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Point in Time recovery via GUI a new SQL 2012 Feature


Very nice post about one of the new features of SQL 2012 – the GUI for point in time recovery.

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SQL Server 2012 introduces Database Recovery Advisor that provides significant user experience improvements to the ways DBAs can restore databases with SQL Server Management Studio. As we know, SQL Server provides a variety of backup types, so creating the proper recovery sequence for each point in time can be tricky at times. This is where Database Recovery Advisor is useful, because it makes the database restoration process more agile by helping the customers to create more predictable and optimal recovery sequence.

The Database Recovery Advisor provides a visual timeline from the backup history of the database and then presents the available points in time at which the user can restore the database, algorithms to streamline the identification of the appropriate sets of backup media to restore the database back to a specific point in time. By default, the Database Recovery Advisor tries to restore the database from the last backup…

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Running a SQL Server Environment at Home Using Native Boot Virtual Hard-Drives (VHD)

Running a SQL Server Environment at Home Using Native Boot Virtual Hard-Drives (VHD)

I’ve run into a road block. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, I have all the software I need to get hands on with SQL Server. I even have Virtual Hard Drives (VHDs) that I can download directly from Microsoft; there are even publicly available ones HERE. My problem is on the hardware end. Since I’m not a millionaire that can throw money around and buy an entirely new server to put Windows Server on with SQL Server, I had to find another way… and I did 🙂

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SQLAuthority News – Microsoft Whitepaper – AlwaysOn Solution Guide: Offloading Read-Only Workloads to Secondary Replicas


 

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Jump start your SQL 2012 Certification for FREE

Jump start your SQL 2012 Certification for FREE

Hey all you proactive SQL junkies, want to jump start your SQL 2012 Certification? Or are you just here because you saw the world’s most favorite four letter word – FREE? Either way I got your fix right here.

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SQL Server 2012 New Feature – The Sequence Object

SQL Server 2012 New Feature – The Sequence Object

One of the cool new features with SQL 2012 is the Sequence Object.  One of the worst parts of this feature is that whenever I mention it’s a cool new feature a lot of people say “that has been in Oracle forever.” Patience is a virtue!!

Anyway, so I like to consider the Sequence Object as a “Global Identity” that can be shared by many objects in the same database, or even across databases on the same server (I have not tried it via Linked Servers because I only have one test SQL 2012 server). You can take values from the Sequence Object and insert them into tables or you can have a column in a table default to a value from the Sequence Object. A warning to the wise: If you assign a default value for the table as a Sequence Object then you cannot drop it because of dependencies. That is actually a pretty good security measure.

I have included a code snippet so that you can play around with this new feature and I’ve put a few screen shots to show how you can manage it via the GUI. Make sure you run the code section by section; I have included a lot of comments to let you know what to expect while running it.

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Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 3 – Monitoring Health and Disaster Recovery

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 3 – Monitoring Health and Disaster Recovery

One of the biggest issues we have in health is poor monitoring.  This is also the case in health of many of our systems.  As a DBA, I’m always concerned about the health of my database servers; mainly because I would like to keep my job and not get the 3am call that something has gone terribly wrong. However, with that said, no matter how careful we are there is always the probability of something bad going wrong.

This is part three of my lessons learned and will have more of a focus on Database monitoring and Disaster recovery.

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SQL Security Architecture Decomposed Presentation

SQL Security Architecture Decomposed Presentation

Professional Association for SQL Server Presentation
Topic: SQL Server Security Architecture Decomposed
Presenter: Ayman El-Ghazali

Abstract: Security can be difficult to understand when first approaching SQL Server due to the many layers. In this webinar we will take a top down look at SQL Server Security and then “peel” its layers one by one to understand how it works. This webinar will help those who wish to understand security layers and concepts better with in SQL Server. We will cover how to properly manage individual and group access to your SQL Instance, Databases, and many other securables. Please join us on this journey from your server’s network port all the way to your tables, stored procedures, and functions.

http://dba.sqlpass.org/MeetingArchive.aspx

June 27, 2012 – SQL Server Security Architecture Decomposed. Click here to start streaming.

Slides and Code for all Presentations can be found here

 

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