Monthly Archive: October 2010

What PASS sessions will I try to attend?

What PASS sessions will I try to attend?

Every year at PASS, I do the same thing. I hmm and haw over which sessions I want to go to, and I end up making some tough choices at game time.  This year...

What will I be doing at PASS?

What will I be doing at PASS?

I felt horrible last year when I missed the MVP Deep Dives book signing at PASS.  I took part instead in a focus group that ran a little late, and still regret it.  So...

SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer : a closer look

SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer : a closer look

Today I was digging more into SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer, and I continue to discover little things I think you will find valuable in your performance tuning and troubleshooting efforts. Let's say I am...

Useful, free resources for SQL Server

Useful, free resources for SQL Server

Recently Dave Ballantyne posted a list of free resources for SQL Server, entitled "The best things in life are free."  Now, I'm not trying to upstage Dave, but I know of several resources that...

My bucket list

My bucket list

This morning Bob Pusateri [email protected] (blog | twitter) posted his bucket list, and was quickly followed by Brent Ozar (blog | twitter).  If we really think about, I'm sure we all have some semblance...

Fun with software : uninstalling SQL Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Edition

Fun with software : uninstalling SQL Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Edition

Update 2012-07-23  :  Note that much of these instructions also work for SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Edition, many of which will start expiring soon…   Here we go 'round the uninstall bush… Today I spun...

A first glimpse of SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer

A first glimpse of SQL Sentry's Plan Explorer

Yesterday, Greg Gonzalez (blog | twitter) announced a beta project for SQL Sentry's latest offering: Plan Explorer.  I have been playing with the early versions of the beta, and I can tell you that...

New SQL Server cumulative updates for SQL Server 2005 SP3 & 2008 R2 are here

New SQL Server cumulative updates for SQL Server 2005 SP3 & 2008 R2 are here

Today Microsoft has released two updates for SQL Server.  Listed below are the two updates, the blog posts from the SQL Server Release Services team, and the KB articles where you can read about...

Moving on up… but not to the East Side

Moving on up… but not to the East Side

It is with both sadness and excitement that I am announcing I am leaving my position as Senior Data Architect at OTO Labs. The sadness comes because I am leaving behind a great company...