Helen Joyce

Helen has been a software tester at Red Gate since 2001. She has been involved in the development of applications from the design stage to release, and has worked on nearly all of the products in the current Red Gate suite. She is currently project managing the development of SQL Backup.

03 October 2007
03 October 2007

SQL Backup 5.2 released

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A minor release of SQL Backup is now available, and is a free upgrade from version 5.0 or 5.1. To make it eaiser for new users to get started we’ve made some improvements to getting the server components installed. Hopefully this makes the installation process slightly more pleasurable for new comers to SQL Backup. Once … Read more
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05 September 2007
05 September 2007

SQL Multi Script v 1.0 – Alpha release. Just one click to run scripts on all your SQL Servers

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There’s a working application available for download FREE which allows you to execute a script (or set of scripts) against multiple servers. That’s pretty much it! It’s called SQL Multi Script and you can download the alpha version here. it doesn’t require an install and you can get started in about 1 minute. Open a script or … Read more
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10 July 2007
10 July 2007

Keep Log Shipping in shape

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The Log Shipping Monitor is an unsupported, free product available on the Red Gate Labs. If you are running log shipping jobs between servers you can now set up this application to collate the log shipping activity.  A summary is presented and graphs are plotted to look how the size of the backup files are changing … Read more
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12 June 2007
12 June 2007

SQL Backup to MTF Converter

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A little known application exists for converting your backup files created by SQL Backup (*.sqb) into MTF (Microsoft Tape Format) files. The command line version (sqb2mft.exe) is shipped with the product. This utility makes it possible to restore backups created by SQL Backup using the restore command directly in SQL Server by converting them (and uncompressing the … Read more
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01 May 2007
01 May 2007

SQL Backup 5.0 has been released

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SQL Backup 5.0 is a major upgrade including a complete redesign of the user interface. What’s new in 5.0? Complete redesign of the UI including a timeline feature for monitoring past backup activity and future backup jobs Integrated support for clusters Reporting across multiple servers using a central reporting database New keywords THREADCOUNT (to get … Read more
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30 April 2007
30 April 2007

We’re going on a bug hunt

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One Monday lunchtime not so long ago we ran a bug hunt for SQL Backup 5. During the hour and a half session 12 participants (all willing Red Gate employees) paired up to try and break the application with the promise of wine and chocolates for the ‘most interesting bug found’. This was by far … Read more
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07 December 2006
07 December 2006

A public beta of SQL Backup 5.0 out now

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As an early Christmas treat, we have decided to release the beta version of SQL Backup 5.0 as a public beta. SQL Backup is the leading tool for creating and securing your SQL Server backups. Compatible with SQL Server 2000 and 2005 (32-bit and 64-bit versions including Itanium servers). The latest release a revolutionary way … Read more
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21 August 2006
21 August 2006

A new version of SQL Backup

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There are exciting times for Red Gate’s SQL Backup development team at the moment. We have just released a minor version (4.6) which includes support for more keywords. Specifically PAGE level restore is now supported along with the KEEP_REPLICATION keyword. If you are an existing SQL Backup user you can upgrade via Check for updates … Read more
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06 July 2006
06 July 2006

SQL Backup goes 64-bit…

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SQL Backup 4.5 (released 5th July 2006) now supports 64-bit versions of SQL Server. We’ve had a public beta program running for a couple of months, which has been well used but now it’s released in earnest. Hooray. It’s the same download regardless of whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit versions of SQL Server.  From the … Read more
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06 June 2006
06 June 2006

SQL Backup on 64-bit servers

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The server components of SQL Backup have now been compiled to run on 64-bit versions of SQL Server. The beta (which is feature complete) is public and can be downloaded from the Red Gate forums: http://www.red-gate.com/MessageBoard/viewforum.php?f=45. It’s also worth looking at if you have 32-bit servers too by the way, it’s the same download and install … Read more
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15 March 2006
15 March 2006

SQL Backup 4.0 and beyond

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Phew…with SQL Backup 4.1 released attention has now turned to supporting 64 bit versions of SQL Server. There is no let up and testing already underway, with a beta planned for 24th April 2006. Please email me (helen.joyce@red-gate.com) if you want to be part of the beta program and be one of the privileged few to … Read more
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07 December 2005
07 December 2005

Count down to SQL Backup 4.0 release

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We are now ‘feature complete’ and only have a few weeks until we have code lock off. The beta program has in the region of 75 customers signed up, many of which are actively posting feedback on the private forum. The comments have been encouraging. The beta testers have been carrying out some impressive tests, … Read more
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21 November 2005
21 November 2005

SQL Backup 4.0 BETA is ready!

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Phew… on November 15th an email went out to a select group of SQL Server DBA’s, Developers and other potential SQL Backup users to let them know of the SQL Backup version 4.0 beta program. The beta version is pretty much feature complete. It’s a major upgrade from version 3.2. The final release is scheduled for 16th … Read more
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