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  • Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

    Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council (www.tpc.org) has already created a large number of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 29, 2013
  • Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

    Let's talk about database application benchmarking.This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade. In this article published in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine, I'll give you a brief introduction to TPC benchmarks and, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 22, 2013
  • The All-New 'Database Lifecycle Management" is available on MSDN

    The initial release of Database Lifecycle Management is now available on MSDN.The site is something called ''curated content''. This means it's a single consolidated location to look up lots of disparate articles and content, all in one easy to search location. This “curated content view” contains the best content, video, and ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 5, 2013
  • Is Microsoft SQL Server Supported By ...?

    One of the types of question you get after speaking at a conference about virtualization, like I did at the 2012 PASS Summit with my buddy David Klee (Twitter | Blog), might go down like this:''Is SQL Server version X supported on hypervisor platform Q?'' or something even more specific like ''Is SQL Server 2012 supported on VMWare ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 19, 2013
  • Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

    In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.  REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of software/technology.I've ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 15, 2013
  • The Year That Was - 2012

    2012 was, simply stated, a year that kicked my butt.  When I wasn't struggling professionally, I was struggling personally.  Health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, and the passing of my father soon after Thanksgiving marked my biggest struggles.  I apologize to those of you who are normally on my Christmas ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2012
  • How To Download Free Sessions From PASS

    For all members of the Professional Association for Server (PASS), are you downloading slides and videos from all sorts of great PASS events?  If not, what are you waiting for ... an invitation?Ok, here it is.  I invite you to download like a madman!  (How a madman downloads, an almost entirely virtual activity, is not the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 28, 2012
  • Quick Tip - Speed a Slow Restore from the Transaction Log

    Here's a quick tip for you:During some restore operations on Microsoft SQL Server, the transaction log redo step might be taking an unusually long time.  Depending somewhat on the version and edition of SQL Server you've installed, you may be able to increase performance by tinkering with the readahead performance for the redo operations. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 14, 2012
  • The Zombie PerfMon Counter That Never Dies! Quick Tip

    The PerfMon Counters That Just Won't DieOne of the things that's simultaneously great and horrible about the Internet is that once something gets posted out in the ether, it basically never goes away.  (Some day, politicians will realize this.  We can easily fact check their consistency).  Because of longevity of content posted to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 8, 2012
  • Recap - SQL Saturday 151 in Orlando

    It's always a feel-good experience for me to return to SQL Saturday in Orlando, the place where SQL Saturdays  were started by Andy Warren (Twitter | Blog).  On this trip, I delivered a full-day, pre-conference seminar on Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning SQL Server.  I also delivered a session on SQL Server ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 2, 2012
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