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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

From the Blogs
Mar 17, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 21: Assigning Backup Preferences

An option when creating new AlwaysOn Availability Groups is to specify Backup Preferences. It’s also something you can easily configure once the Availability Group has been set up as well – by simply right-clicking on the Availability Group and selecting Properties – then navigating into the Backup Preferences tab.  ...More
Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 5

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
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