Tonight I was lucky enough to be able to present to my home SQL Server Users Group in Omaha, Nebraska. I gave my presentation ‘Squeezing Top Performance from your Virtualized SQL Servers’ to a packed house. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, and hope you did too!
My wife, Molly, is one of the smartest (non-technical) people I know. Although she has learned a lot about what I do through osmosis as well as from reading in her spare time, she’s talented in many other ways besides understanding what SQL Server actually is and the difference between virtualization and cloud computing. We both have very entrepreneurial spirits; she ran her own music studio for a number of years, and that’s a small part of why we’re such a good fit as husband and wife as well as running Heraflux Technologies as business partners. Besides making sure that all the pieces of our business are running smoothly seven days a week, in her spare time she dabbles in storytelling, and she had a great accomplishment come from her talents a few weeks ago – a short film she co-wrote that was produced last summer was accepted in the Omaha Film Festival—Mens Rea. Over 600 submissions were processed, and she made the final list! We recently spoke about her inspiration for the film and what it’s about.
“I have a strong interest in subcultures. This interest coupled with North Omaha’s extremely high rate of poverty and crime led me to tell this story with Amber Sue Greser (Molly’s writing partner for the short). Mens Rea, which translated from Latin means Guilty Mind, explores two different but also similar people. Nia who works nights to be able to attend school and take care of her alcoholic mother has grown up in poverty. She’s striving for something better, which I believe most people attempt to do with their lives, but the reality can seem impossible for many people to pull up the proverbial bootstraps if they don’t start out with boots or even socks. The second main character, Marcus, has also grown up in poverty, but unlike Nia, doesn’t work and watches his single mother work two jobs to support the both of them. On the surface, Marcus could be labeled as a “bad person,” but he’s avoided the neighborhood gangs, dealing drugs, and going to prison. His lack of motivation is due to his observations about what it takes to get ahead. We tried to create a script that hopefully removes some of the black and white thought processes behind interpretation of a situation like Nia’s and Marcus’. The short is a very serious and dark drama with an ending that unfortunately echoes many real-life situations.”
Molly’s co-written short plays in Omaha at Village Point Theatre on Friday, March 7th at 8:30pm. For more information about the film festival, which runs Wednesday, March 5th through Sunday, March 9th, or to purchase tickets go to — http://omahafilmfestival.org/
The next location for my ‘Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs’ SQL Saturday preconference training session is Friday, March 28th, in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are a SQL Server DBA or infrastructure administrator and wish to know how to properly and efficiently manage your mission-critical SQL Servers when virtualized, or want to know how to squeeze the most performance from your environment, this session is for you!
|VMware vExpert and SQL Server performance expert David Klee leads this full-day, hands-on introduction to enabling and managing a virtualized SQL Server environment. The focus of the course is to help those new to virtualization and/or infrastructure concepts to become familiar with the concept and purposes of virtualization and how it can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of virtualization underneath SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor to the SQL Server instance, and will learn how to construct the entire stack with the focus on SQL Server performance.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
Attendees with the following experiences will benefit the most from this course:
A working set of the screens and configuration settings referenced in the session, together with the reference slides and documentation, will be provided to attendees, for prospective reference in working with virtualized SQL Server in their own environments.
For more details and to register for this session, please visit the SQL Saturday Madison home page!
Two other great preconference sessions are also being held on the same day!
|Are you an accidental DBA or developer that has been told to make a T-SQL query run faster? How many times have you heard complaints from the business about a report taking 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or longer to run? Have you found yourself lost in the mix of execution plan operations and indexing and scans?
Come to this class to build your query and execution plan tuning skills from beginning to end. We’ll focus on the everyday DBA’s and developer’s needs for tuning, and build up to more advanced methods which can be taken directly to work and bring immediate improvements in performance.
The workshop will show you skills and tools that revolve around what you will see most commonly in any business, such as:
You’ll also have plenty of time to ask your questions and get answers!
|Having the freedom and ability to easily explore and provide reporting and valuable insights within an organization has been a challenge for years. Well no more! The time to unlock and open up the doors to information is now. In this all-day pre-conference you will see that with the use of Excel you can be empowered to easily load and relate data, build business logic and calculations, enrich data with additional sources, and build highly visual and compelling reports.
We will explore Excel, Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, and Power Maps and show you how you can maximize the investment in the tools that Microsoft has provided. By the end of the day you will see how you will no longer be held back to waiting for a report request or being able to not ask the questions you have wanted to, take the next step and see what powers await you with Excel and unleash your data!
I want to go to both of these precons but will be busy with my own. I hope you can attend one of these sessions. These are world class training sessions at an incredible price. Even if you cannot lend your Friday for a precon, do not miss the free SQL Saturday event! Register for it here, and I cannot wait to see you there!
The schedule for this virtual chapter meetings is the second Tuesday of each month at 12pm Central time. Our first meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 11, at noon Central with Ryan Adams (blog | twitter) speaking on SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups Live Deployment. To RSVP for this free event, register here at GoToWebinar!
Please follow the Twitter tag @SQLPASS_HADR for announcements of upcoming sessions, and check out the home page for the virtual chapter at hadrvc.sqlpass.org for details on the future sessions. Make sure to add this new virtual chapter to your PASS dashboard so you get the announcements as they happen!
If you have not participated in the virtual chapters before, check them out here! These virtual user group chapters are a tremendous resource for knowledge and networking in the SQL Server community. I do my best to participate in this new chapter, as well as the virtualization and the performance chapters.
Recently I encountered a small glitch while trying to install VMware’s vCenter 5.5.0b Server on a new VM with Windows Server 2012R2 on it. Now, this OS is not yet ‘certified’ by VMware for use, but it’s pretty close to Windows Server 2012, and they will support it soon enough, so why not use it? But, a quirk with the differences between Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 prevents a successful installation. Read on to see how to fix this.
Today I woke up to find that Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter | linkedin) has added me to his SQL Server Blogger Rankings list. WOW! I’m completely honored to be listed among this world-class list of the best bloggers in the industry. He created a new section on the list for ‘Virtualization’ blogs, and my friend Allan Hirt (blog | twitter | linkedin) of SQLHA and I were added to this new category. Another Linchpin People associate, Joey D’Antoni (blog | twitter | linkedin), was also added to the list to the msdb category. That makes six Linchpin People on the list!
If you are looking for the best SQL Server blogs in the world to follow, start at his list. I have been constantly updating my blogroll for years now from the recommendations made in this list. I am proud to have made it onto this list, and I will continue to bring you educational content that will help you with your business technology!