Jun 132017
 

PASS has just announced this year’s precon sessions for the PASS Summit in Seattle this October, and I am humbled to announce that my session, “Virtual SQL Servers – Right to Ludicrous Speed” has been selected for one of the Tuesday precon slots. This topic is near and dear to my heart, and I’m thrilled to be able to present to the group advanced SQL Server VM tuning techniques learned from over 16 years of performance tuning.

If you are less interested in SQL Server infrastructure than other topics, I urge you to check out the other precons being presented at this conference. The topics and presenters are world class, and if I was not presenting this precon on Tuesday, I’d be in one of the other precons!

I hope all of you can attend what I consider the best SQL Server ecosystem conference in the world. I’ll never miss it, and I look forward to meeting you all there!

Session Details:

Join this full-day introduction session focused on managing and boosting the performance of a virtualized SQL Server environment. The focus of the course is to help those new to virtualization, infrastructure, and cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service 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, no matter if on-premises or in the cloud, and will learn how to construct the entire stack with a strong emphasis on SQL Server performance.

Intended Audience
The intended audience of this course is information workers (both business and IT-centric) involved with architecting a virtualization strategy for SQL Server, or managing business-critical SQL Servers that have already been virtualized.

Course Topics
The following topics will be addressed during the course:
• The Physical Infrastructure Underneath the VM
• Storage and SAN Concepts and Design
• Virtualization and Infrastructure Fundamentals
• The SQL Server Virtual Machine
• Networking, Support, and Licensing
• SQL Server Infrastructure in the Cloud
• High Availability and Disaster Recovery and SQL Server
• Performance Investigation and Tuning of the Entire Stack

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 strategic reference in working with virtualized SQL Server in their own environments.

Register today! Seats are sure to fill up for these precons!

May 152017
 

If you are attending this year’s SQL Saturday in Atlanta, GA, on July 15, I urge you to attend my preconference training session – “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization & Cloud“. The architecture of the infrastructure underneath your mission-critical SQL Servers is vital to the well-being of your databases, and if any little component underneath is not running at its peak potential, your SQL Servers are artificially bottlenecked and your performance suffers. For any DBA out there who claims the infrastructure underneath the data, no matter if it’s in the cloud or your own datacenter, is someone else’s job, this session is going to show you just how important a working knowledge of these layers is to your livelihood.

This event is almost a homecoming, as I grew up not far from the event!

Session Details
Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert David Klee leads this full-day 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 a strong emphasis on SQL Server performance.

Intended Audience. The intended audience of this course is information workers (both business and IT-centric) involved with architecting a virtualization strategy for SQL Server, or managing business-critical SQL Servers that have already been virtualized.

Course Topics
The following topics will be addressed during the course:

  • The Physical Infrastructure Underneath the VM
  • Virtualization and Infrastructure Fundamentals
  • The SQL Server Virtual Machine
  • Networking, Support, and Licensing
  • Performance Investigation and Tuning of the Entire Stack
  • Similarities and Differences with Cloud versus On-Prem

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand key virtualization and cloud concepts
  • Determine the optimal infrastructure configuration for best performance
  • Construct a SQL Server virtual machine template with best practices for agility and performance
  • Understand how and what stack metrics to benchmark and baseline to ensure proper objective performance measurement
  • Identify and remediate common virtualized SQL Server performance killers
  • Understand proper virtualized capacity management techniques for long term management

Prerequisites
Attendees with the following experiences will benefit the most from this course:

  • Basic familiarity with the core components of a server
  • SQL Server installation and configuration
  • Exposure to SQL Server performance metric measurement and identification

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 strategic reference in working with virtualized SQL Server in your own environments.

I look forward to seeing you all there! Registration for this event is located at EventBrite.

Jan 162017
 

UPDATE: The SQL Saturday in Chicago this year has hit peak capacity two months before the event! However, if you enroll in one of the precons, and hopefully my “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Infrastructure and Cloud” session, email the SQL Saturday coordinators with your EventBrite receipt and your admittance will be guaranteed!

This event is to be held on Friday, March 10th, at the DeVry University Campus in Addison, IL. This course has been updated to include key concepts about SQL Server in the cloud, including the similarities, differences, and performance characteristics.

