Huge sandwich from recent trip to downtown Chicago

Huge sandwich from recent trip to downtown Chicago

First, I want to acknowledge that I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately. Over the last few months, I have been traveling a lot for work, taking some time to unwind a bit, catching up on some family events and tasks around the house, and get some much-needed rest. But, it’s ramp up time again! I have a number of upcoming speaking opportunities that I’d like to share and hopefully see you all at if you can attend.

On Saturday July 27, I will be speaking at  SQL Saturday #222 in Sacramento, CA. I will be presenting one of my favorite presentations, Squeezing Performance from VMware-Based SQL Servers, in the Sacramento Room at 2:45p. This is also a portion of the presentation I am working on for my spotlight session at the SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte in October!

Title: Squeezing Performance from VMware-Based SQL Servers

Abstract: Sure, your SQL Server is up and running. Anyone can click through a SQL Server install nowadays. But… is it running at its peak potential? Do you have your VMware environment configured properly? Have you measured the performance lately? Your business-critical SQL Server performance does not have to suffer just because it was virtualized. Very specific VMware and SQL Server tuning tips and tricks from David Klee (@kleegeek) will be presented in this session.

Also be sure to check out some of my good friends at this event – Mike Fal, Argenis Fernandez, Jason Horner, Carlos Bossy, and John Morehouse, just to name a few!

On August 3rd I’ll be at my second SQL Saturday in St. Louis, MO at SQL Saturday #236. I’m presenting another performance-based session called ‘It’s All About the Performance, Right?‘ in Room 2 at 10:30a. I spoke at the inaugural SQL Saturday here a year ago, and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to get back here!

Title: It’s All About the Performance, Right?

Abstract: Just about anyone can click through a SQL Server installation and get it working. But, it is not running close to efficient, and as the workloads grow, it will only get worse. This session by David Klee (@kleegeek) provides valuable details on how to tweak and tune your SQL Server installations to ensure maximum performance, as well as tips on capacity management so you know when you need to add more hardware to take your server to the next level.

Be sure to check out Tim Ford and Bill Fellows sessions! These guys have awesome senses of humor and love to be heckled šŸ˜‰

Next, I’ll be in New York City at SQL Saturday #235 on August 17 in the middle of Manhattan! That’s exciting! I’ve only been to NYC once before, and this trip will be great! I will be presenting another one of my favorite topics – ‘Database Health and Performance‘. I really am looking forward to this event!

Title: Database Health and Performance

Abstract: Sure, your SQL Server is up and running. Is it healthy? Is it performing the best that it can? Where are your performance bottlenecks? In an emergency, can you objectively demonstrate where a performance problem lies? This dynamic dialog session will present a solid process for checking your environment’s overall health and performance levels as well as solutions for common problems. Some of the items focused on include dynamic management views (DMVs), Windows Perfmon, and disk performance tools such as IOMeter and SQLIO.

In September, I hope to get selected for the SQL Saturdays in Kansas City and Denver, and in October I hope to get selected for the SQL Saturday in Charleston the weekend before the SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte! I also want to do some more user group sessions and have more involvement with the SQL PASS Virtual Chapters as time goes on. 

I look forwarding to meeting you all at these various events, and am really excited for what the rest of the summer and the fall will bring!