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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.

SQL Azure, Hekaton, and Bob Dorr is Awesome

Hello Dear Reader!  I had recently written a blog for the PFE blog, "How Many Tables Can I Have In SQL Azure DB & SQL Server".   It was a fun blog that I had written during a very long layover when traveling home.  It covers the maximum…

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Posted in SQLBalls on 29 August 2016

SQL Server Random Workload Generator

Hello Dear Reader!  Before I start this blog I want to give credit to Jonathan Kehayias (@SQLPoolBoy | Blog).  He’s an Microsoft Data Platform MVP, MCM,  part of the amazing crew over at SQLSkills, and a really nice guy.  

About 4 years ago Jonathan created The AdventureWorks2008R2…

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7 comments, 1,169 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 20 May 2016

SQL Saturday Jacksonville #552 Pre-Con: A Day of DBA Fundamentals- Install- Maintenance plans-and Security

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm here in beautiful Jacksonville FL for the SQL Saturday 552 events!  Today my friend Dan Taylor (@DbaBulldog | Blog) and I are presenting our Pre-con A Day of DBA Fundamentals, Install, Maintenance Plans, and Security.

We are having a lot of fun so far, and I…

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0 comments, 198 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 6 May 2016

Goodbye Pragmatic Works

Normally when I write a blog, I start out will a Hello to my Dear Reader.   Not today.  This was almost a blog I didn't write because I didn't know where to start.  So let me start with the people and see if it moves along from there.


To…

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3 comments, 292 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 29 February 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #73: IOPS on Azure VM's Naughty to Nicer

Hello Dear Reader!  Last week I posted the invitationto T-SQL Tuesday #73.  The premise? 

As you work with SQL Server look around you.  Is your environment Naughty or Nice?  If it is Naughty what’s wrong with it?  What would you do to fix it?  Do you have a…

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1 comments, 255 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 8 December 2015

T-SQL Tuesday #73 Invitation – Naughty or Nice?




Hello Dear Reader!  This is the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means.  It’s time to announce the T-SQL Tuesday Topic of the month!  This is your opportunity to participate in the largest SQL Blog party on the intrawebs. 

T-SQL Tuesday is an event started by…

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6 comments, 1,362 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 1 December 2015

Top 3 Questions Before Submitting to a SQL Saturday

Hello Dear Reader!  We are coming up upon the 9th SQL Saturday for Orlando.  Orlando is where SQL Saturday began, and the home to some pretty amazing speakers.

We, the SQL Saturday Orlando Team, are hard at work getting ready for the event.  Our Call for Speakers ends…

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7 comments, 415 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 25 June 2015

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, 554 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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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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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, 439 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, 383 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, 340 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, 1,222 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, 479 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, 512 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, 459 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, 498 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, 1,672 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 May 2014

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