It has been over 4 weeks now that the very serious security bugs named Meltdown and Spectre, affecting almost any CPU made in the last decade, have been publicized and patches have been made available for various systems and software. Some patches even had to be withdrawn and recreated (AMD had not maintained its documentation). In […]
You can find this article by Allan Hirt at its original location: http://sqlha.com/2018/01/04/no-good-terrible-processor-flaw-sql-server-deployments-nearly-everything-need-know/
Introduction With the upcoming implementation of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, having a security concept in place is essentially required by law. Microsoft SQL Server, just like other database systems, carries the main asset to protect: the data itself. Therefore, it is time for an article from a more strategic […]
مرحبا (“MARR-hah-bah”, Arabic: Hello) This year takes me to yet another part of the world: I have been invited to speak at THE SQL Server Conference in the Middle East: at SQL Gulf 3 taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 23rd.
After the great success of the German SQLKonferenz in February, where I had the honor of presenting the new security features of SQL Server 2016 together with Joachim Hammer, the Program Manager of the security teams of the relational SQL Engines at Microsoft in Redmond (more info), I finally found time to go about the […]
This year, from 23 to 25 February, the 3rd ”SQLKonferenz” takes place in Darmstadt. And this year represents a particular peak for me in two regards: For one, my company, Sarpedon Quality Lab®, is for the first time Silver Sponsor of the conference. In this way, I am supporting PASS Deutschland e.V., the German SQL […]
With 14 July 2015, quite precisely one year after the first security bugs in 5 years had to be fixed, we have been given a new reason to test one’s security patching policy. – Provided that you have such a policy for SQL Server.
The news broke in early May: That’s when Satya Nadella presented SQL Server 2016 at the Microsoft Ignite-Conference in Chicago. I can already say that SQL Server 2016 will be one of the most exciting releases in recent years. And that’s because this time it’s clearly focused on security. Next to performance features, security features […]
This time, we are dealing with the „MDW“, short for Management Data Warehouse,( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677306.aspx), which I like to recommend as a minimal performance logging-approach. From time to time, and most recently in the context of my PASS Essential „SQL Server Analysis tools & Techniques for Performance und general Monitoring“, the question arises as to whether […]
You may remember the survey on database ownership which I launched several months ago. In the following, I am now presenting the results and giving my official recommendation for a best practice for security in terms of database ownership. First, if you still need the script:
PASS Essential: Practical Performance Monitoring-Toolset for SQL Server, on 12 April 2018 at Microsoft Bad Homburg, Details here (pdf, in German). Fully booked – waitlist only.