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  • SQL Updates Newsletter – November 2016

      This is a friendly reminder about a monthly newsletter that a good friend of mine (Fany Carolina Vargas) from Microsoft puts together each month which shows a whole host of goodies related to SQL Server which include but are not limited to the following: Recent Releases and Announcements Recent White Papers, E-Books, Training and ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on December 1, 2016
  • SQL Server 2016 SP1 is now Available

      Some big news today in the world of SQL Server and Visual Studio announced at Connect.  One of the announcements that will spark the interest of most of the people here on this blog is that SP1 for SQL Server 2016 is available for download now.  Why is this important? Well there are a ton of changes related to what features are ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on November 16, 2016
  • Using the catalog views : clearing out a "botched" schema

    A user on StackOverflow had populated a custom schema with a bunch of tables, and needed to replace them with a new set of tables due to various changes. But he couldn't just drop them all in any arbitrary order, because there were foreign keys in place. His workaround was to just run a ''drop all tables'' script multiple times until there were no ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on July 7, 2011
  • Backup those keys, citizen

    Periodically I back up the keys within my servers and databases, and when I do, I blog a reminder here. This should be part of your standard backup rotation – the keys should be backed up often enough to have at hand and again when they change. The first key you need to back up is the Service Master Key, which each Instance already has built-in. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 20, 2010
  • Backup Meta-Data

    I'm working on a PowerShell script to show me the trending durations of my backup activities. The first thing I need is the data, so I looked at the Standard Reports in SQL Server Management Studio, and found a report that suited my needs, so I pulled out the script that it runs and modified it to this T-SQL Script. A few words here - you need ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 30, 2010
  • Have you backed up your keys lately?

    Did you know that you already have a Server Master Key (SMK) generated for your system? That’s right – while a Database Master Key (DMK) is generated when you encrypt a certificate or Asymmetric Key with code, the Server Master Key is generated automatically when you start the Instance. So you should back all of those keys up periodically, and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 1, 2010
  • Tracking SQL Server Time

    In the past few blog posts I’ve showed you how to use several methods to track things in SQL Server. You can use the “tags” to the right of this post here at this site to list things like PowerShell, Performance Tuning and so on. Now that you’re armed with these tools, what should you track? Well, one of the items I track is time. I track the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 25, 2010
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