Oct 102016
 

pass_2016_websiteI’m very honored to be speaking at the PASS Global Summit again this year in Seattle during the week of October 24th.I have a special discount code for you if you have not already registered for this outstanding conference. Please use the discount code PRE250DK for $250 off of the full three-day conference registration with a pre-conference training session. This discount code expires at midnight on Thursday, October 13th, so act fast!

I’m presenting two sessions on my favorite topic – the convergence of infrastructure and data.

The first is an all-day preconference training session on Tuesday, October 25th, entitled “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization“.

Abstract: Your SQL Servers are probably virtualized at this point, but do you feel you have lost that control over the infrastructure that you used to have when they were physical servers? Do the virtual SQL Servers “feel” slower after they were virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer will help improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

The second general session is a rapid-fire deep-dive on the virtualization topic for those that cannot make the precon session, entitled “Virtual SQL Servers. Actual Performance.

Abstract: Virtualizing your business-critical SQL Servers should not imply that they will run slower than if they were physical. When properly architected and managed, virtual SQL Servers should be equally as fast as their physical counterparts, if not faster. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance.

This session is packed with many tips and tricks gained from years of experience for getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed and the knowledge gained will help you work with your infrastructure engineers so you can optimize the system stack for performance. Tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

I really hope each and every one of you can make it to this conference. I’ve said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again, that this conference is the best SQL Server conference of the year, and speaker or not, I will always make time to attend this event. The speaker lineup is amazing, and the education is world class. I cannot wait until then!

Sep 062016
 

I’m very excited to be presenting in the opening slot for this year’s 24 Hours of PASS – Summit Preview Edition – this Wednesday morning (September 7th) at 8am Eastern. I call it “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization“. The session is a one-hour preview to my all-day PASS Summit pre-conference training session to be held on Tuesday, October 25th ahead of the PASS Summit conference.

Session Abstract: Your SQL Servers are probably virtualized at this point, but do you feel you have lost that control over the infrastructure that you used to have when they were physical servers? Do the virtual SQL Servers “feel” slower after they were virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer will help improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

Register for the 24 Hours of PASS – Summit Preview Edition – here!

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The expanded all-day session goes into 400-level detail on the hypervisors, how they work, and how to squeeze the most performance from every layer of your virtual environment.

If you are interested in the topic, check out the preview session! If you are intrigued after listening in, please register for my pre-conference session at the PASS Summit 2016 here.

Jun 282016
 

pass_2016_websiteI’m very honored to be speaking at the PASS Global Summit again this year in Seattle during the week of October 24th. I cannot convey just how much this means to me, as speaking at any event is a gift and a thrill, especially a conference like the PASS Summit!

I’m presenting two sessions on my favorite topic – the convergence of infrastructure and data.

The first is an all-day preconference training session on Tuesday, October 25th, entitled “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization“.

Abstract: Your SQL Servers are probably virtualized at this point, but do you feel you have lost that control over the infrastructure that you used to have when they were physical servers? Do the virtual SQL Servers “feel” slower after they were virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer will help improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

The second general session is a rapid-fire deep-dive on the virtualization topic for those that cannot make the precon session, entitled “Virtual SQL Servers. Actual Performance.

Abstract: Virtualizing your business-critical SQL Servers should not imply that they will run slower than if they were physical. When properly architected and managed, virtual SQL Servers should be equally as fast as their physical counterparts, if not faster. However, if not properly constructed, silent and seemingly random performance killers can strike and significantly hurt your database performance.

This session is packed with many tips and tricks gained from years of experience for getting the most performance from your virtual SQL Servers. The major roadblocks to performance will be discussed and the knowledge gained will help you work with your infrastructure engineers so you can optimize the system stack for performance. Tools, techniques, and processes will be demonstrated to help you measure and validate the system performance of the key components underneath your data.

I really hope each and every one of you can make it to this conference. I’ve said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again, that this conference is the best SQL Server conference of the year, and speaker or not, I will always make time to attend this event. The speaker lineup is amazing, and the education is world class. I cannot wait until then!

Nov 092015
 

PASS_2015_240x400Last week’s PASS Summit conference in Seattle, WA was incredible (as always). It’s my favorite tech event of the year, and I’ll never miss it. The SQL Server community is one of the strongest (and arguably the most tight-knit) technical community in the world, and the #sqlfamily comes together every year at this event. It’s a whirlwind of technical education and networking events.

The highlights of the week were immersing in that sense of a family reunion that we get at this event every year, plus getting the thrill of presenting the content that I love in front of a large and eager audience.

To start the week, Argenis Fernandez, Jimmy May, and myself gave an all-day preconference training session titled ‘The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization‘ to a room of 90 folks. We had a blast! For those of you who did not receive my email with the attachments as promised, email me. Some emails bounced back.

Pike's Market - by Matt Slocum

Pike’s Market – by Matt Slocum

I also had a panel session called ‘Is Independent Consulting for Me?‘ on Friday morning with John Sterrett, Brian Moran, and Ben DeBow. We packed the room and had some fantastic questions from the attendees! Feel free to contact any of us for our experiences if you are seriously considering taking the plunge to go independent.

To round out the sessions on Friday, Ed Leighton-Dick and I gave a session called ‘How to Build a Virtual Home Lab‘ where we talk about the various methods you can use to build a test lab – from the smallest and least expensive local deployments to the crazy home lab that I have at my place. Let us know if you have any questions! We love to help empower people to learn in the convenience of their home at their own pace on the topics that they want to know more about (and we’re hardware geeks to boot!).

Friday night was a blast as well. To wrap up the week, we coordinated a small get together of folks for go-kart racing at K1 Speed Seattle.

