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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What Gear Do I Need to Make Technical Videos? 24 Nov 2015
Brace yourselves. Our Black Friday sale is coming. Today, I’m going to answer the #1 question I get when it comes to making technical videos: “What gear do I need to make my own videos?” I’ve put together three lists based on different levels of experience and production ...

Angie Walker Joins Brent Ozar Unlimited 23 Nov 2015
Brace yourselves. Our Black Friday sale is coming. Brent says: remember a couple months back when we announced that we were hiring a SQL Server Triage Specialist? We’re really proud to welcome Angie Walker to our funky little medical team. When you bring us in for a SQL Critical Care®, Angie ...

SQL Server 2012 SP3 Adds Memory Grant and Performance Features 23 Nov 2015
Brace yourselves. Our Black Friday sale is coming. SQL Server 2012 SP3 has just been freshly released! Not only does this release contain bug fixes, it also contains a slew of performance tuning related features. Many of these features are about memory grants. This is NOT the memory … ...

Stop People From Changing Tables with This One Trick 19 Nov 2015
Brace yourselves. Our Black Friday sale is coming. Developers hate his bad idea jeans: CREATE VIEW dbo.StopThemDead WITH SCHEMABINDING AS SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.Table1 UNION ALL SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.Table2 UNION ALL.... Presto, the schemabinding option means no one can change the underlying ...

Why is SQL Server Slow Sometimes – But Only Sometimes? 17 Nov 2015
Brace yourselves. Our Black Friday sale is coming. Have you got a SQL Server that usually performs just fine, but every now and then, everything falls to pieces? Users complain about performance, and then minutes – or hours – later, the problem just mysteriously solves itself? ...