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SQL Saturday Columbus

It’s been a while since my last blog post.  Since then, I’ve been to PASS Summit, which was the best one yet.  I’ve presented at SQL Saturdays in Portland, Cleveland, and Iowa City. And, most excitingly, started a new job with BlueMetal.  I am in the middle of week 3 and am really excited about the new challenge.

I’ll be presenting on Using PowerShell to Automate Your Restore Strategy at SQL Saturday Columbus on July 16th.  It will be my first time in Columbus, Ohio and I am looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and teaching and learning.  You can register and find more information at the link above.  If you are in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to get a free day of training while networking with your peers in the SQL Server community.

Presenting – The Odyssey Continues

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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 Saturday #291

Speaker dinner at the Schnitzel Platz (MarkV is an instigator) -Thanks to Dave Mattingly for the photo

Speaker dinner at the Schnitzel Platz (MarkV is an instigator) -Thanks to Dave Mattingly for the photo


SQL Saturday #291 took place this past Saturday at DeVry University in Addison, Illinois. It was my eighth SQL Saturday, and it was the first one I helped run. I want to thank Bill Lescher (t), Wendy Pastrick (b|t), Bob Pusateri (b|t), Jamie Samsel, and Andy Yun (b|t) for all of their hard work. I had a great time and have heard positive feedback from all of the attendees I’ve spoken with.

The hard work these folks put in wouldn’t mean anything without the speakers who volunteer their time and pay their own way to attend these events. I especially want to thank Jim Dorame (b|t), Merrill Aldrich (b|t), Eric Boyd (b|t), and Grant Fritchey (b|t). With only 15 minutes’ notice, Jim stepped in to replace a speaker who did not arrive, moving from his scheduled noon slot to 9:15. Then Jim, Merrill, Eric, and Grant held a PowerShell panel in Jim’s original slot. Their willingness to take on extra responsibility epitomizes the SQL community for me, and went a long way to making the event such a success.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who attended SQL Saturday #291. Without you, the SQL community would not exist. I spoke to a number of first-time attendees, and I hope they all come back again. The SQL community has given me more than I could ever give back. I’ve made great friends, learned from world-renowned experts, and grown personally and professionally. I met a current co-worker at SQL Saturday Chicago last year and my work in the community had a lot to do with my getting that job.

If you attended SQL Saturday and got something out of it, consider giving back. Presenting, blogging, volunteering, and answering questions on forums are all great ways to give back. If you haven’t already, register for your local PASS user group. If you don’t have a local user group, consider starting one. I’ve run the Chicago SQL Server User Group since July of 2012 and have had a blast. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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.