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
Brent Ozar has submitted 5 sessions for SQLBits XIV, although the agenda hasn't been chosen yet. See all submitted sessions.

Pending Sessions

You're using Profiler to trace queries, but you feel like you're still missing something. In just one hour, Brent Ozar will show you how to use much better free, easy tools to catch the killer queries lurking in the shadows.
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 store data in SQL Server, but you don't have enough work to keep a full-time DBA busy. In just one session, you'll learn the basics of performance troubleshooting, backup, index tuning, and security from Brent Ozar, recovering developer.
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.
This is not one of those career sessions that tells you to be friendly and network - forget that. Brent Ozar will explain why shaking hands doesn't work, what web page you should build right now, and how to get started with his 3-year career plan.

Previous Sessions

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.

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New Online Instructor-Led Course: Database Maintenance Starter Kit 26 Nov 2014
We’re changing things up a little bit. Jes Schultz Borland and I are offering a brand new course that combines two things we love: Video training where you can learn anytime A live instructor-led discussion for a small class of … Continue reading → Announcing our Black Friday 2015 Sale.

How many CPUs is my parallel query using in SQL Server? 26 Nov 2014
Parallelism can be confusing. A single query can have multiple operators that run at the same time. Each of these operators may decide to use multiple threads. You set SQL Server’s “max degree of parallelism” to control the number of … Continue reading → Announcing our ...

How Would You Change AlwaysOn Availability Groups? 25 Nov 2014
SQL Server 2012 introduced AlwaysOn Availability Groups, a way to achieve high availability, disaster recovery, and scale-out reads. SQL 2014 brought some improvements around higher uptime and more scale-out, and all signs point to continued improvements in the next version … Continue reading ...

Oracle HA & DR Basics [With Video] 24 Nov 2014
Oracle has different availability and recovery options from SQL Server. Being aware of what these options are and how you can use them will go a long way toward keeping your Oracle boxes just as safe as your SQL Server … Continue reading → Announcing our Black Friday 2015 Sale.

Reading the New Fast Track Reference Architectures from HP & EMC 20 Nov 2014
James Serra caught three new SQL Server 2014 Fast Track Data Warehouse Reference Architecture designs released by EMC, HP, and Lenovo. I love reading these because they show each vendor’s state-of-the-art storage infrastructure. Two of them have remarkably similar goals – … ...