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The last time I presented a session was at the final PASS Summit in November 2020, so it is time to get back on the virtual conference trail again. Columbus Ohio User Group, 8 April 2021 (Columbus OH, USA) For the Columbus group, I will present Managing and monitoring SQL Server on Linux from the
-> Continue reading Upcoming speaking engagements
I’ve been doing SQLskills training recently, and Paul Randal (blog | Twitter) reminded our class that zeroing out a transaction log file does not use zeroes (0x00). Well, not since SQL Server 2014 at any rate. As you can see from this post, the stamping of the transaction log since SQL Server 2016 is done
-> Continue reading Zeroing out a transaction log file does not use zeroes
For those of us who have been involved in the Microsoft Data Platform community for a few years, the events of the last few months have been dramatic, culminating in the end of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), which closed down in January 2021. As I wrote previously, this left local user groups
-> Continue reading What is a community advisory board anyway?
This is my ongoing series of answering T-SQL Tuesday posts far too late to be of any use. Click here if you want to read previous entries. Paul Randal asked us in November 2010 why DBA skills are necessary. As a reminder, DBA stands for Database Administrator, and this unleashes a discussion outside of the
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #012: Why DBA skills are necessary
(If you would like to read the previous T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective entries, visit this link.) In October 2010, Sankar Reddy asked us which misconceptions we’ve been labouring under when it comes to SQL Server: The possibilities for writing up a post on this topic invloving SQL Server are enormous even if you are a novice
-> Continue reading T-SQL Tuesday Retrospective #011: Misconceptions
SQL Server is a complex beast, with many configuration options that can range from recommended to completely avoided. Since the release of SQL Server 2016, several options that were recommended post-install have been rolled into the default installation options and no longer need to be done, and similar changes were made with SQL Server 2017.
-> Continue reading Which configuration changes in SQL Server require a restart?
After the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) unceremoniously closed down in January this year and its video library & brand names were bought by Red Gate Software Ltd, it left the SQL Server Family (#SQLFamily) in a quandary. On the one hand, the big PASS Summit will be revived and all archive videos will be
-> Continue reading Welcome to the Azure Data Community, empowered by Microsoft
This Wednesday, from 5pm to 7pm Mountain Standard Time, the Calgary Data User Group is presenting two sessions for your virtual attendance. 15 minutes: A lightning talk on Kubernetes (by Mohammad Darab) 60 minutes: New features in Management Studio (by Taiob Ali) To RSVP, visit us on Meetup.com.
(Thanks to Erik Darling for reviewing this post. Check out his training materials.) One of the bigger clichés in the data professional vocabulary (behind “it depends”) is that you always give SQL Server as much RAM as you can afford, because it’s going to use it. But what happens when SQL Server runs out of
-> Continue reading How does the buffer pool handle low memory conditions?
Some years ago, I wrote about what it means to be “professional” (and that it doesn’t mean having to wear a suit and tie). Recently a conversation broke out on Twitter about what it means in the information security (InfoSec) field. The vast majority of InfoSec people in the conversation railed against the premise that
-> Continue reading Professionalism in the age of COVID-19