Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What a week of training!

Last week was a very good week for me from a SQL Server training perspective.

Kevin Kline of Quest Software spoke on Tuesday 10/13 at the Tampa SQL User Group on "Disk I/O Tuning for SQL Server". 40-50 people turned out. Kevin commented appreciatively on the attendance.

Friday 10/16, I attended Buck Woody's pre-SQL Saturday seminar on a performance tuning methodology he calls "Application Path Analysis". An educational and entertaining seminar.  Buck Woody's presentation style seemed to compress the time space continuum.  The day flew by because he was he was so interesting.

Finally, SQL Saturday!  Andy Warren, Jack Corbett and many volunteers pulled off another very successful SQL Saturday. 
I don't think there is a better value for SQL Server training.
We had Microsoft MVPs, regional, and local speakers. 

I attended five sessions and spoke at one session.

The session I attended were:
  1. Kendal Van Dyke's "Performance Tuning With DMVs"
  2. Joe Webb's "Locking and Blocking Made Simple"
  3. Ken Simmons' "Automating Routine Maintenance"
  4. Rodney Landrum "Taking Control of SQL Server Error Logs"
  5. Buck Woody's "SQL Server Resource Governor"
My session was "Database Hardening: Standardization, Optimization, and Automation.

They were all excellent sessions.  I'm talking about the other guys, not bragging about mine.

What typically happens at SQL Saturdays are there are multiple sessions at the same time and I wish that I could be in two places at once.  Thankfully, all speakers upload their decks and scripts to the SQL Saturday web site for the given event.

The highlights for me were Joe Webb's laptop configuration that was called "Daring." by Kendal Van Dyke.  I was very impressed by it. I have a similar configuration on my home machine.

Buck Woody did a great job on Friday and Saturday with his presentations. I've been a fan of his blog for a while but meeting him in person was a real treat.

Rodney Landrum's presentation on errorlog wrangling may solve some audit issues at my own company.

Kendal Van Dyke helped to solidify my knowledge of DMVs.

Ken Simmons' presentation gave me some ideas for the modernization we need to do on our internal DBA automation and that I need to include some pictures in my presentation to lighten things up.

I had a great time meeting with all the SQL Saturday speakers at the Speaker's party on Friday night.

It was a fun week.  Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that made it possible.

See you in Tampa in January 2010 for another SQL Saturday!

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