Colorado SQL – August 2012

This month Kevin Kline will be presenting “End to End Troubleshooting” at the Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver SQL Meetings

Summary:  Learning how to detect, diagnose and resolve performance problems in SQL Server is tough.  It often takes years of on-the-job experience to learn how to use the tools and techniques that help you detect when a problem is occurring, diagnose the root-cause of the problem, and then resolve the problem.  So strap yourself in to a time machine, because you’ll learn in less than two hours what it took Kevin years to figure out through hands-on troubleshooting and problem solving.

Bio:  Kevin Kline is the Director of Engineering Services at SQL Sentry.  Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger.  As a noted leader in the IT industry, Kevin’s blog covers Microsoft SQL Server features and best practices, third-party software, trends in the IT industry, and professional development for IT professionals.

 

Boulder SQL

Date:  Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location:  Level 3 Communications, Room 4LA-07, 1025 Eldorado Boulevard, Broomfield, CO  80021

 

Colorado Springs SQL

Date:  Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location:  Hyatt Place – Garden of the Gods, 503 West Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO  80919

 

Denver SQL

Date:  Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Microsoft, 7595 Technology Way, Suite 400, Denver, CO  80207

 

Colorado SQL – June 2012

All ColoradoSQL user group meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and provide food and refreshments.  There is no cost to attend so bring a co-worker . . . or two.  These events provide for great learning opportunities as well as networking with other SQL Server Professionals.

 

BoulderSQL

Third Tuesday (June 19)

 

Market Force

248 Centennial Parkway, Suite 150

Louisville, CO  80027

 

Presentation 1:

Title:  Training a Busy SQL Agent

You have a busy server with 50 or more jobs defined, and roughly 40 of them are enabled.  You need to bring the server down for some important maintenance (say add a new disk, add memory, reboot due to software install, etc.)  You notice that a good half of th ejobs are executing and others are being kicked off every few minutes.  Whenever you wait for a job to finish, others have started.  How do you bring this server down without killing any of the running jobs?

‹Presenter:  Paul Paiva (blog), Chief Architect, CoCreative Solutions

Paul has 17 years experience with Microsoft SQL Server.  He has worked in the roles of production DBA, database developer, database architect, applications developer, business intelligence and data warehouse developer, and instructor for students aspiring for MCDBA certification.  He has performed numerous data migrations and supported large databases (3 Terabyte, 1+ billion rows) with high transactions.  Presently he is an independent SQL Server consultant with CoCreative Solutions.  He is a member of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), blogs about lessons learned form a developer’s approach to SQL Server administration, and has been the president of the BoulderSQL Server Users’ Group for 3+ years.

‹Presentation 2:

Title:  Top 12 Performance Enhancements in 2012

This presentation will go over the Top 10 enhancements and/or new features in SQL Server 2012 to increase the performance of your database.  You will get a good overview on which options may be a good fit for you and which will not work in every environment as well as some key things to be on the lookout for when using these.

‹Presenter:  Kathy Gibbs, Senior Database Administrator, Confio Software

Kathy has over 19 years of IT work experience and over 13 years of DBA experience including architecting, design, development, implementation, monitoring and disaster recovery of databases.  Before starting with Confio, Kathy worked in the critical OLTP and OLAP databases.  Kathy excels as being a liaison between technical and end-users management teams to provide solutions.

 

SpringsSQL

Third Wednesday (June 20)

 

Hyatt Place – Garden of the Gods

503 West Garden of the Gods Road

Colorado Springs, CO  80919

 

‹Presentation 1: 

‹Title:  What Your Developer Friends Already Know About Windows 8

Windows 8 is a big deal.  The changes for the user interface are significant, but the impact on software development might be bigger.  Microsoft developers are working hard to grab onto the new paradigm of app development.  For non-developers, what are you missing out on learning?  Here’s your chance to catch up.

‹Presenter:  Jerry Nixon (blog / twitter)

Jerry Nixon is a Microsoft Developer Evangelist in Colorado.  He has been developing and designing on the Microsoft platform for 15 years.  He speaks at universities, events and groups on Kinect, XAML, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.  Most of Jerry’s days are spent teaching his three daughters Star Trek character backstories and episode plots.

 

DenverSQL

Third Thursday (June 21)

 

Microsoft

7595 Technology Way, Suite 400

Denver, CO  80207

 

Presentation 1:

‹Title:  Lockdown!  Securing Your Services

HOST/SQLServer2005MSSQLUser$HOST$MSSQLSERVER???  It’s ok, you aren’t the only one that’s tried to make sense out of all these.  In this talk, we will discuss what options are available for your SQL Server services and security best practices that might be worth implementing in your organization.  This presentation follows past experiences, epiphanies . . . maybe even some frustrations . . . in switching to minimally privileged service accounts.

