The SQL Sac wrap!!

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Published on: July 14, 2014

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Every SQL Saturday leaves a mark of some sort.  This time around, the folks in Sacramento have really helped leave a BIG mark.
That’s right, this last weekend was SQL Saturday in Sacramento Ca.  You might have seen my announcement about it here.

This event had a lot of Unique flair to it.  Besides having Jason Horner (blog | twitter) in attendance, the committee thought it wise to provide all of us with these little trinkets.

 

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That happens to be a branding iron.  I have inverted it in this picture for readability.  We received these speaker gifts at the speaker dinner the night before the event.  That is pretty normal.  What was different about this speaker dinner is that it was in a volunteers backyard and was a barbecue.  Yes!  There was fire!  Yes, we had implements of pain!  And yes, there were many jokes flung about during the evening.  If you were wondering, the first person to put his branding iron in the fire and to brand something was indeed Jason Horner.

Yes! This event left a BIG mark!

All the seriousness aside, there were some great presentations.  I was a bit disappointed to not be able to see the presentation about parameter sniffing by Benjamin Nevarez.  But I found my way into other presentations that made up for it.

If you haven’t already, congratulate the SQL SAC crew for their new youtube channel.  While you are at it, don’t forget to thank them for a great event.

For my first event traveling west, this was a memorable one.

July 2014 Vegas UG Meeting

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Published on: July 9, 2014

Coming up this week is the Vegas UG meeting.  Keith Tate has been gracious enough to accept our speaker invitation and will be presenting.

The meeting will be held 10 July 2014 at 6:30 Pacific.  Location and time details can be found on our meetup page.

BIO

Keith Tate is a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server 2008 and a Senior Database Administrator with over 14 years of experience as a data professional. During Keith’s professional career he has been a developer, DBA and data architect. Keith is also active in the SQL Server community and is currently the chapter leader of the Albuquerque SQL Server User Group.

The Curious Case of Isolation Levels

Have you ever seen or used “WITH (NOLOCK)” in T-SQL? Do you know what it does and its side effects? Is SQL Server optimistic or pessimistic when it comes to locking? Can it be both? In this session we will cover these questions and discuss how and why SQL Server takes locks and how that affects other users. We will go over alternatives for using NOLOCK and discuss when it is appropriate to use. In addition, we will discuss what are the ACID properties and how to monitor locks and blocks.

LiveMeeting Info

Attendee URLhttps://www.livemeeting.com/cc/UserGroups/join?id=BSG34W&role=attend

Meeting ID: BSG34W

Free SQL Training In Sacramento

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Published on: July 7, 2014

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In a few short days the newest SQL Saturday event.  This one will be on the far West coast of the United States.

This marks the first time for me to present at a SQL Saturday so far West.  From where I live, I have had to travel East for every SQL Saturday so far.  This should make for a fun and interesting new experience.

This event is in Sacramento on 12 July 2014.  It will be held at the following address.

Patrick Hays Learning Center
2700 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95833

The fun stuff

When I take a look at the schedule I see some pretty interesting sessions.  One session of note is by Kalen Delaney (blog | twitter).  I have never heard Kalen present – ever.  In the same room is Benjamin Nevarez presenting on parameter sniffing.  Since his session is right before hers, I will probably just be hanging out in there for the morning.

The third session of the day poses an interesting dilemma.  I could go watch a session I have never seen before, or I could go watch a session by any of the other four presenters knowing I have seen all of those sessions.  Dilemmas, dilemmas.

In the afternoon, there are two sessions that really caught my eye.  There is a session by Ami Levin about physical join operators (cool topic) and then this other session about Extended Events.  I really hope to make it to that XE session.  I hear there might be some surprises in it.

I hope to see you at the event.  If you are there, find me and say hi.  Maybe we can even chat for a bit.

Omaha BI/SQL User Group – What?

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Published on: May 7, 2014

I recently received an email from this guy named John Morehouse (blog | twitter) about the Omaha SQL/BI User Group Meeting in May.

Imagine my surprise when reading the email and discovering that I was presenting.

Here are the guts of that email.

