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

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, for a sarcastic, funny look at SQL Server 2014's "features" and bugs.

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Getting JSON out of SQL Server 28 Aug 2015
SQL Server 2016 brings support for JSON. For those of you who don’t know, JSON is JavaScript Object Notation – it’s a way of representing application level objects as a string. Imagine XML without anywhere near as much line noise, … Continue reading → Version 2.0 of ...

Fake moustaches, barbecue, and SQL Server. 27 Aug 2015
Must be Dell DBA Days: Join us live as we performance tune – and break – SQL Servers: Thursday Morning: Finding Your Slow SQL Server’s Bottlenecks in Record Time with Wait Stats Thursday Afternoon: How to Prove Hardware is the … Continue reading → Version 2.0 of our ...

Is leading an index with a BIT column always bad? 26 Aug 2015
“Throughout history, slow queries are the normal condition of man. Indexes which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost … Continue reading → Version 2.0 of our online ...

Bieber Decisions: The Top 5 Mistakes DBAs Regret Later 25 Aug 2015
5. Turning on auto-shrink It might make disk space alerts go away for a minute, but it can cause lots of problems. 4. Enabling xp_cmdshell and giving the SQL Server account administrative rights in Windows Young DBAs often do this … Continue reading → Version 2.0 of our online training ...

New and Improved: Relaunching Our Online Training – With a Daily Deals Sale 24 Aug 2015
About two years ago, we launched our online training classes, and you loved ’em. We sold thousands and it became a pretty big part of our business. We’ve launched our all-new online training video store with features like: Comments – so you can … Continue reading ...