My Desktop Setup - Updated

Every once in a while when I’m recording a Pluralsight course, I’ll take a photo of my desk to let people see the behind the scenes of the process. Well, my friend Steve Jones (@way0utwest) encouraged me to write a desk setup post…so here we go! Desk Autonomous SmartDesk 2 - Home Office Most standup desks come at a much higher price point, and this one lands somewhere between $379-$500 depending on the features.

Pure Storage Flasharray SQL Server Snapshot Torture...You Kinda Asked for This

By Argenis Fernandez This post is archived here. Pleae reach out to me, Anthony Nocentino if you have any questions. I gotta admit, some of you are really hard to convince. I’ve been saying for years that given a large enough database size (or a really small RTO storage based snapshots should be Plan A for recovering the database in the event of a disaster. Yes, you will have a Plan B, likely native backups.

Updated Pluralsight Course – Managing Kubernetes Controllers and Deployments

My updated course “Managing Kubernetes Controllers and Deployments” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here! Learn how to deploy and maintain applications using Kubernetes Controllers. In this course you’ll learn how to select a Controller for your workload, deploy it, and maintain your container-based applications in your Kubernetes cluster.

Setting Trace Flags and Configuring SQL Server in Kubernetes

In this blog post, we will walk through a few examples of configuring SQL Server in Kubernetes. First, we will create a Deployment for SQL Server, override the container’s command, and specify a Database Engine Service Startup Option. Second, we will create a Deployment for SQL Server using a ConfigMap to inject an mssql.conf configuration file. Creating a SQL Server Deployment and Overriding the Container’s Command and Arguments First up, let’s create a Deployment for SQL Server and override the container’s command specify a Database Engine Service Startup Option.

Setting Trace Flags and Configuring SQL Server Containers

In this blog post, we will walk through a few examples of how to configure SQL Server in Docker Containers. First, we will configure a container at runtime by overriding the default docker command for the container and setting Database Engine Service Startup Options. Second, we’re going to inject a configuration file into our container to configure SQL Server. Let’s go! Starting a Container with a Trace Flag First up, let’s configure a container at runtime using Database Engine Service Startup Options.

SQL Server on Kubernetes Book Published!

I’m super proud to announce that Ben E. Weissman and I have published SQL Server on Kubernetes – Designing and Building a Modern Data Platform available now at Apress and your favorite online book sellers! Buy the book now…or keep reading below if you need to be more convinced :) A couple of notes about the book, I saw Kubernetes showcased at a Microsoft event a few years back. I immediately saw the value and dedicated time to learning how Kubernetes and SQL Server on Kubernetes works.

Container Limits and SQL Server

Limits in Containers Docker gives you the ability to control a container’s access to CPU, Memory, and network and disk IO using resource constraints, sometimes called Limits. You define limits as parameters when creating containers. In its default configuration, a container will have no resource constraints for accessing resources of the host operating system. This post will look at how to configure resource constraints in Docker and look at how SQL Server sees the resources when CPU and Memory resource constraints are in place.

T-SQL Tuesday #140 Wrap up: What have you been up to with containers?

I want to start by saying thank you to all who submitted, and an amazing collection of people submitted some fantastic content. Also, thanks to Steve for asking me to host and being patient with me for mixing up the dates and the hashtag. It’s #tsql2sday and it’s on Tuesday not Wednesday :P Now, onto the posts in submission order. Rob Farley – On containers Rob discusses how he uses containers to quickly spin up SQL Server instances without installing them on his local OS, replacing the virtual machine-based environments he used in the past.

T-SQL Tuesday #140: What have you been up to with containers?

In recent years containers have come into the data platform world, exposing new technologies to data professionals. Microsoft put SQL Server in Linux, and shortly after that, SQL Server made its way into containers. SQL Server in Containers has become the foundation for things like Big Data Clusters and Azure Arc-enabled Data Services My invitation to you for this month’s #tsql2sday is… I want to invite you to share your experiences using containers and not just SQL Server in containers…

A New Road Ahead…

Where I’ve Been Since January 1, 2012 I’ve been the principal consultant at Centino Systems. Jokingly, I refer to myself as The Centino of Systems. I learned a lot of lessons running my own business. Such as how to be a consultant and also how to scale the business even as the only employee/consultant. There’s been ups and downs, successes and failures and I couldn’t be more happy with how things went.