Tom Davidson

Tom
Davidson

Tom Davidson is a program manager for Microsoft's SQL Server development organization. As a SQL Server architecture expert and part of the Customer Advisory Team, he works with customers to improve their SQL Server–based applications' performance. He frequently writes and speaks about SQL Server performance.

Articles
64-Bit Vs. 32-Bit Memory Management 1
Learn about memory-utilization differences between 64-bit and 32-bit SQL Server.
Minding Memory 1
Understanding how SQL Server uses memory is an essential step in performance tuning. Members of Microsoft’s SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team show you how they find information about SQL Server’s memory utilization.
Opening Microsoft's Performance-Tuning Toolbox 9
Microsoft's SQL Server Customer Advisory Team uses a repeatable methodology involving waits and queues to diagnose and solve customer performance problems. In this article, the team opens its toolbox and shares its effective techniques.
Diagnosing Network Problems 1
Diagnosing network problems is an important part of any performance-tuning process. This sidebar describes how to use the NETWORKIO wait type to determine whether network problems are affecting your system's performance.

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Aug 27, 2015
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A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
Aug 19, 2015
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Looking forward to Containers

Virtualization has long been a staple when it comes to computing. In essence, virtualization is really just the use of abstraction to make things either easier to manage or more fault-tolerant. Disks, for example, have long been virtualized in the sense that a single, physical, can easily be divided up into multiple logical (or virtual) volumes (or drives) just as easily as a number of discreet physical disks can also be virtualized into a single drive (via RAID) – which can further be partitioned into volumes, LUNs, and so....More
Jul 28, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 29: Practical Implementation Tips

My initial goal in writing this series of posts was to outline some of the concerns surrounding Availability Groups (AGs) and SQL Server Agent Jobs – and call out how there is virtually no guidance from Microsoft on this front and then detail some of the pitfalls and options available for tackling this problem domain. I initially expected this series of posts to have between 25 and 30 posts – according to some of the early outlines I created ‘way back when’....More
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