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TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali

Ayman is a passionate SQL Server DBA, Developer, and Business Intelligence Developer. His passion for technology started when he was a young boy playing DOS games on his father's computer. From there, he moved up to computer programming in high school and went on to get B.S. and M.S. degrees in Information Systems from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has worked with the SQL Server product since 2006 and has experience with SQL 2000 through SQL 2012. He holds a MCITP SQL 2008 DBA certification and is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT. He has been active with the virtual chapters of PASS, participating in online training and also giving presentations. Ayman has lived in many different countries around the world including the U.S., U.K., Egypt, Saudi Arabia and speaks fluent Arabic. He is huge football(soccer) fan and is always looking forward to learn more about SQL Server, SQL Server BI, and technology in general. www.thesqlpro.com

SQL Server Internals Presentation Double Time!

I’ll be doing double time over the next two weeks with Two Presentations on SQL Server Internals. It is essentially just a repeat of the same presentation but with two chances to attend :) Here are the details of the timings for both presentations: April 29th @ 12 Noon EST…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 22 April 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] SQL Server Table Partitioning 102

Welcome back for part 2 of my SQL Snack Pack on Table Partitioning! If you have not watched the first video, I would highly encourage you to do so. In this second video I will discuss the following: Creating a new Range in our Partition for new data (SPLIT RANGE)…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 15 April 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] SQL Server Table Partitioning 101

I hope you’re hungry for another SQL Snack! In fact, this will be one of a series of snacks (dare I call it a SQL Snack pack?). Table partitioning is a fantastic feature that is easy to learn and can significantly improve your OLTP and Data-warehouse environments. It can be…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 8 April 2014

SQL Saturday 277 RVA Lessons Learned

Once again it is an honor to attend such a great event and meet up with other like minded geeks. It’s an honor to be selected to speak and a privilege to deliver a session without any problems. I enjoy writing about my experience to encourage others to attend, and…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 24 March 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] The Basics of Joins

This is a special edition for SQL Snacks.  It is one (of many hopefully) SQL Snacks that has been recorded with the intention of fulfilling a request by a SQL community member looking to learn more about SQL Server.  It is straight forward, very basic, beginner level information about Joins…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 10 March 2014

SQL Saturday #277 Richmond – Covering new ground

SQL Saturday has been a fantastic experience for me here in the DC area (I blogged about it here) and I hope for the same thing in Richmond.  This is my first time to attend a SQL Saturday in a city outside my area of residency, and I will also…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 4 March 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] The What, Why, and How of Instant File Initialization with SQL Server

Instant File Initialization (IFI) is an interesting topic with regards to how SQL Server works with storage. It is an easy feature to turn on and can improve the performance of your server; specifically with creation and growth of data files including TempDB rebuilds with SQL Server restarts.  There is…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 11 February 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] Importance of COPY_ONLY Backups

There are many features/options we sometimes overlook and then wonder later what went wrong. The COPY_ONLY option with backups is one that I felt is important to highlight to SQL Server DBAs. This backup is independent backup that is not part of the regular cycled backups that you perform; hint…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 29 January 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] Tail Log Backup and Recovery Demo

In December 2013 I presented at a SQL Saturday event in Washington DC. My presentation was about Backup and Recovery Fundamentals which I had done before for the PASS DBA Fundamentals Virtual Chapter. This time around, I decided to add a Tail Log (Active Log) Backup and Recovery demo to…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 16 January 2014

[SQL Snacks Video] Introducing SQL Snacks! A healthy alternative to boring learning!

To snack lovers every where now you can consume SQL Learning the same way, in Snack Size!  Introducing the new way to snack with 0 calories intake, a simple solution to your learning cravings and available 24/7 from the click of a button! Late last year I introduced my YouTube…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 16 January 2014

[Video] ApexSQL Log – Software Review

Today I will be reviewing the product ApexSQL Log which is a tool designed for Transaction Log discovery and recovery. The team at ApexSQL were very friendly and offered me lots of support and help in using the product.  I opted to do everything myself just to see how easy…

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3 comments, 590 reads

Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 8 January 2014

SQL Server 2012 ???? ??????? ????? ??

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 18 December 2013

TheSQLPro YouTube Channel

That’s right, it’s time to take this blog up a notch!  Last week I posted a video about using Hyper-V on Windows 8 to design your own SQL Lab.  I’m starting to like the whole concept of adding video to my blog. If a picture is worth 1000 words so…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 11 December 2013

SQL Saturday DC Lessons Learned – Humility, Paying it Forward, and Dedication

This past weekend I attended SQL Saturday #233 in Washington DC. I presented a session this year titled “Backup and Recovery Fundamentals.” There was a great turn out of the session, with the room filled.  Although there were some technical issues at the start but I got great support from…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 9 December 2013

Why SQL Server Professionals should love Windows 8

Alright, I’ve got your attention. You’re probably thinking “who is this crazy guy that is using the word Love with Windows 8 in the same sentence?” Honestly though, I have not had many problems with Windows 8 and I’ve been happy running it for a long time. I’m actually disappointed…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 2 December 2013

I’m speaking at SQL Server Saturday #233 – Washington DC!

It’s that time of the year again when SQL Saturday makes its way back to the Washington DC Area. Here is a link to register and to get all the details you need http://www.sqlsaturday.com/233/eventhome.aspx. I hope to meet a lot of new SQL Server professionals this year. Last year, I…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 18 November 2013

Only one month left! Register for the SQL Server Live! Conference in Orlando Through TheSQLPro.com and Receive a $500 Discount

The SQL Server Live! Conference in Orlando is between November 18-22, 2013. There is a discount code provided for those who register using the discount code on my website. The Agenda includes many great topics of interest for both Developers and DBAs: SQL Server Administration & Maintenance SQL Server Performance…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 28 October 2013

SQL Live 360 Competition Winner and Answers!

About a month ago I started a competition (hosted by the event organizers) to give away a free pass to the SQL Live 360 Conference in Orlando. You can still get a $500 discount by registering through this link by the way. Now it is time to announce the winner…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 16 October 2013

Slides for SQL Server Internals Presentation with PASS DC Chapter

For those of you that attended yesterday and are interested in the slides, you can download them here. Thanks! Topic: SQL Server Internals Party: Storage, Memory and the Query Life-cycle Abstract: Come meet the Internals of SQL Server at this special get-together! In this presentation we will cover the basics…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 11 October 2013

Social Engineering: How to prevent unauthorized access to SQL Server using SQL Logins

People are always concerned about Security when it comes to their data.  I don’t blame them, I love keeping my job and I love to protect the sensitive data we store. You also don’t want someone with little SQL skills going in and running huge queries that bring the server…

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Posted in TheSqlPro.com - Ayman El-Ghazali on 2 October 2013

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