Using a gMSA with SQL Server

As you already know, SQL Server runs as a service. And services require a service account to run under. While this service account is likely to be a domain service account, it could be an account on the local machine. To follow good security practices you would need to specify that this account: Has the […]

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By |February 19th, 2018|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Using a gMSA with SQL Server

Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

Spectre and Meltdown
In recent weeks, a significant security risk was exposed. This exploit has been named in two fashions: Spectre and Meltdown. We at SSG feel it important to help disclose the severity and impact of these exploits with this formal release.

Unauthorized Memory Disclosure through CPU Side-Channel Attacks

(“Meltdown” and “Spectre”)

Overview
Vulnerabilities exist in multiple modern CPU architectures that could […]

By |January 18th, 2018|News, SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

Changing Default Logs Directory – Back to Basics

In this article I will explore altering the default logs directory location. Some may say this is no big deal and you can just use the default location used during install. Fair enough, there may not be massive need to change that location

By |January 4th, 2018|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Changing Default Logs Directory – Back to Basics

The case of the missing database backup file

Exploring the wonderful case of a missing database backup. I was working on a client’s site today, setting up database backup routines. Part of which is to perform a database backup, and verify that everything went okay. I had Windows Explorer open to the location that the backup was going to. When the backup finished, […]

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By |December 27th, 2017|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on The case of the missing database backup file

Linked Servers and Stats

A linked server is a fabulous feature in SQL Server to help accomplish various data tasks between local and remote servers. There is a time and a place for the use of linked servers.

By |October 17th, 2017|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Linked Servers and Stats

New Features in SSMS 17.3

SSMS 17.3 SSMS 17.3 was just released (download link), and it has a couple of new features worthy of mention: Import Flat File Wizard XEvent Profiler Import Flat File Wizard If you’ve worked with SQL Server for very long, you have most likely needed to import flat files from time to time. SSMS 17.3 utilizes […]

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By |October 11th, 2017|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on New Features in SSMS 17.3

Stop waiting for SQL Server Service Pack 1 before upgrading!

It’s not stable until Service Pack 1… Are you at a company that doesn’t install a new version of SQL Server until Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released? Well, you need not wait for SP1 any more. Because there’s not going to be any more service packs. Microsoft just announced their “Modern Servicing Module […]

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By |September 29th, 2017|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Stop waiting for SQL Server Service Pack 1 before upgrading!

Working with SQLSaturday SpeedPASSes

SQLSaturday SpeedPASSes I’ve been working with running SQLSaturdays in the Richmond, VA area for several years now. It seems that every year, I end up blogging something new. Frequently, this ends up being a script of some kind to help me out. This post follows this theme by introducing a script for working with SQLSaturday […]

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By |March 9th, 2017|SQL, SQL Group|Comments Off on Working with SQLSaturday SpeedPASSes

sp_server_diagnostics – Black Box Recorder

A few months back I began a series about the SQL Black Box Recorder, that you can read here, with a promise of at least two more posts. The first article in the series laid the groundwork about the black box recorder in SQL Server. Furthermore, there was a brief introduction into the three components […]

By |July 26th, 2016|Extended Events, SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

SQL Black Box Recorder part II

A few months back I began a series, about the SQL Black Box Recorder that you can read here, with a promise of at least two more posts. The first article in the series laid the groundwork about the black box recorder in SQL Server. Furthermore, there was a brief introduction into the three components […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Extended Events, SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments