Powershell is the new management interface for scripting and working with SQL Server that is integrated into Windows 2008 and SQL Server 2008. The author of a Codeplex project introduces some extensions that try to make it easier to use Powershell with SQL Server.
Auditing, analyzing and documenting your SQL Server installation is becoming more important all the time, especially as more and more attention is being paid to the security of your environment. Chad Miller brings us a look at a framework and a sample document you can use in your environment to conduct an audit.
Auditing SQL Server, or any system, is not an easy task and with new regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, it is becoming a full time job in some environments. Chad Miller brings us a way that he developed with Excel and some scripting to automate some of the security information for a large installation of SQL Servers.
As a DBA you do not need to know how to setup an Active Directory domain or a DNS server, but you still need to know how Kerberos, Service Principle Names, and hostnames are used to perform integrated authentication to a SQL Server. This article by new columnist Chad Miller shows you some of the more integral parts of troubleshooting running Windows Authentication security in a SQL Server environmnet.