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.  


Power Tools: Instruction Manual

Just like any good tool man, whenever you get a new tool  The first thing you should do is to read the instruction manual and familiarize yourself with the general operation of the tool. During this first installment, we will do just that. As mentioned we are going to dive into the components that make…


Power Tools: SQL Server 2012 Extended Events

In this series I will examine an important tool in the DBA’s toolbox – Extended Events While Extended Events were present in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, they were not widely adopted as a DBA tool. This was partially due to the fact that prior to SQL Server 2012, there was no UI…


The Tool Man brings you Power Tools…

Starting on December 1st 2011, I will be publishing a series of blog posts that are deep dives into the ‘Power Tools’ that ship with SQL Server 2012. The first series will focus on Extended Events (XEvents) which allows the DBA to perform tasks, troubleshoot problems, and understand the internal workings of SQL Server like…


Compression Estimator to be featured in the September issue of SQL Server Magazine / back from Holiday

Kevin Kline of Quest Software writes a regular column titled ‘Tool Time’ (how is that for synergy). In the September issue he highlights my Compression Estimator. My wife and I spent almost three weeks touring Ireland and Scotland for our 20th anniversary. Now back on the job, and looking forward to producing some new tools….