I ran across a great article on Connection Strings from my good friend, Allen White (b, t, c), recently. Quite a few of the items he mentioned in there, I knew, but it was a good review to stop and think about how to actually connect… Read more
There’s a neat switch in SQL Compare that lets you build rollback scripts. It looks like this:
I’ve used this before to help with deployments, as many of you have. The idea is that when you finish with your code in your dev environment, you run a comparison with production,… Read more
In a recent post, I described an attack against a privileged account using a simple SQL Injection technique of updating data in a table. One of the things showed was an administrator using their user and password credentials, but being unable to log on.
In this case, the administrator… Read more
I started this on Jan 1, but with family commitments, I ended up delaying it until today. I wrote about having a 2015 plan, and thought I should build one as well. I’ve tried a few things in the last couple years, and while I haven’t stuck to the… Read more
I was updating my speaking schedule and CV, trying to get an idea of what might be planned for 2015. As I was doing so, I decided to do a quick count of events and talks to see where I was last year. Last year was tough, and I… Read more
I got an email recently where someone asked me how they can refresh a dev environment with Powershell. I guess I’d written something about this in 2009, though that would have been for testing as Red Gate had already banned me from development on SQLServerCentral by that time.
I dug… Read more
I’ve got a semi complicated desktop setup, with multiple monitors, lots of USB stuff, and a few ways to record and listen to sound. I hadn’t thought of things as complex, especially with regards to audio, but between recording podcasts, having regular video conferences, and the speakers I added to… Read more
I’ve spoken at lots of events, but all in the US and the UK. Next year I get my first talk outside of those locations, going to the SQL Server Konferenz near Frankfurt, Germany.
The agenda is up, and I’ll be talking testing and tSQLt there, and it’s cool to… Read more
I noticed a contest this week while working on the Database Weekly newsletter. It’s the Cloud Hero contest, with the chance to win a Surface Pro 3. I could always use another device, or at least a device I could give away, so I decided to enter.
There are… Read more
Recently I was working on transforming some dates, and wanted to generate a large n number of dates for testing. I decided to use SQL Data Generator, and a little RegEx to meet my needs.
The format I needed was CYYMMDD, which is the century as a 0 or 1… Read more
I was scanning Twitter the other day and saw a note from someone that they had written a query using an obscure T-SQL command and were glad it had worked. I exchanged a note with the person and they mentioned that they had to look up the command and syntax… Read more
I ran across a post recently where someone had dates stored as characters (never good), but also in this format: CYYMMDD. I’d never seen that, and thought it was strange. The person was asking for a way to convert this to YYYY-MM-DD, which I think it fairly easy.
Let’s set… Read more
One of the things I’ll see happen often with SQL Server instances is that the system will run out of space on a drive. This could be for a variety of reasons, some of which can be prevented, and some cannot. You might have:
- Don’t delete old backup files
I’m off today, traveling to SQL in the City 2014 – Washington DC to meet Grant and deliver another database delivery seminar. We’ll be talking about Version Control, testing, continuous integration, and database delivery, and showing off some of the Red Gate tools that can make the process easier.
I… Read more
I’ve got a demo for one of my talks that really highlights some issues we have with SQL Injection. It’s part of my encryption talk, and it goes like this.
NOTE: I am showing a simple example here, not one that I would deploy into production. The concepts are similar,… Read more
I wrote briefly about templates in Management Studio (SSMS), and showed the default templates that come with SQL Server. I now want to customize some of the templates in a way that makes sense for me.
If I grab a script I use often, like this one, I can make… Read more
I recently wrote about placeholders for disk space. While you can use any file, like large images, video, etc., I’ve found a really simple, easy way to build these files on Windows.
A long time ago I worked in a large corporation where we managed lots of servers, each of which performed a variety of different functions. Some were Exchange, some SQL, some file servers, etc. and they would come and go at a frightening pace.
We had monitoring in place, but… Read more
Last night was my annual presentation at the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group. I try to make sure I get down there at least once a year, and it’s been only once a year for the last few years. Far too busy, and I’m sorry for that, but I… Read more