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  • Third Party Applications and Other Acts of Violence Against Your SQL Server

    I just got finished reading a great blog post from my buddy, Thomas LaRock (t | b), in which he describes a useful personal policy he used to track changes made to his SQL Servers when installing third-party products. Note that I'm talking about line-of-business applications here - your inventory management systems and help desk ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 12, 2014
  • DevOps for Windows Azure

    ''DevOps'' (Short for Developer Operations) is one of a group of new terms such as ''Cloud'', ''Big Data'' and ''Data Scientist'' - words that are somewhere between marketing and tasks we've actually had around in other forms for years.However, working in a Distributed Environment (Both on and off premises)  like Windows Azure does bring a ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 12, 2013
  • The Importance of Paranoia for the Technical Professional

    I recently read a blog post from a technical professional who’s account had been hacked (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/)  – not because he used poor passwords or unsafe practices, but because the hackers used some social engineering to get around the safety he had put into ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on August 8, 2012
  • High-Availability White Papers and Resources for SQL Server

    In foreground, attendee makes dreaded ''shoot myself'' hand sign to the speaker.I was just telling the good people of Charlotte about how they (and how YOU) need to read all things by Paul Randal (blog | twitter), except for all of his cheesy romance novels like Caress and Conquer written under the nom de plum of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 26, 2012
  • Ghost Records, Backups, and Database Compression…With a Pinch of Security Considerations

      Today Jeffrey Langdon (@jlangdon) posed on #SQLHelp the following questions: So I set to answer his question, and I said to myself: “Hey, I haven’t blogged in a while, how about I blog about this particular topic?”. Thus, this post was born. (If you have never heard of Ghost Records and/or the Ghost Cleanup Task, go see this blog post ...
    Posted to Argenis Fernandez (Weblog) by Argenis on May 30, 2012
  • SQL Azure and Trust Services

    Microsoft is working on a new Windows Azure service called “Trust Services”. Trust Services takes a certificate you upload and uses it to encrypt and decrypt sensitive data in the cloud. Of course, like any security service, there’s a bit more to it than that. I’ll give you a quick overview of how you can use this product ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 27, 2012
  • SQL Azure - Requiring Encrypt=True

    (Many thanks to Peter Gvozdjak and Dan Benediktson here at Microsoft who worked with me on this issue and provided the bulk of information for this post) Recently I had a customer inquire about some performance tuning he wanted to do for SQL Azure, and as part of that he found that it was possible to remove the “Encrypt=True” setting on the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 6, 2012
  • On the Topic of Lost SA Passwords on SQL Server 2000…

      Since it looks like everything I blog about lately is showing how to get onto SQL instances to which you don’t have formal credentials, I figured what the heck – let’s do a post on SQL 2000. Earlier on today Saurabh Sapra [twitter] sent a tweet to SQL Server MVP Thomas LaRock [blog|twitter]: To which Tom replied: I was flattered. ...
    Posted to Argenis Fernandez (Weblog) by Argenis on January 20, 2012
  • Leveraging Service SIDs to Logon to SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 Instances with Sysadmin Privileges

    Edit: I have confirmed that this is still valid for the all versions of SQL Server 2012, and SQL Server 2014 - and even on Windows Server 2012 R2.   If you recall one of my previous blog posts, titled Think Your Windows Administrators Don’t Have Access to SQL Server 2008 by Default? Think Again I exploited the fact that NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM ...
    Posted to Argenis Fernandez (Weblog) by Argenis on January 12, 2012
  • Connect Digest : 2012-01-09

    Hide databases from users who shouldn't be able to see them This is a long-standing request from Erland Sommarskog which I've highlighted in previous digests. But the underlying problem keeps coming up in multiple venues, so I thought it would be good to call attention to the item one more time. Some will argue that the contained database feature ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on January 9, 2012
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