I am a SQL Server Premier Field Engineer who has been with Microsoft since March, 2011. Before joining Microsoft, I worked as a DBA for over 13 years. My primary technical expertise is with SQL Server (starting with version 6.0), but I have also managed DB2, Sybase, and Oracle systems. Most of the systems I have supported have been large scale OLTP applications in the financial services industry. Within SQL Server, I have gained many years of experience with HA/DR solutions (clustering, mirroring, log shipping), performance tuning, T-SQL development, database migrations, Service Broker, and SSIS. I made the move to Microsoft to deepen my expertise in these areas as well as broaden my skillset within other areas of SQL. I also hope to get to work with many different types of applications and customers. My goal with this blog is to share tips, techniques, and experiences that have helped me in the past as a production DBA in the trenches and now as a PFE in the field with customers.