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Setup SQL Server Schema

After you’ve installed Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and created a database schema, you still need to setup or configure the database schema. That means you must grant permissions to a user to work in the database schema, otherwise you get the following type of error message.

Trying to Migrate Data

Getting the MySQL Workbench’s Database Migration has been interesting, and at present incomplete. While I can now successfully connect to the SQL Server 2012 source database and capture a schemata list, migrating the data from SQL Server doesn’t work. Actually, the connection doesn’t work without modifying a Python library in the current MySQL Workbench release.


You must install and then configure a Windows Data Source Name (DSN) for SQL Server’s ODBC before you can connect MySQL Workbench to a SQL Server and migrate data.

SQL Server 2012 Install

While testing the MySQL Workbench migration tool, I needed to install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express (the free one up to 8 GB of data). These are my notes on installing the product, and you can click on any image to see the full size resolution and details. (The approach using small snapshots on the left was suggested from somebody who uses the blog and felt these would be easier than large but slightly reduced image files.)

Installation Steps

Encrypting a Column

A few years ago, I gave a session on Oracle’s Data Vault. An attendee from that session and I happened to be seated at the same table for lunch last Thursday when I presented at Utah Oracle User Group Fall Symposium. He asked if I’d ever found a way to encrypt a column from the prying eyes of the SYS user. I said yes, and he asked how. It was a bit more than could be explained at lunch and promised to put it on the blog.

UTOUG Fall Symposium

Heading out to speak on Comparative SQL between Oracle and MySQL at the Utah Oracle User’s Group Fall Symposium. I’ll look forward to meeting old and new friends. Also, I’ve got a couple promotional copies of my Oracle Database 11g and MySQL 5.6 Developer Handbook to give out at the end of the session.

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