Oct 142015
 

In case you missed it last week, there will be another SQL Saturday this weekend in Charlotte, NC. If you are in the area, please come out to this free training event to hear a bunch of great professionals talk about SQL Server. You can register for the event here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/452/eventhome.aspx.

I will be presenting one session on Performance Monitoring Tools.

No Money for Performance Monitoring Tools? No Problem!
So you like the idea of using one of the commercially available performance monitoring tools but can’t convince your boss to spend the money? Then join me as we explore some absolutely free tools born right out of Microsoft’s customer support teams: DiagManager and SQLNexus. We will see just how easy it is to use them to collect and analyze performance data from your SQL Servers. These tools can get you started quickly without having to deal with the red tape.

Oct 072015
 

I will be speaking this weekend at SQL Saturday #445 – Raleigh, NC. If you are in the area, please come out to this free training event to hear a bunch of great professionals talk about SQL Server. You can register for the event here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/445/eventhome.aspx. So come on out and meet some great people who might be able to help you solve your worst problems.

I will be presenting two sessions on Policy Based Management and Performance Monitoring Tools.

Policy Based Management – Beyond the Basics
Policy Based Management is a great feature of SQL Server and easy to implement; however, for most organizations you need a way to customize it to your enterprise. Join me for this session as we take a deeper dive into PBM to see how you can customize polices, evaluate those polices across your entire enterprise environment, track those changes over time, and deliver reports to management showing your progress.

No Money for Performance Monitoring Tools? No Problem!
So you like the idea of using one of the commercially available performance monitoring tools but can’t convince your boss to spend the money? Then join me as we explore some absolutely free tools born right out of Microsoft’s customer support teams: DiagManager and SQLNexus. We will see just how easy it is to use them to collect and analyze performance data from your SQL Servers. These tools can get you started quickly without having to deal with the red tape.

Dec 182012
 

Last week, I attended my very first SQL Saturday event in Washington, DC.  Although I don’t live anywhere near Washington, I was able to make the short trek from Charlotte, NC.  It was well worth the time and effort.  I missed the previous one in Charlotte back in October, but  I have to say now I really hate that I did.  I’ve been to SQL Connections in Las Vegas, and SQL Saturday reminded me of a one-day version of it.  I wish I could have attended every single session, but at least I was able to hear the presentations that I most interested in. 


I was able to meet a few of the SQL experts (Mike Walsh, David Klee, Jason Hall, etc.) that I’ve been following through their blogs and on Twitter.  Hearing them speak and being able to converse with them 1-on-1 was surreal.

For any aspiring DBA out there, if SQL Saturday is in your area it should be a mandatory event on your calendar.  They are free, except for lunch, and it provides an excellent opportunity to see how others in the industry are using the technology.  Beyond listening to the speakers, there is the networking aspect.  I met with other attendees, presenters, and of course the vendors to ask questions about SQL or where I could find more information a specific topic.  I probably collected a dozen business cards for people and I plan to keep in touch with them.

Check out SQL Saturday’s site for a list of all the upcoming events.  If there are not any close to you, then check PASS for any local SQL Server user groups in your area.  Getting involved in those can provide the same opportunities as SQL Saturday events.