Leadership – Strengths and Weaknesses

Leadership – Strengths and Weaknesses As part of my attempt to grow as a leader I took the StrengthsFinder survey. I got this one from the Go Lead Idaho sessions I am attending. It’s based on a Gallup survey and is all based on self-assessment. It was a quick and painless survey with clear, concise…

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SQL PASS: All the Magic Knobs – Tools

SQL PASS: All the Magic Knobs – Tools In my All the Magic Knobs talk at #SQLPASS 2011 I discussed some easy ways to determine if you’re using some of the performance magic for SQL Server. When you have many consolidated, non-tier 1 databases you don’t have a lot of control over, the best way…

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Leadership – Taking Feedback

Leadership – Taking Feedback As you may have seen from my other blogs, I’m taking leadership courses and trying to stretch and define myself. It is hard work but I think it is going to be well worth the trouble. I’m getting great input from many sources and writing about it helps me think it…

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Leadership – What Does It Mean?

Leadership – What Does It Mean? What is a leader? Are you a leader? Do you have to be a people manager to be a leader? Do you care about leadership? These are all questions I’ve faced recently. I’m attending some leadership training and I’m doing a lot of introspection. When I got to the…

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SQLPASS: Are You Smarter Than an MCM? VLF Demos

Are You Smarter Than an MCM?  I had a great time on Wednesday co-presenting with some great SQL peeps! We dressed up, had a lot of fun, and shared a few technical tips along the way. My demo was on VLFs, an often forgotten and/or misunderstood part of the transaction log technology. The demo files…

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SQL PASS: All the Magic Knobs

SQL PASS 2011 DBA-319-C #SQLPASS All the Magic Knobs – Low Effort, High Return Tuning Key points covered: Power Savings = High Performance Smart Virtualization Enough Hardware Control other apps, filter drivers Optimize for ad hoc workloads = ON Compression = ON Set LPIM + Max Server Memory Pre-size files, avoid shrink and autogrow Fast…

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