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
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
Jonathan Kehayias (b | t ) posted a fantastic write up today on VMware’s vNUMA interactions when the operating system feature ‘CPU hot plug’ is enabled over at SQLPerformance.com. I’ve been mulling around ideas for a similar post but he beat me to it, and did a great… Read more
I know that this coming year, 2014, is going to be my best year yet! I’m starting 2014 off with a blast!
Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs 101
The last two weeks were just incredible! I gave my first SQL Saturday PreCon training session in Washington DC and then traveled back to Iowa to speak to two of my favorite SQL Server Users Groups.
All Day Training – Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs
Last Friday, December 6th, I… Read more
A wonderful gentleman who attended my SQL PASS Summit session this year recently emailed me and asked me a great question about optimal setup for SQL Server virtual machine vCPU and vNUMA configurations. I thought about the question and realized that while the session went into a light level of… Read more
Everyone here knows how much I enjoy using the DVDstore database benchmarking utility to benchmark a SQL Server instance. A while back my friend Mike Fal (b | l | t) enlightened me on a different utility that he uses called HammerDB. He has… Read more
Last night my first guest blog pots over at SQLAuthority has gone live! It is the next in the “Notes from the Field” series, and is entitled “SQL SERVER – vCPUs – How Many Are Too Many CPU for SQL Server Virtualization ? – Notes from the Field #003″. I… Read more
Tonight I had the pleasure of presenting remotely to the Triangle SQL Server Users Group. I presented my session entitled “Squeezing Top Performance from Your Virtualized SQL Server” to a great crowd of eager professionals. Your questions were outstanding and I really appreciate your feedback from the session.… Read more
Thursday night I had a great time presenting my session entitled “Squeezing Top Performance from Your Virtualized SQL Server” to the Chicago SQL Server Users Group. Because of all of the great questions and conversation during the session, the session ran over two full hours!
Abstract: Just… Read more
Jonathan Keyahias (b | t | l) from SQLskills has released a new blog post outlining the metric that Microsoft’s Hyper-V product uses to measure the time taken in a virtual CPU’s runnable task queue at the hypervisor level. It is the equivalent to VMware’s vCPU Ready Time,… Read more
Have you ever wondered if that black box in your datacenter called the network is performing as well as it should be? Do you have random periods of time where normally fast processes seem to take forever, but the diagnostics on your servers all seem fine? What about validating the… Read more
Two weeks ago I presented my session entitled “Squeezing Top Performance from Your Virtualized SQL Server” at the SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. One comment that I made during my presentation that seemed to spark some debates is how I normally enable the ‘Lock Pages in Memory’… Read more
Today I am officially announcing the launch of my first all-day SQL Saturday Pre-Conference training session entitled “Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs”. The first event session will be held on December 6th in Chevy Chase, MD, as one of three precon sessions for the SQL Saturday Washington DC event scheduled… Read more
This past week I attended my third SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. All I can say is – WOW. What a conference!
As I live in Omaha, getting to either of the coasts is a chore, so I’m always traveling for these conferences no matter what coast… Read more
Are you attending the SQL PASS Summit conference in Charlotte, NC this week? If so, let’s meet up! If not, plan to attend this conference next year. The SQL PASS Summit is my number-one must-attend technical conference each year.
The SQL Server community is a very unique group in that… Read more
I am proud to be selected to speak at this weekend’s first ever SQL Saturday in Charleston, SC. I am very excited be a part of their first SQL Saturday and to get back to one of my favorite cities. I grew up not far from here, and it… Read more
I must admit… Denver is my favorite town in this country. The outdoor things to do, the wide variety of locals and transplants, and the thin air all are favorable to me. I’m looking to move here someday soon. With that said, this year’s SQL Saturday #190 in Denver was… Read more
The last couple of months have shown that the hypervisor battles for bigger, faster, and smoother are still heated and great for the consumer. Recently Microsoft announced the upcoming release of their virtualization suite, Hyper-V 2012 R2, and the enhancements are great. Let’s explore the updates and new features… Read more
Last month at VMworld, VMware announced the upcoming release of their virtualization suite, vSphere 5.5. As you all know, I am constantly watching the hypervisor space and work to determine how each new feature can benefit database professionals. With every release of the major hypervisors lately, the limits… Read more