August 2010 Entries

Design Only Based On What You Know?

Have you every heard a bunch of excuses at work to do the bare minimum to make something work? The first time I heard a comment along those lines was during my days at PwC. A senior Partner said to me: "there is no need to discuss things that may or may not happen". I have to say, this sounds like a great advice, and for all intent and purposes I try to abide by this rule. At work. However, over the years I heard other interesting comments, including one that recently came from a senior executive ......

SQL Azure and Kerberos Authentication

Did you know that when you connect to SQL Azure, a KERBEROS authentication is performed? However, when using SQL Server Management Studio, or any other client, you are forced to use a SQL authentication mechanism. While I was digging in the system tables, I realized that my SQL Azure connection was being reported as a KERBEROS authenticated connection. If you run this statement on your SQL Azure database... select session_id, auth_scheme from sys.dm_exec_connections ... this is what you get: session_id ......

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