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  • scary ghoul
    Oct 31, 2013
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    SQL Injection: Something Really Scary 1

    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-documented for well over a decade (and then some), failure to account for it continues to pop all the time—even in catastrophic places....More
  • Sep 30, 2013
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    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
  • Dec 18, 2012
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    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
  • computer keyboard with red backup key
    Jan 2, 2012
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    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
  • standby button
    Dec 23, 2011
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    Off-Box Backups and Luke-Warm Standby Servers – Part II 1

    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 want to do Off-Box Backups: Three Primary Reasons for Off-Box Backups First: Redundancy. As I pointed out in my last post: If you’re only keeping backups and data on the same server or hardware, then you’re DOING IT WRONG....More
  • screenshot of Back Up Database - SSV3
    Dec 13, 2011
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    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 backups in place), but because it’s also so incredibly versatile....More
  • Sep 30, 2011
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    Staying Safe from the Coming Storm

    Hackers have been taking advantage of Graphical Processing Units (GPUs or Video Cards) for some time now to leverage their ‘massively parallel’ processing power as a way to much more efficiently attempt password cracking. To that end, it’s no surprise that hackers can use modern GPUs to generate literally billions of password ‘guesses’ per second....More
  • Boxer with red boxing gloves
    Feb 20, 2011
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    Dynamic SQL vs. OPTION (RECOMPILE)

    Is it better to use OPTION (RECOMPILE) rather than dynamic SQL? Both options are likely to recompile each time, and forcing recompilation with OPTION (RECOMPILE) doesn’t have the security implications of dynamic string execution....More

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May 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 25: Final Remarks on Backups

In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More
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