Getting Started with Contained Databases

The "partially contained databases" feature is a new and robust security feature of SQL Server. This feature is one of the coolest features of SQL Server 2012, which improves the portability of databases across instances of SQL Server. This article demonstrates the "partially contained databases" feature of SQL Server 2012 and outlines this features limitations.

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Basit Aalishan Masood-Al-Farooq

Basit Farooq is an internationally known Lead SQL DBA, trainer, and freelance technology writer with nearly two decades of experience of working with the Microsoft technology stack. He has designed, developed and implemented many successful infrastructure database, data warehouse and business intelligence projects on time and within budget.

Basit has authored SQL Server 2014 Development Essentials book, published by Packt Publishing. He was also a technical reviewer for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints, authored by Marlon Ribunal and Mickey Stuewe, and Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, authored by James Serra and Bill Anton, both books were published by Packt Publishing. He has also written numerous articles and training materials related to databases, business intelligence and other areas of technology.

Basit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from London Metropolitan University and industry-standard certifications from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Brainbench, ProSoft, and APM.

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