I’m proud to announce that yesterday the first installment of my new Stairway series at SQL Server Central has been released – Stairway to SQL Server Virtualization. Virtualization is becoming more and more common, and without an understanding how virtualization works, the DBA will have blind spots when attempting… Read more
Abstract: Mention SQL Server performance to any DBA, and the impulse is to dive headfirst into the database and queries. However, if the infrastructure underneath… Read more
If it were not for the SQL Server community, I would not be where I am at with my career today. Period.
The SQL PASS Summit 2014 community sessions were recently released. I’m very pleased and honored to announce that I will be presenting a 75-minute session entitled “Right Sizing Your Virtual Machine” at the Summit this November. It’s a topic that I spend many hours a week on… Read more
I am very excited to be presenting two sessions at this event! Read more
If you are running VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 and are using NFS-connected storage, update your hosts ASAP (test first, of course). VMware just released a bug fix (express patch ESXi550-201406401-SG) for the All Path Down (APD) bug that has been plaguing NFS-mounted storage users for a couple… Read more
This coming weekend is the SQL Saturday #307 in Iowa City, Iowa. I am really looking forward to attending this event again. I have been to this event before, and I really enjoy the attendees warm enthusiasm!
I am very excited to be presenting two sessions this year!
Ever since it was released, the vSphere Web Client is not the most responsive of web GUIs. After some digging, you can work around it to boost the responsiveness! It looks like the Java-based front-end is a bit starved for memory under the covers. Now, YMMV and it might put… Read more
These last few weeks have been quite a blur of projects, travel, and end-user training, and I’m enjoying every bit of it! Here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to, with links to the educational materials for you to download and review.
I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. VMware has opened up the public voting for the VMworld 2014 sessions, from now until May 18th at midnight.
Abstract: Do you have a new piece of hardware going into service and want to see how well it performs? Or do you have a few systems and want to… Read more
My company, Heraflux Technologies is proud to partner with Yucca Group to sponsor this year’s SQL Saturday Chicago, a free one-day event for SQL Server professionals. The event is being held at DeVry University in Addision, IL, on Saturday, April 26th. For more details and to get registered,… Read more
Today marks another installment in my ‘Smart Moves with SQL Server VMs’ blog post series. Today we are going to help stretch the minds a bit farther and talk about another way to help SQL Server DBAs move large quantities of data between VMs in an extremely rapid manner.
Last… Read more
Today VMware released the list of 754 people who are the proud recipients of the coveted vExpert award for 2014. I am proud to say that I have been awarded this great award for the second year in a row!
The VMware community is very strong, and I thank… Read more
The following topics will be explored:
- What are the common issues that SQL Server DBAs encounter with virtualized SQL Servers
- What talking points and…
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… Read more
Today I am starting a new series of short posts designed to help SQL Server administrators with virtualized SQL Servers twist the mind a bit and think about virtualization in a different light. I call it “Smart Moves with SQL Server VMs“.
Virtualization technologies for non-VM-admins usually result… Read more
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