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SQL Man of Mystery

Wes Brown is a PASS chapter leader and SQL Server MVP. He writes for SQL Server Central and maintains his blog at http://www.sqlserverio.com. Wes is Currently serving as a Senior Lead Consultant at Catapult Systems. Previous experiences include Product Manager for SQL Litespeed by Quest software and consultant to fortune 500 companies. He specializes in high availability, disaster recovery and very large database performance tuning. He is a frequent speaker at local user groups and SQLSaturdays.

Demystifying SQL Server Differential Database Backups

Odd Man Out

SQL Server has three backup types. Two you have heard of and used. One, while useful, isn’t very well understood.

Let’s start with a technical recap of the three backup types for SQL Server.

1. Full Database Backup

When you request a full backup, SQL Server dumps… Read more

5 comments, 1,660 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 6 September 2012

Free Tools for Testing SQL Sever

You Need To Test Your SQL Server!

Its like screaming “TEST THE BREAKS ON YOUR CAR!” If you don’t have the tools or know how it is just good advice you can’t follow. I’ve done a TON of benchmarks over the years using every tool imaginable including ones I’ve written… Read more

4 comments, 1,294 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 16 August 2012

Speaking at PASS Summit 2012

It’s Not A Repeat

Speaking at the PASS Summit last year was one of the highlights of my career. I had a single regular session initially and picked up an additional session due to a drop in the schedule. Both talks were fun and I got some solid feedback.

The…

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0 comments, 475 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 14 August 2012

SQL Rally 2012 Recap

Much Learning Was Had By All

SQL Rally 2012 had a diverse group of speakers and something for all levels of experience. I personally dug the talk Suresh did on 2012 memory internals. Mike Fal(twitter|blog) was the SQL Rally swan song. He is an example… Read more

0 comments, 489 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 14 May 2012

Speaking In April #SQLSat111 and #SQLSat107

All Quite on the Western Front

It is going to get noisy soon though! I”m speaking at SQLSaturday #111 in Atlanta April 14th. This is a new presentation for me I always build one or two new presentations a year and this one is near and dear to my heart. Read more

1 comments, 537 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 10 April 2012

2011 What A Great Year

What A Diffrince A Year Makes

In January I posted up my new years list basically, stuff I wanted to learn in the last twelve months. Lets take a quick look at last years goals.

SQL Server Stuff

1. Partitioning
Win
Done, and pretty early on. I did a lot… Read more

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Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 22 December 2011

SQLSaturday 97 Speaker Recap

Great Content + Great Speakers = Awesome Event

All the evaluations have been tallied, its official SQLSaturday #97 was a hit! As a speaker I always like to know how well I did. As a competitor, I like to know how well I stacked up overall. SQLSaturday #97 had some… Read more

0 comments, 470 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 22 November 2011

SQL Server 2012 RC0 Is Here

SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0, Time To Get Serious

With the release of RC0 Microsoft has signaled that the release of SQL Server 2012 is just around the corner. If you haven’t been experimenting with the CTP’s now is the time to get off your duff and start getting… Read more

0 comments, 844 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 21 November 2011

My Playbook For Putting On a SQLSaturday Part 3: Food

Feed Me Seymour!

Welcome to your number one cost.  Every budget I’ve looked at so far food is the top expense by a wide margin. There are very few rules that come down from PASS to your local event organizers, what you can charge is one of them. The only… Read more

5 comments, 704 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 10 November 2011

My Playbook For Putting On a SQLSaturday Part 2: Venue

Finding Your Venue

Sounds simple right?

It can be one of the most difficult things to do for something the size of a SQLSaturday with the budget you may, or may not, have.

If you can find a local education establishment to partner with is usually a good choice. Always… Read more

1 comments, 656 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 9 November 2011

My Playbook For Putting On a SQLSaturday Part 1

The Long Road

I am going to post this as a series covering, in detail, everything humanly possible about the logistics of SQLSaturday #97.

Fiddly bits. I cannot tell you how important it is to plan in minute and excruciating detail. If you don’t have a ton of experience in… Read more

2 comments, 631 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 8 November 2011

What #SQLFamily Means To Me

Meme Monday, What #SQLFamily means to me personally.

Tom LaRock Is kicking of November with this particular meme. I’m not sure exactly how to put something like this into words. It is so much more than SQL Server. I’ve made friends in this community that are as close as any… Read more

0 comments, 472 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 8 November 2011

PASS Board Of Elections: Rob Farley

Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem

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Now that BoD season is in full swing and I’m not running for the board I am going to cover the candidates I think would be good for the BoD. Make no mistake about it, these are endorsements. I have… Read more

0 comments, 929 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 31 October 2011

PASS Board Of Elections: Adam Jorgensen

Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem

<disclaimer >

Now that BoD season is in full swing and I’m not running for the board I am going to cover the candidates I think would be good for the BoD. Make no mistake about it, these are endorsements. I have… Read more

0 comments, 705 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 20 October 2011

Wow,

It’s the last day of the 2011 PASS Summit. I can’t wait to get some sleep on the plane tomorrow.

Wayne Snyder, hero

Wayne has been a huge mover and shaker inside and outside the PASS community. His impact on the community is immeasurable.

Buck and Rob sing!

Here’s… Read more

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Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 14 October 2011

PASS Keynote Day 3

Wow,

It’s the last day of the 2011 PASS Summit. I can’t wait to get some sleep on the plane tomorrow.

Wayne Snyder, hero

Wayne has been a huge mover and shaker inside and outside the PASS community. His impact on the community is immeasurable.

Buck and Rob sing!

Here’s… Read more

0 comments, 389 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 14 October 2011

PASS Summit Keynote Day 2

Bill Graziano opened the day with some very white knees as kilt day kicked off at the Summit this year! Lots and lots white legs showing their love of this great community.

Lori Edwards was announced as the PASSion award winner and it is well deserved. I’ve known Lori for… Read more

0 comments, 429 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 14 October 2011

From The Bloggers Table Day 1

COMMUNITY!

It is a packed house again this year. If you were here on Tuesday night and you were a first timer you got to meet a thousand of your compatriots as a first timer. I can tell you Microsoft’s Steve Balmer doesn’t have anything on the enthusiasim on the… Read more

0 comments, 469 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 12 October 2011

Two For One, SQLSaturday and MVP All In One Day.

Day Of Days

I just don’t know what to say, Saturday was just plain awesome. Easily one of the best days of my life. The CACTUSS crew put on an awesome SQLSaturday, well attended and well received.

Right after I did the opening remarks I got a little email letting… Read more

0 comments, 308 reads

Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 5 October 2011

My Kit For The Summit

As an old timer at the Sumit I have gone through several iterations of what I carry in my bag.

Luggage
I always take a large suitcase. It is half empty on arrival and completely full when I leave. As a chapter leader it is a great opprotunity to gather… Read more

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Posted in SQL Man of Mystery on 5 October 2011

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