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My 11 Favorite 2019 Blog Posts

Yesterday, I showed the stuff you read the most, but enough data – now, let’s talk about feelings. These were the 11 posts I remember with the most fondness, in date order. I did indeed like some of the ones from yesterday’s list a lot, but I’m going to set those aside. Erik and Tara…
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Mastering Index Tuning

Join Me in London for My SQLBits Pre-Con Workshop: Mastering Index Tuning

I’m teaching an all-new hands-on workshop, Mastering Index Tuning. I’m taking my favorite, toughest modules of my 3-day online class and condensing them down into a 1-day workshop. You’ll learn quick, easy techniques to use the right nonclustered indexes, filtered indexes, indexed views, and columnstore indexes that will work on SQL Server 2019, 2017, 2016,…
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How I Use the First Responder Kit

Announcing a New Live Online Class: How I Use the First Responder Kit

During the hands-on labs for my Mastering classes, when I’m answering an attendee question, this kind of thing happens a lot: Attendee: “How would I find the query causing that missing index recommendation?” Me: “Oh, good question – you can use the sp_BlitzCache @SlowlySearchPlansFor parameter. Here’s how it works.” (Does a quick demo) Attendees in…
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My Annual Cyber Monday Sale is On Now!

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The time is finally here, the moment you’ve been waiting for all year: your chance to save 73-82% on my training classes and online services: Level 1: Fundamentals$295Recorded Class Season PassSQL ConstantCare®The Consultant ToolkitNormal price: $1,385Save $1,090 (79%)Buy NowLevel 2: Live Classes, No VM$995Live Class Season Pass(does not include lab VM)Recorded Class Season PassSQL ConstantCare®The…
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My annual Black Friday sale starts tomorrow. Here’s what you wanna know.

The time is almost here – the moment you’ve been waiting for all year. I’ve sharpened my pencils to take the prices as low as I can possibly take ’em: Level 1: Fundamentals$295Recorded Class Season PassSQL ConstantCare®The Consultant ToolkitNormal price: $1,385Save $1,090 (79%)Buy NowLevel 2: Live Classes, No VM$995Live Class Season Pass(does not include lab…
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Brent Ozar Techorama 2018

Registration Open for My Upcoming Pre-Cons: Belgium, Dallas, Iceland, Israel, Miami, Orlando!

I’m hitting the road this spring. Here’s where to find me in person: SQLSaturday Iceland – Your First SQL Server Performance Tuning Class – March 16 – You’re stuck with a database server that’s not going fast enough. You have a hunch that the biggest bottleneck is inside the database server somewhere, but where? In this one-day…
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Erik and Tara Are Heading Out

The rock stars. About two years ago, I realized I didn’t have the skills to grow the consulting part of the company to become a 10-employee firm, so I laid off Angie, Doug, and Jessica. This year, I made the tough decision to close the consulting side of the business entirely. I’ll be focusing on…
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The 2018 Blog Posts You Commented On the Most

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Of the blog posts we published in 2018, here are the ones that got you talking the most. These comment counts are as of December 17th (writing this post a little ahead of time.) 10. SQL Server Patches for Meltdown and Spectre Attacks, Brent Ozar – 26 comments. 9. Index Tuning Week: How Many Indexes…
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PowerShell for DBAs

You read reviews before you buy training, right?

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Confession time: I love buying stuff. It’s not so much the buying as it is the comparing. I go to The Wirecutter, I read every review on Amazon, and I make little Excel spreadsheets to show differences between products. So what about when you buy database training? Do you read the reviews? If you’ve been…
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