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A Look into the Pi-Shaped Expert Model

So you’ve started planning your career using a VCDX skillset. Continuing on that same train of thought, I want to walk you through an additional concept that might help you decide what skills to develop next. In the last year, I’ve been preparing my organization for the new skills any infrastructure, network or storage admin […]

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Using SQL Server FileTables Part 2

SQL Server 2014’s FileTable provides an easy way to integrate the Windows Server file system with SQL Server’s relational database. In part 1, I covered the basic requirements and limitations of the FileTable feature as well as showing you how to create a FileTable. In this article, you’ll see how you can load data into […]

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Operations vs. Engineering Tools

Whether your IT operation is a small-scale endeavor or a Web-scale enterprise, systems monitoring plays a critical role in the delivery of your services. The ability to quickly and accurately assess the state and health of your infrastructure and applications is no longer a luxury, it’s a categorical requirement. The question is no longer, “Do […]

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Virtualization Basics: Troubleshooting

No more shooting from the hip This week, I’ll take you through troubleshooting, a skill that allows admins to drill down into an incident to gain understanding about its underlying cause and any related effects.  Last week, I went over remediation, describing it as the skill that allows virtualization admins to keep their jobs. If […]

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Tips for Custom Application Monitoring

Custom applications play a vital role in all kinds of organizations, including education, government, healthcare, IT, and more. In order to adapt to the latest technologies, there are many changes businesses must make, especially the method they use to reach out to their customers. Most interactions between the customer/client and the organization takes place via tailor-made […]

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Merits of a SQL Server Performance Analyzer vs. Performance Monitor(s)

Abstract SolarWinds® Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is a performance analysis product unlike other resource-focused health and alerting monitors; it allows a comprehensive determination of why a particular TSQL statement or stored procedure is slow or creating a performance issue. DPA achieves its performance analysis using wait-based analytics vs. resource utilization/consumption approach. By using this technology, […]

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Can Data Keep Pace with DevOps and Agile?

Provisioning a new server has become increasingly easy with virtualization. Provisioning data, however, can be more challenging, especially in Agile shops where the volume of environments required to support dev and testing can easily go beyond the abilities of your IT operations to keep up. Is there any way to make it easier? We brought […]

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