Have You Invested In This?


A week before I officially launched my online course How to Build a Personal Lab for Deploying SQL Server on Windows Server Failover Clusters, I asked this question on Twitter. There were various responses, ranging from “very important” to “it helped my career“. While reading one of the responses, I realized that I actually asked the wrong question. […]

The Biggest Challenge I Had in Mastering Windows Server Failover Clustering for SQL Server


Last July, I launched my online course Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) for the Smart SQL Server DBA. The course took a year-and-a-half in the making. But mastering the concepts I covered in the course took over a decade. With the continuous improvement that Microsoft has invested in the WSFC technology over the years, implementing […]

Exploring The Windows Server Failover Cluster Dependency Report

Troubleshooting Availability of SQL Server Workloads Running on Windows Server Failover Cluster - Part 1

Dependency Report

SQL Server Failover Clustered Instances (FCI) and Availability Groups (AG) depend a lot on Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC). Understanding how the underlying WSFC platform works can help us maintain availability of our databases Renting a car is something that I do quite frequently as I travel. Different rental car companies have a variety of car models […]

Creativity Thru Scarcity: Behind the Scenes of Creating My Online Course

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the back story behind the best-selling solo album in jazz history and the all-time best-selling piano album – The Köln Concert. As we all face a form of scarcity in one way or another, we need to be creative in finding ways to leverage our lack and achieve our […]

Who Says Quotas Are Only For Sales

When Active Directory Quotas Prevent The Creation of SQL Server Failover Clustered Instances and Availability Groups


Ever since I started working on projects involving SQL Server Availability Groups back in 2012, the most common issues I’ve come across with have nothing to do with SQL Server. After my presentation on Architecting SQL Server Availability Groups at the Seacoast SQL Server User Group in New Hampshire, someone approached me to share a […]