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Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Technology Stuff. Enjoy….
SQL Server Links
- Hardware Selection: Disk Configurations and RAID -> Performance not Capacity – The SQLSkills folks are running a month long series aimed at the Accidental DBA. Here Glenn Berry (Blog|Twitter) shares some great advice on disk configurations.
- Servers Need Expiration Dates – Brent Ozar (Blog|Twitter) explains why your databases have a finite shelf life and that you should plan for their inevitable retirement.
- Don’t just blindly create those “missing” indexes! – Aaron Bertrand (Blog|Twitter) shares an excellent post discussing why you should avoid blindly implementing SQL Server’s missing index recommendations and provides guidance on how you can perform further analysis to assist your decision making process.
- SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP (“Hekaton”) Whitepaper – The next version of SQL Server is to be named SQL Server 2014, following this weeks TechED announcement. One of the features that I’m most looking forward to is the in-memory technology codenamed Hekaton. Here Kalen Delaney (Blog|Twitter) shares a whitepaper on what we can expect from the CTP 1 version of this new feature.
- How It Works: The I/O Path: SQL Server Running in Windows Azure Virtual Machine (IaaS) – CSS SQL Server Engineers (Blog)
- Virtualization Considerations – Jonathan Kehayias (Blog|Twitter) latest post, and part of the SQLSkills folks Accidental DBA series, looks at the considerations for running SQL Server in a virtualized configuration.
- Mirror Mirror on the Server, Who is the Principal of Us All? – Jes Borland (Blog|Twitter) provides an introduction to the Database Mirroring feature in this weeks video.
- How Do You Handle Changes – Chris Shaw(Blog) asks the community a great question this week! I’m still trying to pen my own thoughts on the subject as it’s one that is close to my own heart and is far from trivial.
- The Hierarchy of Monitoring Needs – Giving us a sneak peak of what to expect at SQL PASS, Mike Fal (Blog|Twitter) puts his own spin on the psychology of SQL Server monitoring.
- Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client – Architectural design wisdom shared courtesy of Buck Woody (Blog|Twitter). I particularly enjoy the concept that a record can be stored across multiple different data stores dependent on the data items use case.
SQL Community Forum
These are some of things being talked about right now by Data Professionals just like you in the Community Forum
- shrinking database is it a bad practice? – Actually no, not always.
- Prometric Certification – In order to take your exam, it helps if the test centre is actually open.
- Best Practice – One for you experienced developers.
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Misc. Technology Posts
- Google+ isn’t a social network; it’s The Matrix – The Guardian
- YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading – TheRegister
- Pianist Krystian Zimerman storms out over phone recording – BBC News Technology
- Microsoft Teched 2013 Keynote – Grant Fritchey (Blog|Twitter)
- FBI and Microsoft take down $500m-theft botnet Citadel – BBC News Technology
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