Can you believe that it’s almost May?!  Time sure does fly!
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday May 7th, 2014 @ 6PM.  Food will be available approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting.  We will be at the Farm Credit Services of America facility and our sponsor for the evening is QCI.
Speaker: Jason Brimhall
Jason Brimhall has 10+ yrs experience and has worked with SQL Server from 6.5 through SQL 2014. He has experience in performance tuning, high transaction environments, as well as large environments. He is currently a Principal Consultant and MCM. He is he VP of the Las Vegas User Group (SSSOLV).
Topic: SQL 2012 Extended Events
Extended Events were introduced in SQL Server 2008. With SQL 2012, we have seen a significant upgrade to this feature. Join me for a little adventure into what extended events are. We will discuss how to use extended events to aid in performance tuning and in day to day administration. We will also explore some background and the architecture of extended events.
Sponsor: QCI
QCI has a long history of attracting and retaining the best talent. Continuous investment in our consultants results in an immediate, positive impact on your projects.  Contact Information: Omaha@qci.com 402-981-4264
For further information and to RSVP please go here: http://omahamtg.com/Events.aspx?ID=242
Please make sure to RSVP so that we have an accurate head count for food plus a chance to win some awesome SWAG!!
Thanks!
John Morehouse

Ok, so it really was not a surprise.  John asked and I agreed to present.  If you are in the Omaha area – come join the group for a pleasant evening and to learn something (hopefully) about SQL Server.

And yes – the meeting is tonight May 7, 2014.

 

Locks, Blocks, and Deadlocks Oh My!

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Published on: February 12, 2014

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Abstract

Managing concurrency is one of the most challenging aspects of working with any enterprise DBMS. There is much confusion out there about locking, blocking, and deadlocks. In this demo heavy session we will clear up the confusion.

BIO

Randy Knight, MCM, is an IT professional who has worked with Microsoft technology for over 20 years, focusing on SQL Server for the last 16. He has worked in a variety of settings, including 6 years as a Database Architect for Match.com, one of the largest and most successful dot-coms. He is currently the President and Principal Consultant for SQL Server Solutions Group LLC, a Utah-based SQL Server consultancy.

LiveMeeting Info

Attendee URL:

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/UserGroups/join?id=9KSDPD&role=attend

Meeting ID: 9KSDPD

January 2014 S3OLV and Tabular Models

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Published on: January 9, 2014

This is really late notice.  We had some extenuating circumstances this month and then a last minute cancellation.  Now that everything is squared away, we have some great news.invite

If you are in the Las Vegas area, you are welcome to attend our monthly meeting which is now being held at the south end of the strip.  This should put you a bit out of the way of the CES 2014 crowds – though you will probably have a fantastic time getting through the crowd.

Then again, maybe you just can’t peel yourself away from these types of things at CES.

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Or maybe you are just too busy trying to find the right pair of speakers for your car at CES 2014.

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Well good news!  S3OLV holds the meetings in the evening and the main show at CES should be pretty close to wrapping up.

Come join us this month for a presentation by Julie Koesmarno.  She hails from down under and is making time in her schedule last minute to help us out.  You can read all about the presentation and Julie at our Meetup site here.

Guess what else you can do by visiting our Meetup site.  You can find out about how we have changed venues to the South end of the Strip.  That’s right, S3OLV has moved.  We are now meeting at the Tahiti Village.  Details of the location are in the meetup.  Check it out.

Oh, and don’t forget.  We still offer an online virtual meeting space for the user group just in case you can’t make it in person.  Details for joining the virtual meeting are also in the Meetup page.

Day 8 – Ring in The New

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Published on: January 1, 2014

This is the eighth installment in the 12 day series for SQL tidbits during this holiday season.

Previous articles in this mini-series on quick tidbits:

  1. SQL Sat LV announcement
  2. Burning Time
  3. Reviewing Peers
  4. Broken Broker
  5. Peer Identity
  6. Lost in Space
  7. Command ‘n Conquer

As tradition would have it, this is the first day of the new year.  This is the first day of 11111011110.

As tradition would also have it, the New Year also means that there was plenty of partying and reveling throughout the night leading up to and beyond the stroke of midnight.  One such party was reported as having the largest fireworks show in history.  Seeing some of the video and pictures – it was a spectacular show.  Check it here.

If you are interested in some of the other worldwide events, here is a pretty good slideshow of some of those parties too.

Another tradition that comes with New Year’s day is the quarterly announcement for MVP renewals (or newals) from Microsoft.  If you happen to know somebody that was recently announced has being an MVP for the next year – tell them thanks.

DC SQLSat

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Published on: December 11, 2013

dcThis past weekend I had the opportunity to go visit Washington DC.  It was the first time I got to stay in the Nation’s capitol for more than just a few hours.  It is also the first time that I was able to see any of the monuments in the capitol area.  Granted, I only saw them from the car or plane window in passing.  But that is far better than seeing them in photos or not at all.

The reason for the visit?  It was SQL Saturday 233.  I had written a little about the opportunity here, as it approached.  Now, I have the chance to recap the event and what I learned.

