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  • Aug 19, 2015
    blog

    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 23, 2014
    Education

    Session 2: Creating Synchronous, Asynchronous and Read-Only Replicas  

    Running Time: 56 minutes | In this session, you'll see how you can create AlwaysOn Availability Groups that contain both synchronous and asynchronous replicas. You'll also see how you can offload reporting and backups to read-only replicas....More
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Education

    Session 3: Creating AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure  

    Running Time: 50 minutes | In the final session, you'll see how you can create SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability group replicas in Azure and use them for cloud-based disaster recovery....More
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Education

    Session 2: Data Internals Deep Dive  

    Running Time: 64 minutes | During this session, you will learn about byte swapping, bitmaps, and dive a little into decoding Hex and binary – working to give you a full understanding of database internals and how you use them every day....More
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Education

    Session 3: Indexing Internals  

    Running Time: 60 minutes | We will discuss how the application architecture of SQL Server works, and how to apply this logic to building the best indexes for your queries....More

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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
blog

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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