SQL Server with Mr. Denny:


October 29, 2012  10:15 PM

Now that it’s too late, what DR prep can we do today?

Posted by: Denny Cherry
SQL, SQL Server

While preparing for a major disaster is what should be done ahead of time, that's a little...

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October 29, 2012  6:33 PM

I Hope Everyone on the East Coast has a DR Plan

Posted by: Denny Cherry
SQL, SQL Server

With hurricane Sandy dropping into the East Coast of the US this week this is a perfect time to think about DR plans.  DR planning isn't something that people should take personally when it is brought...

October 10, 2012  9:00 AM

Encrypting data in the same column

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Data Encryption, Data Loss, Data Security, Data Types, Database, Database Administration, Database Design, Database security, Encryption, Identity theft, Security, SQL, SQL Server, SQL Server stored procedures, Stored Procedures, T/SQL, Tables

I wrote a little while ago about the fact that sensitive data needs to be encrypted within the database for all applications.  This is the first technique that is available to you to encrypt data...

October 2, 2012  2:37 PM

The Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik needs to actually provide what they offer

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik, SQL, Travel

So for the last couple of weeks Kris and I have had the pleasure of being in Croatia, first for a SQL Conference second to spend a few days on vacation for our 13th Wedding Anniversary. The SQL conference in Zagreb was great, I don't have a single complaint about the hotel, the conference, the...

September 5, 2012  2:00 PM

The world does not revolve around cloud computing or coding.

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Database, DataCenter, Development, Social Commentary, SQL Server

Back on August 28th another ITKE poster wrote a blog post titled "The elephant not in the room" in which they talk about how if you want to work in IT in the future you better plan on working at one of...

August 29, 2012  9:00 AM

Creating PDF Files From Any Application

Posted by: Denny Cherry

These days creating PDF files is getting easier and easier, especially when you are using a Microsoft Office application like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. to create the initial document.  However all too often you want to create a PDF file from another application like Firefox, Chrome, IE,...

August 9, 2012  2:00 PM

Second Edition of Securing SQL Server now longer available for pre-order. It’s Shipping! (repost)

Posted by: Denny Cherry
AlwaysOn, Availability Groups, Azure, Data Loss, Data Security, Database Administration, Database security, Microsoft Windows, Security, SQL, SQL Server, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, Storage

In case you missed the blog post over on securingsqlserver.com, I wanted to repost it here... I'm afraid that I've got some bad news.  You can no longer pre-order

August 2, 2012  4:00 PM

Sensitive Data Must Be Encrypted

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Data Encryption, Data Loss, Data Security, Database Administration, Database Design, Database security, Encryption, Exploit, Hashing, Security, SQL, SQL Server

The title of this post pretty much says it all.  If you store sensitive data in a database you have to work under the assumption that someone is going to try and break into the system and steal that data.  Thinking otherwise simply isn’t responsible as the developer and/or administrator of the...

July 30, 2012  4:00 PM

Why is SQL Injection still a problem?

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Data Loss, Data Security, Database Administration, Database security, Exploit, Security, SQL, SQL Server

SQL Injection is probably the most popular attack vector for hackers when they attempt to break into databases.  The reason for this is that it is so easy for an attacker to gain access to the system, and typically to get pretty high level permissions to a database engine so that they can then...

July 19, 2012  2:00 PM

Making Technical Writing Easier

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Microsoft Word, SQL, SQL Server, Writing

Those of us that have worked on books have probably all run across the same problem at one time or another.  When you are going through the book writing process, you always end up going back and wanting to add a code example, or a screenshot somewhere in the middle of the chapter, and you then...

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