Share custom solutions in the MinionWare Community Zone

Since we released Minion Reindex over a year and a half ago, we’ve had a ton of wonderful feedback, praise, questions, and best of all, custom made solutions to custom in-house problems.


You see, Minion Reindex and Minion Backup are both free, and completely open. Nothing’s encrypted, and all data and configuration options are in tables. Minion Enterprise also stores configurations and collected data in tables (and, provides views and functions for easy access). So it’s really easy for our target audience – that is, database administrators – to write their own queries, alerts, reports, and whatever else they could possibly need.

And now, they can share those solutions online at the MinionWare Community Zone.

This is a brand new feature, so it’ll take a little while to really ramp up the submissions. And we’re moderating submissions, just to be sure there’s not a bunch of TRUNCATE TABLE or CREATE LOGIN statements, or the like.  That’ll add just a little time to growing the library of scripts. But we’ve already seen some really innovative solutions from users. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Check out the MinionWare Community Zone.

I’m on a podcast! I mean someone else’s podcast.

Carlos Chacon of SQL Data Partners was kind enough to have me on his podcast, and that’s now out!

Listen to SQL Data Partners episode 46: Unraveling Tangled Code.

It really was fun. Carlos picked a good topic, remembered that I referred to part of the code detangling process as the Hunger Games, and asked me questions about stuff I’m interested in. I like that in a podcaster.

Thanks again, Carols! And enjoy, everyone else!


Webinar: Minion Backup for SQL Server

minion backupWe’re having a Minion Backup webinar on Wednesday, June 1 at 12:00 PM. Register here!

Enterprises have increasingly complicated backup needs.  With different data centers, high availability nodes, development refreshes, and more thrown into the mix, a DBA can almost keep a full time job simply making a backup routine that does everything it needs to do.  But we’ve done that for you.

Minion Backup is a free community tool that has more than enough features to handle even your toughest scenario.

In this webinar we’ll show you how this FREE tool by MinionWare can meet your scalability and HA/DR needs with almost effortless management. We’ll show you how Minion Backup can:

  • Be configured easily for all your servers.
  • Be highly customized without any extra jobs.
  • Be configured to be not only HA node, but also data center aware.
  • Be configured to copy backup files to dev or QA boxes for restore.
  • Backup all your certs with the most secure method available.
  • Dynamically tune your backups so you’re always using the proper number of resources for each DB.
  • Have multiple schedules and retention periods for each DB without having to create multiple jobs.
  • Be configured to redo backups that failed so you don’t have to get involved.
  • And more.

Come see why Minion Backup is almost literally taking the SQL community by storm, and why it’s the new diamond standard for backups in SQL Server.

Meeting registration.

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