Changes to the SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model

With the upcoming SQL Server 2012 version, Microsoft reduced the number of Editions to three and changed the licensing model. The main Editions that will be available are the Enterprise, Standard and the new Business Intelligence. Features of the Datacenter Edition have been included in the Enterprise Edition making this... [Read More]

Check the Cluster Resource Owner and Notify if Failed-Over

In a Microsoft Cluster environment offering High Availability, a failover to the Secondary (or alternate) Node is usually set to automatic (to maintain the HA). The DBA then has to resolve the issues that caused the failover then fail the services back to the Primary Node. Of course the DBA... [Read More]

Delegate DBA Permissions to non-DBAs

In an organisation where Development, Test and Production environments are segregated and managed by a central team of DBAs sometimes developers or testers require a higher degree of privileges to specific users or groups of users in order to implement schema changes, creation of roles, etc. [Read More]