This coming weekend is the SQL Saturday #287 in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s my first time at this particular SQL Saturday, and I am really looking forward to it. I am a huge fan of SQL Saturdays, as is evident by my speaking schedule this year, and given the amazing speaker lineup for this event, feel that if you are anywhere in the region, you should attend this event! It is going to be amazing.
I will be presenting my session ‘Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Server‘ at 9am in Room A2141.
Abstract: Just about anyone can click through a SQL Server installation and get it working, but more than a little tuning is required to get the most performance out of your servers. Once virtualized, additional tuning can help get even more performance out of that virtual machine. David Klee (@kleegeek) will discuss valuable details for both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V on how to tweak and tune your virtual infrastructure for business-critical virtualized SQL Servers. Tips on configuring your SQL Server installations for maximum performance when virtualized will be covered in detail.
VMware vExpert and SQL Server performance expert David Klee leads this full-day, hands-on introduction to enabling and managing a virtualized SQL Server environment. The focus of the course is to help those new to virtualization and/or infrastructure concepts to become familiar with the concept and purposes of virtualization and how it can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of virtualization underneath SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor to the SQL Server instance, and will learn how to construct the entire stack with the focus on SQL Server performance.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Understand key virtualization and cloud concepts
- Determine the optimal infrastructure configuration for best performance
- Construct a SQL Server virtual machine template with best practices for agility and performance
- Understand how and what stack metrics to benchmark and baseline to ensure proper objective performance measurement
- Identify and remediate common virtualized SQL Server performance killers
- Understand proper virtualized capacity management techniques for long term management
Attendees with the following experiences will benefit the most from this course:
- Basic familiarity with the core components of a server
- SQL Server installation and configuration
- Exposure to SQL Server performance metric measurement and identification
A working set of the screens and configuration settings referenced in the session, together with the reference slides and documentation, will be provided to attendees, for prospective reference in working with virtualized SQL Server in their own environments.
Don’t forget – Jes Borland & Ted Krueger are holding a precon called ‘Make me a Tuning Believer’ (wait-listed), and Dan English is holding one called ‘Self-Service BI to the Max’. All of these are fantastic, and I encourage you to attend a precon!
Come to the SQL Saturday event, and if you are interested, register for the Preconference training session now, as the registration closes Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30am!