Mark Broadbent

Speaker Abstract: Mark Broadbent is a SQL Server MCM and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with more than 17 years of experience working with SQL Server and owner of SQLCloud, a consultancy specialising in concurrency control and highly available solutions. He is the founder of the UK's SQLSaturday Cambridge (its first and largest), SharePoint Saturday Cambridge and East Anglia SQL Server User Group -an official PASS Chapter. Mark also runs the Hybrid Virtual Chapter and is a founding member of SQL Nexus -an international SQL Server focused event.

Mark has presented at over 50 events around the world and is a strong supporter of the Global IT Community.
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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.
Welcome to the strange and mysterious world of SQL Server Failover Clustering and enter Ye Olde Cluster Curiosity Shoppe where we will reveal a miscellany of top tips, tricks and advice gained from nearly two decades of installing and troubleshooting
Enter the world of SQL Server concurrency to experience the age old problem of Locking, Blocking and Deadlocking. Let's investigate pessimistic isolation and whether optimistic concurrency could be the answer to all our problems or the last resort.

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Big up to Karla! 12 Jul 2016
Well the day I’ve been dreading for the last few weeks has finally arrived, and it is with great sadness and joy to read Karla’s announcement that she will be leaving her current role in the PASS family. Sadness because … Continue reading →

Using the new Azure Dashboard favourites and tiles 29 Feb 2016
The new Azure Portal represents a huge improvement over the old Classic Azure Portal in terms of User eXperience and performance. If you were used to the old portal you’ll most probably have got to like the quirks and simplicity, … Continue reading →

Goodbye Oracle VC but hello… 22 Jan 2016
It is with a tinge of sadness that we announce the Oracle Virtual Chapter is no more, but do not despair, all is not lost! Background Around 14 months ago the leadership of the Oracle Virtual Chapter changed hands after … Continue reading →

Problem removing files from TempDB 13 Jan 2016
I recently ran into an interesting problem while attempting to remove approximately half of the TempDB data files configured in a testing environment. As you might expect, there are various SQL Server tasks that are performed infrequently by a DBA, and this is … Continue reading →

Have you submitted to SQL Nexus yet? 07 Jan 2016
If you have not already heard, SQL Nexus (a next generation SQL Server focused event) will be held on May 2nd – 4th 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The “idea” for SQL Nexus (w|t) was first conceived in 2012 more as a … Continue reading →