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  • Real tortoises keep it slow and steady. How about the backups?

      … Four tortoises were playing in the backyard when they decided they needed hibiscus flower snacks. They pooled their money and sent the smallest tortoise out to fetch the snacks. Two days passed and there was no sign of the tortoise. ''You know, she is taking a lot of time'', said one of the tortoises. A little voice from just out ...
    Posted to Maria Zakourdaev (Weblog) by Maria Zakourdaev on September 10, 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
  • Review the New Migration Guide to SQL Server 2012 Always On

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cephas Lin, of Microsoft, last year at the SQL Saturday in Indianapolis and then later at the PASS Summit in the fall.Cephas has been writing content for SQL Server 2012 Always On. Cephas has recently published his first whitepaper, a migration guide to SQL Server AlwaysOn. Read it and then pass along ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 25, 2012
  • 'Backup Completed' is NOT an Error Message

    If you're like me, you like for things to be semantically reliable.  Huh?  Said another way, I like for things to mean what they say and say what they mean.  Here are a few examples of I get annoyed by failed sematics - when a footpath is used almost entirely by cyclists, when an escalator is merely stairs, or when a restroom has a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 17, 2012
  • Must-Have Resources - SQL Server Backup & Recovery

    One of the things that drives me crazy as I'm getting older is that my brain is losing the capacity to differentiate version numbers. As I speak travel around speaking with customers and at conferences, I find my self saying things like ''I can't recall if this problem was fixed in SQL Server 2000 or 2005. But you don't have to worry about that ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 8, 2011
  • Scandalous II: Shh! I am De-duplicating Compressed Backups

    This is part II of two Scandalous posts. Watch, mouth agape, as I run with scissors, right up against prevailing wisdom! Unfollow me now, before it’s too late! Here’s the thing. There are two really outstanding posts out there on the ‘tubez that explain in vivid detail the problems with sending compressed data into a de-duplicating appliance. And ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on April 23, 2011
  • Visualize Disaster

    Or, How Mirroring Off-Site Saved my #Bacon My company does most things right. Our management is very supportive, listens and generally funds the technology that makes sense for the best interest of the organization. We have good redundancy, HA and disaster recovery in place that fit our objectives. Still, as they say, bad things can happen to ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on March 8, 2011
  • Pop Quiz: Restore a Database to the Point in Time when a Full Backup Started?

    Recently we've had to interview some SQL Server DBA candidates for our team, and we were looking for the type of open-ended technical questions that would draw out interviewees and let us get a sense of their thought process. A surprisingly simple question came up that seems to work well - it makes the candidate think through and explain ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on November 1, 2010
  • SQL Server Backup Simulator

    The SQL Server support team just announced the release of a backup simulator. Many 3rd party utilities that do backup like IBM Tivoli, Symantec BackupExec, Quest Litespeed, Redgate SQL Backup etc. use the sqlvdi.dll to communicate to SQL Server and this allows you to simulate that activity. So if you want to test how your system reacts or more ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on October 28, 2010
  • Cloud computing sounds good, but...

    With all the talk about cloud computing, I felt a little sheepish for being worried about mundane things like backup, and whether many users might underestimate what they need to do after turning over all their data to some service. http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001315.html  The Provider says, ''There there, we have everything ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on December 14, 2009
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