Show 27 – Earth 2.0

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We tried something new this time, and broadcast the show live on Persicope.

Periscope is a service by Twitter that allows each one to start a live broadcast anywhere and anytime from his phone or tablet. We will try it out a few more times, so watch for our announcements about future broadcasts on Twitter.

As for SQL Server stuff, among other topics, we talk about:

  • SQL Server Developer Edition vs. Enterprise Edition
  • Benchmarking Columnstore Indexes and Columnstore in SQL Server 2016
  • Restoring transaction logs on Amazon RDS
  • Log Shipping on disconnected servers
  • Amazon RDS vs. Azure SQL Database
  • Amazon Aurora
  • Denormalization
  • Foreign Keys

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Show 26 – Boris Hristov

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On this show, we host a good friend of both of us – Boris Hristov!

Boris (blog | twitter) is a SQL Server MVP from Bulgaria and a really passionate and efficient guy. He delivers a lot of technical training and also talks a lot about presentation design. We talk to Boris about those things and also about travelling, sports, work-life balance, and more.

Among other topics, we talk to Boris about:

  • Boris’ community initiative, SQL Hangouts
  • What is Policy Based Management and why is it so important?
  • How can you use Distributed Replay in your environment?
  • The importance of presentation design
  • Data corruption
  • Efficiency
  • What is Tapout XT

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About Boris

Boris is a SQL Server Consultant and Pluralsight Author from Bulgaria who you can regularly see speaking at conferences all across Europe. He is also training companies and students in the “Art of SQL Server” and loves to share his knowledge online as part of podcasts, webcasts or on his blog –

The fastest way you can reach him is on twitter where he writes under @BorisHristov and you can even join him for a SQLHangout which are video conversations that he hosts with people from the SQL Server community.

Boris Hristov

Show 25 – Oh, I’m on the Prod Server

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Two weeks have passed, and another show is here!

We start by talking about scary DBA sentences

We continue with PASS Summit 2015 and about the sessions we’ll deliver at the summit.

We then talk about:

  • T-SQL code patterns
  • interesting scenarios with small but very active SQL Server tables
  • jobs that will be replaced by machines
  • Tempdb Contention and improvements in SQL Server 2016
  • The power of SQL for other data solutions like Couchbase and Azure Stream Analytics
  • And more..

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Show 24 – Virtualization, High Availability and Independent Consulting with David Klee

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A few shows ago, we talked briefly about Virtualization and mentioned it would be a good idea to have a Virtualization expert on the show.

In this show, we have David Klee (Blog | Twitter), one of the top Virtualization experts in the SQL Server space.

We talk to David about:

  • What’s important to know when virtualizing SQL Server
  • How to properly size your VM
  • What metrics to monitor when virtualizing
  • When to use SQL Server High Availability features and when to use them at the virtualization side
  • When NOT to virtualize
  • Some of David’s most challenging projects

In addition, we talk to David about starting a company and the life of an independent consultant.

About David

David is a technologist that is lucky enough to have a job doing that which he enjoys – working in high technology, using cutting edge technology to make businesses more efficient. He is the Founder and Chief Architect of Heraflux Technologies, and travels around the country working with companies to reduce risk, improve performance, and virtualize their business-critical SQL Server infrastructures.
David regularly contributes to the PASS Virtualization, Performance, and High Availability and Disaster Recovery virtual chapters. David also helps to run and coordinate the Omaha SQL Server Users Group.

David is also a member of the PASS High Availability and Disaster Recovery Virtual Chapter board. The virtual chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month for a one hour technical presentation on high availability and disaster recovery topics.


Show 23 – Scattergories

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We have a different show this time – in which we play a game!

On each round, as in the famous Scattergories game, we draw a SQL Server-related term and have to tell an interesting story about it.

Along the way, we cover quite a few topics and situations we’ve been to in our careers, like the time a job ran for 14 hours, and the time a job didn’t finish at all.

At the end, both of us got 1 million points. Listen to know how.




Show 22 – Columnstore Indexes with Niko Neugebauer

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On this show, we host Niko Neugebauer, a.k.a “Mr Columnstore”!.

On this very fun conversation, we talk to Niko about his various roles and activities, about the improvements Microsoft is making version after version, about SQL Server 2016, and of course, about Columnstore.

Among other topics, we cover:

  • What people need to know about Columnstore
  • How to use Columnstore the right way
  • Columnstore and In-Memory OLTP improvements in SQL Server 2016


About Niko

Niko Neugebauer is a Software Designer, living in Portugal.

In the recent years he’s being fascinated by data (big and small) and its analysis.

Niko also likes to write about Clustered Columnstore Indexes and SQL Server.

Niko founded and leads the Portuguese SQL Server User Group , and he’s the head of the organization committee for the SQLSaturday events in Portugal.

He works as a BI Consultant for OH22, where he creates intelligent solutions for Business with a focus on Data Quality.

Niko presents on the topics of Microsoft Data Platform around the world at SQLSaturdays, SQLBits, PASS Summit, User Groups and local events such as Microsoft BI Conference in Portugal.

He loves the human-computer interaction, and adores design, but most of all – he enjoys making technology to make life easier, and people more connected with each other.



Show 21 – Get Up Stand Up

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We start show 21 with some inspiring quote competition (and ending with some as well).

During the show, we talk about:

  • Index rebuilds and fragmentation
  • How efficient Columnstore is in terms of IO
  • Debugging stored procedures
  • Uses for Log Shipping and why it’s still relevant
  • Solving latch problems
  • And more..

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