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  • Quick and Dirty PowerShell SQL Server Load Test

    Today I wanted to share a very short PowerShell script that can be used to simulate running multiple clients against a SQL Server, for simple performance or hardware testing. One thing I love about PowerShell is that so many functions and features are pre-built and easily accessible that I have to write very little code to accomplish a lot. This ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on July 12, 2013
  • T-SQL Tuesday #004: Real World SSD’s

    A contribution for T-SQL Tuesday #004, hosted by the illustrious Mike Walsh! In the past few weeks I had some correspondence with Kendal Van Dyke leading up to his SQL Saturday presentation on SSDs, and he got me fired up to share a little of my team’s experience with a real implementation. Over the past four months or so, our IT group at work ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on March 8, 2010
  • New Toys (Ho! Ho! Ho!)

    So, I am just writing because I am excited about some new toys we're setting up at work: I've got three new Nehalem-based SQL servers connected to our first storage array with solid state disks (it actually has three tiers of storage: SSD, FC and SATA). Looking forward to screaming fast reads for our data warehouse/BI setup, as well as ...
    Posted to Merrill Aldrich (Weblog) by merrillaldrich on December 17, 2009
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