SQL Server with Mr. Denny:

May, 2010

May 31, 2010  11:00 AM

You might be better off aligning your partitions on the server than the array

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Disk Alignment

Hopefully by now everyone knows that they should be aligning your disks.  Now when you use a Storage Array to present the LUNs to the server you may have the option of offsetting the LUN so that you don't need to offset the disk.  If you don't plan on using any of the advanced clone or snapshot...

May 27, 2010  11:00 AM

When using an EMC CX array don’t plan on changing the port that you use for MirrorView

Posted by: Denny Cherry

If you are using an EMC CX storage array, and you plan on using MirrorView to replicate data between two storage arrays there are a few catches which you need to keep in mind that aren't all that obvious unless you read through literally hundreds of pages of documentation. When you go to use...

May 24, 2010  11:00 AM

How do I know if I should be using RAID 5 or not?

Posted by: Denny Cherry

One of the big questions out there is how do I know if I should use RAID 5, or RAID 10, or something else? The answer is usually something abstract like "if you have a lot of writes then use RAID 10, otherwise use RAID 5".  We'll I've finely gotten some numbers from someone.  These numbers are...

May 20, 2010  11:00 AM

When joining fiber switches together you won’t get the bandwidth you think over that link cable.

Posted by: Denny Cherry

So you're going along with your work and you need to add a new server to your fiber channel switches.  However you don't have any more ports left on the switch.  You've got two options, buy two new switches and link each pair of switches (first existing switch to one new switch, second existing...

May 17, 2010  11:00 AM

Telecommuting is awesome, except when it sucks.

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Brent Ozar, Professional Development

Telecommuting is the holy grail of IT work. You save a ton of money on gas, and you don't have to work in a cube farm. You can decorate however you see fit and wear what ever you'd like to (or as little as you'd like to) when you work. However everything isn't all roses and puppy dogs...

May 15, 2010  12:59 AM

EMC World Day 4 (The final day)

Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC World, EMC World 2010, Samuel Adams, Tech Ed, Tech Ed 2010

Well yesterday was the final day of EMC World 2010. This was a great conference (see posts for Days -1, 0,

May 13, 2010  7:31 PM

And the winner is…

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Evals, SSWUG

I just received an email from Stephen who runs the SSWUG Virtual Conference that my Storage for the DBA session that I gave at the recent Virtual Conference was voted as the "Best of Show". I'd just like to thank everyone who attended my session (especially those...

May 13, 2010  4:39 PM

EMC World Day 3

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Celerra, EMC World, EMC World 2010, Emulex, Exchange 2010, FAST, VMware, Xsigo

Yesterday was Day 3 of EMC World, and there were more great sessions packed full of technical information.  Yesterday was also the last day of the exhibit hall being open so it was Apple iPad giveaway day as well, sadly I didn't win one. The first session that I want to recap here was the SAN...

May 12, 2010  8:16 PM

EMC World Day 2 (2010)

Posted by: Denny Cherry
Bob Ward, Bruce Zimmerman, CLARiiON, EMC World, EMC World 2010, VMware

So yesterday was Day 2 of EMC World, and my body is really starting to feel it.  All the sessions today were top notch sessions. The first session yesterday was by Bruce Zimmerman.  For those of you in the SQL Server community that are reading this Bruce is to the EMC Storage community as Bob...

May 11, 2010  9:02 PM

EMC World Day 1

Posted by: Denny Cherry
EMC World, EMC World 2010

So yesterday was day 1 of EMC World.  I attended some great sessions (and one not so great one). The first session that I hit was the futures for the EMC CLARiiON's FLARE software.  For those that don't know what FLARE is, FLARE is the software which runs the array and handles all the...

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