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 I believe I'll be pretty busy, so my typical pie-in-the-sky view of how much I'll be […]

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 this year I wanted to get a jump on where I'll be, and this will help […]

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 analyzing a plan for a relatively simple batch: SELECT * FROM sys.objects;   CREATE TABLE #foo([object_id] […]

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 aren't on his list.  It would be good to have a true community page for this […]

My bucket list

This morning Bob Pusateri a.k.a.@SQLBob (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 of a list of things we'd like to do before we die.  Well, to keep up […]

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 DBAs should be very excited about having this tool in their arsenal.  This is a free […]

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 the fixes and request downloads. SQL Server 2005 SP3 Cumulative Update #12 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2010/10/18/cumulative-update-12-for-sql-server-2005-service-pack-3.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2345449 This release […]

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 and an outstanding team, many of whom I am quite happy to consider friends rather than […]