Steve Jones, Author at Redgate Software

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Steve Jones

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

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

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

SQL Clone and databases protected with TDE – part 1

SQL Clone is designed to make it easy to provision copies of a database for development and test environments in seconds. Often, these ‘clones’ are copies of production databases, which contain sensitive data that needs to be protected from unauthorized access. Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) is one technique that many organizations have implemented in... read more

Quick SQL Prompt tip – script objects as ALTER in two clicks

Working in a large database can be difficult at times. While many of us might learn the meanings and definitions of most objects, it’s easy to forget the exact ways in which some objects work, or what the behavior is in certain calls. This is one place where having tools that assist you like... read more

Quick SQL Prompt tip – using the CDB snippet

SQL Prompt includes a number of snippets by default that can help you quickly write T-SQL code. These are templates of code that users use regularly. One of the more popular snippets is the ‘cdb’ snippet that helps with quickly creating a new database for development work. This can also be used to ensure... read more

Quick SQL Prompt tip – using the ii snippet

SQL Prompt includes a number of snippets by default that can help you quickly write T-SQL code. These are templates of code that users use regularly. One of the more popular snippets is the “ii” snippet that helps with inserting data into a table. If I type “ii” and hit tab, I quickly get... read more

Quick SQL Prompt tip – why you should expand the wildcard

One of the great things about SQL Prompt is that it quickly removes the need to use so many keystrokes. That’s helpful and handy, but to become a really efficient T-SQL coder, you’ll want to practice incorporating a few tricks into your routine. Here’s a good one. Often I run into tables and can’t... read more

Using SQL Compare with Row Level Security

SQL Server 2016 brings with it a host of new features that will be both useful and appreciated by many customers. Quite a few of these features relate to providing additional security for databases, one of which is Row Level Security (RLS). This is a feature that has been available in Azure SQL Databases... read more