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John Savill Master Series

In this series of classes, Microsoft technology expert John Savill will walk you through eight key technology areas. You’ll gain the expertise needed to take your datacenter and your organization’s entire IT approach into 2013 and beyond with confidence. Each Master Class builds on the previous one, giving you the opportunity to put into practice skills learned before building on that knowledge with the next unit.

Keeping your Active Directory on Track Today and Tomorrow

Active Directory is the cornerstone of many networks and with Windows Server 2012 on the horizon, an upgrade to Active Directory is a topic to begin contemplating. We’ll kick off this event by looking at the multitude of new features in the Windows Server 2012 Active Directory release. With the future under control, we’ll take a look at a couple of common holes in Active Directory implementations at organizations small and large: security and disaster recovery.

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From the Blogs
Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

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

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
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