The Multifunctioning DBA

Jan 13 2012   8:00AM GMT

SQL Server on VM Training

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Not too long ago I was lucky enough to get my work to pay for a training session about SQL Server running on VM. The reason I was able to get this is that my shop was having some latency issues in our SQL Server VM’s.  It took us a long time but we finally tracked down the issue right before the training but I am here to tell you that the training was great and I would recommend it to anyone. By the way, our issue was that we were using concatenated disk and not mirrored disk luns on the SAN. Making that change took us from over 10 seconds, yes seconds, of latency per write on average to less than 30 milliseconds. HUGE improvement. So the training I am referring to is by Brent Ozar and here is a link to his upcoming events. The session that I was able to attend was not a free session so I can not give you a link but I will say that for a four hour presentation, and the ability to re-watch and ask questions later, the price is good. Brent does so much for the SQL Server community for free that I was happy that I was able to pay him for this class. And the class, like I said, was great!! Brent really is an expert and he has a knowledge like few others that I have ever met. He has forgotten more about tech than I bet I will ever know and he has a great style of sharing that knowledge. He gets deep into technical items without putting you to sleep, he is witty and funny and that really does help when you are doing a 4 hour web conference about technical material. Don’t get me wrong, I love this stuff, but when the presenter is monotone and dry sometimes it is hard to stay awake. So great job Brent and thanks again for all the knowledge sharing you and your team do.

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