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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

IT Security, MySQL, Perl, SQL Server, and Windows technologies.

Archives: November 2006

Microsoft Network Monitor 3.0 Released

If you aren't familiar with Network Monitor, it's a packet sniffer that's a Windows component on the server builds (Control Panel >> Add/Remove Programs >> Add/Remove Windows Components >> Management and Monitoring Tools >> Network Monitor Tools if you're using Windows Server 2003). The version that has previously been released…

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ApexSQL SQL Server VIP/MVP Offer

ApexSQL has an offer to anyone who is a SQL Server MVP or VIP for a gratuity of their ApexSQL Universal Studio package. In a thread post here (Editor in Chief editorial), Brian Lockwood re-extended the offer to any who qualified. MVP status certainly does. VIP he said he'd…

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Measuring pi by throwing frozen hot dogs?

I saw this today on my Google front page under the How To section:

How to Calculate Pi by Throwing Frozen Hot Dogs

And the first thing that came to mind was, "Would this work?" As an adult and a father of three small children, my thought should have been,…

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SysInternals now on Microsoft TechNet

It wasn't too long ago that Mark Russinovich announced he was becoming a Microsoft employee (new link as his old blog redirects to his new blog on TechNet). Now there is a new SysInternals section of the TechNet website. You can find the majority of the old SysInternals tools…

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NGSSoftware compares Oracle and SQL Server security

I first saw this at SQL Server MVP Jasper Smith's blog post Which database is more secure? Oracle vs. Microsoft:

     NGSSoftware Whitepaper: Which database is more secure? Oracle vs. Microsoft?

Noted security research David Litchfield did a comparison of reported security vulnerabilities in both database platforms. He excluded…

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Teaching Children to Program

One of the blogs I follow is Andrew Coates' blog over at MSDN. He has posted about starting to help a group of children learn how to program. It's a very interesting read with respect to what the children came up with as what they wanted to do and how…

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Mixed Feelings about the SQL Server Central Sale to Red Gate

I've read numerous posts and several blogs discussing the SQL Server Central sale to Red Gate and at the end of the day I can only say I have mixed feelings about it. I'm very glad for Brian, Andy, and Steve, who have worked very hard on the site (on…

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SQL Server 2005 SP2 CTP Available for Download

The Community Technology Preview (CTP) version SQL Server 2005 SP2 has been released by Microsoft. You can find the download here:

http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ctp.mspx

There appear to be some changes on the database engine side that may raise a few eyebrows:
  • SP2 Maintenance Plans cannot be read by earlier versions of the…

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Chess

Recently I started getting back into the game of chess as I began coaching my boys. Chess is a great game which teaches a multitude of skills including critical thinking, planning, perseverance, problem solving, and creativity. It also helps children learn about delayed rewards, fortitude, and courage. Needless to say,…

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