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  • Nov 2, 2011

    11 Glorious Sessions on Storage and Virtualization

    In this 11 session class we will learn all about enterprise storage and virtualization so that as the DBA we can make intelligent decisions about how to configure storage and when to virtualize servers as well as how to monitor and troubleshoot when using enterprise storage and/or virtualization....More
  • Sep 27, 2011

    What is tiered storage and how can I use it in my environment?

    Tiered storage (which you may have seen me talk about at the SQL PASS summit, SSWUG, user groups, SQL Saturday's, etc.) is a technique that storage administrators use which in a nutshell puts the most needed data on the fastest (and most expensive) storage available while data which doesn't need such high response times is put on to slower (and cheaper) storage....More
  • Sep 13, 2011

    Making a Large Virtual Lab Using Minimal Hard Drive Space

    As a presenter and author one of the biggest problems that I come across is running out of hard drive space when building virtual machines (VMs) for demos and screenshots. Up until very recently I was using a brand new virtual machine for each virtual machine that I needed and space was very tight....More

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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
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
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