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  • Feb 26, 2013

    SQL Server Essentials For Non-DBAs

    In my session on SQL Server Essentials for Non-DBAs I tried to provide a very high-level overview of key concepts and concerns that ‘reluctant’ or ‘accidental’ DBAs should know....More
  • Feb 11, 2013

    Using Dropbox for SQL Server Backups 3

    It should go without saying that organizations aren’t created equally; what works for some would be preposterous for others, and so on....More
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    Jan 28, 2013

    SQL Server Standard Edition Licensing Limits

    SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition are both limited to a maximum of 4 sockets/16 cores and a measly 64GB of RAM....More
  • Dec 31, 2012

    My Favorite Tool of 2012: Remote Desktop Manager 3

    I’ve used gobs of tools this year. Too many to mention. Many of them just plain awesome. But one tool stands out above the rest – to the point where I just can not ‘shut up’ about how great it is. Here’s what’s to love about Devolution’s Remote Desktop Manager....More
  • Dec 18, 2012

    SQL Server and Anti-Virus

    Every once in a while, one of my SQL Server Consulting clients asks me for my opinions about running Anti-Virus on production SQL Servers. And, amazingly enough, I actually (personally feel and) argue that anti-virus really shouldn’t be run in production data centers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012

    Avoiding 'Failed to notify <operator> via email' errors

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the words associated with the following picture would probably involve a decent amount of muttering and cursing about the the DREADED ‘Failed to notify' via email’ error message that you might see crop up in your environment every once in a while—on new or recently provisioned servers....More
  • Nov 26, 2012

    Can LUNs Be Extended Online Under VMware and Hyper-V? 2

    There's no reason whatsoever to take any sort of outage when expanding a LUN either in a virtual or physical environment. Here's the process, explaining exactly what needs to be done to expand a LUN....More
  • Nov 20, 2012

    Should I Be Using SAN Snapshots as a Backup Solution? 5

    As the DBA I want to control the database backups and I don't want to be using SAN Snapshots as a backup, because no matter what any vendor says a Snapshot is not a backup....More
  • Nov 19, 2012

    PowerPivot as Tableau Data Source 2

    I find PowerPivot to be an incredibly powerful tool for building ad-hoc analytical models from heterogeneous data sources. Now, there are a LOT of tools on the market today that can do that. But PowerPivot has the unique position of being fully integrated into Excel, which means that the power to build in-memory analytical models is now very easy and very much now the domain of business and data subject matter experts....More

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Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
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