This article, Part 2 – SQL Server 6.5 to 2000 Critical Upgrade Decisions and Redundant Upgrade Architecture, will begin to detail the technical components faced by the DBAs and Developers during the Upgrade process. The technical components detail the Critical Upgrade Decisions related to ANSI NULLS, Quoted Identifiers and other items.
This article discusses various SQL Server Data Transformation Services (DTS) best practices. It is divided into sections like DTS naming conventions, DTS documentation, troubleshooting DTS packages, improving the performance of DTS packages, securing DTS packages, DTS resources.
Pedro Estrada has published a free tool that according to his site "This is a complete application to have an easier interface to work with BCP against MSSQL servers. Just specify a server, database, table user name and password to BCP out or IN." Worth a try, and he has some other free utilities (some SQL, some not) on the site.
myLittleTools.net is pleased to announce the release of myLittleAdmin, the most advanced and robuste web-based MS SQL and MSDE database administration tool. This new version offers a new skinnable interface and a lot of great new features, such as user levels, multi-databases support or SQL script generation. A lite version is available for free so that you can test it in your own environment. Use myLittleAdmin and do through a browser almost everything you did before with Enterprise Manager.
LockwoodTech has released a new sql tool that analyzes the SQL Server transaction log to passively audit a SQL Server database. You can track inserts, updates, deletes and full row level detail of past transactions (even before the tool was installed). Client supports powerful filtering, grouping and sorting of audit data.
Bundle SQL Deploy when you distribute a new version of your application to clients and all your database changes will happen automatically. Simply save database changes from Enterprise Manager, SQL Analyser or Visual Studio .NET as scripts (as most developers already do) and this utility enables automatic data version upgrades. Designed for Winforms, Webforms, VB, ASP and Access applications (and more), SSW SQL Deploy means you never have to worry when deploying applications again!
Integrate high performance index- and search functionality in your SQL database.
Essentially, IMP Index Manager is a set of tools (search engine, administrative interface, etc.) to make it very easy to add search engine capabilities to SQL Server 2000. Easy to implement, and lightening fast performance. (Not Reviewed)