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.
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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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How to install SharePoint 2013 on Windows 2012R2 30 Mar 2015
If you want to jump straight to the condensed solution, then please feel free to go to the Condensed Installation instructions below. If you find this post useful or have any feedback then please leave me a comment so that I know my … Continue reading →

Changing the boot order of generation 2 Virtual Machines in Systems Center VMM and Hyper-V 24 Feb 2015
On Windows 2012 R2 hosts, Hyper-V introduced the concept of generation 2 Virtual Machines, which provide various benefits and a set of restrictions to those VMs configured in this way. In most cases the performance improvements and functionality they provide make it … Continue reading →

Speaking at SQLBits XIV (after all!) 20 Feb 2015
I don’t think it is a particularly big secret that I am a fan of SQLBits (more posts can be found here). I remember being at the PASS Summit in 2010 and enthusiastically talking about the SQLBits conference to those that cared … Continue reading →

Speaking at SQLSaturday Lisbon 2015 17 Feb 2015
If you ever asked an experienced speaker what is the best formula to follow when starting out on your road to presenting, they would most likely tell you to start small and work your way up to bigger events. First … Continue reading →

Flash not working in Chrome/ Chromium 06 Jan 2015
When Linux works it works well, and when it doesn’t it can be a real pain in the backside. Usually though, the failings are not necessarily the fault of the OS, but more the fault of the way in which … Continue reading →