Audit Logons with Extended Events

This article shows how to audit the logon events for SQL Server 2012 and beyond through the use of XEvents.

When Too Much is Not a Good Thing

Explore how to avoid unwanted results that oft occur due to lack of attention to detail, use of internet examples, misunderstanding of the requirements; and always from granting way too much access.

Who needs data access? Not You!

With a little planning and care, we can find various ways to fulfill user requests without compromising the environment.

Life Support 2008 – Audit Logons

Planning to upgrade/migrate requires a fair amount of prep work. Some of that prep work involves auditing your server for any users that may still be using the instance.

Public Role Permissions – Back to Basics

If you are being serious in your role, then the amount of times you grant permissions to the public role should either be a) never, b) when you want to have a data breach, or c) you are testing in a sandbox to improve your skills.

T-SQL Tuesday #108: New Horizons Beyond SQL Server

There comes a point in one’s career when a change is requisite. Big or small there always seems to be a tipping point that mandates some sort of change. Maybe the change is an entirely new career field. Maybe the change is adapting to the ever improving features of a specific software or product. Maybe, that change means learning a tangential technology.

Audit Database Offline Events

Knowing when an event occurred within the database environment is a very important thing. Being able to act quickly when certain events occur is equally as important. Sometimes, we may not find out about an event for a few days or weeks and then we are asked to figure out the who, when, why and how of the event. Hopefully there was enough foresight in place to plan for such a request to travel back in time.

T-SQL Tuesday #104: Just Can’t Cut That Cord

We all have our favorite scripts, tools or utilities. Those are the things that help make our jobs easier. In this article, I share with you a poor mans audit solution to help catch unwanted permissions changes.

Failed to Create the Audit File

One day while checking things for clients, I happened across a fun little error message – “SQL Server Audit failed to create the audit file”. It just so happens that the audit had been working and then suddenly stopped and started flooding the error logs with this message.

Why would it suddenly stop working? Well, it says in the error that the disk might be full or that there may be a permissions issue. So, at least there are some possibilities provided by the message. Granted – neither of these options is very settling for a DBA. 

SQL Server Fixed Role Permissions

It is very important to understand who has what level of access within the server and databases on that server. Sometimes we see users being granted server or database access through the fixed roles available in SQL Server. How exactly do you know what permissions those individuals have via role membership? This article will help to reveal the permissions granted to the various roles and maybe a gotcha or two.