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K. Brian Kelley - Databases, Infrastructure, and Security

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

Archives: August 2011

Don't Wait to Start Blogging

I was reading a post by Jonathan Fields (blog | twitter) about making bad guitars. Okay, so what does that have to do with blogging? Nothing, and everything. Let me explain.

Fields was interviewing Bob Taylor, who had founded Taylor Guitars. Now Jonathan has wanted to make his… Read more

Have the Time? Get in the Game.

This year there's a two step process for electing members to the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Board of Directors (BoD).  The first step is choosing the folks who will vet the potential candidates to ensure the candidates for the BoD meet the qualifications, otherwise known as the Nominating Committee or… Read more

T-SQL Tuesday/Wednesday #21: A Crappy Workaround

A long time ago (in IT terms) in a galaxy far, far away I was helping an organization with a pretty nasty worm outbreak. The worm in question took advantage of a Windows vulnerability and it acted so fast that antivirus couldn't kill it fast enough. It was exploiting a… Read more

Functionality and User Experience are important, too

There are a few posts and articles around the security-scape lately concluding Windows 7 is more secure than OS X, especially around network based attacks. I tend to think that's true. The culture of security the normal Windows user has is far more mature than that of the average Mac… Read more

Security Is Your Responsibility

My primary responsibility at my organization is no longer to be the security architect and incident response team lead. I went back to my love of databases and do SQL Server work day-to-day. However, once you're in the security world, it's hard to step completely out of it, even if… Read more

MSSQLTips.com Kindle Contest

I'm always wary of contests to win free stuff, but the folks running MSSQLTips.com are legitimate (I write there as well) and they are offering another contest giving away a Kindle with 5 eBooks loaded on it. Please note, entering your name in the contest will sign you up to… Read more

Rant: Security Isn't Sexy and It's a Shame

I grew up immersed in security. My father was a US Marine and going on and off base meant... security. My father worked avionics, which meant I was also exposed to flightline security. On a Marine Air base, you will definitely see a base within a base with respect to… Read more

Bad Network Performance? Check the TCP Chimney Offload/Receive Side-Scaling/Network DMA Settings

We recently ran into a case where connecting to a Windows Server 2003 server with SQL Server installed on it, some clients were quick and some were not. Packet traces actually showed a five second delay in the communications of those clients with issues. The delay was at the server. The server… Read more