Registration for Advanced Certification Programs is easier than ever!

The Advanced Certification team at Microsoft is pleased to announce a new,streamlined registration process for individuals applying for the MicrosoftCertified Master (MCM) or Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) trainingprograms. In an ongoing effort to improve your overall registration experience, theAdvanced Certification team at Microsoft is transitioning our currently hostedregistration portal to a new system managed exclusively…


Episode 2 Now Live!

The second episode of the web reality show Be the Next Microsoft Employee  #bethenext is now live! Check it out here…. There are several other suppliemental videos here: (Two magic tricks and one interview) The interview   Links to my magic stuff      


Guest Judge For Be The Next Microsoft Employee

I’m a guest judge on new reality show, #bethenext Microsoft Employee, for a #SQLserver challenge! Sneak-peek:


Tech Ed 2012 – A 20th Anniversary Celebration. Wish you were here!

Tech Ed has been wonderful this year, a chance to meet up with old friends, make new old friends and talk about SQL Server. My session DBI410 – SQL Power Tools: Enhance Your Effectiveness with Extended Events was well attended with much interest and great questions. Thanks to those of you who attended. Please be…


Its been a while for a new tool…

Watch for the announcement at Tech Ed and Tech Ed Europe! The new tool will be named SQLPie. I would love to hear thoughts on what it might be boB


I have contributed to two new upcomgin MSPress Titles

I was the technical reviewer for William Stanek’s SQL Server 2012 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant I am currently the techmical reviewer fpr tje Tranining Kit for Exam 70-462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database. Due to an illnes I am also now an author for this title. Be sure to check them out when they are available.  


Tidying up my Twitter accounts

In the past I have used one Twitter account to tweet about SQL Server, my magic and my mentalism. I am tidying up and here are the twitter accounts to follow: @MajikbyboB – related to performances, news about my magic career @ClscClairvoyant – realted to performances and and news about my Mentalism career The one you…


Obtaining actual Request Durations with the StorPort driver logging HotFix

Here is a common scenario – you are performing a benchmark operation. You run your PerfMon file through the PAL tool ( You are seeing massive disk queuing, high latency, high privleged processor time. You talk to your SAN engineers and they tell you that all is good on the SAN – it must be…


Wow – how could I forget?

I was in Atlanta uyesterday speaking as part of the SQL Server Special Ops Tour – we had overflow audience. We had about 275 registered and 340 showed up! If you have to live in Columbus, OH I will be there on March 13th and in Boston, MA on March 28th…   Check it all…


The holidays are over – back to work!

I plan on releasing the next installment of The Extended Events series on Monday so watch for that. I finished up my work as the technical reviewer on William Stanek’s book Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant – the ISBN is 978-0-7356-6376-3 which will be released at the end of February.