Oct 232018

I’m presenting an exciting preconference training session on Friday, October 26, ahead of the SQL Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. This all-day training class, entitled “Level Up Your Cloud Infrastructure Skills“, is designed to help you, the SQL Server professional, ramp up your knowledge so you know how to better manage workloads in the cloud.

Think infrastructure in the cloud is still just for sysadmins? Think again! As your organization moves into the cloud, infrastructure skills are more important than ever for DBAs to master. Expert knowledge of cloud-related infrastructure will help you maintain performance and availability for databases in the cloud. For example, know what an IOP is? How many does your database consume during a given day? Properly sizing a cloud database depends on your knowledge of this metric. Failure to properly configure storage performance at the time of deployment will slow down your SQL Server considerably. Come learn many of the key cloud infrastructure points that you should master as the DBA role continues to evolve in this all-day boot camp on ramping up your knowledge on cloud management!

RSVP for this exciting preconference training session here for just $135! Seats are limited, so register soon!

Mar 042015

pass_logo_smThis Thursday I will be joining an open discussion with Tegile Systems and the Lincoln SQL Server Users Group on the challenges for the DBA when it comes to handling large amounts of data. Everything from storage to CPUs and virtualization will be discussed, and both OLTP and BI systems will be addressed. Join us at Lazlo’s South at 6:00pm on Thursday for this open discusssion! RSVP today!


Oct 062012

Today I presented two sessions at SQL Saturday Lincoln (almost in my backyard!) – Virtualizing Business-Critical SQL Servers and Database Health and Performance. I really enjoyed speaking with the attendees on both topics. The sessions were engaging, the dialogue was well thought out, and the enthusiasm for the topics was contagious!

Thanks goes out to all of the attendees for spending their hard-earned Saturdays with a bunch of geeks, the volunteers for their outstanding efforts throughout the event, and especially the coordinator – Lincoln SQL Server Users Group President John Danley – for his great efforts to put this event together. I really enjoyed the day, and I hope to be selected to return next year!

Hopefully, the same group of folks can come together when we hold the SQL Saturday Omaha on April 6th next year. I’ll see you all there!

The presentation and demo scripts are available on the web site links above or for download below.

20121006 SQL Server Health and Performance – Lincoln SQL Saturday 165

20121006 Virtualizing Your Business Critical SQL Servers – Lincoln SQL Saturday 165

Sep 302012

The Omaha SSUG’s sister group, the Lincoln SSUG, is hosting a SQL Saturday this coming Saturday, October 6th, at Avery Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This is a great day of free Microsoft SQL Server training, with an optional fee of $10 for lunch. 

I’m proud to be speaking on two of my favorite topics – ‘Virtualizing Business-Critical SQL Servers‘ and ‘Database Health and Performance‘. I have an absolute blast with these sessions, and I guarantee that you’ll learn something if you attend!

A few of my great coworkers and friends are presenting on interesting topics as well.

Andy Galbraith (b | t) is presenting a session on ‘How to Maintain Your Databases With Help From Ola Hallengren‘. Andy is also co-presenting the ‘Virtualizing Business-Critical SQL Servers‘ with me – we always have a blast!

A newbie to the SQL Saturday speaking circuit and all-around great guy is David Pettengill. He is presenting two sessions on ‘A Database Perspective‘ and ‘Heart to Heart with Business Users‘. I would not miss these. His years of experience in the industry not only lead to some fantastic insight on business, but some great sarcasm as well.

John Morehouse (b | t) is doing sessions on ‘Backup & Restores: You’re Not in Kansas Anymore!‘ and ‘Social Networking is Alive!‘ I’ve heckled him through both of these sessions before, and are great!

Phil Brammer (b | t), an SSIS master, is presenting on ‘SSIS 2012: A Deep Dive into the SSIS Catalog‘. If you use SSIS at all, you should attend this session!

Bill Fellows (b | t) is presenting a session on ‘Type more, click less: using EzAPI to build SSIS‘. If I weren’t presenting at the same time, I’d be in this one! This session should be kilt-tacular!

Last, but definitely not least, the famous Kevin Kline (b | t) is presenting a great session on ‘Disk I/O Tuning for Microsoft SQL Server‘.  Kevin is the best speaker on SQL Server topics that I have ever witnessed. He is also giving a pre-con session on Friday on ‘Real World Database Config and Tuning‘. Don’t miss it!

I could go on and profile everyone there, but I don’t want to bore you. These sessions are world-class and you just don’t get education like this without paying big bucks.

Register now for this event! I speak at a number of these events and go out of my way to attend even more. I cannot broadcast enough how wonderful these events really are. You’re getting free training from some of the best speakers in the world, and are there with folks who want to learn more about SQL Server.

House of Brick presence! W00t! (Ripped from Andy’s blog)

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