a time, that ‘coolness’ is lost when everything during those 100+ days has been logged to....More
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Dec 19, 2013

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
Nov 26, 2013

Setting Up Alerts for Long-Running Transactions

Learn how to set up alerts for long-running SQL Server transactions....More
Nov 19, 2013

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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Oct 31, 2013

SQL Injection: Something Really Scary1

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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Oct 29, 2013

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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Oct 22, 2013

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
Sep 30, 2013

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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Sep 24, 2013

Truncating SQL Server Job History1

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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Sep 10, 2013

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
Aug 30, 2013

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
Aug 27, 2013

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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Aug 22, 2013

Sending SQL Server Database Mail Alerts via Amazon’s SES3

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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Aug 19, 2013

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

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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