Posts by
Steve Jones

24 July 2018

24 July 2018

The conflict between data protection and DevOps

Data breaches are the new normal – according to the Identity Theft Resource Center there were nearly 1,600 of them in 2017 in the US alone, exposing 179 million records. Demonstrating the scale of the issue on the other side of the Atlantic, UK retailer Dixons Carphone admitted in June 2018 that it had... Read more

3 July 2018

3 July 2018

Building Better Test Data with SQL Provision

Development teams make software available for release once they are confident that it behaves consistently, as it was designed to behave, under as many different user workflows as they can test. Unfortunately, their test cells often don’t reflect the harsher reality of the live environments, where their software will encounter large volumes of real... Read more

26 April 2017

26 April 2017

Using striped backups with SQL Clone

If you’re a Redgate SQL Backup customer, occasionally you’ll need to convert your SQL Backup (.sqb) files to the native SQL Server backup format (.bak), perhaps to perform native database restores on a server where SQL Backup isn’t installed. This produces a striped backup, because each thread used when making the backup will produce... Read more

4 April 2017

4 April 2017

Backup and restore of a SQL Clone

With SQL Clone, I can create multiple copies of my database, for testing, very quickly. First, I create an image of the source database, and then from that image I can create multiple clones. Each copy, or clone, appears to SQL Server as a normal database, and yet occupies a fraction of the disk... Read more

17 March 2017

17 March 2017

How to use custom filters in SQL Compare

I used to work at JD Edwards, and in one of our ERP products we had a cumbersome database schema. There were tables like this: These were the tables that held various information in the system. Trying to find data was an exercise in frustration, even for those of us that were familiar with... Read more

13 February 2017

13 February 2017

SQL Clone and backups protected with TDE – part 2

My last article demonstrated that you can use SQL Clone to make a copy of a live database, even when that database is protected with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). However, not everyone will want to use SQL Clone against a live database, especially a production database. Fortunately, SQL Clone allows you to build an... Read more