If you get some time, head on out to IT Central Station.com. You can provide some valuable feedback on the technology products you have had experiences with. I just found out about the site a couple of weeks ago, and am enjoying posting reviews on the products that I… Read more
To all of the wonderful attendees to both the VMware Partner Exchange SQL Server on VMware VBCA boot camp on Sunday and the guys who braved the nasty weather for the Fort Wayne SQL Server Users Group presentation tonight, I say thank you. All of your questions were great… Read more
I just read a great article on NetworkWorld that demonstrates that Microsoft’s Azure outperforms most tests against Amazon’s AWS. That’s great news for Microsoft, and all of the work accomplished in the last couple of years is paying off. Check it out!
VM snapshots are the best individualization feature since sliced vBread (yeah, I’m a geek). But…have you ever had a VMware snapshot grow out of control and fill the datastore the VM resides on? You know what happens… even the best VM admins out there seem to get burned once when they create… Read more
I had a great time in delivering the SQL PASS Virtualization virtual chapter session today on ‘Squeezing the most performance from your VMware-based SQL Server.’ Thank you goes to the chapter leaders for inviting me to speak, and also to all of the attendees! You all had great questions and… Read more
This Wednesday I will be presenting for the PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter at 11AM CST on one of my favorite topics, you guessed it – virtualization! I am presenting a new presentation called “Squeezing the Most Performance from your VMware-Based SQL Server”. I am also starting to work on an… Read more
I have a new blog post up at HouseOfBrick.com on why you should understand your workload performance characteristics. When you virtualize, allocate the proper amount of resources to the VM instead of just arbitrarily assigning lots of vCPUs and vRAM without reason. Check it out!
I doubt you noticed but I took a few weeks to relax, so no tech for me. Last week my wife and I got out of the chilly Midwest and went to Disney World in Orlando! The weather was perfect (mid 70′s and sunny every day), the food and accommodations were perfect,… Read more
I am pleased to announce that I am speaking at VMware’s Partner Exchange for their CI1464 – Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server with VMware Boot Camp. I am thrilled to be speaking with Jeff Szastak and David Gallant from VMware. If you are a VMware Partner, attend and receive… Read more
At the House of Brick Solutions Architect blog, I have a new post up on the path to full SQL Server certification 2012, as well as some tricks that could help you earn more certifications while saving money. Check it out!
Yesterday I was featured as a guest on the VMware.com vFabric blog to introduce a whitepaper that I authored on using VMware vFabric Data Director to help curb Shadow IT in the enterprise. I have been a part of the Data Director project since before it could handle SQL Server… Read more
Recently, one of my favorite customers asked me some very thought-provoking questions about using database partitioning to move transactional data around. Their current process undergoes a pretty large delete operation nightly, and they want to improve the speed and efficiency of the processes. So, being a tad rusty on partitioning, I whipped… Read more
Paul Grevink has released a great study guide for the VMware VCAP5-DCA exam. It’s available here! I’ll be using it for the prep for my attempt at this certification in a few months!
What a wild year this has been. There have been ups and downs, but the ups have been incredible. To call it busy is an understatement. I traveled over 125 days this year for my role as Solutions Architect for House of Brick, worked on some really rewarding projects… Read more
I just discovered a few posts calling out a bug in the vSphere 5.1 vCenter performance statistic rollup procedure for performance statistics. Any performance statistics greater than 30 days are lost. VMware does not currently have a resolution, but I am sure they are working on this.
I consider this… Read more
In the early days of virtualization, the core focus of virtualization was primarily consolidation. You could achieve quite high consolidation ratios, with some even as great as 20 to 1. This consolidation worked great for applications like file and print servers, development workloads, or other very lightly used servers. The… Read more
Today I spoke at the Washington DC SQL Saturday #173. I first spent some time in the SQL Server Performance panel session and then went straight into my Virtualizing Business Critical SQL Server session.
You can download the slide deck here, and I’ll be uploading it to the SQLSaturday… Read more
I am pleased to announce that I am speaking Thursday, December 6, at the SQLPASS Performance Virtual Chapter Winter 2012 Performance Palooza!
I have the 6pm session slot, and am speaking on one of my favorite topics, Virtualizing Business-Critical SQL Servers. I will be focusing on architecting the infrastructure for… Read more
A special thanks goes to Daniel Angerer (t) for suggesting an improvement that corrected the divide by zero error that one of the calculations was showing on the SQLIO Analyzer Latency worksheet in the Excel file. The updated analyzer is located here.
Thanks Daniel! I really appreciate the… Read more
Have trouble getting your new Nexus 7 connected to Windows so you can move some media files over?
Install the drivers first from Asus.
Then, you need to disable USB Debugging in the Nexus by enabling the Developers menu. Where is it? It’s hidden by default. You have to… Read more