Month: April 2013

VMware Virtualization – RDM to VMDK Migration

House of Brick Principal Architect A fun customer of ours asked me today if you could convert an RDM directly into a VMDK. They had a SQL Server instance residing on a Fusion-io SSD card through a pass-through Raw Device Map (RDM) on a VMware ESXi 5.0 host. They...

Oracle Benchmarking and Tier 1 Readiness

Jim Hannan (@HoBHannan), Principal Architect I strongly believe one of the most beneficial exercises an IT staff can undergo is benchmarking. There are truly some substantial benefits to benchmarking: Building of baselines Establishing key metrics Communicating the...

VMware Certifications, Q2 2013

House of Brick Principal Architect A few weeks ago I posted a short post on the current SQL Server certification paths from Microsoft. This week I’m following up with current VMware certification paths. The VMware certification paths are rapidly evolving, and VMware’s...

Recording the SQL Server System State

House of Brick Principal Architect “Your database is running slow, and you need to drop every other emergency and fix it right now!” Do you get nailed with exasperated comments such as this without warning? Don’t you ever wish the person would say “I inserted a...