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Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek

David Klee is all around geek who loves data - including the platform it resides on, virtualizing it, improving performance, availability, and disaster recoverability, and data presentation and visualization. He frequently advises organizations on the techniques of migrating their business-critical physical SQL Servers to the VMware infrastructure in his day job as Solutions Architect. David speaks at many national SQL Saturday events and SQL Server User Group meetings, as well as writes technical columns on SQL Server and virtualization topics on various blogs. He is on Twitter (, LinkedIn (, and blogs frequently (

Webinar tomorrow – Avoiding Common SQL Server Virtualization Pitfalls

Tomorrow at 11am PST I will be holding a free webinar, hosted by Tegile Systems, entitled ‘Avoiding Common SQL Server Virtualization Pitfalls‘. 

The following topics will be explored:  

  • What are the common issues that SQL Server DBAs encounter with virtualized SQL Servers
  • What talking points and…

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 24 March 2014

SQL Saturday Madison & PreCon

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 24 March 2014

Smart Moves with SQL Server VMs – VM Proximity

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 12 March 2014

VMware Certification Changes

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 9 March 2014

Omaha SQL Server Users Group Session

Photo from @sqlrus

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 6 March 2014

Nontechnical Post – Omaha Film Festival

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 3 March 2014

SQL Saturday Madison Preconference Sessions

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 13 February 2014

Introducing new SQL PASS Virtual Chapter – High Availability & Disaster Recovery

Today John Sterrett (blogtwitter) and I are announcing a new SQL PASS Virtual Chapter dedicated to High Availability and Disaster Recovery topics. 

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 4 February 2014

Installing VMware vCenter 5.5 on Windows Server 2012R2

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 3 February 2014

Honored to be added to SQLRockstar’s SQL Server blog rankings

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 31 January 2014

New SSIS Training Class from Andy Leonard

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 29 January 2014

Virtualization resource consumption counters lie to you

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 28 January 2014

SQL Saturday Nashville Wrapup

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 19 January 2014

Flash sale – discount code for SQL Saturday Nashville Precon

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 14 January 2014

SQL Server Virtualization 101 Webinar Wrapup

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 8 January 2014

Retrofit a VM with the VMware Paravirtual SCSI Driver

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 8 January 2014

Predictions for 2014

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 6 January 2014

Reflections on 2013

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 2 January 2014

Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs – SQL Saturday Pre-Con Training

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

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 2 January 2014

VMware vNUMA and SQL Server

Jonathan Kehayias (bt ) posted a fantastic write up today on VMware’s vNUMA interactions when the operating system feature ‘CPU hot plug’ is enabled over at I’ve been mulling around ideas for a similar post but he beat me to it, and did a great… Read more

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Posted in Technobabble by Klee from @kleegeek on 31 December 2013

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