SQL Saturday #116: Are you gonna be there?


I am really looking forward to SQL Saturday 116 which is the first SQL Saturday being organized in Bangalore at the Microsoft Office on January 7th, 2012. There are some interesting stuff lined up for the day with two different tracks: Main and Practical. You can look up the schedule here.

Not only do you have an amazingly line-up of speakers but there’s also going to be a SQL Server Clinic. Those of you who have attended the SQL Pass Summit might be familiar with this concept where you have MSFT CSS Engineers having deep technical expertise in SQL Server available to you to discuss your real-world SQL problems that you face in your environments that you manage or work on. We love the challenge of new problems that we have not seen before and derive immense amount of satisfaction in helping someone resolve a tough or difficult issue involving SQL Server! If you have a specific problem to solve, it helps to bring the details. ERRORLOG files, error messages, specific query syntax, or details of your environment. The more background context you provide us with, the more we can narrow down with our suggestions. No presentations, just some serious troubleshooting and on-the-spot assistance from 2:30PM IST – 5PM IST under the Practical track.

I am glad that I will have the opportunity of presenting at SQL Saturday #116 along with the likes of Pinal Dave [Blog | Twitter], Vinod Kumar [Blog | Twitter] and Balmukund Lakhani [Blog | Twitter]. My presentation topic reads “Demsytifying SQL Server Memory Dumps” at 11:30AM IST. As the topic reads, I am going to clarify why digging into the root causes which result in SQL Server memory dumps might not be a daunting task!

I am totally looking forward to Jan 7th!! That would be a cracker of way to start off the first weekend on the New Year! Are you gonna be there?

The GenNext for SQL Server


The SQLPASS Keynote on Day 1 of the Summit kicked off a slew of announcements which would ensure that Twitter received it’s fair share of activity for SQL Server. Look up the #sqlpass hashtag on Twitter to understand what I am saying. There are over 4,500 registrations from 49 countries for the streaming keynotes.

Among all the announcements, the one that created the maximum amount of buzz was the next major version of SQL Server, code-named Denali CTP1. As soon as Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, made the announcement, a flurry of Tweets went out from the Tweeps attending the Keynote announcing to the world about Denali. SQL MVP Aaron Bertrand (Twitter | Blog) posted walkthrough for installing Denali on his blog. Read his narration of the Keynote session here.

The key features of Denali are:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn – A Mission Critical Platform that helps in increasing up-time, reduce unplanned downtime due to OS patching, simplify High Availability management, support for multiple secondaries and multi-site clustering.
  • Column-based query accelerator – This will help improve query performance manifold and reduce the time taken for performance tuning.
  • SQL Server Tools code-named “Juneau – A unified environment which is a one-stop-shop for your developers and helps accelerate your time-to-market.
  • IT administration enhancements – Improved security facilitated through various improvements built into the product. You can now take advantage of the powerful XEvents to monitor SQL activity.
  • Beyond relational enhancements – Performance improvements for FileStream, Full-text search, 2D-Spatial Support and FileTable.
  • Pervasive Insight – Expand the use of Business Intelligence to business users by providing new and engaging ways to discover insights through a drag-and-drop interface, smart and powerful data querying and interactive storyboarding to allow users to quickly create and share visual presentations of large datasets.
  • Read more about it here.

    Other announcements include:

    Microsoft Code-name “Atlanta”

    Microsoft codename Atlanta is a secure cloud service that proactively monitors your Microsoft SQL Server deployments. It helps you avoid configuration problems, reduce downtime, improve performance, and resolve issues faster. Atlanta agent can analyze both versions x86 and x64 versions of SQL Server 2008 and above. Now you get a vital insight into multiple known issues that you could plague your SQL Server installation without having to manually check for known issues. Atlanta will re-define pro-active monitoring for SQL Server instances.

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (previously code named project “Madison”) is a highly scalable appliance that delivers performance at low cost through a massively parallel processing (MPP).

    New Path to Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

    If you have an aspiration to earn the coveted title of a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server, then there is a new path to do so. Click on the above sub-title to learn more.

    If you feel that you need more food for thought, then read the Press Pass: Microsoft Introduces New Offerings for Business Intelligence and Mission-Critical Workloads

     Watch Rushab Mehta, SQL Pass President, and Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, discuss SQL Server: