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Justin Randall

Justin (@jh_randall) leads our Professional Services Organization with the perspective of nearly 30 years of IT experience. Professional Services provides customers with mentoring, consulting and training services focused on configuring and tuning SentryOne software, and SQL Server performance troubleshooting and optimization. Justin's blog focuses on helping our users become highly valued DBAs who use our software to prevent and solve real-world SQL Server problems while making positive contributions to their organization's success.
Mine the SentryOne Database for CPU Usage—Per Server, Per Day

Mine the SentryOne Database for CPU Usage—Per Server, Per Day

Justin Randall shows how to write a custom query to mine performance counters over a trailing number of days from the SentryOne database.

Monitoring Tintri VM Stores : A Sneak Preview

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) provides an early preview of using SQL Sentry to visualize performance metrics from Tintri VM Stores.

Engaging the SQL Server Community

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) discusses his ongoing efforts to foster the development of our SQL Server community, and explains where he's speaking this fall.

T-SQL Tuesday #68 : Default Settings for SQL Server Agent

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) contributes to this month's T-SQL Tuesday with a post showing many of the default settings and behaviors for SQL Server Agent.

I Didn't Know it Could Do That! : Enabling Additional Performance Counters

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) describes how to add additional performance counters in SQL Sentry Performance Advisor, and how you can make use of that data.

SQL Server Monitoring – Getting it Right

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) talks about some of the core principles you should adhere to when building or considering tools for SQL Server monitoring.

My Favorite SQL Sentry v8.4 Features: #1 – Dashboard Custom Wait Categories

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) talks about one of his favorite new features of SQL Sentry v8.4 : Custom Wait Categories on the Performance Advisor Dashboard.

I Didn't Know It Could Do That! – Using Notes

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) shows how to use the Notes feature in SQL Sentry software to help document issues and streamline troubleshooting efforts.

I Didn’t Know It Could Do That! (Reports – not just for managers)

Continuing his series on "hidden" gems in SQL Sentry software, Justin Randall (@jh_randall) provides some valuable information about Performance Advisor and Event Manager reports.

T-SQL Tuesday #59 – My Hero!

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) throws his hat into this month's T-SQL Tuesday ring, telling us about three heroes that have helped shape his career.

I Didn't Know It Could Do That! (Part 2)

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) continues his insightful blog series, showing users things they may not know about the grids in SQL Sentry Performance Advisor.

I Didn't Know It Could Do That!

Justin Randall (@jh_randall) kicks off a blog series aimed at showing our customers things they might not know about SQL Sentry Performance Advisor and SQL Sentry Event Manager. First up: the "Jump To" menu.