Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge performance work, & of course flipping the…

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SQL CAT New Whitepaper: Data Compression: Strategy, Capacity Planning and Best Practices by Sanjay Mishra, et al.

Data Compression: Strategy, Capacity Planning and Best Practices Hot off the presses, the SQL CAT team has just published a new whitepaper for which I had the opportunity to provide a technical review.  The author is SQL CAT best practices maven Sanjay Mishra.  Contributors include SQL CAT member Sunil Agarwal and architects Marcel van der…

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New Article on SQL CAT: Initializing a Transactional Replication Subscriber from an Array-Based Snapshot by Benjamin Wright-Jones

Preamble I had the opportunity to perform a tech review of a very cool article by Benjamin Wright-Jones:  Initializing a Transactional Replication Subscriber from an Array-Based Snapshot The array of geekly luminaries who contributed include SQL CAT members Prem Mehra & Mike Ruthruff as well as Ken England, Greg Yvkoff, Qun Guo, & Gopal Ashok….

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Architecture Journal: Green IT in Practice: SQL Server Consolidation in Microsoft IT

I’m a lucky guy.  Besides the fact that I’m healthy, alive, & living on the planet earth “in interesting times” as the fortune cookie says, I had the opportunity to contribute to an article which appeared in the Green IT issue of The Architecture Journal: Green IT in Practice: SQL Server Consolidation in Microsoft IThttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/architecture/dd393309.aspx…

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Disk I/O: Microsoft SQL Server on SAN Best Practices from SQL CAT’s Mike Ruthruff (& Prem Mehra)

While at the PASS Community Summit in November 2008, I had the pleasure of attending a handful of excellent presentations.  One of the best was delivered by Mike Ruthruff (& not just because he shilled for my presentation on disk partition alignment later that day—though I suspect he contributed to my session being SRO). Mike…

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SQL Server Schema Best Practices from the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQL CAT)

An authoritative reference on schema usage in SQL Server 2005 is now available. Along with my buddy Joe Sack, it’s been my privilege in the last few months to serve as Technical Reviewer on white papers for the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQL CAT). The latest-&-greatest has been released: SQL Server Best Practices –…

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