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VMware HA is Not Database Server High Availability

I served with High Availability. I knew High Availability. High Availability was a friend of mine.  VMware HA, you’re no High Availability. See, for us database administrators, high availability means protection when: The system drive fills up because some potato decided to download a bunch of files An operating system or database server update goes…
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Kendra Little’s Resume

Kendra Little’s Resume Microsoft Certified Master, SQL Server 2008 Speaker and Trainer Creator of Magical Posters Microsoft MVP Three Recent Projects Server Hardware Transplant: I designed a migration plan to move an OLTP database requiring four nines of uptime to new hardware. The plan included testing, validation, monitoring, and rollback steps. My client executed the…
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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Always On AGs at StackOverflow

I recently finished helping the StackExchange team migrate their SQL Server 2008 infrastructure to SQL Server 2012. These servers power StackOverflow, DBA.StackExchange.com, the new AskPatents partnership with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and hundreds of other Q&A sites that together form one of the biggest web site networks. It’s one of the most visible…
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Kendra Little’s Resume

I’m a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server 2008. Microsoft Certified Master, SQL Server 2008 Speaker, Trainer, Creator of Magical Posters Microsoft MVP Three Awesome Things I Did This Year One of our readers commented that a consultant’s best resume is stories about their work which makes them proud. Here’s my current top three achievements:…
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Why Your SQL Server’s Network Connection Matters

If you’re using SQL Server 2012’s hot new AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature, your databases will go offline when your network connection does – even if you’re using asynchronous replication. This is not a bug.  This is working as designed – and it’s important to understand the underlying concepts. Nothing to see here, I'm just going…
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We’re Presenting at the #SQLPASS Summit 2012!

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All four of us – Brent, Jeremiah, Jes, and Kendra – got sessions approved for the PASS Summit in November!  Here’s what we’ll be covering: Shazam! We’re speaking at the PASS Summit! A Developer’s Guide to Dangerous Queries – Jeremiah Peschka Jeremiah says: “SQL Server does a good job of working with whatever garbage we…
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SQL Server Always On Availability Groups in AWS

Many companies are investigating a move into cloud hosting. With the recent release of SQL Server 2012, these very same companies are also looking at a migration to SQL Server 2012 to take advantage of readable secondaries. Combining Amazon Web Services and SQL Server 2012 seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately, there are some gotchas,…
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Free SQL Server Posters!

We Love Data and We Can Draw That combination yields some awfully nerdy posters on topics like failover clustering, isolation levels, network bandwidth, and table partitioning. Get free posters in our SQL Server First Aid section.
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Scaling SQL Server

Scale Up or Scale Out? Scaling SQL Server I would like to scale up my coffee cup. Want your app to be able to handle more users? Here are tips, tricks, and links to comprehensive references on how to scale SQL Server– either Scale Up or Scale Out. Do You Really Have a Scale Problem? It…
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PASS Summit 2007: Day Three Notes

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Bill Baker: Keynote on Office PerformancePoint 2007 Bill’s a fantastic speaker, and this is an interesting product, but our organization’s BI isn’t mature enough to take on this product yet. The product has a lot of potential; in a nutshell, it combines the flexibility and agility of Excel with the data safety & consistency of…
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[Video] Office Hours: Morning in Mexico Edition

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Got SQL Server questions? Post ’em at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the questions you’d like to see me discuss. Here’s what we covered this morning: 00:00 Introductions 00:45 SQL Simian: Everybody loves free advice, but we want war stories. I have heard your 174 indexes story twice now during recorded classes. Got any more? What are…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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It’s time for the first live Office Hours in my new home studio in San Diego! I took your highest-upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento/ and answered ’em: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Welcome 01:30 Accidental DBA: Hi Brent, do you have a recommended checklist for trubleshooting occasional slow INSERT performance? 03:19 Mark: How do companies deal…
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[Video] Office Hours at the Seltjarnarnes Lighthouse

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You posted and upvoted SQL Server questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento, and I went out for a walk on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula to the lighthouse to answer ’em. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:58 Gio: Any known gotchas from using Windows Update to apply CUs to SQL 02:17 AlwaysLearningDBA: Hello Brent. A friend of mine wanted…
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