Mark Broadbent

Mark Broadbent is a SQL Server MCM and speaker with extensive experience working with numerous HADR & upgrade solutions and deployments. In 2011 he was awarded Microsoft's Community Contributor award and in 2012 also received the PASS Outstanding Volunteer award. Mark currently serves as a PASS UK Regional Mentor, is the founder and event lead to SQLSaturday Cambridge (the UK's first SQLSaturday) and runs the Cambridgeshire SQL User Group which is a PASS Chapter. He has previously presented at SQLBits 7/8/9/X/XI, SQLRally 1/2, SQLRelay, PASS Summit 2011/12 and SQLSaturday's Lisbon, Dublin, Edinburgh, New York, Cambridge and Portland.

Generalize your skills so you can specialize on SQL Server.
Are you uncomfortable with the idea of SQL Server Clustering? Do you currently use it and are scared to go near your Clustered Instances and their physical hosts? Stop worrying and learn the "Dark Art" of SQL Server Cluster administration.
In this session we will investigate SQL Server concurrency and reveal some very surprising and thought provoking behaviors.
In this session we shall demonstrate configuration, installation and administration of SQL Server 2012 on Server 2008R2 Core. We shall discuss Command line and PowerShell configuration, Installation of SQL, Remote Administration and Clustering.
Upgrading SQL Server is one of the most challenging and risky operations that you will perform as a DBA. Make the wrong move, and you could be heading for the exit. In this diverse session, we'll take an in-depth look at moving to SQL Server 2012.
Has your SQL Server or Databases been taken over by a malevolent force? Worry not, for we shall open the pages of The Necronomicon, SQL Server Book of the Dead, and through its Ancient scripture and verse resurrect them back to life.

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VIEW, Pugh, Barney McGrew… 18 Jun 2014
…Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub. I never ceases to amaze me that there is always that little bit of SQL Server functionality that you didn’t know about. Some of it good and some of it bad, some of it just meh… The … Continue reading →

Who is watching the Watchmen? 03 Jun 2014
It is funny, but when I first decided to put myself forward for the Nominations Committee this year, I didn’t realize that the whole process would turn into a Campaign for Election. It really goes against much of what I stand … Continue reading →

Your Country Needs You! PASS NomCom is announced. 28 May 2014
(Please also check out my latest post on the NomCom election found here) If you haven’t already heard, the official slate for the 2014  NomCom committee has been finalized and published by the Professional Association for SQL Server (that’s PASS to … Continue reading →

10 reasons why I HAte you! 25 Apr 2014
(or My Top Ten High Availability annoyances) Designing, planning, deploying, administrating and recovering (known from now on as DePlanDeAR – and pronounced in the tone of a Caribbean Grandma :) ) a SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) solution is really … Continue ...

Inside SQLSaturday: Niko Neugebauer & SQLSaturday Lisbon 07 Apr 2014
Welcome to the second thrilling ;) instalment of Inside SQLSaturday, and today I am joined by Portugal’s very own Niko Neugebauer (web|twitter). Niko is the event lead to SQLSaturday Lisbon which holds the honour of being the first SQLSaturday *ever* … Continue reading →