Analyzing I/O Performance from SQLSaturday #300

I had the opportunity to present Analyzing I/O Performance at SQLSaturday #300 in Kansas City, MO on September 13, 2014. I think the session went well, judging by the amount and type of questions that I got during and after the presentation, along with the written feedback forms that I read afterwards. The overall event […]

Upcoming SQLskills Training Classes

As Paul announced last week, SQLskills has revamped the previous IE1 and IE2 classes to focus even more on performance tuning and optimization. If you are interested in how to select and configure database hardware for various workloads as well as how to configure your operating system and SQL Server for the best performance and […]

Learn About SQL Server Hardware This October in Chicago

On October 9-10, 2014, I will be teaching IEHW: Immersion Event on SQL Server Hardware in Chicago, IL. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to properly select and configure your server hardware and storage subsystem to get the best performance and scalability for the lowest SQL Server 2012/2014 licensing costs. You […]

Microsoft DreamSpark for Students and Educators

Back in 2008, Microsoft rolled out the DreamSpark program as a means to get Microsoft software design and development tools in the hands of students at no charge. It was initially only for university or college students, but it has been expanded to also cover high school students. Basically, this means that any high school, […]

Learn About SQL Server Hardware in Chicago

On May 5-6, 2014, I will be teaching IEHW: Immersion Event on SQL Server Hardware in Chicago, IL. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to properly select and configure your server hardware and storage subsystem to get the best performance and scalability for the lowest SQL Server 2012/2014 licensing costs. Now […]

Spring SQLintersection Conference in Orlando

This year the Spring 2014 SQLintersection Conference will be in Orlando, FL at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes from April 12th to April 17, (including the pre-con and post-con workshops). There will be an informal “Ask the Experts” area with many of the speakers, including two Microsoft Premier Field Engineers, – David Pless and Tim […]

Escape the Winter and Learn About SQL Server Hardware in Tampa

On February 6-7, 2014, I will be teaching IEHW: Immersion Event on SQL Server Hardware in Tampa, FL. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to properly select and configure your server hardware and storage subsystem to get the best performance and scalability for the lowest SQL Server licensing costs. It is […]

Vote in the Tribal Awards

Simple-Talk and SQL Server Central have posted their nominations for the new Tribal Awards. There are eleven different categories for the awards, which you can read about here. I think it is pretty amazing that every member of SQLskills was nominated in at least one category for these awards, with Paul and Jonathan being nominated […]

PASS Summit 2013 Summary

The PASS Summit 2013 was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is a big change from the usual location in Seattle. This new location may have been more successful in attracting what seemed to be an unusually high number of first-time attendees, which I think is a good thing. I heard fewer complaints during the […]

Scaling SQL Server 2012 Pre-Conference Session

In just a couple of weeks, I will be giving a full day pre-conference session at the SQLPASS 2013 Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. My pre-conference session will be on Monday, October 14, 2013. This pre-con’s going to be a lot of fun, and it will be a great way to kick off the SQLPASS […]

24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview

I had the opportunity to present a preview session of my upcoming day-long pre con, Scaling SQL Server 2012 for the last slot of the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview starting at 5:00AM Mountain Time on August 1. I think the session went pretty well, after some initial technical difficulties on my part. The […]

SQLSaturday #201 Slide Decks

I had the chance to give two presentations at SQLSaturday #201 in Huntington Beach, CA on April 20, 2013. The first one was Dr. DMV and the second one was Hardware 201: Selecting Database Hardware. Just in case you have any problem getting the decks from the SQLSaturday web site, I have links to the […]

Speaking at SQLSaturday #201 in Orange County on April 19-20

I will be speaking on both Friday and Saturday (April 19-20) at SQLSaturday #201 in Orange County, California. I will be delivering a full day pre-con on Friday, and then doing both Hardware 201 and Dr. DMV on Saturday. Here is the abstract for my pre-con: Scaling SQL Server 2012 How can you scale SQL […]

Speaking at SQLSaturday #197 in Omaha on April 5-6

I will be speaking on both Friday and Saturday (April 5-6) at SQLSaturday #197 in Omaha, Nebraska. I will be delivering a full day pre-con on Friday, and then doing Hardware 201 on Saturday. Here is the abstract for my pre-con: Scaling SQL Server 2012 How can you scale SQL Server 2012? Scaling up is […]

More Courses from SQLskills on Pluralsight!

Late this afternoon, two more SQLskills authored courses went live on Pluralsight. The first one is from me, which is SQL Server 2012: Installation and Configuration, while the second one is from my colleague Joe Sack, who authored SQL Server: Troubleshooting Query Plan Quality Issues . With these two courses being available, that makes 13 […]

Top 10 Learning Resources for Accidental DBAs

So what should you do if you are an “accidental DBA”, who ends up dealing with SQL Server in some capacity on a regular basis without the benefit of any training or experience?  What if you are what I like to call a “captive DBA”, because you must install, maintain, and support some other Microsoft […]