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04/26/2012 - 10:13am

SQL Server 2012 eLearning Resources

What makes AlwaysOn Availability Groups so powerful is the fact that DBAs can now use this single technology to achieve solutions that enable high....More
04/17/2012 - 10:24am

Avoiding Common SQL Server Backup Mistakes – Follow Up Resources

In my recent SQL Server Pro Webcast, I blurred through a number of details regarding how to Avoid 5 Common SQL Server Backup Mistakes. Accordingly, I....More
04/14/2012 - 12:33pm

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part IX: Responding to Corruption

In this post, we’ll look at some best practices for responding to physical corruption when it happens, or is detected....More
03/29/2012 - 1:49pm

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part VIII: The Importance of Backups

In Part VII of this series on SQL Server Database corruption we touched upon how backups can be used as an additional means of early detection for....More
03/16/2012 - 4:21pm

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part VII: Backups

In previous posts we looked at how to enable regular checks for corruption and how to set up alerts for IO subsystem problems when they occur. But,....More
03/07/2012 - 1:11pm

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part VI: Regular Corruption Checks

Previously we looked at how to set up alerts for cases where SQL Server encounters issues with the storage subsystem. Setting those up is a key....More
02/24/2012 - 11:19am

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part V: Storage Problem Alerts

Continuing on from our last post where we looked at setting up CHECKSUM verification as one means of helping more readily detect corruption early-on....More
02/21/2012 - 11:13am

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part IV: CHECKSUM Page Verification

In order to be able to better deal with corruption, you need to be able to detect it early. To that end, there are actually a number of different....More
02/09/2012 - 9:51am

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part III: Preventing Corruption

In this post we’ll talk about more about corruption—in terms of addressing how you can prevent it....More
01/30/2012 - 7:19pm

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part II: Simulating Corruption

In my last post I provided an overview of what SQL Server database corruption is—and how it’s almost always caused by problems at the IO subsystem (....More
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01/27/2012 - 8:55am

SQL Server Database Corruption, Part I: What Is Corruption?

When it all comes down to it there are really only two main things that DBAs need to worry about: making data available to the proper people, and....More
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01/02/2012 - 6:26pm

Off-Box Backups and Luke-Warm Standby Servers, Part III

Just having copies of your SQL Server backups in secondary/remote locations is not a disaster recovery plan....More
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12/23/2011 - 12:03pm

Off-Box Backups and Luke-Warm Standby Servers – Part II

Following up on my previous post, when it comes to the need to create off-box backups, there are really only two (well, three) main reasons you’d....More
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12/13/2011 - 12:32pm

Off-Box Backups and Luke-Warm Standby Servers – Part I

SQL Server’s RESTORE statement is insanely powerful. Not only because of the obvious fact that it can be handy in a disaster (when you have regular....More
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11/29/2011 - 7:15pm

Breaking the Backup Chain – REDUX (Or Eating Crow)

While I like to pride myself on being professional enough to admit when I’m wrong, it turns out that I’m a bit more shallow than I’d like to be....More
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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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