Archive for June, 2011

The Austin Fall Classic, SQLSaturday is Coming To Austin, TX

Come Get Your Learn On!

You heard right, on October 1st 2011 you need to be in Austin, TX. We have finalized our location and spot on the SQLSaturday list. After a rough start to the year I’ve managed to get my core team together and in action, settle my personal life down a bit and get this train back on the tracks. The call for speakers is open. This is your chance to start your speaking career. If you wish to volunteer for any part of the event please send an email to Michael.Kaplan@sqlposse.com. If you want to sponsor this event take a look at the sponsor page and let us know. You can More >

SQLDIY: Tracking Space Usage At the Index Level

I am a fan of information, the more the merrier. Anytime I’m tasked with tracking a production server over the long haul I try and gather as many data points as I can. You can capture database sizes but when your database blows up in size its nice to be able to drill down and find out if it was a new index or correlates with a change in code at a point in time. In this script I’m falling back on sp_spaceused to gather that information. I could query several DMV’s to get the same or more information. I could also put in DDL triggers for tracking things like schema changes if I need to the More >

Understanding Benchmarks

That Means What? Vizzini: HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE. Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. - Princess Bride

If you are like me, you are constantly reading up on the latest hardware. Each site has it’s own spin on what makes up its review. All of them use some kind of synthetic benchmarking software. Some don’t rely to heavily on them because they can show the real world performance using playback tools. This method is used heavily on gaming hardware sites like [H]ard|OCP where they decided long ago that using purely synthetic benchmarks More >

SQLDIY: Database Space Detail

Continuing to build up our data gathering library we shift our focus to tracking database file growth. This particular procedure compiles both data and log file usage. This is a fundamental aspect of tracking growth over time and being proactive about growing your databases yourself instead of letting the auto grow making  a mess of your databases. There is no clean and easy way to do this without temp tables so I just have to suck it up and use them. I considered going with a CLR routine and gather more data but we are assuming that you, the user, don’t have the CLR or OLE automation More >

SQLDIY: Tracking Wait Stats

One of the most important methodologies to date for troubleshooting problems with the SQL Server engine is examining the wait statistics. As with most of the DMV’s provided in SQL Server 2005/2008 sys.dm_os_wait_stats is a cumulative view. To add to my series SQLDIY: Manage and Monitor SQL Server Yourself  here is my stored procedure for capturing deltas on an ongoing basis. It is modeled the same way I capture sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats. This procedure captures the delta and the raw data at a point in time. This allows you to do your own roll ups to look at the numbers in different ways. More >

SQLRally, SQL Saturday and The Summit

“Gotta say it was a good day…” -Ice Cube   On The SQL Saturday Circuit

I’ve been speaking at all the regional SQLSaturday events I can go to. I kicked off the year with SQLSaturday #57 in Houston. Then did a turn around to SQLSaturday #63 in Dallas, my second one there. I have submitted to Baton Rouge figuring I could drive it but after that I’d be tapped out on vacation time and money. Lucky for me, Idera started the A.C.E. program and chose me as part of the very first group to sponsor for this year. I’m now gearing up to submit to more SQLSaturday’s. Hopefully I’ll get picked!

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Speaking at SALSSA June 15th 2011:Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server

I am very exicted to be speaking at the San Antonio PASS chapter SALSSA! It’s been way to long and I look foward to catching up with Jim Steiner the coordinator. I will be giving my favorite talk Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server. It has been updated and improved as well.

There will be free pizza, great people and as always, I’ll answer as many questions as possible!

When: Wednesday June 15th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Always the third Wednesday of the month)

Where: New Horizons, San Antonio TX 8200 IH 10 West Suite 500

Lan Sleep/Wake Up Tool

Lazy Is The Mother Of Invention

I write little tools from time to time that I need to manage my personal lab. Since my machines are in their own powered and air conditioned closet it isn’t very convenient to get up, open the closet, get slammed by the noise and turn a machine on. And, I don’t want to leave them on all the time if I’m not using them. I’m no Paul Randal (blog|twitter) but I do use between 4000 and 5000 kilowatt hours a month.

Enter Innovation!

So, since I couldn’t find a simple tool to handle this I wrote one! LabWakeUp is pretty easy to use.

Don’t blink, you might miss it

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Materials from SQL Server, Storage and You Part III

Thanks again to everyone who attended. Technical problems aside I had a great time and there were some great questions!

If you have a question please feel free to contact me, I’ll do my best to answer it.

Slide Deck

 

Secrets Of SQL Server: SQL Server, Storage And You Part 3 Solid State Storage

My last in the series on storage and SQL Server is today Wed, Jun 8, 2011 3:00 PM EDT (2:oo PM CST). You can register here if you want to take a deeper look into solid state storage. If you want a solid primer into flash based storage devices this is an excellent way to get it. If you haven’t seen my first part in this series go watch it!

Looking forward to rapping up this series and answering a TON of questions!

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