K1 Speed Go Karting

K1 Speed Go Karting

Saturday a few of us also got out and explored Seattle with the Seattle Underground tour and then a trip to the Living Computer Museum. Take the time to see the sites while you’re in Seattle! It’s an amazing town!

Pike's Market Welcomes PASS

Pike’s Market Welcomes PASS

To the PASS organizers and volunteers: outstanding job! You all did another incredible job with the conference. You knocked it out of the park this year, and we look forward to seeing what you can do in 2016.

To the attendees: if you think you’re going to catch up on sleep at this conference, you’re not doing it right. the after-hours networking opportunities at this event are limitless, and the friendships will last a lifetime. Take the time to get to know folks outside of your comfort zone, because expanding your network is part of the #sqlfamily magic! Find the folks in person that you’ve been following on Twitter or reading their technical blog posts for years. Get to know them. Network with the vendors in the expo hall. Chat with random folks in the hallways. The discussions are always priceless!

Group Photo by Eve Acosta

Group Photo by Eve Acosta – Sumeet Bansal, Andy Yun, and Jon Shields

Build your own traditions while you’re here. The Tap House for end-of-day drinks seems to be a favorite of many. My favorite thing to do is to get up early on Saturday morning and go to Lowell’s in Pike’s Place Market to eat a quiet breakfast overlooking the waterfront. You get to see the city wake up, all while relaxing quietly with a cup of tea and out of the hustle of the city.

Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

Just remember – there are no goodbye’s. I’ll see you all at the PASS Summit next year (or hopefully sooner)!

FYI – Don’t fly home Friday afternoon next year! Stick around for the afternoon sessions. They are worth it! Plus, for next year’s PASS Summit, I’m planning a new special event for Friday night for the group, so stay tuned!

Oct 162015
 

PASS_2015_240x400I am proud to be offering several training opportunities at the upcoming PASS Summit in Seattle, WA during the week of October 26th. PASS Summit is the world’s largest and most attended conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals. This conference is fantastic, and if you are attending, check out my upcoming sessions!

The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization – Preconference Training Session – 10/26 – with Jimmy May and Argenis Fernandez

Your SQL Servers are mostly virtualized at this point, but have you lost the control you used to have over the infrastructure when they were physical servers? Do your SQL Servers “feel” slower now that they are virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer can help to improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

This all-day, interactive, and hypervisor-agnostic pre-conference session is designed to help data professionals learn more about virtualization and infrastructure. Discover how this new layer can be used to improve the management, availability, and performance of your databases. You will be exposed to all layers of virtualization underneath the SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor. Discover many useful tips and tricks to tuning the database layer to boost performance and availability.

How to Build a Virtual Test Lab for SQL Server – with Ed Leighton-Dick – 10/30

You’ve learned a lot of new techniques and concepts at the conference, and you’re excited to go home and try them out. Now what? Most of us don’t have spare servers lying around or test labs in the office that we can use to try new ideas safely, without disrupting others’ work. Virtualization provides a practical solution to this problem–and it doesn’t need to cost a lot. In this session, learn how to find the tools you need to create your own virtual test environment for SQL Server on hardware you have lying around, and discover that larger test labs for your office do not need to break the bank.

Is Independent Consulting for Me? Panel session – 10/30

Have you had dreams of striking it out on your own being an independent consultant? Have you wondered what it takes to make your dream a reality and what are common mistakes made along the way?

In this panel discussion, you hear about lessons learned, common mistakes, and challenges discovered during the panel’s transition from corporate America to independent consulting.

I can’t wait for this conference to arrive! IMHO it’s the best SQL Server conference of the year, and I’ll never miss it. I’ll see you all there!

Sep 162015
 

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I am very pleased to announce that Argenis Fernandez, (now including) Jimmy May, and I will be presenting a new precon training session at this year’s PASS Summit in Seattle entitled “The Complete Primer to SQL Server Virtualization“. This all-day preconference training session is to be held on Monday, October 26th, at the Seattle Conference Center.Argenis FernandezjimmymayDavidKlee

This interactive session is sure to be a blast! If you have a virtualized SQL Server in use today, you need to be at this training event.

Virtualization is here to stay, and learning more about the infrastructure underneath your mission-critical SQL Servers will make you a better DBA. If they are not already virtualized, it’s probable that they will be virtualized soon. The virtual infrastructure is a vital portion of the server ecosystem, and this session is designed to ramp you up so you can do everything from understand the sysadmin lingo to quickly identify and triage infrastructure issues.

(Plus, we all have quirky senses of humor and love Nerf projectiles, so you’re sure to get a laugh or two!)

Training session abstract: Your SQL Servers are mostly virtualized at this point, but have you lost the control you used to have over the infrastructure when they were physical servers? Do your SQL Servers “feel” slower now that they are virtualized? When architected and managed with SQL Server in mind, this added layer can help to improve the SQL Server’s availability and ability to change with the business, but only when executed properly.

This all-day, interactive, and hypervisor-agnostic pre-conference session is designed to help data professionals learn more about virtualization and infrastructure. Discover how this new layer can be used to improve the management, availability, and performance of your databases. You will be exposed to all layers of virtualization underneath the SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor. Discover many useful tips and tricks to tuning the database layer to boost performance and availability. This session addresses these topics:

* Virtualization and infrastructure fundamentals

* The SQL Server virtual machine (VM)

* Networking, support, and licensing

* High availability and disaster recovery

* Performance investigation and tuning of the entire stack, with a heavy emphasis on VM configuration and storage performance

Register for the PASS Summit today and make sure to sign up for this precon! This is the best conference for SQL Server practitioners, hands down, and this event is vital for the continued professional growth and efficacy in the role of a data professional. This precon will help you make the most of your virtual SQL Servers!

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