Monday, August 23, 2010

Buy Lunch, Get Training FREE - SQLSaturday #49

I'll be speaking at my THIRD SQLSaturday of the year in Orlando.

I'm doing a mini session and a regular session.

The mini session is a condensed version of my Why a DBA Should Learn PowerShell talk. In 15 minutes, I hope to convince you that learning PowerShell is worth your time.
Powershell is the newest scripting language from Microsoft and it goes across the Windows platform, including SQL Server. So it's new and exciting, but is it ready for prime time? Is it worth the effort to learn? How will it help you? Join PowerShell advocate and user Ron Dameron for a quick discussion of why he thinks knowing Powershell is a key skill for a SQL Server DBA.

My full session for the day is

Automate Login Administration & Compliance Reports

Are your internal auditors asking that the administration of SQL Server logins be handled by a third party other than the DBAs? Is your Compliance and Audit departments asking you to determine if password policies are being enforced, who are sysadmins on your servers, who owns databases? If so, come to this session to learn how to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently using PowerShell and SQL PowerShell Extensions (SQLPSX).

I've said it before and I will say it again. 

SQLSaturday is the best training value for the money.

Buy a lunch, Get a FULL day of SQL training for FREE!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Learn by sharing

SQL Saturday #40 in South Florida recap.

Speaker dinner was great at Longhorn Steakhouse.  Thanks to Confio Software and for picking up the dinner and bar tab. Great to meet more SQL Tweeps in person and catch up with previous acquaintances.

Evidently, the organizers did a fantastic job marketing this event because there were a large number of attendees.  The numbers I heard were in the 400 - 500 range. Rooms were full for the talks I saw and the Commons was busy.

Check-in was very smooth.  Speaker room was great.  Plenty of water, refreshments, and food for the attendees.  Technical support from DeVry University staff was very helpful.

The PowerShell room was packed for my first session at 8:30 am on "Why DBAs Should Learn PowerShell".  I think I may retitle this "Why ANYONE Can Learn PowerShell". 

My second session on how to automate database login administration and compliance reporting was also well attended.

Had a great time eating a super lunch from Jason's Deli in the speaker room.  Showed @BrentO and Tim Ford(@sqlagentman) my slides from my first deck. I was inspired by Brent's post on how to find great photos for your slide decks.  Got to see Brent speak in person for the first time.  Smooth as silk he was. Even when the power blinked out at the perfect moment in his talk on DR.  

I still picked up a few tips on DR and Virtualization despite him saying it was a 100 level talk.  He provided guidance on size thresholds for virtualization candidates and he confirmed my thinking on the best HA/DR options for SQL Server.

What makes a SQL Saturday great?  Everyone who pitches in from the community.  

Great job by the organizers, sponsors, and speakers for this event! Awesomesauce all over this event.