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Hardware and Finger-Pointing

Glenn Berry gives us two rants for the price of one:

This is rant #1. Even though I have an unusual fascination with computer hardware, I am still somewhat taken aback when I encounter DBAs who have absolutely no idea what type of hardware they are using. I’ll sometimes ask a DBA “What processor does your most important database server have?”, and I often get a “deer in headlights” look in response. Then a mumbled response, “I’m not sure, maybe a Xeon?”.

Read on for this rant, as well as the origin story of Glenn’s outstanding SQL Server Diagnostic Information Queries.