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Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 1: How to Decide if your Database is a Good Candidate for Virtualization  

Running Time: 56 minutes | You'll learn about the pros and cons of moving SQL Servers into a virtual server environment. Like all problems in the database world, there are no hard set answers on whether virtualization is a good idea, but there are some times when virtualizing a SQL Server is the best option and can save money. And then there are times when you'll be shooting yourself in the foot and shouldn't virtualize. By the end of this session, you'll know how to make this decision and how to gather the metrics you need to move forward with virtualization....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 2: Optimizing SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment  

Running Time: 60 minutes | In this session, we'll look over what you should look at within your virtual environment to ensure you are getting proper performance. This will include how to look for CPU performance issues at the host level. We'll also discuss the Memory Balloon drivers – what they do, how you should configure them, and why. We'll discuss memory sharing technologies, which are built into vSphere and Hyper-V, and how they relate to SQL Server. Then we'll will finish with some storage configuration options....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 3: Using Storage to Increase Database Performance  

Running Time: 60 minutes | In the final session, we'll look at ways that your storage solution can be configured to increase database performance. Some of the things to consider when selecting the correct RAID level to use will be highlighted, along with a review of how to setup the cache in your storage array or DAS. We'll then look at some of the newer technologies like FLASH Cache to improve the caching abilities of the storage arrays. Finally, you'll learn some of the differences between iSCSI and Fibre Channel and how to use tiered storage from both a performance and finance perspective....More

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Oct 9, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 10: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #3

You can interject a SQL Server Job Step into your Jobs and have this new/injected Job Step do some checking for you. Here's a look at everything that’s involved in such an approach....More
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Oct 7, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 9: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #2 3

Given that a USE statement is parsed before code is actually run, there are a few options that could be used as a around when it comes to detecting whether or not code should be run....More
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Oct 2, 2014
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 8: Dynamic Detection Gotcha #1 1

Learn about why the option of dynamically detecting whether or not to run a SQL Server Job at execution time is quite a bit more problematic than you might think....More
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