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
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!
Session Series… Read more
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