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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.

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How SQL Server Licensing Works [Video] 29 Sep 2014
You have a sneaking suspicion that your servers aren’t all paid for, and you need to get a rough idea of how SQL Server licensing works. You’ve never bought a box of SQL Server before, and you have no idea … Continue reading → All our scripts, checklists, posters, and e-books are now ...

Change Your #SQLPASS Password Right Now. 28 Sep 2014
What you need to do: log into and change your password. If you use the same password anywhere else, change it on all of those sites immediately as well. Why you need to do it: anytime you ever logged … Continue reading → All our scripts, checklists, posters, and e-books are ...

The Second Concern for SQL Server Virtualization: Recoverability 25 Sep 2014
Your first concern is licensing, and once you’ve got that under control, it’s time to talk about backups, restores, and uptime. The business begins by defining the RPO and RTO requirements for high availability, disaster recovery, and “oops” deletions. Use … Continue ...

Is it Cheating to Solve A Performance Problem By Adding Memory? 24 Sep 2014
We had a comment recently on Five Things That Fix Bad SQL Server Performance that got me thinking. The comment came from a frustrated system administrator, who wrote: Chucking resources at a problem is not solving that problem, it’s just temporarily … Continue reading → All our scripts, ...

Is Azure Really 60% Faster? 23 Sep 2014
Microsoft just announced a new round of D-grade VMs that have 60% faster CPU and local SSD than can go up to 7,000 IOPS in a canned IOmeter test. Before jumping to conclusions or, even worse, picking a cloud provider, … Continue reading → All our scripts, checklists, posters, and ...