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Triple Check Your Restores

I used to work at a nuclear power plant. Not really in the plant, but as a network administrator in the building next door to the plant. Probably a good thing since I struggled to get to work on time … Continue reading

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The RGE

I first heard this little acronym from Grant Fritchey (b | t). He used it when talking about backups and restores, and I like it. However I realize that I’ve never actually noted what it is, so a short blog … Continue reading

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Back Home, Despite a Scare

I’ve spent the last 11 days traveling in Europe, returning home late yesterday. It wasn’t a holiday or even corporate boondoggle as this was 3 cities, 2 events at which I spoke, travel in planes, trains, and automobiles, a minor … Continue reading

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Losing All Traces of Data

I was reading a thriller recently, in which a businessperson had their child threatened if they didn’t get some data for the criminals. Once the person had retrieved the data, they were told to delete it from the system and … Continue reading

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Multiple Backup Files

I’ve been writing a little PowerShell lately that will back up databases, move files, and restore them. I’m often testing things, and having scripts to quickly and easily move files is very handy. After one of my posts recently, a … Continue reading

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Powershell – Copy the Latest Backup

I got an email recently where someone asked me how they can refresh a dev environment with Powershell. I guess I’d written something about this in 2009, though that would have been for testing as Red Gate had already banned … Continue reading

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Backup Your Certificate for TDE

If you’ve enabled TDE, you need to be sure you have a copy of the certificate that protects the Database Encryption Key (DEK). If you follow my instructions, then you have one. If you didn’t make a backup, or you … Continue reading

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Restoring a TDE Database on a New Instance

You’ve enabled Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) on one of your databases, and the server has failed. How do you get this database working on a new instance? This short post will show you how this works. Files Needed There are … Continue reading

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The DBA Team #1–Code and Slides

Our first DBA Team event, in Richmond, VA just before SQL Saturday #187 went well. Overall I think our experiment was a success and we’re already talking about where and when we might do this again. In the meantime, we … Continue reading

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The Backup Process

I was reading Scott Hanselman’s post onThe Computer Backup Rule of Three, and I completely agree with him. If things are important, three copies are the minimum you should keep. I have had backups before, but I’ve found that when … Continue reading

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