#SQLVacation Postcard from Louisville, KY

  Along the banks of the mighty Ohio River, in sight of the shores of Indiana, lies beautiful Louisville, KY. Louisville is a place with a strong connection for me. (No, not because I drink bourbon, although that's a pretty good reason to like the place, come to think of it). It's because my brother, five years my senior, earned his graduate degrees in one of the city's fine universities and worked there as an English professor for many years. Whenever I had a spare weekend, I'd load up the family, pop a cassette into the car stereo, and make the ~3 hour trip north to the Bluegrass … [Read more...]

When you think summer vacation this year, think #SQLVacation!

I've been telling you about the SQLCruise for a long time now. When I attend the SQLCruise, it's usually in January/February. And I still attest that one of the best ways to spend a week of your summer is on the SQLCruise like mi amigo, Aaron Bertrand (b | t) is doing in the Mediterranean next week. But a winter break isn't in the cards for many of us. Time to load up the Wally Wagon! Barring a summer cruise, there are a multitude of great vacations awaiting us. This summer, we at SQL Sentry have decided to do a fun riff on the National Lampoon Vacation movies starring Chevy … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting full-day workshop in Richmond (March) and Configuration full-day workshop in Huntington Beach (April)

Want to learn more about SQL Server? Now's a good time to get a full day of inexpensive high-quality training on both the east and west coast, in March and April, respectively. I hope you'll join me for a full-day troubleshooting and performance tuning workshop on the Friday preceding the Richmond, VA SQL Saturday in March. And in April, I'll be on the west coast presenting a full-day high-performance configuration tuning workshop preceding the Huntington Beach, CA SQL Saturday. Here are the other events where I'll be speaking: Mar 04, 2015 - Mar 07, 2015, SQLBits XIV - London, … [Read more...]

Three Wishes from SQLPASS.org in 2015

When I walked into the welcome reception at the 2014 PASS Summit in Seattle last year, I have to tell you that I was a little verklempt. I had a moment of "My baby has all grown up!" The event was so packed with people, so well executed, and so flashy. Thomas LaRock (b | t), the current president, and the rest of the board of directors have simply done a fantastic job growing and leading the organization. Comparing the 2014 Summit to the original 1999 Summit in the conference space of the Chicago Sheraton that cold September was quite a bit like seeing your little daughter coming down the … [Read more...]

DBTA – For #SQLFamily, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the holiday season, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole “most wonderful time of the year” tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here’s a bit of context: I'm writing this article for you in the midst of the biggest gathering of SQL Server professions in any given year, the PASS Summit. One of the most visible activities when attendees get together for the very first time at the registration desk or the assembly hall for the first keynote address is the huge number of hugs, … [Read more...]

SQL Saturday Dublin and Pre-Conference Seminars

One of my favorite events is just around the corner! It's just a few days until SQL Saturday Dublin, Ireland’s largest SQL Server conference on the 19th/20th September, run as a community event by the SQL Ireland User Group. Have You Seen the Schedule? The schedule is complete with an amazing line up of speakers from around the world and you can download a copy HERE. Closer to the event we will be launching a mobile guidebook so you can plan your schedule on a mobile device. I'll be doing my very popular session Convince Me - Persuasion Techniques for IT Pros that Get Things Done. Step Up … [Read more...]

Coming to the PASS Summit?

Are you coming to Charlotte next week for the PASS Summit?  Let's connect!  When ever it's open, I'll be in the Exhibit Hall at the SQL Sentry booth unless I'm delivering a session or something of that nature.  Here's the sessions I've got on the calendar - Tue, Oct 15: First-timers Get to Know Your Community with Kendal Van Dyke (Blog | Twitter), 2:45-3:45 and 4:00-5:00 PM First-timers Orientation Panel Discussion (moderator), 6:00-6:45 PM Opening Ceremonies and Quizbowl, until 8:00 PM Wed, Oct 16: Keynote, Blogger’s table Session: Convince Me - Persuasion Techniques That … [Read more...]

Fall 2013 Tour Dates

I was just looking at my upcoming tour dates, trying to get my head around the fact that I'll be logging about 40,000 miles in just 8 weeks. What's not to love about working with our fine TSA Agents dozens of times in the next couple months, I ask you?  I'm doing a few more webcasts for local user groups around the USA, as well as making international appearances in Stockholm, Antwerp, and Tel Aviv. San Diego SQL Saturday September  21, UCSD Extension Stay classy, San Diego! I just finished  catching up with lots of old friends (and by that I mean "friends who are really old") at SQL … [Read more...]

The New PASS Executive Committee of 2014

I'm sure you can understand the high level of interest I have in the internal affairs and governance of PASS.  After all, I was one of the founders of the organization way back in 1999 and was president for four years from 2003 through 2006 (fondly remembered as "the hardest fricken years of my life"). So I was keenly interested when the latest press release from PASS named the incoming PASS Executive Committee to take their seats on January 1st, 2014. The executive committee is composed of the officers of the organization, that is, directors who are empowered to sign contracts and to speak … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Licensing and Virtualization for SQL Server

I have two new articles up on Database Trends & Applications magazine.  I'd love to get your thoughts and feedback! Welcome to the Weird, Wild World of SQL Server Licensing Not long in the past, SQL Server licensing was an easy and straightforward process. You used to take one of a few paths to get your SQL Server licenses. The first and easiest path was to buy your SQL Server license with your hardware. Want to buy a HP Proliant DL380 for a SQL Server application? Why not get your SQL Server Enterprise Edition license with it at the same time? Just pay the hardware vendor for the … [Read more...]