This past weekend I presented a preview of my SQL PASS Summit spotlight session entitled “Squeezing Top Performance From Your Virtualized SQL Server” to a great crowd of attendees. Your questions were great, and I’m very grateful for the wonderful comments and feedback. This SQL Saturday is always… Read more
September is a wild month for me! This Saturday, September 14th, I will be at Kansas City’s next SQL Saturday #191 giving a preview of my upcoming SQL PASS Summit presentation entitled “Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Servers“.
Abstract: Just about anyone can click through a… Read more
Everyone, thank you for attending the SQL PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter presentation entitled “SQL Server High Availability Options After Virtualization” that I gave today. I do apologize for the screen resolution issues. I think it was an issue with GoToWebinar and the 1080p resolution on my computer, and will… Read more
Next Wednesday I will be delivering a session for the SQL PASS Virtualization virtual chapter entitled “SQL Server High Availability Options After Virtualization“. The session should kick off at 10am Mountain time. Please register for the session here. It will be a blast!
Abstract: We all are… Read more
If you live life in the manner that I do, life is all about change and self-improvement. To me, life in technology means constantly keeping up with the exceptionally rapid evolution of the IT industry. This constant change has helped drive me personally and professionally, and is continually reshaping my… Read more
VMworld 2013 is this week in San Francisco, and some exciting details about the next version of the vSphere suite, version 5.5, are starting to trickle out.
From my perspective, the biggest announcements so far are as follows:
- The maximum size per VMDK and RDMv disk is now 62TB (up…
Today I had the pleasure of speaking at the SQL Saturday #235 in New York City. Talk about an absolutely surreal location! It was held at the Microsoft offices right across the street from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. This is only my second trip to NYC, and… Read more
Today I spoke at the second St. Louis SQL Saturday - SQL Saturday #236 in St. Louis. This year it was held at Saint Louis University’s Center for Workforce & Organizational Development (aka the Wool Center), and the facility was perfect. Thanks go to the facility staff, event coordinators,… Read more
Have you ever wanted to know how fast one of your core SQL Servers are running, or ever wanted to compare the raw performance of one server to another? Now you can – and for free!
Some folks at Dell developed a synthetic benchmark tool a while back that can… Read more
This year’s SQL Saturday #222 in Sacramento was a blast. This event was certainly the high point of my summer, and am very thankful to have been selected to speak here.
SQL Saturday #222 in Sacramento, CA, is coming fast! This Saturday, July 27, I will be presenting a little pre-show for my larger presentation this fall at the SQL PASS Summit conference. The session is entitled ‘Squeezing the Most Performance from VMware-Based SQL Servers’, and is in the… Read more
First, I want to acknowledge that I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately. Over the last few months, I have been traveling a lot for work, taking some time to unwind a bit, catching up on some family events and tasks around the… Read more
For a weekend project, I’m installing Hyper-V 2012 in my home lab. I was having troubles getting Hyper-V installed on some of my older hardware that I had set aside for it, so just decided to virtualize it on the existing VMware cluster.
I hit the phase where the newly… Read more
What an interesting week this has been. On Monday Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership that rocked the cloud world. Oracle will certify its software to run fully-supported on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and within Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. This list of software includes the Oracle Database, Weblogic,… Read more
Sweet! SQL Server 2014 CTP1 is now available for download at Microsoft.com! Get it while it is hot, and start your evaluations. You can also download the product guide here so you can know exactly what has changed and what new features matter the most to you!
The most… Read more
A while back I wrote a blog post at the House of Brick technical blog that details talking points and reasons for why your DBAs need vCenter access when their mission-critical servers have been virtualized. Over the last year, this single post has become quite popular. As a follow up… Read more
WOW! I have not received the official confirmation yet, but last night John Troyer posted a new entry on the VMware blogs announcing the 2013 vExpert list, and I’m one of 579 on the list! My friend Tony Foster (b | l | t) noticed and shot… Read more
WOW! I was selected to present at the SQL PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, NC. in October! All I can do is keep repeating WOW. I’m in shock.
Even better, I was chosen for a spotlight session! I could not be more ecstatic! I received the email while I was… Read more
This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to present a session at the largest SQL Saturday EVER in Alpharetta GA. This was a special event for me – I grew up just three hours south of Atlanta, and it was great to be back in my old stomping grounds. Read more
A while back Kendal Van Dyke (b | l | t) asked me a great question regarding the ideal VMware vSphere networking configuration for a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group configuration. That’s a great topic for a blog post, so let’s go!
Normally, a fairly stock setup… Read more