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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.

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, 212 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, 2,387 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, 431 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, 1,042 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, 312 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, 283 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, 301 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, 284 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, 402 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 30 July 2013

SQL Server Login Errors

Hello Dear Reader.  Quick blog today.  If you are working in the SQL Server world eventually you will try to connect to a SQL Server and get an error.  A beautiful wonderful descriptive error that reads, pauses… looks around… stands straight…. In my best impersonation of a classic English poet…

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1 comments, 537 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 26 July 2013

SQL Saturday 232 Schedule is LIVE!

Hello Dear Reader!  Just a quick blog post today.  The Schedule for SQL Saturday 232 is now live!  You probably have heard me tell the story about how the First SQL Saturday was 6 years ago in Orlando.  Many people from the community participated to make it a success, and…

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1 comments, 279 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 16 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 Wrap UP



Hello Dear Reader, what a busy week we’ve had last week!  I’ve got 3 big Thank You’s that I would like to give. 

First off I’d like to say Thank You to Adam Machanic for allowing me to host T-SQL Tuesday #44.  When I first started blogging, I participated in…

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0 comments, 975 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 15 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 How to Take Down Prod in 30 Seconds

Hello Dear Reader!  Welcome to my blog on T-SQL Tuesday #44 Second Chances.  I’m hosting this month, and we are writing all about second chances.  My second chance comes from the not to distant past.

One day the DBA team was given a toy frog as some part of…

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0 comments, 929 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 9 July 2013

SQL Saturday Orlando: LAST CALL for Speakers


Hello Dear Reader!  I just wanted to write to Thank All of you for the submissions to SQL Saturday 232 Orlando.  This has been a crazy event and we are still several months away.  

Everything started out as it normally does, Karla Landrum (@karlakay22 | Blog),…

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0 comments, 302 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 5 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #44 The Second Chance

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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17 comments, 1,283 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 2 July 2013

T-SQL Tuesday #43 Crossing the Streams

Hello Dear Reader!  This post finds me back in Boston getting ready for the Pragmatic Works Performance Tuning Workshop.  But that is not the reason for the blog.  You see today is T-SQL Tuesday!  T-SQL Tuesday is the brain child of Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic | Blog).  The idea…

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0 comments, 387 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 11 June 2013

Speaking At the PASS Summit!


I’m Speaking at The PASS Summit 2013!

Hello Dear Reader!  Big news.  I’ve been selected as a speaker for the SQL PASS Summit 2013 in beautiful Charlotte NC!  I graduated High School and College in North Carolina.  

My roommate and best friend lived there and I made the trip with…

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0 comments, 300 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 22 May 2013

SQL Saturday 232 Orlando Call for Speakers!


Hello Dear Reader!  We are at that time of the year again.  SQL Saturdays are popping up all over the country, spring is beginning to give way to summer, and the planning for SQL Saturday Orlando 2013, aka #SQLSAT232, is gearing up.  

This year our team of unbelievable SQL Server…

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1 comments, 389 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 3 May 2013

SQL Saturday 215 Deck and Demos Live

Hello Dear Reader!  I'm up in Jacksonville for SQL Saturday 215. Today I'm presenting SQL Internals, Backups, and Recovery Models!  OH MY!  

I'm also going to be the MC for the SQL Iron Chef BI presentation today.  Before the festivities being I wanted to upload my deck and Demo, a…

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0 comments, 293 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 27 April 2013

The 200 Billion Dollar Tweet




Hello Dear Reader!  Ever try to convince someone that they should be paying attention to Twitter?  A co-worker, Vice President of something or other, CMO, CEO, or CIO?  

I’ve had conversations over the years with many people as to why Twitter is important to their business.  If they don’t have…

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0 comments, 569 reads

Posted in SQLBalls on 24 April 2013

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