Photos: Lavender farms and coastal scenery around Sequim, WA

It's been a while since I did a Where In The World Are Paul and Kimberly blog post, so here's one from a trip we did at home yesterday. We took the Bainbridge Island ferry across Puget Sound and toured the area around Sequim, WA to see the lavender farms and coastal scenery. Here's an […]

New whitepaper on Resource Governor

A new whitepaper has been published that comprehensively covers the Resource Governor feature of SQL Server 2008, written by fellow MVP Aaron Bertrand and SQL PM Boris Baryshnikov. I read through this a while back (but didn't have the bandwidth to do a full technical review) and it's an excellent whitepaper with lots of code […]

TechNet Magazine: August 2009 SQL Q&A column

The August edition of TechNet Magazine is available on the web now and has the latest installment of my regular SQL Q&A column. This month's topics are: Proactive page checksum failure detection Why GUIDs make for bad clustered index keys  Possible problems using a log shipping secondary for reporting  Recovery model choice for log size […]

Public SQL Server Immersion Event in Dublin in September

Kimberly and I will be teaching a week-long public Immersion Event in Dublin, September 21-25, in partnership with our good friends at Prodata and Microsoft Ireland. The class will cover: Day 1: SQL Server Internals (On-disk structures, index internals, logging, recovery, transaction log architecture) Day 2: Designing for Performance (data types, table and index partitioning) Day […]

Wasting time on vacation

This isn't a SQL Server blog post so doesn't count against my vacation. Just finished making the Lego model of the original Death Star that I got for Christmas. Took me about 24 hours altogether. Click the photo for a larger version.   No need to grow up when there's Lego to play with :-)

July Vacation

Well – the first half of the year is over and it's been a pretty busy time for Kimberly and I. I only managed to get one day at home in June but I'm at home for whole month of July, and this year I'm taking a proper break. I'm going to be essentially dark […]