Joseph Sack is a principal consultant, author, and trainer at SQLskills.com. He is a SQL Server 2008 and 2005 Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and was the SQL MCM program manager from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he worked at Microsoft as a premier field engineer.
Although the learning curve for implementing transactional replication in SQL Server might seem intimidating, you can make significant headway by learning about the components involved and practicing basic deployments.
The Database Hammer, a SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit tool, gives you the power to stress-test your database under the most grueling conditions. Couple it with some performance monitor counters for even better performance data.
Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is a great way to save thousands on licensing—and save yourself some serious headaches when deploying SQL Server AlwaysOn Availabiliity Groups....More
While I believe that NoSQL can have some places where it legitimately makes sense, I also believe that NoSQL is also the patently wrong choice for a number of different types of applications or use cases....More
Initial word on the street is that SQL Server 2014 has been very stable so far—which is probably why it went to release so quickly and bypassed what would typically have been another pre-release....More