Data Relay Leeds 2022

Speaking at Data Relay

Data Relay is a free community conference in the UK for the Microsoft data platform. I submitted a session for DBA Dash which was accepted and I delivered my session on the 4th October 2022 in Leeds.

This was the first time I’ve done something like this and it was outside of my comfort zone. I was excited to show off DBA Dash though. My plan was to demo how to use the tool to solve performance issues.

I created demos in my Lab environment and restored the repository database to my laptop to perform the demos.

To help prepare for speaking at data relay I recorded myself. This allowed my to practice my presentation and get an idea how long it would take to deliver. The actual session at data relay wasn’t recorded but I’ve uploaded my practice session to YouTube. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but hopefully you will find the video useful. 😊

Thank you to @MrKeithAtherton for providing the photo from the event!

What’s new in 2.23.0

OS Loaded Modules Reporting

Some modules such as antivirus software are known to cause issues when loaded into SQL Server address space. These problems might vary from performance issues to weird bugs and corruption. DBA Dash can now highlight where you have problematic modules loaded.

Read more here

New website for DBA Dash!

DBA Dash has a new website. The purpose of this site is to provide a friendly landing page for new users of DBA Dash and to provide a better documentation experience.

DBA Dash remains open source and the GitHub page isn’t going anywhere. GitHub is still the place to log issues, create discussions and contribute to the project.

I hope you like the new website and find the documentation easier to navigate. I want to improve the documentation experience over time.

The website was created with Doks. Doks is a theme for Hugo, a static website generator. This the first time I’ve used a static site generator. There is a bit of a learning curve compared to something like WordPress. Static websites are fast, easy to source control and cheaper to host though.