‹Presenter:  Brandon Tucker 

Over the past six years, Brandon has explored SQL Server as a developer, administrator, and consultant.  After graduation school, he has translated his academic knowledge base into real-world scenarios in the financial, health insurance, education, and transportation industries.  Brandon has presented at Code Camps/User Groups in multiple states and was elected as VP of Events for DSSUG in 2010.  When not pounding away on a keyboard, Brandon can be found wandering the globe in search of great music, beers, views, and experiences.

Presentation 2:

‹Title:  SQL Server on VMware???

Many of our customers are either virtualizing databases or planning to do so soon.  I hear from many groups that attempted running their database on VMware but went back to physical hardware because of performance issues.  There are many reasons this may have happened, but quite often the decision to go back to physical was not based on hard facts.  This presentation will explore the fundamentals of monitoring databases running in a VMware environment.  If you are using classic O/S monitoring tools, you may be getting misleading data.  Understand what metrics are important and how to get the data.

‹Presenter:  Kathy Gibbs, Senior DBA, Confio Software

Kathy has over 19 years of IT work experience and over 13 years of DBA experience, including architecting, design, development, implementation, monitoring, and disaster recovery of databases.  Before starting with Confio, Kathy worked in the critical OLTP and OLAP databases.  Kathy excels as being a liaison between technical and the end-users management teams to provide solutions.

 

ColoradoSQLApril 2012

All ColoradoSQL user group meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and provide food and refreshments. There is no cost to attend so bring a co-worker¦or two. These events provide for great learning opportunities as well as networking with other local SQL Server professionals.

BoulderSQL

Third Tuesday

Market Force

248 Centennial Parkway
Louisville, CO 80027

 

Presentation 1:

Title: The SQL Family Connection

Using social media to get technical support, and also to promote your career.

Presenter: Mike Fal

Mike Fal is a musician turned SQL Server DBA, with 10+ years of experience as a database administrator. He has worked for several different industries, including healthcare, software development, marketing, and manufacturing and has experience supporting databases from 1 GB to 4 TB in size. Mike received his a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996 and has been caught playing trombone in public on more than one occasion.

 

Presentation 2:

Title: Introduction to Data Warehousing

Just starting or thinking of starting a data warehousing project but not sure where to begin. Or still not sure if your organization needs a data warehouse. This discussion is geared towards answering the what and why (or why not) of data warehousing.

 

Presenter: Marc Beacom ( blog | twitter )  & Jeff Renz 

Marc Beacom, MCTS – SQL Server 2008 BI and Development, has over 15 years of technical and business experience. He is currently Principal Architect and Owner of DawaBI focusing on Making Data-Driven Decisions Possible by delivering user friendly and scalable data warehouse and business intelligence solutions. Marc is an active volunteer within the community and currently co-organizer of the Colorado GiveCamp and Advisory Board Member for Camp To Belong Colorado.  Marc has also volunteered for other organizations such as the Denver SQL Server UG, Colorado Springs SQL Server UG and spent a year as a regional mentor for PASS.

 

Jeff Renz: Currently working for Abound Solar as the lead architect implementing a solar panel field performance data warehouse.
Developed global manufacturing and supply chain data collection and reporting solutions since 1999.  Bachelors degree in computer science and a masters degree in operations research from the Colorado School of Mines.  Certified by the Genesee Academy as a Certified Data Vault Data Modeler.

 

SpringsSQL

Third Wednesday

Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods

503 West Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Presentation 1:

Title:

What’s new in T-SQL for SQL Server 2012 Part 1

SQL Server 2012 has many new T-SQL enhancements that will simplify your code¦and life.  We’ll roll up our sleeves and dive in.

Presenter: Marc Beacom ( blog | twitter )

Marc Beacom, MCTS – SQL Server 2008 BI and Development, has over 15 years of technical and business experience. He is currently Principal Architect and Owner of DawaBI focusing on Making Data-Driven Decisions Possible by delivering user friendly and scalable data warehouse and business intelligence solutions. Marc is an active volunteer within the community and currently co-organizer of the Colorado GiveCamp and Advisory Board Member for Camp To Belong Colorado.  Marc has also volunteered for other organizations such as the Denver SQL Server UG, Colorado Springs SQL Server UG and spent a year as a regional mentor for PASS.

 

Presentation 2:

Title: Develop a Quick and Dirty Web Interface to your Database: for the DBA and other non-developers

So you want to develop to your database? Do you have your own tools to check performance? Does Chris Shaw’s Utility Database sound like a tool you have and want a web interface, but don’t want to write a lot of code? I will demonstrate how a simple ASP.Net MVC site can be developed and deployed against your database. See firsthand how easy we can use Shaw’s utility database and access across the web over a mobile device so you may manage performance online whilst zipping your drink of choice.

