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Bradley Ball is a MCITP SQL 2005 & MCTS 2008 DBA with over 10 years of IT experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is currently a Sr. Consultant for Pragmatic Works. He has presented at SQL Saturdays 62, 74, 79, 85, 86, 131, for the MAGICPASS & OPASS SSUG’s, SQL Rally 2011 & 2012, SQL Dev Connections 2012, the PASS Summit in 2011, and is scheduled for the PASS Summit 2012 and SQL Live 360 later this year. He recently finished Chapter 14 of Expert SQL Server Practices on Page & Row Compression and can be found blogging on http://www.sqlballs.com.

Looking Out for Others Helps You Lead


I'm sitting on a plane. I'm in an exit row, still a big guy in a little seat. I go to sit down and notice the seat to my left has water on the seat. Not so deep that it is a puddle. 5 to 10 big drops. Enough that…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 22 January 2015

When the Problem is Not Them. It’s You.



Hello Dear Reader!  I’ve been the Data Platform Management Lead at Pragmatic Works for almost two years now.  It’s been an interesting journey that I’m enjoying.  I’m the tier 3 support in a lot of cases, play the role of manager, mentor, and fellow fighter in the trenches when required. …

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0 comments, 199 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 November 2014

PASS Summit 2014 Streaming Keynotes

Hello Dear Reader!   It's that time of the year again, time for the PASS Summit and the streaming Keynote.  Here we go!

11/5/2014 10:05 AM
T.K. takes the stage again.  Announces that Azure ML is available for free today, you just need a live ID.  He's got the slide from…

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0 comments, 188 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 5 November 2014

Tales from the Query Processor III


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Hello Dear Reader!  It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning, temperatures are changing, and Halloween is once again upon us.  Today is Halloween, time to take the kiddos out to Trick-or-Treat!  Today is also my daughter’s 16th birthday!  It’s hard to believe that it has…

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0 comments, 192 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 31 October 2014

I'm an MVP

Hello Dear Reader!  Two weeks ago I was very honored to be named a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.  Since then I've been reflecting on what it means to get this award and the massive amount of people that helped me along the way.

Family, co-workers, friends, community members, and other…

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3 comments, 211 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 October 2014

#PASSVOTE 2014

Hello Dear Reader!  The PASS Board of Director elections are upon us again.  We have 3 spots open and 4 great candidates.  A lot has been written about this election already.  Andy Warren has sounded off, Brent Ozar as well.  There are blogs by the candidates and many…

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2 comments, 165 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 September 2014

Outstanding PASS Volunteer

Hello Dear Reader!  In June this year I was recognized by PASS as with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.  In an unusual move I found myself speechless.  This is a very quick post to give the true credit where it is due.  June was a very busy month for me and…

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0 comments, 167 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 September 2014

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration

Hello Dear Reader!  Last September I was approached with a tremendous opportunity to become the Managing Author for the Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 book by Wrox.  We worked throughout the CTP phase and solidified the book after RTM.  By the end of July all the pages were in, all…

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1 comments, 428 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 12 September 2014

24 Hours of PASS Preview: Zero to Hero (I'm the Zero)


Hello Dear Reader!  We are already away into the 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview for 2014!  I don't know if you heard, but I have a pre-con at the PASS Summit!  More precisely SQL MVP Robert Cain(@arcanecode | Blog) had a great idea for a precon and…

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0 comments, 182 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 9 September 2014

Why You Should Go to SQL Saturday

SQL Sat Puerto Rico
Hello Dear Reader!  Soon SQL Saturday #318 in Orlando FL will be here.  The SQL Community does a lot of work at SQL Saturday’s, present at them, and help put them on.  When talking about them, one of the most frequent questions I get asked…

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2 comments, 211 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 4 September 2014

Deck & Demo's Live & Thank You AZSSUG & OPASS!

Hello Dear Reader!  Just a quick post to say Thank You to the Arizona SQL Server User Group and to my home town nortth Orlando user group OPASS!

This week I was very lucky to present Inside the Query Optimizer to the AZ SSUG and Performance Tuning, NOW! to OPASS.…

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0 comments, 185 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 27 June 2014

It's not Business, It's Personal

Hello Dear Reader.  I find myself at this late hour unable to sleep.  Yesterday the slate of speakers for the PASS Summit was announced.  What should have been a happy moment was quickly darkened by the words of people that I know well within the SQL Server Community.

I would…

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11 comments, 241 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 June 2014

Introducing What_To_Compress V2

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm about 32,000 feet in the air leaving St. Louis after a great Performance Tuning Workshop for Pragmatic Works.  While there Jason Strate (@StrateSQL | Blog) and I had a two day class, and I was able meet some great people and speak with…

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2 comments, 1,341 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 May 2014

Decks & Demos Live

Hello Dear Reader!  Just a quick update.  I've been traveling a lot and I'm behind in posting some Decks & Demos.  Here are my decks from the Inside the Query Optimizer talk that I did recently at the Denver SSUG and also at SQL Saturday 283 Puerto Rico.  Click here…

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0 comments, 398 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 30 April 2014

Up Coming Speaking Events

Hello Dear Reader!  We are 2 months into 2014 and the New Year is off to a busy start. This year already I've spoken to 3 User Groups and had 1 Workshop on Performance Tuning. This is only the beginning.  Between  now and May I've got 12 more presentations.  While…

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0 comments, 294 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 21 February 2014

Windows 2012 for the SQL DBA: .NET 3.5 Fails to Install

Hello Dear Reader!  I know it has been a while since last we spoke.  Sorry for the long absence.  I've been working on a lot of things that you will see coming here in the weeks and months ahead.  But first I wanted to write a blog on a subject…

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3 comments, 366 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 19 February 2014

Tales from the Query Processor: II

Hello Dear Reader!  Today is Halloween, October 31st.  My Daughter turns a big 15 today!  Happy Birthday Ches!!!!!

To celebrate two years ago I posted my first Halloween Blog.  Tales from the Query Processor.  It was a lot of fun to write a fiction/horror story revolving around SQL Server…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 31 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Deck and Demos Live

Ready to rock some Internals.
Hello Dear Reader!  This is just a quick blog to say that my Deck and Demo's are now live for the PASS Summit 2013.  My presentation is at 9:45 am in Room 217-A.  You can get them by going to the Resource Page, or…

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0 comments, 377 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 18 October 2013

PASS Summit 2013 Keynotes Day 2

Okay Dear Reader one more time let me say that if you are interested in Hekaton In-Memory OLTP  Then you need to watch the video when this is live.  This is a great overview of how transactions and records work.  In my opinion Hekaton is the biggest thing to happen…

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0 comments, 573 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 17 October 2013

PASS 2013 Keynotes Live Day 1

Final thoughts Dear Reader.  This is a big launch year for Microsoft and we are getting some very cool toys to play with today.  Make sure you go get the SQL 2014 CTP 2 bits.  I was telling Brent Ozar before the keynote that I thought they would extend the…

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0 comments, 394 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 October 2013

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