Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Live from @LearningTree London - Security Day - Day 2

This week I’m teaching Learning Tree’s course 2108 SQL Server Database Administration in the LEC in London. Following on from last weeks success live blogging from the back of the room whilst producing the 294 influence skills course, this week I’m in the process of trying this from the front of the class.

Day 1 yesterday, went well. You can read the live blog from day 1 here

Today on day 2 of 2108 SQL Server Database Administration and our second day as Tree Tech's DBA we'll be focusing on security and building a robust security model for our databases. We have a little bit to discuss around moving and migrating databases first though. Last night's session ended with the an exercise where the attendees  migrated a couple of databases to our new SQL Server 2014 instance using detach and attach. This morning we'll look at backup and restore.

16:30 Drinks....

16:15 Finished up with the security exercise, and then its time for after-class drinks

15:55 In the last exercise of the day we are putting the final touches to our security model.

14:50 Lots of good discussion around object level permissions and how best to implement them. I'm a fan of database roles and using Windows groups personally.

14:35 - Afternoon Coffee Break

14:35 Exercise complete and we've got the end of chapter 3. Our security model is taking shape. We have all the necessary roles created in both databases...After break we'll look  at managing permissions.

14:10 Second exercise this afternoon we are creating some database roles to be used in implementing the new security model on our orders database.

13:35 Discussion around orphaned logins and fixing them using SP_CHANGE_USERS_LOGIN and SP_HELP_REV_LOGIN

13:15 Exercise creating some logins, both Windows Authentication and SQL Server Authentication logins.

12:16 Lunch a few phones and walk around the Euston area and we'll be starting back at 13:15.

12:15 Went to lunch with a discussion around the dedicated admin account and how it could be useful in getting yourself out of whole when everything else around you server wise is hung up.

11:45 Exercise on creating user defined server roles

11:30 Discussion about user-defined server roles next up...and a short exercise on creating them.

11:20 Good discussion around the SQL Server security model. Looked at the different scope of permissions. Talked about the dangers of server scoped permissions and giving those out unnecessarily. We are starting fix the Tree Tech security model

10:25 Morning Coffee Break

10:20 Interesting discussion around database migration and monitoring data file space.

09:00 We are going to start with brief recap on yesterday, then we'll look at the alternatives to detach and attach as a  method of moving databases.

08:45 - The breaking SQL Server news overnight was that SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 has been released. You can download here.

08:30 Class setup and people are starting to arrive.

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