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cloud road

This is the reality of learning newer tech somewhat in depth and working with it. What this series of posts will be are notes, code snippets and processes I am using and coming up with to figure out how to move the entire SQL Server infrastructure from on-prem to an AWS cloud based environment. The main tasks are to make …

Conditionally Retry a Failed Job

stranded boat

We have jobs that run in the early morning to load data to our data warehouses and other systems, and if they don’t complete correctly, we start to have issues that ripple through the day. In the past, we had a service provider that would monitor our jobs and rerun them if needed, depending on specific criteria given to them. …

SQL Security Email Course

SQL Security Basics

Today I am very excited to announce that I have (finally!) launched my email course covering the basics of SQL Server Security. This has been a lot of work to get a new system in place to make the learning experience a little different. It is like a normal email course, but at the same time it isn’t. Want to …

Identify SQL Accounts Without Password Policy Enforced

jump for joy

When ‘Enforce Password Policy’ for SQL Server logins is turned off, you can make your password anything you want! Hooray! No picky criteria and trying to remember yet another convoluted password! Not the best idea, especially if you need to have a more secured server. Recently I was performing a security audit for a client. One of the many things …

Better SQL Agent Job Alerts

notifications

  They kinda suck. I mean it is nice that we have the option for the SQL Agent to tell us when a job fails or succeeds, but if you have ever looked at the message, there isn’t much detail in it. Take a look at this (slightly edited) email I used to get from our systems: Not very helpful. …