Session Details: Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert David Klee leads this full-day introduction to getting the most out of the infrastructure underneath your SQL Server environment, whether on-premises or in the cloud. The focus of the course is to help those new to the enterprise server infrastructure concepts become familiar with function and purpose of each layer of the architecture around their databases, and how this knowledge can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud underneath SQL Server, from storage all the way through to the SQL Server instance and database, and will learn how to review and engineer the entire stack with a strong emphasis on SQL Server performance.

Registration is now open here, and seats are limited! Register today!

Oct 312016
 

pass_2016_websiteLast week I had one of the best experiences of my career – attending this year’s PASS Summit in Seattle. I felt like this event came up suddenly, as this last year has been a blur with the move to Maine, working and expanding our business, learning new things, and traveling all over the place. But… last week was both intense and calming at the same time, all while time felt like it stood still during this #sqlfamily reunion.

20161025_081313I was lucky enough to present three sessions to packed rooms. The first was an all-day precon on SQL Server virtualization, and we went until 6pm with questions! I learn so much from you all every time I present a precon, and hope I get selected for another precon next year!

I also presented a general session on SQL Server virtualization to a packed room of die-hards who stayed to the last session of Wednesday to hear the content. Thank you all for staying late, and we went almost two hours into the evening answering questions!

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I also sat on a panel session on Thursday with Denny Cherry, Joey D’Antoni, and Geoff Hiten called PASS the Bacon, all sponsored by SIOS and SanDisk.

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Finally, Argenis Fernandez and Lou Lydiksen from Pure Storage and I presented a session on storage benchmarking on Friday. We had a blast talking to folks about how synthetic tools are not what they are cracked up to be, and how real world workloads can do a much better job showing you what your storage underneath your SQL Servers can truly handle.

The networking and comradery does not have to end when the last session wraps up either. I put out a few tweets inviting folks to the Seattle Underground for a 6pm tour, and we ended up with over 50 people! The 6pm tour was sold out by the time the bulk of people arrived, but we were all able to squeeze into this tour and the one at 7pm. We had a great time touring the underground locations and learning more about the history of this attraction.

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Remember to keep your Friday night free if you’re staying over until Saturday, as I try to gather informal fun activities at this time each conference.

I will always attend this conference, no matter if I’m presenting or just attending. If you are a SQL Server professional, you should make it mandatory to attend. Take the time to network, get to know people, strike up conversations with random passersby, and learn!

PASS, as always, this was the best PASS Summit ever! Keep up the great work!

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Oct 202016
 

I am pleased to announce that we are launching our next round of all-day precon training session at the upcoming SQL Saturday in Washington DC on Friday, December 2 called ‘The Complete Primer to SQL Server Infrastructure‘.

The focus of the course is to help those new to the enterprise server infrastructure concepts become familiar with the concept and purposes of each layer of the architecture around their databases, and how this knowledge can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of infrastructure and virtualization underneath SQL Server, from storage all the way through to the SQL Server instance, and will learn how to review and engineer the entire stack with a strong emphasis on SQL Server performance.

The following topics will be addressed during the course:

  • Datacenter Fundamentals
  • Infrastructure Stack Fundamentals
  • Storage and SAN Concepts and Design
  • Networking and Interconnect Topologies
  • Physical Server Technologies
  • The SQL Server Virtual Machine
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Performance Investigation and Tuning of the Entire Stack

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 strategic reference in working with SQL Server and the infrastructure underneath in their own environments.

We are really happy to be delivering this precon training session, and are looking forward to seeing you all there! Reserve your seat at this exciting event here. Tickets are available at just $175!

Oct 172016
 

lisa16_button_neat_180I am proud to present that Deji Akomolafe from VMware Corporation, Cody Chapman from our team at Heraflux, and I will be presenting at this year’s USENIX LISA16 conference in Boston, MA, from December 4-9th!

The three of us are presenting a half-day workshop entitled “Designing Your VMware Virtual Infrastructure for Optimal Performance, Resilience and Availability – Straight from the Source” from 1:30p – 5:00p on Monday, December 5th.

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