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
WOW! SQL Saturday Atlanta this year is turning into one of the largest SQL Saturdays ever! I’m absolutely honored and pumped to be lucky enough to speak at this incredible event. May 18 is going to be a wild day at Georgia State University in Alpharetta, GA. I’m very excited to… Read more
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak at the first ever SQL Saturday Fargo! Jason Strate (b | l | t) and his wonderful wife Sarah (t) and the rest of the team came together and coordinated the entire event. For a first event, this… Read more
Today has been quite the day! This afternoon I presented for the SQL PASS Performance Virtual Chapter and tonight I spoke to the Gulf Coast SQL Server Users Group. I presented my Virtualizing Business Critical SQL Servers presentation, and really enjoyed the conversation that we had. Thank you again,… Read more
Today I was fortunate enough to be able to give a new presentation to the SQL PASS Performance Virtual Chapter called ‘It’s All About the Performance, Right?’ The feedback I have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and I would like to thank the coordinators and all of the attendees! Your… Read more
Two weeks ago was a busy one. I helped coordinate and spoke at our second SQL Saturday Omaha on April 6, flew to Las Vegas for the new SQLintersection conference at the MGM Grand, and then flew to Chicago to speak at SQL Saturday Chicago.
This year is the first year that I have submitted a session to VMware’s VMworld 2013, to be held in San Francisco this August 25-29. They are cool enough to open up the submissions for the general public to vote on which sessions they would like to see at… Read more
Thank you TriPASS for a great SQL Server Users Group session tonight! Thank you all for attending, and your questions were great! I’ll get the books shipped out once I receive the information, and please contact me if you have any questions at all. I’ll see you all for the… Read more