Show 3 – Performance Tuning

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You know you have a performance problem in your server, but where do you start looking in order to find what that problem is?

On our 3rd show, we take a deep dive into performance tuning and talk about:

  • The Top-Down and Bottom-Up methods and when to use which
  • The various tools SQL Server gives us for performance tuning
  • How to pinpoint the problem in any of the methods
  • What to look for when tuning a slow running query or process
  • What to look for when analyzing execution plans
  • Why you should always blame the network :)
  • And more..

What’s your method for performance tuning? What are the tools that you use? Tell us in the comments..


Show 2 – Death to UDFs

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On our 2nd show, we start by talking about our trips. Matan shares about how great SQLBits was (including the custome party), and Guy talks about WPC (Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference). He explains what WPC is, about the Microsoft vision and its effects on the DBA’s work.

We then talk about interesting blog posts, forum discussions, news and incidant we encountered in the last month:

  • The less known but deadly drawback of User Defined Functions
  • The real meaning of Blocking Iterators
  • The real meaning of PAGEIOLATCH waits
  • Perofrmance monitoring and baselines
  • Automatic code
  • And more..

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Show 1 – Pass, Community and SQL Server 2014

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Welcome to the first show of SQL Server Radio (English Edition)!

We’ve been broadcasting for about a year in Hebrew. We love it a lot, and after we got some great feedback and encouragement, we decided to do it in English too.

On the first show, we talk about Pass and the various activities it facilitates like Pass Summit, SQLSaturday, Local Chapters and Virtual Chapters.

Later on, we talk about our favorite features from SQL Server 2014.

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How to Listen:

You can listen to the show using any podcast app on your Smartphone, whether you use iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. Just search for “SQL Server Radio” in the app (don’t get confused with the Hebrew edition). If the app can’t find it, you can add the feed manually using the following URL:

A few recommended podcast apps are the built-in iPhone and Windows Phone apps, BeyondPod (for Android only) and Stitcher.

You can also listen to the show on this website, or download the file and hear it on your car stereo, MP3 player or mobile phone.