Presenter: Gabe Villa ( blog | twitter )

 

Bio: Originally from El Paso, Texas, Gabriel has over 10 years’ professional developer experience using Microsoft technologies. Gabriel is an MCPD, ASP.NET Developer and an MCTS in SQL Server 2008 Database Development. He has developed desktop, web and database systems for the medical, retail, imports distributors, and automotive industries. Gabriel recently moved with his wife and three kids to Colorado Springs, where he works for a small ISV developing software for the big-ticket retail industry.

 

DenverSQL

Third Thursday

Microsoft DTC Office

7579 Technology Way, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80237

 

Presentation 1:

Title: Exposing the Core: Intro to SQL Server 2012 on Server Core

Everything that’s old is new again. With SQL 2012, we can now run our SQL Servers on Server Core, a version of the Windows OS that is smaller and more secure. This presentation will introduce you to Server Core, how to prepare it for a SQL installation, and how to actually install SQL 2012 on to it.

Presenter: Mike Fal

Mike Fal is a musician turned SQL Server DBA, with 10+ years of experience as a database administrator. He has worked for several different industries, including healthcare, software development, marketing, and manufacturing and has experience supporting databases from 1 GB to 4 TB in size. Mike received his a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996 and has been caught playing trombone in public on more than one occasion.

Presentation 2:

Title: ETL as Master Data Management

The worst customer service I have ever personally experienced was directly tied to a company’s failure to have an effective Master Data Management (MDM) system.
Most companies have multiple data sources that track the exact same data. Retail operations have multiple point of sale systems (internet, phone, bricks and mortar); health care providers have multiple applications for specialties (Radiology, oncology, etc.); finance companies have multiple systems based on products (mortgages, other loans, checking and savings accounts). These systems track the same or similar data (e.g. all systems track customers) and can maintain completely different information about the same thing. This arises from human data entries and failure to manage the critical nouns for the company and a lack of effective MDM solutions in the market.
ETL solutions in the BI stack are perfectly positioned to manage this data, reconcile the differences and maintain consistency across an enterprise. I will speak about what I consider to be the four main jobs of any MDM system and how to incorporate these into an ETL system:

  • Identify data inconsistencies
  • Reconcile those differences (programmatically if possible)
  • Synchronize reconciled data with source systems
  • Send any un-reconciled data to humans for resolution

Presenter: Mike Sexton ( blog | twitter )

Stunningly handsome yet surprisingly humble, Mike Sexton spent the first ten years of his career as a public defender in New York. Realizing he could make far more money as a junior programmer than as a lawyer with 10 years’ experience, he had a revelation, the words of which that are not appropriate for a family publication. Since then Mike has traveled the lands taming errant database applications, publishing and blogging at www.sqlmountain.com. He recently published Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform, which may be found at finer bookstores. Mike can be found living the high life in Colorado with a hot blonde on his arm.

ColoradoSQLFebruary 2012

 

All ColoradoSQL user group meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and provide food and refreshments. There is no cost to attend so bring a co-worker¦or two. These events provide for great learning opportunities as well as networking with other local SQL Server professionals.

 

BoulderSQL

Meeting canceled this month

 

SpringsSQL

Third Wednesday

Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods

503  West Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

 

Presentation 1:

Title: What is the Best Disaster Recovery Solution?

It depends, every situation is different. The question is often asked of DBA’s to provide a solution to very open ended requirements.  However, the best solution can only be provided if the database professional is getting all the answers.  This session is a case study into many of Disaster Recovery options that we as database professionals have.  Understand the answers to the important questions that  we should be asking to provide the best solution not only for the database but for the business as well.  As an attendee you will learn how to change an answer from it depends into a solid solution that can be built upon. We will take examples from experiences and as a group determine what the best situation is, and then compare it to the actual solution implemented.

i.   At the end of this session, the attendees will be able to describe the differences between all the disaster recovery solutions and when to use them.
ii.  Walk away knowing the right questions to ask when presented with a disaster recovery project and why the answers change the disaster recovery options that could be presented.
iii. Learn from real life examples the stumbling points that you won’t read in books on line.

 

Presenter: Chris Shaw ( blog | twitter )

Chris started his database career while in the Marine Corps somewhere in 1993.  From there he went on to companies such as Wells Fargo, Pulte Mortgage and Yellow Pages Inc., and later consulted with insurance companies including Anthem Blue Shield.  Chris has enjoyed writing and speaking about SQL Server over the last 10 years at events such as SQL Connections, Pass and SSWUG Ultimate conferences where Chris was the Conference Chair. Chris received the Microsoft MVP award.  He is the founding member of the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group and is currently blogging on chrisshaw.wordpress.com, sswug.org and writing his book,  How to Find Your Next DBA Job.

 

DenverSQL

Third Thursday

Microsoft DTC Office

7579 Technology Way, Suite 40