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MagicPASS September meeting

I spoke at the MagicPASS September User Group meeting in Celebration, FL.

Kendal Van Dyke (b|t) does a great job running this group.

Home-cooked meals for attendees! Need I say more? But, I will. 

The Disney Vacation Club provides an excellent facility.

I liked the MagicPASS meeting format. They have a pre-meeting and a main meeting. I spoke during the main meeting at 7:30 PM. The meal is served between the two meetings. Baked ziti and salad. Nom, nom, nom.

During the pre-meeting, the presentation was a recording from the PASS Performance Virtual Chapter. This is a great idea because it makes attendees aware that virtual chapters exist and they get a chance to see a presentation that maybe they didn't get to see. I had seen this one. Oh, well.

Another informative agenda item in the pre-meeting is "Industry News".  Kendal talked about upcoming service packs, cumulative updates, and critical patches. He asked if anyone was using Ola Hallengren's scripts. (YES!) Then, he described an issue he had with the scripts caused by a memory leak in one of the SQL Server components that is fixed by a recent CU. Kendal also shared his experience on a recent trip to VMWare. I learned DBAs should have READ access to vSphere ( I do.) and that if you turn the correct "nerd knobs", SQL Server runs pretty well on VMWare. This is WHY I go to user group meetings! I always learn something I didn't know.

My take-away from this meeting is that I need to have a clear view of my notes in Presenter view. My laptop was on a table instead of on a podium and I think this caused too many hesitations in my talk at the beginning because I would pause to bend over and check my notes.  I like to stand when presenting instead of sitting. I'll need to expand the font size of the notes or commit more to memory.

The next day, I figured out how to increase the font size of the notes in Presenter View. 

It takes just over an hour to drive to the MagicPASS meeting location from my house so I'd be willing to do it again for the "Happiest SQL User Group on Earth". 
Thank you Kendal and MagicPASS for having me! 

I'll be there the next time you have tacos. ;-)


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