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Interview with Carl Speshock, Author of the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Administrator’s Guidebook

Find Out More About This Book From Amazon.com Carl Speshock has been a DBA in the Houston area for over 6 years, and is moving back to Oregon, although he will continue to maintain some presence in Texas. Most recently, he has consulted to Shell Oil Products USA and Shell Services International. In addition to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SQL Server 2000 Table Hints

As you advance in your skills as a Transact-SQL developer, or SQL Server database administrator, there will come a time when you need to override SQL Server’s locking scheme and force a particular range of locks on a table. Transact-SQL provides you with a set of table-level locking hints that you can use with SELECT, […]

Some Useful Undocumented SQL Server 7.0 Trace Flags

In this article, I want to tell you what should you know about some undocumented SQL Server 7.0 trace flags, and how you can use them for administration and monitoring.Trace flags are used to temporarily set specific server characteristics, or to switch on or off a particular behavior. You can set trace flags by using […]
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