Thursday, October 14, 2010

October User Groups meeting and Powershell Intro for DBAs session materials

Here's a link to my slide deck and examples (including the sample scripts we didn't get to talk about) from the Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group meeting on October 13, 2010. 

The BRSSUG has been holding joint meetings with the BR .net User Group recently and its always worked out well. The two groups can share a sponsor - in last night's case it was Sparkhound - share a lightning round speaker (a short 15-minute topic session) and share door prize giveaways.  The SQL Server group moves to a different conference room after the lightning round.

In the end, a user group is all about community.  Since in reality DBAs and developers work together in the wild, why not share site/time with each other's user groups?

And yes, there was orange Fanta. 

Check out @BRSSUG's twitter page for a few pictures from last night.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

DMV Overview Presentation from Houston TechFest 2010 on October 9

Here's the .Zip file link to slide deck and scripts (including the scripts I didn't get to) for my talk on DMV's from Houston TechFest 2010.

What a great event!  Good job to the event coordinators. 

Could have used more signage to the building, and more signage within the building. 

This is probably my best experience giving this talk, and I've given it at three SQL Saturdays and a SQL Server user group meeting too. Excellent questions, excellent discussion, and I don't mind at all that we went long.  It was my second straight event speaking in the last session slot, starting at 5pm.  First off, starting at 5pm sucks.  At a previous SQL Saturday, I had to turn off the lights because of a weak projector and I lost half my audience to the dark and late time. 

But despite all that lined up against me, I had more than a dozen folks in attendance and they were very engaged in the conversation.  Thanks and congrats to all of you in attendance for making it a great session.