The last twelve months in my certification world have been rather odd. First, Microsoft has terminated their Microsoft Certified SQL Server Master program, which caused a large uproar in the community. Enough has been said on this subject…
Next, since the SQL Server platform is going through more frequent… Read more
Tonight I was lucky enough to be able to present to my home SQL Server Users Group in Omaha, Nebraska. I gave my presentation ‘Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Servers’ to a packed house. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, and hope you did too!
To… Read more
My wife, Molly, is one of the smartest (non-technical) people I know. Although she has learned a lot about what I do through osmosis as well as from reading in her spare time, she’s talented in many other ways besides understanding what SQL Server actually is and the difference between… Read more
The next location for my ‘Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs’ SQL Saturday preconference training session is Friday, March 28th, in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are a SQL Server DBA or infrastructure administrator and wish to know how to properly and efficiently manage your mission-critical SQL… Read more
The schedule for this virtual chapter meetings is the second Tuesday of each month at 12pm Central time. Our first meeting will be held… Read more
Recently I encountered a small glitch while trying to install VMware’s vCenter 5.5.0b Server on a new VM with Windows Server 2012R2 on it. Now, this OS is not yet ‘certified’ by VMware for use, but it’s pretty close to Windows Server 2012, and they will support it soon enough,… Read more
Today I woke up to find that Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter | linkedin) has added me to his SQL Server Blogger Rankings list. WOW! I’m completely honored to be listed among this world-class list of the best bloggers in the industry. He created a new section on… Read more
Andy Leonard (b | t | l | f), a good friend of mine from Linchpin People, has announced a new training class called ‘From Zero to SSIS‘. The first class is being offered in Reston, VA, May 19-23 2014. Come learn from the… Read more
OK, so maybe they do not lie to you, but I got your attention. In virtualized environments, the performance statistics that you see from the management interface may not give you the entire picture, and can lead to bad assumptions or misleading recommendations.
Remember, the virtualization layer does not understand… Read more
What a terrific week! I’m have a great start to 2014! Yesterday and today I had the opportunity to present a few training sessions to some great Nashville SQL Server professionals. Yesterday I presented my all-day preconference training session ‘Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs‘ to a great group… Read more
Announcing a flash sale today from 10a-12p Central time for my upcoming SQL Saturday Nashville preconference training session ‘Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs‘! Use the code ‘FlashSale‘ at the Eventbrite registration page to save 10% off of the regular registration cost of $125 plus $7.87… Read more
Today I presented a session entitled “SQL Server Virtualization 101” for the SQL PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter. I had a great time presenting and answering your questions! This is always a great crowd of technologists and data professionals, and your questions were exceptional. Thank you!
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For those of you with your mission-critical servers already virtualized on a VMware-based virtual infrastructure, are you using the VMware Paravirtual SCSI driver to boost your I/O performance by an average of 12%? I use it for all of my I/O intensive virtual machines, including SQL Server and Oracle VMs,… Read more
I love technology predictions because they are usually so wildly inaccurate that at the end of the year it’s pretty funny. I figure I’ll toss my hat in the ring and see how much fun I can have at the end of this year with a round of predictions for… Read more
2013 was a year of incredible growth, change, and challenge for me. This last year has been an amazing roller coaster of emotions and life changes. Reflecting on this past year has my head spinning because of all the frenetic twists and turns along the ride.
This past year was… Read more
My next all-day SQL Saturday Pre-Conference training session entitled “Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs” will be held on January 17th in Nashville, as one of two precon sessions for the SQL Saturday Nashville event scheduled for January 18th.
If you are a SQL Server DBA and manage… Read more
Jonathan Kehayias (b | t ) posted a fantastic write up today on VMware’s vNUMA interactions when the operating system feature ‘CPU hot plug’ is enabled over at SQLPerformance.com. I’ve been mulling around ideas for a similar post but he beat me to it, and did a great… Read more
I know that this coming year, 2014, is going to be my best year yet! I’m starting 2014 off with a blast!
Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs 101
The last two weeks were just incredible! I gave my first SQL Saturday PreCon training session in Washington DC and then traveled back to Iowa to speak to two of my favorite SQL Server Users Groups.
All Day Training – Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs
Last Friday, December 6th, I… Read more
A wonderful gentleman who attended my SQL PASS Summit session this year recently emailed me and asked me a great question about optimal setup for SQL Server virtual machine vCPU and vNUMA configurations. I thought about the question and realized that while the session went into a light level of… Read more