Show 28 – Adi Sapir (Part 1)

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On this show, we have an important guest from abroad – Adi Sapir! 

Adi (LinkedIn, Twitter) is a DBA for many years and today he’s a Data Architect at Getty Images in Seattle.

We had a fascinating talk and we divided it to two parts.

On this part, we talk about:

  • The role of the Database Architect
  • The current place of SQL Server in the jungle of database systems
  • What not to do with SQL Server
  • Fighting with ORMs
  • And more..

Adi also develops a few cool products for DBAs and developers. Check them out on

Show 27 – Partitioning

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On this show, our topic is Partitioning.

We first talk about how we implemented Partitioning before SQL Server 2005 (or on Standard Edition).

After that, we talk about:

  • How to implement Partitioning
  • When it’s right and wrong to use it
  • Will Partitioning help with query performance
  • How to make sure you leverage its benefits
  • Improvement Microsoft implemented over the years
  • Partitioning maintenance tactics
  • and much more..


Show 26 – Migrutz

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What’s the best way to migrate from SQL Server 2008R2 to SQL Server 2014 with a possible fallback? We start the show with an interesting discussion about this subject.

Later on, we talk about:

  • Cool tips for SSMS
  • Central Management Servers
  • Plan Guides
  • What needs does Azure DocumentDB come to address
  • Delayed Durability
  • Interesting behaviors of Availability Groups
  • Database documentation

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Show 25 – Jet Lag

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On this show, which is recorded in Seattle, we share our plans, schedules, thoughts and hopes for Pass Summit 2014.

We focus on the schedule each one of us has built for the summit and reflect our thoughts about how the topics of those sessions can help all of us in our day-to-day jobs.

We also discuss if and how the agenda fits the current Microsoft strategy.

Show 24 – Asaf Aviv

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It’s show 24, and guess what – we have a guest again: Asaf Aviv!

Asaf is very much into SQL Server Scale-Out solutions and SQL Server Replication, and not surprisingly, we take a VERY deep dive into those subjects (get ready for a lot of pro tips).

In addition, we talk about the history of Asaf as a rock star, about guitars and how they are related to SQL Server, and about a very weird issue Guy had with a motorcycle…


Show 23 – 0 Microseconds

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This is the monthly all-over-the-place edition of our show. As usual, we cover a lot of issues we encountered the past month, interesting blog posts, tips, tricks, events and random thoughts.

Among other topics, we talk about:

  • A weird scenario with backups, and the difference between Backupset and Mediaset
  • A weird scenario with a procedure ran 150 times a second
  • Visualization of DBCC SHOWSTATISTICS in SSMS
  • Various New Azure templates
  • Scenarios for In-Memory OLTP
  • Presentation skills
  • And more..

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Show 22 – Career Management

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On show 22, we talk about career management.

We actually recorded this show a few months ago, but it might be the best and most important show we’ve had.

We talk about about our careers: How we got to be DBAs, how we progressed, our difficulties, what steps took us forward, what processes we went through, and how getting involved in the community has helped us.

Furthermore, we talk about:

  • Why consistent learning is so important
  • How blogging and public speaking can help you
  • Why it’s important to have a mentor
  • How Guy started his own company
  • Time management tips
  • And how are candies related to Guy’s career?

Let us know what you think about career management in the DBA world. We would love to hear what you think!

Show 21 – Noam Binyamini

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On show 21, we have a guest again – Noam Binyamini, Senior Support Engineer at Microsoft.

We talk with Noam about his job, about interesting incidents he encountered, common mistakes customers make, and about the importance of installing service pack and cumulative updates.

Later on, we talk about the massive investments Microsoft puts into the cloud, the right scenarios to work with the cloud, and the maturity of Microsoft Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure).



Show 20 – High Availability

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On show 20, we talk about High Availability.

We start with talking about the distinction between High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Then, we talk about the importance of having a RESTORE strategy rather than a backup strategy.

After that, we talk about the various High Availability/Disaster Recovery technologies: AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances, Log Shipping, Database Mirroring and AlwaysOn Availability Groups. We talk about the specifics and capabilities of each technology, in which editions its supported and its pros and cons.


Show 19 – Back to the Future

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We’re back from our trips, and on show 19, we juggle around a few topics.

We talk about super indexes, trivial plans and whether they’re the best choice, Dynamic SQL and automatic code, Replication, a hidden and yet important property of Failover Clusters, and more..

Also, Matan declares that User Defined Functions need to be wiped out. Listen to hear why!

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