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Be a Social SQL DBA Superhero - #SQLHelp

Following up on my previous blog on introducing the “Social DBA”, I spoke about the concept of leveraging social networking to excel in your professional database career.  The Microsoft SQL Server technical community is quite a unique and diverse bunch, with the commonality of SQL Server technology… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 8 October 2015

The Future Virtualization of the Workforce - Telecommuting

Welcome to the 21st century!  20th century habits die hard! What am I talking about today? I’m talking about the virtuous virtue of virtual vocations, more commonly known as Telecommuting or Remote Work. With today’s technology, companies should be adapting more widely to this strategy, and actively creating… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 6 October 2015

Intro to the Social DBA with a bit of #SQLHelp

Are you a Social DBA?  No I don’t mean that you are a DBA and attend a myriad of merry mixers, networking events, post SQLSaturday soirees, or PASS parties. (Yet that’s a great way to make connections, and build your professional database of career-complimenting contacts.) I’m talking about putting… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 28 September 2015

Excel as a Database Professional

People ask me all the time how to become a DBA.  This is a topic that so many colleagues of mine write about, and talk about in their professional development tracks.  The more important question is once you “are” in the role of DBA, what to do next? Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 24 September 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #70 - SQL Server In the Enterprise

PearlKnows WeB log, Stardate 2015.9.8: This week’s topic is strategies for managing an enterprise, brought to us by one half of the Midnight DBA train, SQL MVP Jen McCown.  This is a great topic, and you don’t have to be a Captain Kirk, although he did pretty… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 8 September 2015

Remember Nepal - Lead by Example

Below is the original article in its entirety, that was published on the Americas MVP Community Facebook page, on July 18th, with respect to SQLCommunity and the Nepal earthquakes back in April/May 2015.

My recent communications with Shree Khanal, Founder & Leader Himalayan SQL Server User Group   and his… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 20 August 2015

CNJSSUG Presents: Architecting a SQL Server Availability Groups Topology - Edwin Sarmiento

Tomorrow Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6PM EDT, my friend and SQL MVP colleague, Edwin Sarmiento will be in town to deliver a great presentation to the Central New Jersey SQL Server User Group (CNJSSUG). 

Details below, reproduced in this blog,

Featured Presentation:

Architecting a SQL Server Availability Groups Topology

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 August 2015

Red Gate in the City - DLM Training workshop & UG in NYC - August 27, 2015

We have another great 1-DAY training workshop coming to New York City at MS NYC HQ 11 Times Square on August 27, 2015!  It's not SQLinTheCity, but Red Gate Software will be in town with SQL MVP Ike Ellis (b|t) who will be hosting a Database… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 August 2015

SQLSaturday #386 - SQLSaturday in Albany, NY

Coming this Saturday, upstate rules, the official capitol of New York State is #SQLSat386, in Albany! Check out their event home page for more details of speakers, sponsors, sessions, and registration.  The event will be held at SUNY Albany Campus -  Map, July 25, 2015 at SUNY Albany,… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 23 July 2015

PASS Performance Virtual Chapter’s 2015 Performance Palooza - TOMORROW! - 7/23


The PASS Performance Virtual Chapter’s 2015 Performance Palooza is tomorrow starting at 10AM Central Time!  This event will feature presentations by John Sterrett, Warner Chaves, Andy Galbraith, Matan Yungman, Neil Hambly, Tim Mitchell, Trayce Jordan and Mike Fal.  All sessions will be… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 22 July 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #68 - Just Say No to Defaults & Stay Healthy

Happy T-SQL Tuesday, July 14, 2015! (I have been time traveling, and now back on this continuum ;-)  @SQLBek, Andy Yun, has launched his own “Just Say No” campaign, and that is in the form of this month’s terrific T-SQL Tuesday topic, #68, “Just Say No To… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 7 July 2015

SQLSaturday #410 - Chattanooga, TN - This Weekend!

Kicking off the SQLSaturday#410 event down in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the Pre-Con event Tune Like a Guru, by SQLGuru Kevin Boles, covering a wide array of topics that form the backbone of my SQL Server performance analysis and tuning work. As a long-time relational engine consultant Kevin has repeatedly found… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 25 June 2015

SQLSaturday#379 South Florida - Coming up this weekend!

June 13, 2015 - SQLSat379: Just wanted to make mention of the upcoming SQLSaturday#379 down in South Florida, it will be a hot sunny day, but what's so unusual about that?  There will be a great event going on with an excellent line-up of speakers. See full schedule here.… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 11 June 2015

NJ SQL UG Event: 13 Advanced SSAS Tips - Kevin S. Goff returns!

He's baack!  If you missed the first presentation in March, due to inclement weather, and you are local, or in the NY/Central NJ area, come see Kevin S. Goff, June 10, 2015 @ 6:00PM TONIGHT!, in Iselin, NJ's Microsoft Office, hosted by the Central New Jersey SQL Server User's…

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 10 June 2015

HealthySQL - A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy SQL Server Performance Now Available - 10% off

Announcing my new book available in hard copy and eBook, HealthySQL - A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy SQL Server Performance, by Apress Publishers.

If you are a DBA, or anyone managing a SQL Server environment, then you will need to get this book.  Please see below an initial description, and… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 3 June 2015

Reblog - Memorial Day in US - Freedom is Never Free

Originally published May 2014:

Well, as all folks in the United States know, this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, Monday May 25, 2015.  While many of us who will enjoy this extended long weekend with our family and friends, barbecues, picnics, amusement parks, shopping and the beach, we should… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 22 May 2015

HealthySQL - A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy SQL Server Performance

On an otherwise uneventful, other than the normal busy, plate full, heading towards the US holiday weekend, middle-of-the-week, over the hump day, a personal achievement has been officiated this day, Wednesday the 20th of May, 2015.  Definitely not on the scale of the day of infamy, maybe… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 20 May 2015

SQLSaturday#380 NYC Presents The Speaker Schedule

We're a little under 3 weeks away from what is sure to be the biggest and best Big Apple SQLSaturday event in NYC, on May 30, 2015!  It is with great pleasure to announce the SQLSaturday#380 super SQL Server Speaker Schedule!!  Indeed we have an exciting and awesome lineup… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 13 May 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #66 - Monitoring for a healthy SQL environment

Just heard that today was T-SQL Tuesday #66!  Well, I knew it was Tuesday, and T-SQL comes into play once a month, but then I heard the topic was monitoring.  I am so pleased that Cathrine Wilhelmsen (@cathrinew) is hosting this month’s blog party, and I… Read more

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 12 May 2015

Microsoft's 1st MVP Virtual Conference - Everyone's Invited!


The Microsoft MVP community is very excited to announce it’s very first 2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference (Microsoft V-Conf) coming to directly to a browser near you from May 14-15, 2015 8:00AM-6PM PDT (Thursday-Friday) offering a variety of technical sessions and professional tracks of all things Microsoft. These expert…

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Posted in Pearl Knows on 9 April 2015

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