Brent Ozar

Brent Ozar specializes in making SQL Server faster and more reliable.   He's a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server and MVP, and he has over a decade of experience.  He coauthored Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting, created sp_Blitz® and sp_AskBrent®, and he loves sharing knowledge at

Making your T-SQL fast isn't really all that different from building and driving race cars. Learn lessons from racing icons that you can apply right away in your databases.
Got a slow application or server, and not sure where to start? Brent will explain how to use the two most popular free tools and how to read their results.
These two technologies can make a very big – and very bad – difference in how your SQL Server performs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the real, honest lowdown from a virtualization administrator, a SAN administrator, and a DBA? Wouldn’t it be even better if one person had done all three, and could give you the pros and cons of each point of view? That person is Brent Ozar, a Microsoft Certified Master who’s been there and done that.
PANIC IN THE DATACENTER! Your databases are approaching - or surpassed - the Terrible Terabyte mark. You're pouring money into the SAN, but your data isn't pouring back out as fast as you want. You're terrified to DBCCs or index maintenance because everything takes forever, and you don't have big maintenance windows.
You don't buy a lot of servers, but you're about to deploy SQL Server, and you only get one chance to make it right. Brent Ozar will boil down everything you need to know into just a few simple decisions including SQL Edition, sockets, and RAM.
How does SQL Server build results? We'll role play: Brent Ozar will be an end user sending in queries, and you'll be SQL Server. This session is for people who are comfortable writing queries, but not with indexes, statistics, and sargability.
Ever wonder how someone else does it? There’s no right way or wrong way, but in this session you can peer over Brent’s shoulder (virtually) while he takes a few Stack Overflow queries and tries various techniques to make them faster.
You're a DBA who's struggled with Perfmon metrics and Profiler. You're facing a sea of confusing numbers, and you don't know where to focus first. Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will give you a friendly introduction to wait statistics.
You're hearing a lot about the new features in SQL Server, but you're not hearing a lot about the drawbacks. Ever wonder why? Join Brent Ozar, the guy behind, for a sarcastic, funny look at SQL Server 2014's "features" and bugs.

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Free Training on Indexes, Clusters, Availability Groups, and Database Mirroring 01 May 2015
Want to brush up your skills on SQL Server over the next few months? We’ve got free webcasts coming your way from May to August! Don’t miss out, register today and get these free events on your calendar right away. … Continue reading → Don't want to travel? We'll bring the ...

New sp_Blitz® and sp_BlitzCache® Updates 30 Apr 2015
Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of updating his DMV queries. sp_Blitz®, our free health check stored procedure, brings several new checks and a whole crop of fixes and improvements. I’d like to call your attention … Continue reading → Don't ...

Basic VMware and Hyper-V Terminology for the SQL Server DBA 29 Apr 2015
SQL Server DBAs often need to work with virtualization– and frequently need to work with multiple virtualization platforms. Many platforms have similar features, but they often have different names, and it’s hard to remember what everything’s called. I’ve got a … ...

Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Simplified into 7 Rules 28 Apr 2015
Licensing is really complex, but as long as you know these seven rules, you can go a long way: If you query it, you have to license it. “It” means the Windows environment – all of the processor cores that Windows … Continue reading → Don't want to travel? We'll bring ...

Should You Be a SQL Server DBA? (video) 27 Apr 2015
Have you ever wondered if you should be a SQL Server Database Administrator? If you think this might be the right career path for you, watch this video and take our quiz! Got limited time or need to restart the … Continue reading → Don't want to travel? We'll bring the training class to ...