If you have any additional questions that aren’t addressed in the blog, feel free to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help you out!
Title: “SQL Server must employ cryptographic mechanisms preventing the unauthorized disclosure of information during transmission, unless the transmitted data is otherwise protected by alternative physical measures.”
I attended my very FIRST SQLSaturday event in DC an absolutely loved it. I attended workshops by MCM and MVP Brent Ozar (b | t), MS Senior PFE Ayman El-Ghazali (b | t), MS PFE Patrick Keisler (b | t) and MCM Wayne Sheffield (b | t). If you want to see the session schedule with all Powerpoint presentations, go here.
Here is a quick way that I use to create a server-level certificate which allows me to use SSL encryption option in SQL Server Configuration Manager. If you have any questions throughout this process, feel free to contact me here. I will be more than happy to help you out.
Copy the below (in between the ==) into a blank textfile. To find your Fully Qualified Domain Name (or FQDN), open the Command Prompt (Run –> Type cmd then press ENTER), at the prompt type:
Your FQDN will be in the following format:
“Host Name.Primary Dns Suffix”
Take that FQDN and replace the MY.FQDN.COM with your FQDN below
Then save it as a .inf file. For example, MyServer.inf
*** Make sure you change the “Save as type” option to “All Files.” The default is “.txt” and if you don’t change it to “All Files” you will end up with a file like “MyServer.inf.txt” which will not work.
Next, open the Command Prompt and type the following:
certreq -new C:\certificate\MyServer.inf (see screenshot below)
Once you hit [Enter], a pop-up will open and prompt you to pick a location to save the hash file. Just choose the same folder that your MyServer.inf file is in to lessen confusion.
Next, if you have a person who acts as the CA (Certificate Authority) or is the single point of contact for all certificate requests then all you have to do is rename the .inf file to a .csr file and send it to them as an attachment in an encrypted/secured email.
They will take that hash output, fill out a form, and submit it to the CA. After a few days (or weeks) they will receive an email with the complete certificate hash and they forward that to you.
I have worked in environments where I had to email the single point of contact as well as fill out the form myself. If you are required to go to https://ca-27.csd.disa.mil/ca/ and submit the request for a certificate yourself, and need help…check out instructions on how to do that below:
I have worked in many government facilities throughout my career and most recently I was in charge of securing a couple SQL Server database servers. One of the items on the “checklist” to secure was installing a server-level DoD SSL certificate. By installing this certificate, it would allow me to enable “Force Encryption” in SQL Server Configuration Manager.
Work environments differ. Some require you to do everything. Some require you to do a certain point before passing it to a point of contact within the organization. If you are in charge of installing a DoD SSL Certificate and have a CAC card, then hopefully this blog will help you save time and headache! (feel free to contact me if you have any issues)
You will first have to submit your hash at the following link to get a “request ID”, which you will need to fill out the form.
If you want a step-by-step walkthrough on setting up a complete Hyper-V networked lab environment consisting of a Domain Controller and five domain member machines, then check out this great in-depth article here.
This past week at work we had an application go down. The owner of that application rushed over to me and said the database server was down. I logged into the database server and verified that SQL Server service was up and running. To further allay his concern that the database server was blocking his application from making connections, I logged into the application server and quickly created a UDL file to verify the connection. Below is a step-by-step on how I did that so you can use it in case you run into a similar situation where you have to verify if a server can make a successful connection to a SQL Server database server. Continue reading “How to Test Connection to SQL Server Using UDL File”
Memorizing DBCC commands (or any command for that matter) can be difficult if you don’t use it often. Thank goodness for the folks at Microsoft for creating the DBCC HELP command. Below is a quick way to use DBCC HELP to figure out any command (with syntax) that might have slipped your mind. Continue reading “How to use DBCC HELP”