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  • Four New Slide Decks for SQL Server and IT Pros from the DevLink 2014 Conference

    I always enjoy presenting at the DevLink conference, presented each summer in middle Tennessee.  This year, I'm trying to be a better social media person and actually post my slides (in their most recent forms) on my SlideShare account for everyone to see and share. If you attended my session(s) and enjoyed them, feel free to ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 29, 2014
  • Wait Statistics in Microsoft SQL Server

     (Originally appearing at http://kevinekline.com/2013/10/09/wait-statistics-in-sql-server/).When it comes to troubleshooting in relational databases, there's no better place to start than wait statistics.  In a nutshell, a wait statistic is an internal counter that tells you how long the database spent waiting for a particular ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on October 9, 2013
  • Squishy Limits in SQL Server Express Edition

    It's an old story you've probably heard before.  Provide a free version of your software product with strict limitations on performance or other specific capabilities so that folks can give it a try without risk, while you minimize the chance of cannibalizing sales of your commercial products.  Microsoft has take this strategy ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 28, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • How Do You SKU?

    I’d like your opinion here. Follow my logic here for a moment as I walk through a couple rhetorical questions.  Have you ever had a friend developed an application entirely on SQL Server Developer Edition?  (Not that YOU would ever do such a thing, but maybe you know someone who has. Right?) And has your friend’s IT department ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 30, 2011
  • Back in Atlanta! Wed, Feb 9 2011

    I always enjoy spending time with my friends from Atlanta, as well as meeting folks and making new friends. If you live in the Atlanta area, I hope you'll join me on the evening of Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. Details are at the Atlanta SQL Server user group website. It's common knowledge that I have a terrible memory for many ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 7, 2011
  • New on KEK.com - Presentation: SQL Server for Oracle DBAs

    Back in late May, my pal Buck Woody (blog | twitter) and I presented SQL Server for the Oracle DBA.  Buck played Jerry Lewis' role, while I played the straight man a la Dean Martin.  You can see the recording and slide deck here.  Since both Buck and I spent a considerable number of years working on Oracle, we felt like we had ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 2, 2010
  • Two Free Training Webcasts Open for Registration

    We've got two sessions that you need to sign up for right away.  The upcoming webcast for Oracle-oriented folks has huge registration numbers.  So get in while you still can before we hit the limit of what LiveMeeting can handle. Pain of the Week: SQL Server for the Oracle DBA Webcast: SQL Server for the Oracle DBADate: ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 24, 2010
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