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Brent Ozar

Brent Ozar specializes in making SQL Server faster and more reliable.   He's a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server and MVP, and he has over a decade of experience.  He coauthored Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting, created sp_Blitz® and sp_AskBrent®, and he loves sharing knowledge at BrentOzar.com.
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Making your T-SQL fast isn't really all that different from building and driving race cars. Learn lessons from racing icons that you can apply right away in your databases.
Got a slow application or server, and not sure where to start? Brent will explain how to use the two most popular free tools and how to read their results.
These two technologies can make a very big – and very bad – difference in how your SQL Server performs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the real, honest lowdown from a virtualization administrator, a SAN administrator, and a DBA? Wouldn’t it be even better if one person had done all three, and could give you the pros and cons of each point of view? That person is Brent Ozar, a Microsoft Certified Master who’s been there and done that.
PANIC IN THE DATACENTER! Your databases are approaching - or surpassed - the Terrible Terabyte mark. You're pouring money into the SAN, but your data isn't pouring back out as fast as you want. You're terrified to DBCCs or index maintenance because everything takes forever, and you don't have big maintenance windows.
You don't buy a lot of servers, but you're about to deploy SQL Server, and you only get one chance to make it right. Brent Ozar will boil down everything you need to know into just a few simple decisions including SQL Edition, sockets, and RAM.
How does SQL Server build results? We'll role play: Brent Ozar will be an end user sending in queries, and you'll be SQL Server. This session is for people who are comfortable writing queries, but not with indexes, statistics, and sargability.
Ever wonder how someone else does it? There’s no right way or wrong way, but in this session you can peer over Brent’s shoulder (virtually) while he takes a few Stack Overflow queries and tries various techniques to make them faster.
You're a DBA who's struggled with Perfmon metrics and Profiler. You're facing a sea of confusing numbers, and you don't know where to focus first. Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will give you a friendly introduction to wait statistics.
You're hearing a lot about the new features in SQL Server, but you're not hearing a lot about the drawbacks. Ever wonder why? Join Brent Ozar, the guy behind DBAreactions.com, for a sarcastic, funny look at SQL Server 2014's "features" and bugs.

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Partitioned Views: A How-To Guide 22 Sep 2016
This is not about table partitioning If you want to learn about that, there’s a whole great list of links here, and the Best Blogger Alive has a tremendous post on why table partitioning won’t make your queries any faster over here. With that out of the way, let’s talk about ...

How to Select Specific Columns in an Entity Framework Query 21 Sep 2016
One of the most frequent complaints that I hear when presenting to DBAs about Entity Framework is that it’s “slow” and that “developers should be endlessly tortured for using it”. Ok, the second part I just made up but the sentiment exists. DBAs just don’t like ...

Asynchronous Database Mirroring vs. Asynchronous Availability Groups 20 Sep 2016
When Database Mirroring came out in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1, we quickly dropped Log Shipping as our Disaster Recovery solution. Log Shipping is a good feature, but I can failover with Asynchronous Database Mirroring faster than I can with Log Shipping. When Always On Availability Groups (AG) ...

[Video] Office Hours 2016/09/14 (With Transcriptions) 19 Sep 2016
This week, Brent, Richie, and Erik discuss execution plans for table value functions, how to prepare for the Senior DBA course, source control software, generating fragmentation, backups, and the new TV shows the team is looking forward to this season. Here’s the video on YouTube: You can register ...

PasteThePlan.com Winners and Sample Plans 19 Sep 2016
When we announced PasteThePlan last week, we wondered what kinds of plans you folks would paste in. Six of you won free Everything Bundles: Ajay Dwivedi Samuel Jones Stefan Gabriel Stephan Schon Steve Armistead Vesa Juvonen But rather than stepping through their plans (which are awesome too), ...