Group exercises beginning around the room
Steve Jones and I had a great time today talking about source control for databases and release patterns for performance and availability in Seattle. We had a great group of folks who asked terrific questions, made thoughtful comments, and interacted throughout the day.
Here are some links and resources from the day…
Suggestion for configuration option to make SQL Server Developer Edition act like Standard Edition
This has been requested by the community for many years, but now is the right time to please vote up this suggestion.
After all, Microsoft just made Transparent Data Encryption as well as a whole slew of other cool things available in Standard Edition in SQL Server 2019. Things have really changed in Microsoft, and your voice matters – voting and commenting helps!
The unnecessary evil of the shared development database
Troy Hunt’s amazing post from 2011 is unfortunately still as relevant today as ever. Lots of helpful info on the business value of dedicated development environments is here: https://www.troyhunt.com/unnecessary-evil-of-shared-development/
Lock escalation magic numbers
5,000 is a magic number… but it’s not necessarily 5,000 rows we are talking about, because more locks count than you might think.
How to set up a self-hosted build agent for Azure DevOps
This has come up twice in the last two days, so I think a video will be in the works for this! In the meantime:
- An overview of Azure Pipelines agents: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/agents/agents?view=azure-devops
- If you wish to build and / or deploy to a SQL Server on-prem or build with something other than LocalDB, a self-hosted Windows Agent is likely what you want to set up. It works just fine to set that up on your laptop or a VM if you simply need to learn and test and it’s fine for it to be offline when your laptop or VM is shut down: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/pipelines/agents/v2-windows?view=azure-devops
- I haven’t tested this new Learning Module on the topic, but it looks interesting. Note: the exercise is specific to using a VM in Azure to host the agent – not on-prem.
The “aqua” deployment model
This series of posts on online deployments from Michael J Swart is soooooo good (and the cartoons can’t be beat, either): https://michaeljswart.com/2018/01/100-percent-online-deployments-blue-green-deployment/
My favorite whitepaper and a helpful update - minimal logging FTW!
Not a ton of people in the room knew about the amaaaaazing whitepaper on minimal logging in SQL Server: The Data Loading Performance Guide. This is important when you need to bulk load data fast.
Some guidance changes for SQL Server 2016+, for info on that, check out this post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/sql-server-2016-minimal-logging-and-impact-of-the-batchsize-in-bulk-load-operations/
Accelerate State of DevOps Reports (DORA / Google)
Only a few folks in the rooms (whom I referred to as my fellow DevOps nerds with the UTMOST respect) knew about these free online reports which represent the findings from more than 30,000 respondents! This is the work led by Dr. Nicole Forsgren, and it is amazing. The DevOps Research and Assessment Group is now part of Google, download their work here: https://cloud.google.com/devops/
Some PowerShell steps in our demos featured cmdlets from this wonderful and amazing open source community resource.
Azure Data Studio
Resources to download from the day
If you are in need of the resources from the day, download them here (73MB – we use a lot of images and they only compress so much).
If you weren’t at the conference, feel free to download a copy. Please remember, though, that slides contain shorthand to help the speaker deliver a narrative, not full explanations – it’s easy to misunderstand based on slides without having been there. In other words, your mileage will vary, but perhaps you can find inspiration.
Thanks everyone for attending!