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  • Microsoft Windows Platforms Blog Watch

    Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster Grab your own poster! A visual guide to key Remote Desktop Services technologies in Windows Server 2008R2     Virtually Free Get the latest update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 and be sure to bookmark the Windows Virtualization ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 20, 2011
  • Join Performance, Implicit Conversions, and Residuals

    You probably already know that it’s important to be aware of data types when writing queries, and that implicit conversions between types can lead to poor query performance.  Some people have gone so far as to write scripts to search the plan cache for CONVERT_IMPLICIT elements, and others routinely inspect plans for that type of thing when ...
    Posted to Page Free Space (Weblog) by Paul White on July 18, 2011
  • Getting Ahead of the Curve – Big Data

    I have to confess that I'm incredibly excited about BigData. I haven't been this excited about new innovations in IT since relational databases first appeared on the scene early in my career. But what is BigData? Back in those days, I can still feel the echos of adrenaline when I was hired to work on a NASA project that would involve over ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 14, 2011
  • Pain of the Week/Expert's Perspective: Performance Tuning for Backups and Restores

    First off - the Pain of the Week webcast series has been renamed.  It's now known as The Expert's Perspective.  Please join us for future webcasts and, if you're interested in speaking, drop me a note to see if we can get you on the roster! The bigger your databases get, the longer backups take. That doesn't really seem like a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 27, 2011
  • Available Online - SQL Server Training Videos

    Interested in my various performance tuning and troubleshooting videos about SQL Server?  These videos feature my good buddies (and uber-SQL Server experts) Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and Buck Woody (blog | twitter).  View these insight-packed training videos from our SQL Server training events originally presented on ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on June 1, 2011
  • From SQLMag Tool Time Column: SSMS Plug-in News

    I first wrote about Mladen Prajdic's excellent tool in my Tool Time column at SQL Server Magazine HERE. The tool is a nice plug-in to SSMS and definitely worth having. If you’ve never installed it or have only installed an older version, but sure to pick up the newest release. Here’s Mladen’s press release complete with hyperlink for the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 12, 2011
  • New on SQLMag.Com: Update to SP_WHOISACTIVE

    I profiled Adam Machanic's (blog | twitter) excellent stored procedure, SP_WHOISACTIVE, back in August of 2010 in my monthly SQLMag column, Tool Time.  Adam has been diligent about maintaining the tool and adding new features. Read the details on my SQLMag Tool Time column (here - ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 21, 2011
  • Practical Performance Monitoring and Tuning

      My next performance class will be in San Francisco, CA on May 9th thru the 11th. I haven’t been to San Francisco in about 10 years and I am looking forward to getting back there. The material is a bit refined over the first class and I added a few more real world examples so it should be a fun and educational 3 days. If you want to spend a ...
    Posted to Andrew Kelly (Weblog) by Andrew Kelly on April 9, 2011
  • IBM System x3850 X5 TPC-H Benchmark

    IBM just published a TPC-H SF 1000 result for their x3850 X5, 4-way Xeon 7560 system featuring a special MAX5 memory expansion board to support 1.5TB memory. In Dec 2010, IBM also published a TPC-H SF1000 for their Power 780 system, 8-way, quad-core, (4 logical processors per physical core). The figure table below shows TPC-H SF 1000 ...
    Posted to Joe Chang (Weblog) by jchang on March 4, 2011
  • SCOM, 90 days in, III. Stuff to Add

    This is the third installment of a series on our deployment of System Center at my workplace, emphasis on SQL Server MP. At this point we’ve got Operations Manager installed, and up and running, and we’ve been able to categorize all the monitored servers into production, preproduction, test and DR using groups that have dynamic membership rules. ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on March 3, 2011
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