October 2018 – Meeting

Speaker – Kenneth Jensen (view bio)

Session – Amazon Web Services (AWS), business and the data professional

In this session we will discuss why businesses of all sizes and verticals are moving to the cloud and what impact that business decision is having on all data professionals.

We will cover what services and solutions Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud provider, has to offer so businesses and data professionals can remain competitive.

With a bias towards SQL Server, we will discuss; EC2, RDS, Glacier, S3, Glue, Redshift, Lamdba, Active Directory, alerting, data migration solutions and the AWS marketplace. We will also identify which third party SQL Server tools work with AWS.

By the end of the session you will understand the advantages the AWS cloud gives business and what tools are available for the data professional. You will be able to create your own free AWS account and start exploring AWS.

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HRSSUG September 2018 Meeting

Monthly Meeting Announcement

This Month’s Speaker : Devin Jaiswal, Microsoft


Devin is a part of a highly skilled architecture team dedicated to delivering a high return on investment for our client’s IT spend in the data platform space. Devin’s rich history in business analytics, management information reporting, IT compliance, and production environment management provides a unique cross section of experience that allows him to assess performance along the entire data delivery chain (source extract, ETL, data modeling, BI reporting, and ad hoc analytics). This ability to address all aspects of the client’s environment provides the increase in business value clients realize from their business intellectual property.


Introducing Azure SQL Database Managed Instance


SQL Database Managed Instance is an expansion of the existing SQL Database service designed to enable database migration to a fully-managed database service, without re-designing the application.

It’s important to note that Managed Instance isn’t a new service – it is a third deployment option within Azure SQL Database, sitting alongside single databases and elastic pools. As part of Azure SQL Database, Microsoft’s fully managed cloud database service, it inherits all its built-in features.

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August 2018 – Meeting

Speaker – Jim Donahoe (view bio)

Session – Getting started with Azure SQL Database: What You Need To Know!

Azure SQL Database offers a way quickly spin up new databases with minimal management requirements. However, the number of differences between on-premises SQL Server and Azure SQL Database can be overwhelming. Even worse, with DBaaS it’s not clear who is responsible for what anymore. In this session, we will cover all the basic steps of getting your first Azure SQL Database instance spun up. We’ll cover common gotchas, like firewall settings and resource locks. We’ll also dive into some more advanced options with templates, allowing you to make your processes reproducible. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand if Azure SQL Database is the right choice for you and your needs. You’ll understand how it can simplify management and allow you to scale easily. Finally, you’ll have the confidence to go and create your own instance with ease.

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July 2018

Speaker – Tracy Boggiano (view bio)

Session – Collecting Performance Metrics

Ever had a manager standing over your shoulder, wanting to know why an instance is running slow or if it can handle additional workload? What information would you use to answer these questions? If only you knew what performance metrics to collect and had them for your existing instances to answer these questions.

In this session, we will be combining three open source tools – Telegraf, InfluxDB, and Grafana – into an inexpensive system that collects performance metrics you can use to troubleshoot issues and answer important questions about your SQL Server instances, including your Linux SQL Server instances. We will learn what metrics to collect, how to use the tools to collect performance metrics and then we’ll put it all together in an interactive dashboard for easy visualization.

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HRSSUG June 2018 Meeting

Speaker – Carlos Chacon (view bio)

Session – The Easy Button for Managing Your Lower Environments

Are you tired of getting requests for lower level restores? Do you have any space issues? This session will review the concept of containers and attempt to identify ways we might benefit from this new technology as we support our users.

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