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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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Defragmentation Proven to Completely Fix Performance Issues 01 Apr 2015
SPRINGFIELD – Local systems administrator Jackie Toole was carried through city streets today on the backs of ecstatic Acme Tooling employees. For months, Acme’s accounting department had complained of slow performance in their payroll application. “Saving a new hire took minutes, ...

Microsoft Partners with Taco Bell for Naming Rights 01 Apr 2015
REDMOND, WA – Microsoft announced today that SQL Server vNext’s editions will be named by their new marketing partner, Taco Bell. “We’re excited that SQL Server Supreme Edition is now our top-of-the-line product, replacing Enterprise Edition. When you hunger for warm, ...

Online Index Creation and Cruel Defaults 31 Mar 2015
Have you ever been watching queries crawl, feeling sort of helpless because you can’t change them? And even if you could, it’s hitting a new custom column in an ISV table that no one bothered to tell you about. I’ve … Continue reading → Meet the new guy on the team, ...

Foreign Keys in SQL Server (video) 30 Mar 2015
Learn the basics of Foreign Keys in SQL Server: trust, join elimination, cascading deletes, and indexing child keys. Limited on time? Check out the Table of Contents below. Table of Contents: 03:46 – Foreign keys change performance 04:12 – Let’s … Continue reading → Meet the ...

Upgrading to SQL Server 2014: Frequently Asked Questions 26 Mar 2015
Can I upgrade an existing instance without migrating? This is nothing against SQL Server 2014, but I can’t stand in-place upgrades. Over the years I’ve had in-place upgrades work flawlessly on a few instances, and then had an install issue … Continue reading → Meet the new ...