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Proud to support this year’s VMworld 2020 conference

I'm thrilled to support and participate in this year's VMworld 2020 conference, which is going online due to COVID-19. I'm presenting a new session called "Architecting SQL Server Workloads on the VMware Hybrid Cloud Platform", session HCP1720, along with Oleg Ulyanov, Senior Solutions Architect at VMware and Shawn Meyers from Tintri by DNN.

Session details: Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most common RDBMSes running on the VMware hybrid cloud platform. In this session, you will learn how to plan a hybrid cloud platform to host SQL Server workloads, what to consider when designing a highly available SQL Server solution, and how to efficiently and effectively deploy SQL Server in a VM. We will also provide an introduction to SQL Server licensing on a virtual environment.

The best part about this conference is that it is FREE! OK, the General Pass is free, but the General Pass includes seven live VMworld video channels covering over 500 sessions and the VMware hands-on labs. If you want to upgrade for even more content, the Premier Pass is only $299, and adds a number of limited capacity sessions, roundtable sessions, and additional one-on-one sessions with VMware engineers.

You should register now! It's free! Sign up now and come learn with me!

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Technical Sessions at P21 WWUG Connect Conference 2020

We are looking forward to seeing you at the virtual and free 2020 Prophet 21 Worldwide User Group Connect conference, starting Friday August 14th through Friday September 11th!  It is outstanding to be involved in the event for a fifth consecutive year!

David Klee, Heraflux’s Founder and Chief Architect, has a total of seven conference presentations and will be co-leading two roundtable discussions.

The dates and times for David’s sessions and roundtables (recommended early sign in to roundtables as there are limited virtual seats) are below:

Monday August 17th

  • Infrastructure, Cloud, and Virtualization Health Checks (Part 1) from 11:30-12:30pm EDT
  • Roundtable on Open Technology from 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Wednesday August 19th

  • Infrastructure, Cloud, and Virtualization Health Checks (Part 2) from 11:00-12:30pm EDT
  • SQL Server Health Checks from 2:30-3:30pm EDT

Thursday August 20th

  • P21 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Fundamentals from 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Friday August 21st

  • SQL Server Health Checks (Part 2) from 11:30-1:00pm EDT

Monday August 24th

  • Cloud – No Way, All In, or Kind Of? (Part 1) from 11:30-12:30pm EDT
  • Roundtable on Virtualization from 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Tuesday August 25th

  • Cloud – No Way, All In, or Kind Of? (Part 2) from 2:00-3:30pm EDT

If you are not available to attend a session but have questions for us, please contact us about scheduling a meeting.

Many thanks again to the Prophet 21 Worldwide User Group event coordinators for including Heraflux Technologies in the 2020 Connect user conference.  We are looking forward to virtually seeing our many customers and other attendees.

Thank you!

The Heraflux Team




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Renewed as Microsoft MVP for 2020-2021

I have been fortunate enough to be renewed as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for the calendar year July 2020 to June 2021. I’m honored, humbled, and thrilled that Microsoft values my little piece of the SQL Server community contributions to have awarded me this honor for the seventh year in a row. The MVP Award is Microsoft’s way of thanking community leaders for their activities in the technical communities to advocate and teach so that people get the most from their products.

You can learn more about the MVP program at, and view all current MVPs here.

Thank you Microsoft for your support! Given the state of the world lately, I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to some positive change and education for everyone to enjoy. Let’s continue to make this year better! Thank you!!

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Podcast recording with Dallas DBAs

I'm thrilled to have recently recorded a podcast with Kevin3NF of Dallas DBAs called Data Bits. I had an absolute blast with it, and we laughed for over an hour with fun war stories and goofy things that I chuckle with. You should check this out if you get a moment! Listen to the other podcasts while you're there. You can get a really good sense for the people behind the persona, and it's fantastic to see more about these folks!

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Packet Pushers Podcast released

I am thrilled to have recently recorded a podcast with our friends over at PacketPushers. The podcast, "How an IT Specialist Chooses Adjacent Competencies", talks about how adjacencies in IT, as well as deeply intertwined technologies that compete and conflict with each other, can become a great means to specialize in multiple technologies to become an increasingly valuable asset to your organization and career.

General IT practitioners are incredibly valuable, as it makes you immensely adaptable to emerging and changing technologies. Specializing in one area gives you the potential to become the master at that topic. What is better - specializing or generalizing? I find that you can do both - and quite successfully mind you - but it takes your interest in multiple topics to make it happen. Listen in to learn more!

For those of you who read my blog, you'll find that I have an intense fascination with how large database servers (notably Microsoft SQL Server) play nice - or often enough do NOT play nice - with the infrastructure underneath, regardless of on-premises or public cloud placement. I've been virtualizing these systems and doing performance tuning of these platforms for over 20 years now. I'll never say I've seen it all, but I've seen a lot of how infrastructure and database systems often do not work well together, and knowing one side well makes you stronger at the other.

Coincidentally, I recorded this podcast with Scott Lowe, who authored the book "Mastering VMware vSphere 4", the book that I used to help start my VMware certification path many years ago back in 2009. I'm amazed at how I was able to connect to contribute so many years later! Thanks Scott for your great words of wisdom!

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