It's amazing how many myths and misconceptions have sprung up and persisted over the years about SQL Server - after more than 10 years helping people out on forums, newsgroups, and customer engagements, Paul's heard it all. Are there really non-logged operations? Can interrupting shrinks or rebuilds cause corruption? Can you override the server's MAXDOP setting? Will the server always do a table-scan to get a row count? These are just a few of many, many myths that Paul will debunk in this fast-paced session on how SQL Server operates and should be managed and maintained.
Paul S. Randal is the CEO of SQLskills.com, which he runs with his wife Kimberly L. Tripp. Paul is a SQL Server MVP, Microsoft Regional Director and Contributing Editor for TechNet Magazine. He holds a patent (with Microsoft) on consistency checking technology. Paul started in the industry in 1994 working for DEC on the VMS file system and its check/repair tools (the equivalent of chkdsk for NTFS). In 1999 he moved to Microsoft to work on SQL Server, specifically on DBCC. For SQL Server 2000, he concentrated on index fragmentation - well, removing it! - writing both DBCC INDEXDEFRAG and DBCC SHOWCONTIG, plus various algorithms in DBCC CHECKDB to support it being able to run online. Paul then spent the first 3 years of SQL Server 2005 development rewriting the DBCC CHECKDB and repair code-base, gaining extensive insight into disaster recovery scenarios and problems through close partnership with the SQL Server PSS (Product Support) group. Paul spent the remaining two years of SQL Server 2005 development leading/managing a 9-person development team in the Core Storage Engine. His team was responsible for data access and storage (DBCC, space allocation, indexes & heaps, pages & records, text/LOB storage, snapshot isolation, bulk load etc). For SQL Server 2008, Paul decided to put his customer passion to better use and switch to a Program Management role within the Storage Engine team - first with responsibility for the entire Storage Engine for a year, and then with a narrower, more hands-on focus on the Core Storage Engine. This involved both feature set definition plus customer and partner engagements. It was during this phase of Paul's career that he first started public speaking, with his first session being on DBCC Internals at TechEd US 2006. This was also where he met Kimberly, and they were subsequently married July 29th 2007. In 2007, after almost 9 years on the SQL Server team, Paul left Microsoft to join Kimberly running SQLskills.com and pursuing his new-found passion for writing, teaching, and consulting. Paul is a regular, top-rated presenter at conferences and user groups around the world on high-availability, disaster recovery, database maintenance, and Storage Engine internals. Paul also teaches classes on Database Maintenance and High-Availability at Microsoft, on a wide variety of topics in public classes around the world, and is a course author/instructor for the Microsoft Certified Master - Database/SharePoint qualifications. His popular blog is at http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/.
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