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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.

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, 102 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, 168 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, 1,155 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, 164 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, 186 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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0 comments, 260 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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1 comments, 310 reads

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, 239 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, 408 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, 298 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 October 2013

DevConnections Deck & Demos Live!

Hello Dear Reader!  Just a quick blog today.  The Deck and Demo’s for my Presentations today at SQL DevConnections are Live!  

I just want to say a Big Thank You to the Organizers for having me and putting on a great conference.  I also want to Thank the people who…

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4 comments, 208 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 2 October 2013

Performance Tuning In LA!

Hello Dear Reader!  This year Pragmatic Works has brought our Performance Tuning Workshop to Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta.  Due to the success we've added one more stop before the end of the year, Los Angeles!

That's right Pragmatic Works is headed to the City of Angels on December 9th -…

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2 comments, 178 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 September 2013

Can You Compress a Temp Table?

 Hello Dear Reader!  We are finishing up the final day of the Performance Tuning Workshop here in Atlanta and I got an interesting question on Compression from Tim Radney (@tradney | Blog).

The question: Can you compress a temp table? Just a quick blog to get the answer…

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5 comments, 2,194 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 September 2013

SQL 2014 SSMS is Killing my C:

I could hear SQL saying to my C: Drive "Why You Little...."
 Hello Dear Reader! 

The Blog about SQL Saturday 232 coming shortly, but first I needed to blog about an error that I’m getting.  I presented this weekend on SQL 2014 a First Look at What’s New.  One of…

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2 comments, 377 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 17 September 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #46 Rube Goldberg Machine aka Automating Deleting Older Certificates




Hello Dear Reader!  This is the second Tuesday of the month and you know what that means, T-SQL Tuesday the largest blog party on the Intrawebs.  T-SQL Tuesday is the brain child of SQL Community member extraordinaire Adam Machanic(@AdamMachanic | Blog), also the inventor of the word “Twote” …

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0 comments, 988 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 10 September 2013

24 Hours of PASS Q & A: Why are Bit’s Flipped?



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Hello Dear Reader.  Almost two weeks ago I delivered a presentation for the 24 Hours of PASS on SQL Server Data Internals.  I received some really great questions that have pushed me to dive deeper in my understanding of SQL and computers in general.  One of the questions was…

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0 comments, 284 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 August 2013

The Man Who Thinks He Can

Hello Dear Reader!  I got a lot of great questions during the 24 Hours of PASS last week and I'm working on several blogs to line those up.  The silence this week, was more due to getting busy with work and some personal things cropping up.

Life is full of…

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2 comments, 248 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 9 August 2013

24 Hours of PASS Deck and Demo's Live!

Hello Dear Reader!  Another very quick blog.  Thank you to all of the people that tuned in to see me present on SQL Data Internals for the 24 Hours of PASS tonight.  I truly appreciate you spending your hard earned time with me.

My Deck and demo's are now live…

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3 comments, 273 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 31 July 2013

I'm Presenting Today for 24 Hours of PASS!!

Hello Dear Reader!  This is just a very quick blog to let you know that the 24 Hour's of PASS is currently going on.  Brent Ozar(@BrentO | Blog) started things off Strong and Alan Hirt(@SQLHA | Blog) is working his magic as we speak.

This year I…

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0 comments, 259 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 31 July 2013

Partitioning Deck, Demos, and Recording Live!

Hello Dear Reader!  This week finds me up in Jacksonville at Pragmatic Works HQ.  I'm a little behind in getting the blog up for last week Webinar on Partitioning in SQL Server 2012.  We covered a lot of great things in the webinar and I wanted to recap some of them. …

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0 comments, 366 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 30 July 2013

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