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Engineering 101 for the SQL DBA
Author: Peter Ward Date Posted: 10/9/2006 8:40:51 AM
The deployment decisions for SQL Server are no longer as simple as deciding whether you will run enterprise or standard edition and whether the server will have single or dual CPU's. There are now decisions such as RAID 5 or RAID 1+0, 32 or 64-bit CPU's and whether to use virtualization or not? Often the list of options is like a menu from a foreign restaurant as there are lots of choices that you think you like the sound of and others that, well frankly, you have no idea what they are! This session is designed to assist with the intersection between the role of Database Administrator and System Engineer. This session will explain some of the options available and how these options affect SQL Server and explain what those 'Three Letter Acronyms' that you have to choose from actually are.

This presentation will cover the following topics:

- SQL Server I/O basics and I/O characteristics
- The affect that I/O performance has on SQL Server
- How to determine the optimal RAID configuration for you SQL Server instance
- General storage configuration best practices
- Monitoring and baselining I/O subsystems

About the Presenter
Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community and organises the Queensland SQL Server User Group. Peter is a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events throughout Australia and is a sought after SQL Server trainer, providing tailored training for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. He is a regular author for several SQL Server websites and has published numerous articles in the monthly SQL Server newsletter that he produces along with the highly acclaimed WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server Blog. Peter has recently been selected to present at the 2006 SQL Pass Community Summit in Seattle, the largest SQL Server event in the world.

Venue: Microsoft Brisbane Office, Level 9, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street | Duration : Catering from 5:30PM for a 6:00PM Start. Finish at approximately 7:30PM | On: Thursday, October 26, 2006