Inspect server and session User Options in effect

SQL Server can be configured to provide certain behavior to client sessions, via the SET OPTIONS= command, or via the sys.sp_configure ‘user options’ system stored procedure. The SET OPTIONS= command only affects the current session,…

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…