Get mentored by Paul Randal? Seriously?

So I saw Paul Randal post on his blog about mentoring people in the SQL Server community and even though I thought that would be a tremendous opportunity I didn’t respond. I mistakenly thought that well I wouldn’t get picked because I was sure the response would be so big I wouldn’t make the cut. But to my surprise he picked everyone!!!
Now I am kicking myself for not making the attempt and getting a chance to be mentored by a pillar of the SQL Server community.
That being said now I am hoping it’s not too late to make an attempt and possibly take a spot on the mentor list of someone who drops out. Well here goes, hopefully this is an inspired enough post to get me a spot in the 2015 class of Paul Randal mentoring!
I am a pretty new SQL Server DBA that has worked my way up to the position from PC repair, to running build servers and continuous integration, to web server admin, and now SQL Server DBA. Mentoring is something that can be difficult to engage in and opportunities seem to be mostly created and pursued by the mentee. I am constantly trying to identify my weaknesses and plot my course for learning about SQL server, it would be nice to have input from someone in the SQL Server community that has as much experience and knowledge as Mr. Randal.
Well I missed the deadline and I won’t be surprised if I don’t get added but its worth a try. If nothing else this got me blogging again and that’s something that I need to continue!

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SQL 2012 Virtual Machine Blasting Off

My new training books showed up yesterday, I just ordered the first two training books for SQL Server 2012.  I am starting with Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and then I will move to the second book, Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases.  This will only leave Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 which is the third book and exam needed to complete the MCSA:SQL Server Certification.  So not far into the book you need a 2012 instance to run queries against so I am building out a 2012 Windows Server and installing 2012 SQL Developer Edition.  Woot, Woot, I am excited to be building a new server with all new software.  Good Times!

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Numa Node

I signed up for a monthly subscription to the training site and listening to Glenn Alan Berry I finally really understand what Numa Node has to do with SQL server.  I knew it was a server hardware architecture thing but I never really put two and two together until I listened to Glenn’s session that explained Numa Node and what it means to SQL server. 

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Pass Summit 2012 watch it online!

Spent all day working and listening to the SQL Pass conference.  It was great to get to see the keynote and listen to some amazing sessions.

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No posting for awhile, I am buried with school work and work.

Ran those queries in QA but the results werent very interesting since the traffic is really low on these machines right now.

This Enterprise Architecture class I am attending is all paper writing so that is really eating up my extra time.

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DMV queries for QA servers.

I need to learn how to use DMV queries, so I am going to start posting next week about how it goes.  I recently built out 8 new sql server instances for QA testing and now I need  to see how they are performing.  As I mentioned previously I am a follower of Glenn Berry’s Blog and I will be starting with his post regarding 5 DMV queries that could make me a super hero!  These DMV queries are new to me as pretty much all of them are so it will be interesting to see what information I get back from these new QA environments. 

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Xotic PC Core i7-2630QM Laptop I have my Eye on.

I am a regular follower of Glenn Berry’s Blog and his extensive coverage of the new Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors has me drooling about getting a new laptop.  The specs on these new processors are impressive.   A colleague and I were checking prices on these new laptops over at Xotic PC today and this Sager barebones system came in under $1000.

And a big thanks to Jason Schatz who helped me photoshop this picture of me in my cube for my blog background into my vision.  What would have taken me hours took him, oh like 10 minutes.

Sager NP5160 / Clevo W150HN

— 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920×1080)                                                                                                                                                      – – 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache)

–8,192MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory

Sager NP5160 / Clevo W150HN

– 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920×1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen

– Standard Dead Pixel Policy

– – 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache)

– – IC Diamond Thermal Compound – CPU + GPU

– nVidia GT 540M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology

– No Video Adapter

– ~ 8,192MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS)- Special

– Standard Finish

– ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Software

– ~ 320GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 – 16MB Cache) – Default

– Intel® Advanced-N 6230 – 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth

– Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera


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