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Presenting – The Odyssey Continues

GIVE ALL THE PRESENTATIONS
As I’ve mentioned before, I set a goal at the beginning of the year to average a presentation a month in 2014. My presentation, Designing a Recovery Strategy, at the Wisconsin SQL Server User Group this month put me halfway there.

In June, I am presenting Designing a Recovery Strategy again at SQL Saturday #307 in Iowa City on the 7th. And then, for the first time ever, I will be presenting twice on the same day at SQL Saturday #286 in Louisville on the 21st. I’ll be doing Designing a Recovery Strategy and Interrogating the Transaction Log (now with 2014!) If you are close to either event, I highly recommend attending. It is a great opportunity to get a free day of training and meet other members of the SQL community.

I close out the month by presenting Interrogating the Transaction Log at MADPASS June 25th. It has been a wild ride, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Presenting is a great way to give back to the SQL community and I learn more than I thought possible every time I put a presentation together.

SQL Milestones

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

The past few months have been full of firsts for me.

  • I started working at Apparatus February 17th. I wanted opportunities to learn new things, and I have not been disappointed.
  • Last night, I gave my fourth presentation of the year. With user groups lined up from now through August, I am on pace to meet my goal of averaging one presentation per month this year.
  • March marked the second anniversary of this blog. In that time, I’ve written 61 posts. While this is well short of my initial goal of a post a week, I’m hoping the constant learning opportunities at Apparatus will help me pick up the pace.
  • I hit 1,000 views on this blog for the first time in a month. I am really excited about this, but at the same time, it shows me how much room I have to grow.

It is just about four years since I attended my first SQL Saturday. Thanks to Jes Borland (b|t) for inspiring me to make my voice heard. And it’s just about three years since I attended SQL Skills’ Interals Immersion Event. Thanks to Paul Randal (b|t) and Kimberly Tripp (b|t) for giving me my first opportunity to present on SQL Server outside of work. Finally, I want to thank the members of the SQL community who have taught, helped, and inspired me. There are too many of you to mention, but you’ve made the past four years the most enjoyable and fulfilling of my life.

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Upcoming Presentations

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

I'm a presenting fool!

I’m a presenting fool!


I am continuing to work toward my goal of averaging a presentation a month this year. So far I’ve presented Designing a Restore Strategy at I-380 PASS, QCPASS, and IndyPASS. I’m presenting it at the Chicago SQL Server User Group and SQL Saturday 291 – Chicago in April. The presentation centers around my stored procedure sp_AutomateDBRestores, which I hope to have documented fully this week. You can download the code here. If you are interested in attending the user group, you can RSVP here. If you haven’t registered for SQL Saturday Chicago, I recommend it highly. It is a wonderful opportunity to get a day’s worth of free training and network with your peers.

If you are looking for additional training, take a look at the pre-conference sessions being offered by Adam Machanic (b|t) and David Klee (b|t). Adam is the author of sp_whoisactive, which I can’t recommend highly enough, and is presenting Better Performance Through Parallelism. David is an expert in virtualizing SQL Server, so it is fitting that he is presenting Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs.

SQL Saturday #256 Slides and Scripts

November 2, 2013 Leave a comment

I had a great time at SQL Saturday #256 in Kalamazoo. Thanks to Josh Fennessy (b|t), Joe Fleming (t), Tim Ford (b|t) and everyone else who put on such a wonderful event. And a big thank you to everyone who attending my session. You can find my slides and scripts here.

SQL Saturday #239 – Another Presentation Under My Belt

July 28, 2013 1 comment

I just got home after a great weekend in Iowa City at SQL Saturday #239. I presented Interrogating the Transaction Log for the fifth time, this time with an extended section on virtual log files. Each time I’ve done the presentation, people have asked questions about VLFs and I always try to give the people what they want. Thanks to Ed Leighton-Dick (t), Sheila Acker (t) and everyone else who put on a great event. And a big thank you to everyone who attended my presentation. You can find the slides and demos here.

P.S. – You can also find the scripts and slides at the SQL Saturday #239 site as well.

SQL Saturday 239 East Iowa

July 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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I am going to be presenting at SQL Saturday 239 in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, July 27, 2013. I will be presenting Interrogating the Transaction Log. It will be my fourth time giving this presentation and each time I’ve gotten great suggestions, so this should be the best one yet. You can register here and find more information about the schedule here. This will be my fifth SQL Saturday and I’ve learned a tremendous amount and met amazing people at each of them, so I encourage you to attend if you can.

The SkreebyDBA Spring 2013 Midwest Tour Finishes Up

April 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday was SQL Saturday Chicago, and it wrapped up a week where I presented four times in seven days. Things started out with my presentation at SQL Saturday Madison last Saturday. You can read my post about that here.

The April meeting of the Chicago SQL Server User Group was Thursday and I presented on Tools to Make Make Multi-object Administration Easier. About 30 people turned out and I think it went pretty well. Each time I present, I get more comfortable using ZoomIt and my presentation remote. Thanks to everyone who came out for the meeting, especially to those who provided feedback.

The speaker dinner was Friday night at La Hacienda in Addison. The food was good and the company was better. I met Mark Vaillancourt (b|t) and Hope Foley (b|t) for the first time and was able to catch up with other members of SQLFamily.

I don’t know if it was pre-presenting jitters, but I had trouble sleeping and spent a few early-morning hours tweaking my demos and learning how to use a VMWare snapshot. This is the first presentation I’ve used a VM and I’ve realized my Windows admin skills are lacking. I plan on getting much practice in the coming months.

Things were well under way when I made to DeVry at about 8:15 a.m. After talking to volunteers Bill Lescher (t) and Bob Pusateri (b|t), I grabbed some grub and made my way up to the speaker’s room, joining Aaron Lowe (b|t), Ted Krueger (b|t), David Klee (b|t) and Erin Stellato (b|t). It was my first time in a speaker room and it was great being there with such a distinguished group.

I made my way down to my room as Ed Leighton-Dick was finishing up his presentation on Service Broker and was able to set up. I presented to a group of seven, I am hoping because I was presenting at the same time as Erin Stellato and David Klee. There were some good questions and I am glad to have another presentation under my belt. You can find the slides and scripts from my presentation here.

After lunch, I joined Ted Krueger and Ross LoForte to provide a group of DeVry students an introduction to SQL Server. Ted gave an overview of SQL Server, Ross got into more detail about the various SQL Server components and I finished up with how a database works. I am happy to have had a chance to give back to DeVry, as they’ve generously donated space for SQL Saturday the last three years.

I closed out the day with Erin Stellato’s presentation on Demystifying Database Statistics. I was my second internals presentation of the week, and it reminded me what I love about SQL Server most and has inspired to dedicate more time to studying.

Many thanks to Wendy Pastrick (b|t), Bill Lescher, Ted Krueger, Bob Pusateri and everyone else who made SQL Saturday Chicago such a great event.