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Some articles have already been written at the time of this writing.  One article that I want to mention is by Ayman El-Ghazali (blog) that you can read here.  I had a good conversation with Ayman in the speaker room in between some of the sessions.  Ayman struck me as a very humble and appreciative person.  Those are traits that are important to have as a DBA these days.  Then to read the blog post by Ayman, it was refreshing to see those same traits echoed in his writing.  Check it out and give him a shout out.

Something that I found funny throughout the few days I was in town was the repeated looks and comments by the locals.  I wear shorts just about as frequently as I can.  The morning before I left to head to DC, the local temperature had warmed to -2 by late morning.  The day of this writing, I saw the local temperature at -8 in the morning (8 am) and -4 at 6 pm.  Just a couple days before those temperatures, the temperatures were well north of 50.  The temperatures in DC were in the 40′s and 50′s and it really felt more like 70′s and 80′s for me.

You can imagine the comments about the shorts and me thinking it was Vegas or something like that.  Well, it did feel rather warm – almost tropical.  But, since the locals were bundled in parkas, using umbrellas and generally bundled from head to toe (for the rather warm weather), I decided I needed to provide a frosty perspective on the SQL Saturday event / weekend.

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Despite the weather or the pending doom and gloom of the weather (which is still happening with the ice storms), the event was great.  The event was well organized.  I think that is mostly due to Gigi Bell (twitter).  She is the wife of Chris Bell (twitter) and she whipped those boys into shape. ;)

There were some things that couldn’t be controlled necessarily.  But everybody came together and helped to make it work.  We had a couple of cancellations.  I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to present a second session thanks to one of these cancellations.  I enjoyed presenting to packed rooms and I enjoyed the feedback.  One comment came back saying “I learned so much more than I expected.”  That is GREAT!

I also had a great time seeing SQLFamily.  Talking with friends and enjoying everybody’s company.  I did make it to a few sessions outside of mine.  I took great pride in harassing Robert Pearl.  I learned some soft skills from Alan Hirt.  And I got to chat with attendees while trying to answer their questions in the halls.

I am looking forward to this event again next year.  And I hope everybody that attended my sessions learned at least one thing.

One last thing.  Thanks to all of the attendees.  To say “the attendees were great,” at this event, would be a gross mis-understatement in my opinion.  The attendees were awake and engaged.  They invested their time and effort and I think they helped to make the event top notch.

SQL Claus and BI at S3OLV

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Published on: December 9, 2013

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Tis the season once again.  We have SQL gifts a plenty for any and all who wish to partake.

This month, we have Stacia Misner (twitter) that will be playing SQL Clause for the Las Vegas chapter of PASS.  In this season of giving, it is nice to have a little SQL giving too.  Then again, we get SQL giving all year long.

You can read all about the meeting and what Stacia would like to present to us at our meetup site.  The link is here.

Besides the meeting, we have some news for the group.  Stacia will also be assuming the role of President for S3OLV.  Charley had a long run and started the group.  Now Stacia and I will continue the group.  If you see Charley, tell him thanks for everything he did.

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Carolina Whistle Stops

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Published on: October 10, 2013

The SQL Crazy train continues chugging along this month.  The next two whistle stops are back to back in the Carolinas.

The first stop is coming up in just a few short hours.  I will be stopping in for SQL Saturday in Charleston South Carolina.  I have been selected to present on the topic of Compression.

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The lineup is pretty rock solid for this event.  And nothing like extending a bit of training to encompass the SQL Saturday events if it just so happens you had intended to be in town for the next whistle stop – Summit 13.  I’ll talk about that in a bit.

There are a lot of speakers for this single day event that I would really like to see.  Looking at the schedule, I don’t know how I am going to pick which session to attend.  Every single time slot has at least two sessions that I would like to attend.  There are only 3 tracks!  At least this will give me practice in selecting which sessions to attend for Summit.

The next whistle stop is in Charlotte North Carolina.  Charlotte is the home of PASS Summit 2013.

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Even better is that this year, the summit really does have a train – of sorts.

(Image is a link to the actual source at SQL Sentry – the sponsors of the trolley.)

SQL Sentry has been kind enough to sponsor the SQL Sentry Shuttle to help Summit attendees get around and see some of Charlotte while in town.  You can read all about it here.

Yeah – I will be boarding that train/trolley.

I have a busy schedule coming up at Summit 2013.  But, I am looking forward to meeting people and talking about whatever may come up.

Will you be at any of these whistle stops?  If see, say Hi.

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