SQL Server General DBA

SQL Server Replication Across Domains and the Internet

Replication over the Internet or across non-trusted domains is usually performed using a virtual private network (VPN), and consequently the configuration is much the same as that used on a LAN. This article outlines what to do if such a VPN is not available. While it’s true that in almost all cases you wouldn’t consider […]

SQL Server 2005: The Replication GUI

This article describes the changes to replication from the point of view of the SQL Server 2005 GUI. In case you haven’t already been checking out the new version, ‘Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio’ is the new graphical replacement for ‘Enterprise Manager’. It’s probably true to say that unlike many other administrative tasks, most DBAs […]

Replicating Stored Procedure Execution

In OLTP environments, you often find batch jobs that move historical data to archive tables. In addition, there are often some batch jobs that purge historical data from the OLTP tables. These types of jobs can perform a lot of transactions and create additional overhead for the OLTP system, hurting overall performance, especially if you […]

Kerberos Protocol Transition and Constrained Delegation

That title’s quite a mouthful, huh! Let’s start by explaining what we’re actually trying to achieve here. Actually, before we start, let’s just say that this paper shows you how I implemented protocol transition and constrained delegation with SQL Server and IIS, and it is not intended to be an exhaustive study of the subject. […]

Sonasoft

Disaster recovery is an important topic to DBAs. In this interview with Dr. Vas Srinivasan, Vice President of Marketing of Sonasoft.com, makers of SonaSafe for SQL Server, you will learn about the importance of SQL Server backups and disaster recovery. Tell us a little about Sonasoft, and what its mission is. Sonasoft’s vision is to […]

SQL Server 2000: View Basics

Views are nothing but saved SQL statements, and are sometimes referred as “Virtual Tables”. Keep in mind that Views cannot store data (except for Indexed Views); rather they only refer to data present in tables. Let’s checkout the basic syntax for creating a view: CREATE VIEW <View_Name> AS           <SELECT Statement>         GO There are two […]

An Interview with Simon Galbraith, Marketing Director of Red Gate Software, on Major Trends in the SQL Server Market

What do you see as the major trends affecting the SQL Server market? SQL Server is becoming one of Microsoft’s biggest businesses. As it becomes bigger and more important, I think we’ll see a number of changes that affect users, Microsoft, and the market in which Red Gate participates. The main market for SQL Server […]

Taking a Proactive Approach with SQL Server Agent

SQL Server agent plays an important role in the day-to-day tasks of a database administrator (DBA). It is often overlooked as one of the main tools for SQL Server management. Its purpose is to ease the implementation of tasks for the DBA, with its full-function scheduling engine, which allows you to schedule your own jobs […]

How to Find a SQL Server Database Object

How many times, we as a SQL developer or DBA, find ourselves shuffling through objects in Enterprise Manager, or expanding the left pane of Query Analyzer, trying to find a table or view for which we have no clue, except a nearly correct name, and the only way we would know that it is the […]

Pros & Cons of Using SELECT, Views, and Stored Procedures in SQL Server

When I first started using SQL Server as a novice, I was initially confused as to the differences between the SELECT statement, views, and stored procedures. They all seemed to perform more or less the same task (retrieve data), and I wanted to know the pros and cons of using each. Why would SQL Server […]
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