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Posted Monday, February 23, 2009 3:10 PM

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I am completely lost. Is SQLClue a product? And this article is a product review? Who makes it then?

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Posted Monday, February 23, 2009 6:42 PM


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It is a product created by the author of the article. He is selling it through his personal Web site.
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Posted Thursday, February 26, 2009 12:44 PM

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I am getting ready to start working with SQLClue myself as I have been using Bill's DDL Archive products since it's early form in DTS years ago. I have implemented the DDL Archive Utility (version prior to SQLClue) in three environments over the past 5 years and I can not put into words the value this product brings to a SQL environment from a DBA/Developer/Management perspective. From what I've demo'd, read about and spoken to Bill on, SQLClue appears to be far above and beyond the DDL AU and I can't wait to see what it has to offer. The DDL AU really gave me and all the individuals involved with the SQL environment a much better insight to as how frequently objects in our environment were changing, as well as provided a nice point in time snapshot for recovery purposes. I can't tell you how many times a developer changed an object without source safing and/or saving an existing version that came to me crying "help me ... I messed up X object". Because of Bill's product, I got to be the hero more times that I care to think about. That and as I've come to learn, even if you have the most locked down, secure and properly source controlled environment ... there will always be exceptions that were not caught or saved whereas Bill's tools will always be your warm security blanket.

There are very few tools I use, much less pay for as a DBA as I prefer to create my own processes. Minus LiteSpeed and SQLCompare, Bill's software is the only other software that I will purchase. I have over the years demo'd several products similar to this and I have yet to find one that was worthwhile. Again, this is all in regards to the DDL AU ... SQLClue appears to bring so much more to the plate that as of today, I see no competition.

I have been in touch with Bill for several years and have to say that Bill is truly a stand up guy. His product is amazingly priced. He has always provided very prompt and excellent support. He has taken the time several times to help me on issues not pertaining to this product. I can't recommend this guy enough, he is one of the best people I've met in this industry since I've become a DBA.

Good luck on SQLClue Bill. I'll be harassing you soon enough once I'm underway with it in the new environment. I'll be sharing all my custom reporting and such with you and hopefully the community soon enough. As I've told Bill, I now manage and maintain an environment with well over 200 production instances of SQL and upwards of 800 total instances of SQL Server. This environment will be a great test for your product and I'll be happy to report back with my findings.

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