Don’t fall in love with features you won’t use

As 2009 dawned, I was shopping for a new (read: used) car. The one I drove most of the time was, at this point, 14 years old.

I was focused on one brand and one model, but I was soon entranced by a different model from that brand—in fact, it was the top of the line. […]

By |October 1st, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

T-SQL Framework: The Finished Product (pt. 5)

We now have a finished T-SQL framework, and this is the last post of the series. We start with the complete Template (with the error engine, activity log and batching). In this post, we’ll examine each new segment and focus on the batching feature, explain what is going on and the necessity.
The finished Template:

The Input […]

By |September 3rd, 2019|SQL, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

T-SQL Batching: Framework, pt. 4

In this fourth installment of the framework series, we will add a T-SQL batching feature to our existing framework we have developed in earlier installments of this series. This feature set is dependent on the work we have previously, done. If you have not been following along, please go back so that everything will work […]

By |August 27th, 2019|SQL, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

The T-SQL Activity Log: Framework, pt. 3

This segment of the framework builds onto what we have already created in Part 2 of the T-SQL Framework. That post showed you how to build the Error Engine, or build in tasks to do our error handling for us. In building the T-SQL Activity Log, we will leverage some of the structures and processes […]

By |August 21st, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Strangest Things, Pt. 3: Linked Servers in SQL

As a consultant, you experience different environments, with different architectures, different skill sets, and different processes. Usually there’s just one thing in common: They have serious issues that need immediate attention. Such as using linked servers in SQL.
Once a consultant has some experience under his or her belt, one can usually see symptoms that can […]

By |August 13th, 2019|SQL, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Framework, part 2: The SQL Error Engine

Building the SQL Error Engine
In this second post focused on a T-SQL framework (find part one here), we will build the plumbing to leverage our first feature of the framework, the error engine. This feature  will runs like an engine and do the manual work we do not want to do. To make it dynamic, […]

By |August 5th, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

What is a SQL framework, Part 1

We can define a framework in two simple ways:

An environment with tools to work with.
A scaffold around which we can build an application.

These definitions sound simple in an abstract way, but what is a SQL framework specifically, how will it help me, and do I have to use one? 
For the questions “what is a SQL […]

By |July 24th, 2019|SQL, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

The Strangest Things we’ve seen in SQL Server

You think Demogorgons and Mind Flayers are hard to deal with? Compared to some strange things we’ve seen in SQL Server databases, they’re a walk in the park. 
Most of the time, SQL Server is a wonderful, robust platform that can handle mountains of data, support all sorts of apps, and generally make life easier. Until […]

By |July 3rd, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Easy Permissions Audit

Something I have written about more than a handful of times is the need to audit. When people think about audits, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely the IRS and taxes. More than taxes are audit-able. Despite that tendency to first think taxes when somebody says “audit”, I am not writing about […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Security, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Security Configuration for Linked Servers

A few years ago I published an article about how to use linked servers to avoid performance issues. I wanted to follow up on that with a discussion of linked server security configuration because this is another big issue I see all too often with linked servers.

The first thing to understand is that all linked […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Security, SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments