Tag Archives: security

Getting All Users

I saw someone that wanted to get all users from all databases on their instance. Seems like that ought to be simple, right? The user wanted to use sp_MSforeachdb to query users, but wanted a single result set for all … Continue reading

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Taking Shortcuts

Many of us work in situations where we feel pressure to get work done at a pace that’s faster than we might like to move. In some sense, this is the nature of life, where customers and clients always want … Continue reading

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Good Security Needs Layers

How many of you have wanted to know who started or stopped a SQL instance? Probably a few of you, as disruption to the service can affect customers. Most of us are concerned with the changes made inside SQL Server … Continue reading

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If only the US would follow …

I saw this blog from Allan Hirt and I wish the US would adopt something strong like this. I’d actually like this to apply to all organizations, but certainly critical services need to be secure. If you follow the link, you’ll see that … Continue reading

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Is Security Catching On?

This is a good sign, as a poll shows people want security over convenience, especially younger people. Surprisingly this is also true for older people, who likely don’t trust much of our new technology. This is the first time that a … Continue reading

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SSMS 17.4 Vulnerability Assessment

SSMS 17.5 is out as of February 2018, but the the Vulnerability Assessment (VA) was released in SSMS 7.4 It seems that the Microsoft tools team is trying to build us better tools that come with the platform. There are … Continue reading

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Republish: Elevation of Privileges

It’s another day in the office in the UK and I’m republishing Elevation of Privileges while  I’m stuck in meetings all day.

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Classifying Data with SSMS 17.5

I upgraded SSMS to 17.5 recently and found an interesting addition. This version has incorporated the ability to classify data. With the GDPR coming for many of us, this is a welcome addition. This is a quick look at this … Continue reading

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Enabling Guest in a Database–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. The guest account exists in all your databases. This is installed by default, and guest is used to map … Continue reading

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We Do Need To Upgrade

I advocate that we should get a long life from our database platforms. In fact, I like to think about a 7-10 year lifetime for many of my database instances. That means I’ll get beyond the 5 year lifetime that … Continue reading

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