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The Scary DBA

I have twenty+ years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. I work forRed Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. I write articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk, PASS Book Reviews and SQL Server Standard. I have published two books, ”Understanding SQL Server Execution Plans” and “SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled.” I’m one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group and its current president. I also work on part-time, short-term, off-site consulting contracts. In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. In the past I’ve been called rough, intimidating and scary. To which I usually reply, “Good.” You can contact me through grant -at- scarydba dot kom (unobfuscate as necessary).

PASS Summit 2009 Key Note 2


Patrick Ortiz from Dell, the platinum sponsor for the PASS Summit.

The goal will be to discuss the Dell Microsoft Practice, Configuration Management, Disaster Recovery and Consolidation. The MS Practice team has server tools, messaging & communications and collaboration & databases. Lots of work going on there.The see the CM, DR & Consolodation as linking cogs, if you trust the slide. They want to start implementing CM management systems. He’s driving the data suggested with Asset Data and physical server information. Then you drill down and collect SQL Server information followed by drilling down further to collect DB info. He’s gone on to show some of the benefits of CM. The idea behind CM is so that, once you’ve defined your servers, you can define disaster recovery and start looking into server consolidation. I hate to say this, but this is really the equivalent of eating your vegetables. This is pretty dull stuff. A key note needs to be a little more exciting than this. Show us some hardware, show us some flashing lights, some screens, something. It’s early in the morning. More.

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