Internet access to your SQL Server?

Occasionally I see questions on dba.stackexchange.com where it appears the SQL Server is exposed directly to the Internet, allowing remote connections. This is very bad. In this post, I provide some reasons why. First, it…

Vulnerability Assessment recommends disabling Remote Admin Connections

SSMS 17 has the handy ability to run quick Vulnerability Assessments against your database. One of the Vulnerability Assessment checks looks to see if the Dedicated Administrator Connection, otherwise known as the “DAC”, is enabled…

Same plan, markedly different performance!

In a previous post, I talked about how to store a number with leading zeros. This morning I came across an interesting function that could be used in SQL Server 2012 and higher to obtain…