Mark Broadbent

Mark Broadbent is a SQL Server MCM and speaker with extensive experience working with numerous HADR & upgrade solutions and deployments. In 2011 he was awarded Microsoft's Community Contributor award and in 2012 also received the PASS Outstanding Volunteer award. Mark currently serves as a PASS UK Regional Mentor, is the founder and event lead to SQLSaturday Cambridge (the UK's first SQLSaturday) and runs the Cambridgeshire SQL User Group which is a PASS Chapter. He has previously presented at SQLBits 7/8/9/X/XI, SQLRally 1/2, SQLRelay, PASS Summit 2011/12 and SQLSaturday's Lisbon, Dublin, Edinburgh, New York, Cambridge and Portland.

Generalize your skills so you can specialize on SQL Server.
Are you uncomfortable with the idea of SQL Server Clustering? Do you currently use it and are scared to go near your Clustered Instances and their physical hosts? Stop worrying and learn the "Dark Art" of SQL Server Cluster administration.
In this session we will investigate SQL Server concurrency and reveal some very surprising and thought provoking behaviors.
In this session we shall demonstrate configuration, installation and administration of SQL Server 2012 on Server 2008R2 Core. We shall discuss Command line and PowerShell configuration, Installation of SQL, Remote Administration and Clustering.
Upgrading SQL Server is one of the most challenging and risky operations that you will perform as a DBA. Make the wrong move, and you could be heading for the exit. In this diverse session, we'll take an in-depth look at moving to SQL Server 2012.
Has your SQL Server or Databases been taken over by a malevolent force? Worry not, for we shall open the pages of The Necronomicon, SQL Server Book of the Dead, and through its Ancient scripture and verse resurrect them back to life.
Welcome to the strange and mysterious world of SQL Server Failover Clustering and enter Ye Olde Cluster Curiosity Shoppe where we will reveal a miscellany of top tips, tricks and advice gained from nearly two decades of installing and troubleshooting

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Bitesize SSIS: Passing SSIS variables into script components 30 Nov 2015
I hate SSIS. It seems to me that it is full of certain nuances and unless you are regularly developing SSIS packages, they are easy to forget or it is easy to miss specific important steps. I first started using SSIS back … Continue reading →

7 Days of PASS – Day 7 04 Nov 2015
I wake at 3 a.m. to find my plan of preparing my sessions into the late evening in tatters having completely crashed and burned after the huge meal the night before. My main session is scheduled to be delivered at … Continue reading →

7 Days of PASS – Day 6 03 Nov 2015
It’s my 2nd and final day on the Blogger Table and also the 2nd day of the Summit proper. This time I am seated at the opposite end of the table to the day before and soon after sitting down … Continue reading →

7 Days of PASS – Day 5 29 Oct 2015
Today is the first day proper of the Summit and I am scheduled to be on the Blogger table again which means an early start for me. I need some breakfast but am running out of time so for the … Continue reading →

7 Days of PASS – Day 4 28 Oct 2015
Another day, another dawn, but somebody forgot to tell my body that what has gone has gone. I feel pretty bad from yesterday’s alcoholic Molotov concoctions and have been up since 2.30 a.m. unable to sleep with jet-lag and over … Continue reading →