Category Archives: Performance

Speaking – SQL Saturday Baton Rouge!

This Saturday will mark the fourth year that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge at LSU. Out of all the SQL Saturday events I have participated in since 2014, Baton Rouge is one of the few that I have been to every year since. Houston is another one…and actually, these may be the only ones only because they have had an event every year.

Not only am I speaking on Automation with PowerShell and Deadlocks and Blocking, but I am also participating in a panel discussion on Careers in IT. I’m excited to be invited along with some of the other speakers to be a part of this. Looking back on my own school days, I knew I would have a career in IT, but little did I know I would detour from a path in development to the world of SQL Server, and becoming a DBA.

How do they make this happen? Work. Lots of hard work. After helping with SQL Saturday Dallas 2015, joining the NTSSUG board in 2016, and then having an organizing role in 2016, I found out how much goes into the planning of these events. If you have attended a SQL Saturday or you are going to in the future, be sure to say “THANK YOU!” to all the organizers and sponsors. If you want to get more involved in the SQL Server community, SQL Saturday is a great way to do that – just show up at the event, find an organizer and tell them that the SQL Kitten sent you to be their humble servant volunteer for the day…or you could just say you want to volunteer and leave out the other stuff because it might make it weird.

#SQLSatPhoenix This Weekend!

Both the SQLSat Austin and Albuquerque events were great – now on to Phoenix. I will be giving two sessions there – Deadlock, Block & Two Smoking Barrels: Breaking Down Blocking and Deadlocks and Making the Leap from Developer to DBA.

The first of the two is a new session for me. When it comes to blocking and deadlocks, I like to be able to identify the cause (and sometimes the culprit) and have the information needed to resolve the issue. Some methods are easier, while with others, you also have to think about the footprint of the troubleshooting itself.

With Making the Leap from Developer to DBA, this session has evolved with time and my own experiences. Anyone who is looking to transition to being a DBA full time should attend to get a real-life perspective on migrating into this role and some of the things you can look forward to.

On top of all this, I have also been invited to be part of the WIT Panel. Come join my self and some other amazing women during lunch as we share and discuss confidence and our experiences in IT.

I’m looking forward to another great SQL Saturday as well as meeting everyone in Phoenix. See y’all there! 🙂

Optimizing SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment with Denny Cherry

T-SQL performance tuning – no differences between virtual and physical

Check host and GPU numbers – look outside of the VM at the host.

Remote Perfmon users – group you can be added to for viewing performance monitor information for the server; you can be added to this group on the server where your VM is hosted.

ESX Top – task manager for UNIX; command line utility. Check for CPU thrashing – looking for percent used.

Check host and guest for disk IO latency.

Balloon memory driver – should be enabled; used by host os to request memory back from the guest os; if this is turned off – prevents host os from paging physical memory to the hosts swap file; paging will occur and you will have random slowness that will be difficult to diagnose.

Reserved memory setting – How much memory you want and how much memory you really need to have (reserved).

Memory deduplication – looking for and stripping out duplicate instances of processes in memory; great for OS memory. Doesn’t work for all SQL Server – unless multiple SQL Servers have the same pages in cache.

Storage configuration options – IO is the same if the disks are physical or virtual; automatic tier adjusting technology if possible. Storage slow? Get faster storage ($$$). Keep OS, data, logs tempdb on separate disks if possible.

Storage deduplication – can greatly improve overall performance; deduplicating the OS virtual disks = save much less data to the array.

VMWare Paravirtualization Driver – optional driver for vSphere Virtual Machines; recommended for high IO workloads; config via VM Properties – select SCSI controller, change type.

Monitoring – look at more levels of the environment; SQL Server, guest OS, hypervisor, etc.

Counters –
reads/writes per sec – correlated counter at the host level
seconds / reads and writes
disk queue
page life expectancy
system processor queue
VM Disk
VM Memory

Timer inside the VM lies – ugly rumor and nothing more.