SQL Skills Blackbelt on SQL Server

SQLskills Blackbelt - SQL Server 2019

Extremely rewarding to be only the 46th person to earn this demanding badge from SQL Skills. It is only achieved after attending SEVEN deeply technical courses focused on Microsoft SQL Server. In total, these courses provide over 155 hours of content and demonstrations. After almost 25 years of using SQL Server it was nice to get formal training from the best in the industry to fill in the knowledge gaps.

SQLskills Azure SQL badge - SQL Server 2019

The first course was on Azure SQL Databases, Azure Virtual Machines, and Azure Managed Instances. This course gives students the training they need to make the right decision about where their SQL Server data will reside! Attendees gain a deep understanding of Microsoft Azure with these topics that are covered: compliance, networking, active directory integration, maintenance considerations, high availability/disaster recovery, billing/licensing.

SQLskills Performance Tuning and Optimization badge - SQL Server 2019

Next, was starting the first of two intense SQL Server Performance Tuning and Optimization workshops. Now, this is my bread and butter and I absolutely loved seeing this material from a different viewpoint. Topics covered: optimal database creation, data and log internals / maintenance, logging / recovery, indexing for performance, statistics creation / maintenance, locking / blocking, isolation levels, versioning, index fragmentation, and cardinality estimation.

SQLskills Performance Tuning and Optimization 2 badge - SQL Server 2019

The second of the SQL Server Performance Tuning and Optimization workshops. This course dives into workload analysis, troubleshooting, and tuning. Topics covered: wait statistics, query store, troubleshooting caching / statistics, CPU troubleshooting, memory troubleshooting, analyzing query performance, extended events, and troubleshooting I/O.

SQLskills Clustering and Availability Groups badge- SQL Server 2019

Now we start getting into the smaller two-day courses on specific topics. And I will admit, this is one of the areas that was not my strong suit. So, I was eager to lean in on learning this material that teaches how to plan for, implement, and maintain Always On Failover Clustered Instances and Always On Availability Groups in SQL Server using best practices and real-world experience.

SQLskills Columnstore Badge - SQL Server 2019

Two-days on ColumnStore Indexes that teaches the differences between rowstore and columnstore indexes and how to plan for, implement, and maintain columnstore indexes in SQL Server using best practices and the SQL Skills team extensive real-world experience. Topics covered: columnstore structures and usage strategies, DMVs, data loading strategies, maintenance, and partitioning.

SQLskills Very Large Tables - SQL Server 2019

This badge shows attendance of the SQL Skills Immersion Event on Very Large Tables: Optimizing Performance and Availability through Partitioning. IEVLT gives attendees insight into how to deal with ever-expanding data sets, how to archive them appropriately, and how to design / architect structures that will perform well now and even as the data continues to grow.

SQLskills Query Store badge- SQL Server 2019

Saving the best for last and one of my favorite tools in SQL Server when it comes to Performance Tuning. This workshop involved solving common performance problems with Query Store. Query Store is a game-changer for data professionals; this course shows you how to stop reacting and make query store work for you. Topics covered: query store fundamentals, understanding query store data, finding performance issues, forcing plans, automatic tuning, query store performance, visualizing query store data.

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