Out-Of-Box Policies

SQL Server 2008 includes several predefined policies. These are generally associated with best practices and overtime the rules from the Best Practices Analyzer will be implemented as policies for PBM. A number of these have already been implemented and are available to you in one of two forms: First, they’re installed as part of every…

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Policy Categories

Policy categories have two purposes in SQL2K8: 1) organization of policies and 2) policy scope. In this posting we’ll explore creating categories for each of these purposes. Creating Categories There are two ways to create a category: 1) the Manage Categories dialog and 2) The Policy Properties dialog. To create a category from the Manage…

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Wide Format

You may notice I’ve changed the blog format from narrow to wide. I think this makes it more readable as it uses more screen real estate – less scrolling! Let me know what you think. Or let me know if you think I’m obsessing too much about something insignificant and I should be directing that…

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Using PBM Against SQL2K and SQL2K5

We get this question a lot: can I use PBM against a SQL2K & SQL2K5 instances. The quick answer is yes but in a limited fashion. PBM is ultimately based on SMO (SQL Server Management Objects) and SMO supports SQL2K, SQL2K5, and SQL2K8. PBM relies on some changes to the DB engine which are not…

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ExecuteSql()

One of the key development tenets of Policy-Based Management was to raise the level of abstraction of management. The analogy I’ve used time and time again is Security Zones in Internet Explorer. Prior to Security Zones we had to scroll through pages and pages of configuration options. Security Zones greatly simplifies this task by providing…

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