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Hear the SQL Server 2012 story on DotNetRocks

I was privileged to have a chat with my buddies over at, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, episode number 876 (876!). Listen to the most popular internet audio talk show for .NET developers!  Here’s the abstract:

Carl and Richard talk to Kevin Kline about the latest features in SQL… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 31 May 2013

New On-Line Resources for Windows, Virtualization, and Cloud!

Ever since returning from the UK for the SQLBits conference, I’ve been snowed under a mountain of action items.  I’ve got such a backlog of things to get done, emails to answer, and family to not ignore that I’m starting to feel really guilty.

So with that in mind, I… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 May 2013

Cheaters Never Win, Even in TPC Benchmarks

In this column, I want to tell you about one of my favorite aspects of the TPC benchmarks – CHEATING. Keep in mind that I use the term “cheating” in a joking manner with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.  But I’m also half-serious.  One of the of the… Read more

2 comments, 210 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 6 May 2013

Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council ( has already created… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 April 2013

Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

Introduction to TPC Database Benchmarks

Let’s talk about database application benchmarking.

This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade. In this article published in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications… Read more

4 comments, 208 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 April 2013

PASS Business Analytics Conference (BAC) Recap

The PASS Business Analytics Conference (PASS BAC) is PASS‘ first foray into an event that is dedicated to business intelligence, big data, data visualization, and business analytics.  And it totally makes sense for PASS to move in this direction, over and above the flagship community work centered… Read more

6 comments, 218 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 April 2013

The All-New ‘Database Lifecycle Management” is available on MSDN

The initial release of Database Lifecycle Management is now available on MSDN.

The site is something called “curated content”. This means it’s a single consolidated location to look up lots of disparate articles and content, all in one easy to search location. This “curated content view” contains the best content,… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 April 2013

Squishy Limits in SQL Server Express Edition

It’s an old story you’ve probably heard before.  Provide a free version of your software product with strict limitations on performance or other specific capabilities so that folks can give it a try without risk, while you minimize the chance of cannibalizing sales of your commercial products.  Microsoft has take… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 March 2013

SQL Intersection!

The best emotion to describe how I’m feeling is ‘astounded’.  I’m astounded that I’m in such august company to be speaking the SQLIntersection (#iSQL) conference.  Read the blog post from my first SQL Server mentor, Kimberly Tripp, which tells you all about SQLintersection.

Check out this list… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 27 March 2013

Is Microsoft SQL Server Supported By …?

One of the types of question you get after speaking at a conference about virtualization, like I did at the 2012 PASS Summit with my buddy David Klee (Twitter | Blog), might go down like this:

Is SQL Server version X supported on hypervisor platform Q?”… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 March 2013

SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 Released!

SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 enables customers to use the Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project templates within the Visual Studio 2012 shell.  The components are delivered as a web download on the Microsoft Download center and will be available through Web Platform Installer.   This release is the… Read more

3 comments, 304 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 March 2013

Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.

REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of… Read more

2 comments, 248 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 February 2013

Hurray! I Have One of the Top 1% most vied LinkedIn Profiles

I just got this email from LinkedIn about my profile (that’s in clear text).


Hi Kevin,

Recently, LinkedIn reached a new milestone: 200 million members. But this isn’t just our achievement to celebrate — it’s also yours.

I want to personally thank you for being part of our… Read more

2 comments, 235 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 11 February 2013

What’s It Like on a SQLCruise?

I always seem to get a question or two along the lines of “What’s it like on a SQLCruise?” as I present at various conferences, SQL Saturdays, and user group meetings.  Since we just finished up the 2013 Miami SQLCruise, I thought it’d be a good time to… Read more

1 comments, 294 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 February 2013

The Year That Was – 2012

2012 was, simply stated, a year that kicked my butt.  When I wasn’t struggling professionally, I was struggling personally.  Health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, and the passing of my father soon after Thanksgiving marked my biggest struggles.  I apologize to those of you who are… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 31 December 2012

Learn More About SQL Server IO and Query Tuning in These Webcasts

I’m doing two new webcasts next week on Wednesday, December 19th, one in the morning and the other after lunch.


SSDs are a Game Changer for SQL Server Storage

No, don’t let the title mislead you.  This session is not exclusively about SSDs.  But this is my first session… Read more

6 comments, 375 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 14 December 2012

Let’s Talk Licensing and Virtualization for SQL Server

I have two new articles up on Database Trends & Applications magazine.  I’d love to get your thoughts and feedback!

Welcome to the Weird, Wild World of SQL Server Licensing

Not long in the past, SQL Server licensing was an easy and straightforward process. You used to take one… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 13 December 2012

How To Download Free Sessions From PASS

For all members of the Professional Association for Server (PASS), are you downloading slides and videos from all sorts of great PASS events?  If not, what are you waiting for … an invitation?

Ok, here it is.  I invite you to download like a madman!  (How a madman… Read more

1 comments, 1,929 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 November 2012

Quick Tip – Speed a Slow Restore from the Transaction Log

Here’s a quick tip for you:

During some restore operations on Microsoft SQL Server, the transaction log redo step might be taking an unusually long time.  Depending somewhat on the version and edition of SQL Server you’ve installed, you may be able to increase performance by tinkering with the readahead… Read more

4 comments, 1,322 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 14 November 2012

PASS Summit 2012, Slide Decks

Ok, I have to admit the painful truth. I’m reliably slow to the finish line. This year, I got my slides into PASS HQ by the skin of my teeth, the weekend before the event was to begin.  Although I could say with a straight face “I uploaded my slides!”.… Read more

1 comments, 478 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 November 2012

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