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22 December 2020
22 December 2020

Security is hard work

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I was once a database administrator in charge of several SQL Servers hosting the databases of vendor apps. Right after taking the job, I began looking at things like backups and security. I was quite shocked to find that one of the most important SQL Servers in the firm had a blank sa password. I … Read more
08 October 2020
08 October 2020

DBA in training: Security

Securing data is not always easy to do, but it should be the top responsibility for database administrators. From protecting the physical servers to preventing copies of backups files from getting into the wrong hands, there is a lot to consider. In this article, Pamela Mooney covers what DBAs need to think about when securing their organisation’s data.… Read more
01 October 2018
01 October 2018

Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017

As new versions of SQL Server have been released, the Query Optimizer has undergone many improvements. Adaptive Query Processing, new in 2017, represents a new direction. This set of features provides some flexibility for varying join types, multi-statement table valued functions, and memory grants. In this article, Robert Sheldon explains the three features that make up Adaptive Query Processing … Read more
27 September 2018
27 September 2018

Extended Events Workbench

The Extended Events (or XEvents) feature has been part of SQL Server since 2008, but many database professionals struggle to get started using it. In this article, Phil Factor demonstrates several useful Extended Event sessions that measure just one thing in each. He then provides the code necessary to parse the resulting XML into something you can use.… Read more
10 April 2018
10 April 2018

Execution Plans and Data Protection

One of the most important tools for query tuning is the ability to view execution plans. They are even portable; you can send an execution plan to get advice from someone who doesn't have access to the underlying data. Have you even considered that sensitive information might travel along with the plans? Hugo Kornelis explains how execution plans affect data protection. … Read more