November Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – David Stokes

Abstract – Tools to Manage and Administer SQL Server (When you don’t have any $$$$)

SQL Server includes some pretty powerful and useful features for DBAs. In this session we will look briefly at some of those tools from Microsoft. However, the primary focus will be on those tools, reports and scripts that have been generously developed and donated to the SQL Server community…FOR FREE. Take heart the next time your manager says “that’s not in the budget”.   We will briefly look at some of the functionality of these “freebies, some well know and others that are hidden gems.

October Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Carlos Chacon

Session –Disaster Recovery From on Premises to Azure

Everyone says they have a disaster recovery plan; however, has that plan been tested?  Planning for recovery by using the cloud is now easier and more convenient than ever.  This session describes some common scenarios and reviews the steps needed to prepare for a disaster with a recovery in Azure.  We will focus on the IAAS offerings with an eye on SQL Server.

September Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Tim Radney

Session – Common SQL Server Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Making mistakes is natural, but learning from them and avoiding them in future takes effort. There’s no substitute for experience or the shared wisdom of others to help you learn what mistakes to avoid. In this session, Tim will share with you a ton of what he’s learned over the years from working and consulting at multiple Fortune-level companies. You’ll hear about real-world environments he has worked on where there was a high impact from administrators making mistakes in how SQL Server was configured and administered. You’ll learn many proven and accepted best practices for installing, configuring and supporting SQL Server to help your environment run as smoothly as possible and you’ll leave with a checklist of items to take home to make sure your SQL Server environment is configured properly.

UPDATE – Tim’s presentation of this session to the DBA Fundamentals virtual chapter can be viewed on line here

August Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – James Donahoe

Session – New Instance, Now What?

Congratulations, you’re now our DBA! For new DBA’s a new SQL instance is like a blank canvas, you stare at it and wonder where to start. As an accidental DBA, this session will help you learn how to survive in your new role.

In this session, you will be supplied with the beginning brush strokes to make your server a master piece. To do so, we will review best practices for standard configurations, backups, maintenance, and disaster recovery.

By the end of this session, you will have developed a pallet of tools to help you create your SQL Server Masterpiece and be able to use it as a print for others.

July Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Melissa Coates

Session – Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

Join us for a practical look at the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite for information management, data storage, analytics, and visualization. Purpose, capabilities, and use cases for each component of the suite will be discussed. Expertise required for implementation of each component will be covered as well. If you are a technology professional who is involved with delivering business intelligence, analytics, data warehousing, or big data utilizing Azure services, this technical overview will help you gain familiarity with the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite and its potential for delivering value.

June Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker:Wayne Sheffield

Topic –Minimally Invasive – Tools to Doctor Up Your Code

This code filled session examines several additions to recent versions of SQL Server. These tools allow you to perform minimally invasive surgery on your code and gain performance! Learn how the APPLY operator works; iterate through incoming data just once with the MERGE statement; “slice and dice” your data with the Windowing (ranking) functions; re-write your multi-statement table-valued functions to inline functions to help the optimizer and speed up your queries; learn how to create a grouped delimited list – without loops!

May Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Jessica Moss

Topic – SQL Server 2016 On-Premises Business Intelligence Tool New Features

Business intelligence developers and users everywhere are happily anticipating new updates to the on-premises business intelligence tools for SQL Server.  With the full release of SQL Server 2016 around the corner, Microsoft has released several preview versions of the on-premises tools.  Based on these previews, we can expect to see updates in Reporting Services, such as customizable parameters, mobile reports, and new chart types.  Integration Services also boasts new changes, such as incremental package deployment, better error handling, and new logging levels.  Finally, Analysis Services has additional features, including new DAX functions and extended event viewing.  This session will cover these new items and more in a demo-focused presentation.

April Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker: Kenneth Jensen

Session: SQL Injection and the DBA

Per OWASP, SQL Injection (SQLi) is the number one threat to database driven web sites. But the SQLi menace is not limited to just web attached databases, all databases are threatened.

If you are asking yourself, what is SQL Injection, how can it affect my company or what can I do about it as a database professional, this session is for you.

March Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker: Louis Davidson

Session: Let Me Finish… Isolating Write Operations

OLTP databases can be constantly written to and reporting databases are written to at least periodically. In order to ensure consistent results, connections must be isolated from one another while executing, ideally with the lowest possible cost to concurrency. How this isolation is handled is based on the isolation level, whether the classic lock based or the newer optimistic scheme of the in-memory OLTP engine is used, or even if both engines are enlisted in the same transaction. In this session we will look at examples of how SQL Server isolates reading and writing operations from other writing operations to explore how this may affect your application through error messages and performance hits.