Category Archives: Editorial

Delaying Patches is Problematic

I was listening to a DevOps podcast from Josh Corman, of Rugged Software. Rugged Software aims to improve security by asking developers and sysadmins to adhere to their manifesto, which recognizes both the importance of software in the modern world, … Continue reading

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Writing the Correct Query is Important

There’s a saying in the data world: garbage in, garbage out. We use that when we can’t get good information from our database because the data we’ve stored isn’t as useful as we would like. That’s a problem, and it’s … Continue reading

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Securing Your Instances

I wrote a post about finding the port number of a SQL instance using PowerShell. Almost immediately I was taken to task by someone that noted port scanners can easily find SQL ports, so it’s silly to move off 1433. … Continue reading

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Backup Data Security

It seems there is no end to the insecure ways in which people manage data. I haven’t seen this one before, but I’m sure it’s happened. In fact, I bet it’s happening right now in more than one company. A … Continue reading

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Not Excited by Linux

You’re not excited by Linux. At least most of you in this community aren’t excited. A recent poll we ran showed that nearly two thirds of the people answering aren’t interested in even evaluating SQL Server on Linux. That’s an … Continue reading

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SQL Server is Getting More Popular

At the db-engines.com site, SQL Server was named the DMBS of the year. This was the site’s choice based on a measure of how popularity changed from Jan 2016 -Jan 2017. Apparently SQL Server grew in popularity in a number … Continue reading

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Changes are Coming to the SQLServerCentral Forums

The codebase for SQLServerCentral is old. Not as old as it looks, since our developers tried to keep the look and feel of the original site when they upgraded the underlying framework in 2009. Since then we’ve made a few … Continue reading

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Your 2017 Goals

Last week I wrote some predictions for 2017, and plenty of you added your own thoughts. Overall, security is a concern for most people, with little hope things will improve. I certainly hope they do, but like most of you, … Continue reading

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Number Security

There’s a scary item recently in a Database Weekly newsletter. Apparently your credit card number code can be guessed in seconds. Using techniques that spread guesses around to a number of sites, criminals can avoid triggering alarms, which makes some … Continue reading

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The Salary Range

We published the results of our 2016 Salary Survey today, which has some interesting numbers in it. I haven’t done a lot of analysis of the data, but it seems as though the averages are higher than I expected for … Continue reading

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