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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
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 1: Writing Cleaner Code  

Running Time: 88 minutes | This session will examine ways to write better code by using CTEs to simplify queries, implement error handling to deal with problematic data, and show a few tips and tricks for writing code quicker and generating enough test data to properly evaluate your queries....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 2: Power BI for Office 365 Administration  

Running Time: 79 minutes | We'll install and configure Office 365 on the desktop, then setup and configure a new Power BI for Office 365 tenant. This session will also cover the Power BI for Office 365 licensing and site provisioning requirements....More
Jul 23, 2014
IdeaXchange

Session 1: Building from a Solid Foundation  

Running Time: 67 minutes | Without a solid foundation, it can be difficult or even impossible to scale a poorly-designed database to meet future demands. We'll cover some of the core fundamentals of the SQL Server instance and database that you need to be aware of to give the best chance of scalability and maintainability over time....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 2: Intermediate Queries  

Running Time: 62 minutes | We'll examine a few intermediate techniques for efficient queries. We start with tally tables and calendar tables, showing practical uses of each. We will then look at pivoting data to display row data as column data and vice versa....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 3: Data Integration  

Running Time: 80 minutes | Power BI for Office 365 can tap into both cloud and on premise data sources. We'll walk through the setup and configuration of the Data Management Gateway (used for on premise connectivity), review the role of the data steward, and discuss future integration capabilities....More
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
IdeaXchange

Session 2: Understanding Query Plan Reuse  

Running Time: 63 minutes | Reusing a previously compiled query plan is one of the keys to achieving peak performance with a busy SQL Server instance. As such, understanding the fundamentals of how SQL Server stores and re-uses query plans is essential to scalability and performance. See what affects plan reuse and learn the proper way to submit calls to SQL Server in order to maximize the benefits associated with plan reuse....More
Jul 23, 2014
Education

Session 3: Windowing Functions in SQL Server  

Running Time: 66 minutes | In this session, we'll examine the windowing functions in SQL Server that allow you to efficiently query data in groups, or partitions, and answer complex questions such as running totals and ranking results into percentiles....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

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