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David Barbarin
Senior Consultant & Microsoft Technology Leader

David Barbarin has more than ten years of experience in Microsoft solutions. He is specialized in SQL Server technologies and associated topics such as installation, migration, security audits, troubleshooting of performance issues, or high availability architectures etc. Furthermore, he has many years of experience in .NET development, SSIS packages deployment, and database design in several sectors like retail, health sector, and other industries. David Barbarin is SQL Server MVP (since 2010), Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for SQL Server, and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He is also ITIL Foundation V3 certified. He holds an BTS in electronic from France and has a degree in computer sciences from CNAM in Lyon. His branch-related experience covers Public Sector, Financial Services / Banking, Automotive, Health Sector, IT, Watch Industry, etc.
David Barbarin

Is there too much memory for my SQL Server instance?

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | No Comments

Is there too much memory for my SQL Server instance? This is definitely an uncommon question I had to deal with of my customers a couple of weeks ago. Usually DBAs complain when they don’t have enough memory for environments they have to manage and the fact is SQL Server (like other SGBDRs) provides a plenty of tools for memory pressure troubleshooting. But what about of the opposite? This question raised in a context of an environment…

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SQL Server 2019 availability groups – Introduction to R/W redirection

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Database management, SQL Server | 3 Comments

writeThis is a second write-up about SQL Server 2019 CTP2.0 and availability group new features. This time the interesting one is about READRWRITE redirection capabilities. A couple of months ago, I wrote about SQL Server 2017 and new read-scale capabilities and listener management challenges regarding the operating system. Indeed, there are some scenarios where including listener will not as easy as we did with common ones on the top of Windows operation system. A list of…

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SQL Server availability groups, SQL Browser and Shared Memory considerations

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, SQL Server | No Comments

Few weeks ago, my colleagues and me discussed availability groups and network considerations for one of our customers including disabling SQL Browser service and shared memory protocol. The point was disabling both features may lead to unexpected behaviors when creating availability groups. Let’s start with the SQL Browser service. It is not uncommon to disable this service at customer shops and to use directly SQL Server listen ports instead. But if you go trough the…

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First steps into SQL Server 2019 availability groups on K8s

By | Cloud, Database management, DevOps, SQL Server | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced the first public CTP version of next SQL Server version (CTP2). It is not a surprise, the SQL Server vNext becomes SQL Server 2019 and there are a plenty of enhancements as well as new features to discover. But for now, let’s start with likely one of my favorites: availability groups on Kurbernetes (aka K8s). As far I may see from customers and hear from my colleagues as well,…

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Connecting to Azure SQL Managed Instance from on-premise network

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up about my first immersion into the SQL Server managed instances (SQLMIs), a new deployment model of Azure SQL Database which provides near 100% compatibility with the latest SQL Server on-premises Database Engine. In the previous blog post, to test a connection to this new service, I installed an Azure virtual machine on the same VNET (172.16.0.0/16) including SQL Server management studio. For testing purpose, we don’t need more,…

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Deploying SQL Server on MiniShift / RedHat OpenShift

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

Currently we begin to see customer adopting containerization for SQL Server databases (mainly driven by CI/CD and DevOps trends). A lot of them are using RedHat OpenShift as container management platform. From my side, I didn’t want to setup a complete OpenShift infrastructure on my lab to test only my SQL Server pod deployment on such infrastructure. I rather installed MiniShift that comes with one OpenShift node cluster which perfectly meets my requirements.    …

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Running SQL Server containers on K8s Docker for Windows CE stable channel

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, DevOps, SQL Server | No Comments

The release of Docker for Windows Stable version 18.06..0-ce-win70 comes with some great new features I looked for a while including the K8s support! That’s a pretty good news because this support has existed on Edge channel since the beginning of this year but no chance to install a beta version on my laptop from my side. So, we get now a good opportunity to test locally our SQL Server image with a K8s single…

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SQL Server on Linux – I/O internal thoughts

By | Database management, Development & Performance, SQL Server | 2 Comments

Let’s start the story from the beginning with some funny testing I tried to perform with SQL Server on Linux a couple of months ago. At that time, I wanted to get some pictures of syscalls from SQL Server as I already did in a past on Windows side with sysinternal tools as procmon and stack traces. On Linux strace is probably one of the best counterparts. Firstly, please note this blog is just from…

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Dealing with automatic restart and SQL Docker containers

By | Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, a customer asked me how to restart containers automatically after a reboot of the underlying host. In his context, it was not an insignificant question because some containers are concerned by SQL Server databases and he wanted to stay relaxed as long as possible even after a maintenance of the Linux host by sysadmins. The concerned (DEV) environment doesn’t include container orchestration like Swarm or Kubernetes. The interesting point is…

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Introducing SQL managed instances on Azure

By | Cloud, Database Administration & Monitoring | No Comments

I never wrote about data platform solutions on Azure so far. The fact is in Switzerland we’re definitely late about the Cloud adoption and Azure data platform solutions. There are different reasons that are more or less valid but I don’t want to contribute to any debate here. In any case the last announcements in this field with Azure data centers in Switzerland could encourage customers to reconsider this topic in the near future. Don’t…

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