Remember to vote for your AlwaysOn Availability Groups

While visiting a customer and helping them set up AlwaysOn Availability Groups we came across a surprising “feature”. On my laptop I had build a demo lab consisting of one domain controller, three Windows 2008R2 Core member servers with SQL 2012 SP1 installed and a full Windows 2008 R2 installation with SQL Server management studio…

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From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 4

I have not been able to follow up my post for a long time. Work has to be done as well. The good thing is that it gives me a lot of new ideas for blog posts and as a (late) resolution for the new year I will write more blog posts But back to…

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From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 3

In part 1 showed how you could install Windows on a virtual disk and use that disk to create a new virtual machine. We improved on part 2 to show how to set the administrator password or the computer name during installation to minimize user input. In part 3 we will take another step. It’s…

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From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 2

This post is part of a series of posts about buidling a lab environment using some of the new PowerShell cmdlets and features in Windows 8. In the previous post I explained how to create a virtual disk, apply a standard Windows Server 2008 image to it and attach the disk to a new VM….

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From 0 to SQL Demo lab in a few easy steps – Part 1

As a Premier Field Engineer I get into a different challenge every week. These challenges can be anything; performance issues, architecture review or migration scenarios. If I’m at a customer site it is not always possible (or recommended) to test my solution on the production systems. And if it’s a possible bug I want to…

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Using table variables (or temp tables) to speed up… or slow down

In SQL Server you can use temporary tables to store intermediate results. This is a common used technique to speed up query processing. Recently I came across a problem where the temporary tables were causing the performance degradation. I’m not going into the different temporary tables types, there are good posts on these. I’m going…

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I got my MCM Lab result…. And I failed!

A couple of weeks ago I got the result from my SQL 2008 MCM Lab exam and I failed. I have been working with SQL Server for almost 12 years. I have been a developer, dba and architect and last year I joined Microsoft to become a Premier Field Engineer on SQL Server. This means…

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Kerberos and AvailabilityGroups – What you need to know

With the freshly released SQL Server 2012 we can put availability groups to live. You have seen all the demo’s and now you are ready to get things going in your own datacenter. At this point you might get to a few surprises. One of these might be to get Kerberos going for your availability…

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SQL Server 2012 RC0, A New AlwaysOn Experience

Last week RC0 for SQL Server 2012 was released. If you missed it you can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28145. One area where you will find improvements or changes is AlwaysOn Availability Groups. In this post I will step through the wizard to show you the improvements that were made. The basis is a 4 node…

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Getting HadronCore on SQL Server 2012

One of the new features of SQL Server 2012 is AlwaysOn Availability Groups. You can think of Availability Groups as Database Mirroring on steroids. Database mirroring is only limited to one database, one secondary and if you wanted to read off it you had to create a snapshot. And in the case of a failover…

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