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  • Database Trends & Applications column: Database Benchmarking from A to Z

    Have you heard of the monthly print and web magazine Database Trends & Applications (DBTA)? Did you know I'm the regular columnist covering SQL Server?  For the past six months, I've been writing a series of articles about database benchmarking culminating in the latest article discussing my three favorite database ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 24, 2013
  • New On-Line Resources for Windows, Virtualization, and Cloud!

    Ever since returning from the UK for the SQLBits conference, I've been snowed under a mountain of action items.  I've got such a backlog of things to get done, emails to answer, and family to not ignore that I'm starting to feel really guilty.  So with that in mind, I wanted to whip out a quick blog post to let you know I'm ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 22, 2013
  • Learn More About SQL Server IO and Query Tuning in These Webcasts

    I'm doing two new webcasts next week on Wednesday, December 19th, one in the morning and the other after lunch.   SSDs are a Game Changer for SQL Server Storage No, session is not exclusively about SSDs.  But this is my first session on IO and storage tuning that emphasizes SSDs over hard disks.  As Bob Dylan said ''Times, they ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 14, 2012
  • Let's Talk Licensing and Virtualization for SQL Server

    I have two new articles up on Database Trends & Applications magazine.  I'd love to get your thoughts and feedback!Welcome to the Weird, Wild World of SQL Server LicensingNot long in the past, SQL Server licensing was an easy and straightforward process. You used to take one of a few paths to get your SQL Server licenses. The first ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 13, 2012
  • Conquer Your Fear of Virtualization with a Free Day of Training at PASS!

    Click this link to register: http://www.houseofbrick.com/education/sqlserverbootcamp/Registration. Presented by my buddy, David Klee at House of Brick, one of the nations top VMWare consultancies specializing in Oracle and SQL Server deployments. David has a great write-up of this boot camp ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 18, 2012
  • Build Your Own Microsoft Operations Manager Pack

    Operations Manager Management Pack Development KitI just recently told you about some cool new things happening with System Center - before I stumbled across this tidbit.  Hey, if I could, I'd go back in time and add this entry to the previous one --- yeah, and totally NOT play the stock market to make a fortune through time travel. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 3, 2012
  • How is Microsoft IT using the Cloud?

    Steve Balmer very publicly pronounced that Microsoft was “all in” for cloud computing and Windows Azure.  So that means Microsoft is using cloud for its internal IT as well as building products to utilize the cloud.  If you want to learn how Microsoft IT is using Windows Azure to move existing applications to the cloud and creating new ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 2, 2012
  • New White Paper: SQL Server Extended Events and Notifications

    SQL Server comes with a wide array of tools for monitoring your environment. There are logs and traces that provide information when errors occur, but these are often used passively to react to events that have already occurred.  There's PerfMon, and Profiler, and loads of Dynamic Management Views to check.  But where to look? As ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 25, 2012
  • New on "Database Trends & Applications"

    In last month's column, ''2012 Might Really Be the End of the World as We Know It,'' I described a number of major developments in the IT industry that are likely to disrupt the life of database professionals everywhere.  I categorize those four disruptors - virtualization, cloud computing, solid state drives (SSD), and advanced ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 16, 2011
  • Microsoft Document Watch for Operational Excellence

    Back when my day-to-day duties included database administration work and enterprise architecture, I became rather obsessed with the idea of operational excellence. I read everything I could on the topic. I made a list of favorites, which became somewhat shabby over time, as I dog-eared important pages and scribbled notes in the margins. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 8, 2011
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