How to answer questions politely and correctly

Back in August I wrote a long post about how to ask questions politely and correctly to address what I see as a growing volume of poorly asked questions by people who often don’t have the common courtesy to be polite and also often come across as feeling entitled to an answer. Based on the responses, and […]

February 2015 Sydney IE2/IEPTO-2 class open for registration

We’ve managed to juggle some of our schedule around and found space to fit in our only class of 2015 in Australia, and it’s open for registration! We’ll be bringing Jonathan and Erin with us to Sydney to teach our signature IEPTO-2 (formerly IE2) Immersion Event on Performance Tuning and Optimization. The class will be February 23-27, […]

Correctly adding data files to tempdb

It’s well known that one of the common performance issues that can affect tempdb is allocation bitmap contention. I discuss this, and ways to alleviate it, in these posts: The Accidental DBA (Day 27 of 30): Troubleshooting: Tempdb Contention Misconceptions around TF 1118 Tempdb configuration survey results and advice The current best advice around adding […]

2015 Chicago and Bellevue classes open for registration

I’ve just released our first sets of US classes for 2015 for registration! Our classes in April/May will be in Chicago, IL: IE0: Immersion Event for Junior/Accidental DBAs April 27-29 (US$125 discount for registering in 2014) IEPTO1: Immersion Event on Performance Tuning and Optimization – Part 1 April 27 – May 1 (US$200 discount for […]

My upcoming precon workshop at PASS and SQLintersection

The two major Fall conferences are 3-4 weeks away so I wanted to give you a heads-up about my new pre-con workshop that I’ve just finished putting together and will be presenting at both the PASS Summit in Seattle at the start of November, and again the following week at our own SQLintersection conference in […]