Thank you for joining us at #SQLSAT393 in Redmond
24 May 2015

Thank you for joining the DB Best Team at SQL Saturday! Over 200 people stopped by our booth and participated in our Windows Phone raffle, the lucky winner was Theresa Iserman. Thank you for the great attendance of our sessions! If you missed Robert’s presentation please feel free to download the slides here. Dandy’s presentation on Power BI can be found here.     Register for our upcoming SQL Server Upgrade and Migration Seminar. We would also like to invite you to an exclusive 3 hour SQL Server Upgrade and Migration Seminar coming to you in Redmond on June 4. Registration for this event is still open. Do you want to st...

Introducing Row-Level Security in Azure SQL Databases
22 May 2015

Any organization wants to maintain control as much as possible over the data it possesses. Here at DB Best, Migrations from another Data Platform to SQL Server or Azure is part of the regular business that we do. Oracle and DB2 offer their take on RLS and now SQL Server has another feature that makes it easier for the transition. Row Level Security is currently in “Preview” on Azure SQL Databases and is scheduled to be part of the new features in SQL Server 2016. This is the first out of the series of articles, which Tech Target was nice enough to ask me to start writing for their SearchSQLServer.com website. I have often made goo...

SQLSaturday NYC
Rick is Heading to SQL Sat NYC!
21 May 2015

I will be speaking at SQL Sat 380 in NYC on the topic of Basic Performance Monitoring with Perfmon.  I have delivered this session many times and is usually well attended.  The session is geared for the person who has heard of Perfmon but not used it.  This is very much a 100 level offering. The last time that I was in NYC for a large SQL Server event was just about 10 years ago.  It was the “Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 Roadshow” that was sponsored by Microsoft, PASS, and SQL Server Magazine.  The cost was $99 for a whole day; about 450 people attended.  There were 3 tracks – DBA, Dev, and BI. Although I attended man...

Making Sense of Replication Errors in Replication Monitor
12 May 2015

This post is participating in T-SQL Tuesday #66 which focuses on monitoring for the month of May. This month’s gracious host is Catherine Wilhelmsen (blog|@cathrinew). For our part in this blog event, I am going to focus on how to interpret and understand the errors from SQL Server’s built-in monitoring tools Replication Monitor. If you’ve ever had to deal with errors in Replication Monitor, your first experiences with it probably involved confusion. Sometimes the error messages are too generic and do not help you find a resolution. Replication Monitor also tells you the command that failed. This clears up everything, right?...

Microsoft Ignite: Data Platform and BI recap
12 May 2015

Microsoft’s first Ignite conference is a fact, and it was AWESOME! If you like this blog, follow us on twitter: @DBBest_tech to stay up to date on our latest articles. Last week I (Dandy Weyn) had the great opportunity of being at Ignite as a staffer to the Microsoft booth for both Data Platform and Business Intelligence. Our very own DB Best’s Sudhir Gajre had the opportunity of presenting on Migrating Databases to SQL Server 2014, BRK3574: Database Migrations “Done Right”. Even though this was the first Ignite event, it was actually the first event I got to enjoy a conference without any form of involvement in any of...

Tips for SQL Server Professionals Making Their First Public Presentation
11 May 2015

Making Your First Presentation DB Best Technologies will be out in force at SQLSaturday #393 in Redmond, WA on Saturday, May 16 2015. I will be joined by fellow Certified Master Dandy Weyn (blog|@ILikeSQL). Dandy will be presenting Power BI – getting it right – a full walkthrough, and I will be presenting Diagnosing Performance with Wait Statistics. If you want to talk to us outside of our sessions, drop by the DB Best booth and say hello or ask a question. For me, this will be a return to the site of the very first public SQL presentation I ever gave. SQLSaturday #26 was the first ever SQLSaturday in Redmond, and I presented on u...

14 sessions recommendations to attend at Ignite
03 May 2015

(for data platform and business analytics) I’ve been to a lot of conferences, so many that I can’t remember how many I’ve been at. Starting 14 years ago, I attended my first TechED conference as an attendee, and it truly changed and scaled up my career. Throughout the years I had the opportunity to support multiple events as a staffer, a presenter, even up to the point that at TechED 2013 I was a presenter in the keynote at TechED Europe Madrid. So for the past couple of years I’ve been extremely busy with preparing for sessions, or in my previous role as Sr. Technical Product Manager at Microsoft be responsible for sessions, speakers...