SQL Saturday Houston was Awesome!
This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at SQL Saturday Houston. I enjoyed catching up with some friends while I also took the time to make some new ones as well.
This year I gave two different sessions. The first one in the morning was Azure Databases for DBA’s. The second one was Why Did My Plan Change, Intro to Query Store.
This was the first time I presented my Azure Databases for DBA’s talk at a conference. I got some great feedback and it was a lot of fun. I ended up using videos for the demos to make sure they would fit within the timeline of the presentation. Running the High Availability and Disaster Recovery Virtual Chapter I am always thinking of backup strategies this even includes my own demos 😉
At the end of the day I gave my “Why Did My Plan Change: Intro to Query Store” presentation. I was able to tell some real-world stories about lessons learned while monitoring plan changes and explain how upgrades can greatly improve performance when you find the few queries that run slower after an upgrade and fix them.
THE CAR THAT WOULDN’T START
Leaving the event I though I was on my way to the after party when I realized my 1990 Volvo wouldn’t start. Some people would be upset and frustrated but looking back a few days later, I was blessed. Let me explain. Instead of being stranded by myself Jamey Johnston stayed to help. He made sure I would be okay. The bonus in this for me was that I was able to chat with Jamey and get to know him better. He is an amazing guy. I wish we had a lot more people like Jamey in our SQL Server Community!
Yes, its that time again. I need your help to help me help you. Its time to vote in the Community Choice section for the SQL Rally PreCons. I know, if you looked at the abstracts you might be wondering how can I help you? Your not even on the PreCon ballet. That is correct, but here is the kicker. I will be joining my good friend Joey D’Antoni (blog | twitter) with his SQL 2012 and Disaster Recovery–Getting Your Organization Ready session. I look forward to sharing some HA/DR war stories and demos.
What is Community Choice?
There are two slots still open for SQL Rally 2012 in Dallas and the programming committee wants the community to weigh-in on the final selection. This is a very cool idea and I am glad they are allowing the community to select some all day PreCons.
How can I vote?
If you are a database professional it’s not too late to vote. You can cast your vote here. If you are not a current member of The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) you can sign up for a free and then go back to the community choice page to vote.
Voting closes Thursday, February 9th at 5:00pm central time.
This past weekend I had a blast at SQL Saturday #61 in Reston, VA. I gave a brand new topic on “Monitoring your SQL Server farm with Policy-Based Management and Central Management Server.” I showed everyone how I run my daily checklist. In fact, its usually done in the amount of time it takes me get a cup of coffee.
Slides and code
My slide deck, Intro to PBM and CMS is available for you to download. The zip file also includes two scripts I run against our Central Management Server while I get coffee.
You can also find several links that I used to learn Policy-Based Management and Central Management Server here