Testing for Specific Versions of TLS Protocols Using curl

Ever need to set your web server a specific protocol version of TLS for web servers and need a quick way to test that out to confirm? Let’s check out how to use curl to go just that. This code here uses curl with the parameters --tlsv1.1 --tls-max 1.1, which will force the max TLS protocol version to 1.1. Using the --verbose parameter gives you the ability to see the TLS handshake and get the output sent to standard out.

Updated Pluralsight Course – Managing the Kubernetes API Server and Pods

My updated course “Managing the Kubernetes API Server and Pods” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here! This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain Kubernetes and container based solutions. The course can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the system administrator or developer preparing for using Kubernetes both on premises and in the Cloud.

Updated Pluralsight Course – Kubernetes Installation and Configuration Fundamentals

My updated course “Kubernetes Installation and Configuration Fundamentals” in now available on Pluralsight here! If you want to learn about the course, check out the trailer here or if you want to dive right in check it out here! This course targets IT professionals that design and maintain Kubernetes and container based solutions. The course can be used by both the IT pro learning new skills and the system administrator or developer preparing for using Kubernetes both on premises and in the Cloud.

Installing and Configuring containerd as a Kubernetes Container Runtime

In this post, I’m going to show you how to install containerd as the container runtime in a Kubernetes cluster. I will also cover setting the cgroup driver for containerd to systemd which is the preferred cgroup driver for Kubernetes. In Kubernetes version 1.20 Docker was deprecated and will be removed after 1.22. containerd is a CRI compatible container runtime and is one of the supported options you have as a container runtime in Kubernetes in this post Docker Kubernetes world.

Published Azure Arc-Enabled Data Services Revealed

I’m super proud to announce that Ben E. Weissman and I have published Azure Arc-Enabled Data Services Revealed available now at Apress and your favorite online book sellers! Buy the book now…or keep reading below if you need to be more convinced :) A couple notes about the book, first I really enjoyed getting to work with this bleeding edge tech and collaborate with the SQL Server Engineering Team at Microsoft on this.

Getting SQL Agent Jobs and Job Steps Configuration

Recently I needed to take a look at all of the SQL Server Agent Jobs and their Jobs Steps for a customer. Specifically, I needed to review all of the Jobs and Job Steps for Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution and look at the Backup, Index Maintenance and Integrity Jobs to ensure they’re configured properly and also account for any customizations and one-offs in the Job definitions. This customer has dozens of SQL Server instances and well, I wasn’t about to click through everything in SSMS…and writing this in TSQL would have been a good candidate for a Ph.

Kubernetes Precon at DPS

Pre-conference Workshop at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 I’m proud to announce that I will be be presenting pre-conference workshop at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 split into Two four hour sessions on 30 November and 1 December! This one won’t let you down! Here is the start and stop times in various time zones: Time Zone Start Stop EST 5.00 PM 9 PM CET 11.

Announcing EightKB 2021

The first EightKB back in July was a real blast. Five expert speakers delivered mind-melting content to over 1,000 attendees! We were honestly blown away by how successful the first event was and we had so much fun putting it on, we thought we’d do it again 🙂 The next EightKB is going to be on January 27th 2021 and the schedule has just been announced! Once again we have five top-notch speakers delivering the highest quality sessions you can get!

Persistent Server Name Metadata When Deploying SQL Server in Kubernetes

In this post, we will explore how a Pod name is generated, Pod Name lifecycle, how it’s used inside a Pod to set the system hostname, and how the system hostname is used by SQL Server to set its server name metadata. Pod Naming in Deployments When deploying SQL Server in Kubernetes using a Deployment, the Pod created by the Deployment Controller will have a name with a structure of <DeploymentName>-<PodTemplateHash>-<PodID> for example, mssql-deployment-8cbdc8ddd-9n7jh.

Pre-Conference Workshop and Sessions at PASS Summit

I’m pleased to announce that I will be presenting at PASS Summit. This year I have a pre-conference workshop and a regular session. Let’s dive into each. Pre-Conference Workshop: The Future of Deployment for Modern Data Platform Applications Ben Weissman and I teach a pre-conference workshop called “The Future of Deployment for Modern Data Platform Applications” in this workshop. We’re going to cover how you will be deploying data platform applications in the near future.