Indianapolis SQL Saturday 2015

I traveled up to the great state of Indiana for SQL Saturday Indianapolis this past weekend.

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My session went well, except for the demo. I performed a SharePoint 2013 install using PowerShell but the installation didn’t finish. The most likely reason is that the virtual server host was busy (disk I/O). Oh well, the process had completed some steps and I was able to show databases without the GUID – which is kinda the point.

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I also attended Mike Lawell’s Execution Plans for Mere Mortals session. A lot of the information was new for me, but that is why I love going to SQL Saturdays – I stretch my knowledge.

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Right after Mike’s session, Robert Verell gave his second session of the day, Know Your Role(s)! One of the things Robert talked about was not giving db_owner rights to accounts. Which came up in my session when Robert asked if SharePoint service accounts, namely the Farm account, can have the db_owner rights removed from databases.

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Special thank you to Hope Foley and the rest of the #SQLSatIndy team – it was a great event! I hope to be able to make the event next year.

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Chattanooga SQL Saturday 2015

It was a such a great pleasure being part of the first SQL Saturday in Chattanooga!

I arrived on Friday for the speaker dinner. Larry Ortega and the rest of the organizing crew did an excellent job with the dinner and getting #SQLSat410 started off.
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Another plus for the event – right outside my hotel was the Jurassic Park vehicle and the Mystery Machine (Scooby Doo van).CIgTLptWsAAjZt4

On Saturday, everything seemed to run very smoothly and attendees were ready to get their learn on.

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My presentation went well – even the demo worked! The group was awesome and we had a productive conversation.

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Download the deck from my Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint session.

Atlanta SQL Saturday 2015

It was a great honor to speak at SQL Saturday Atlanta this past Saturday. This event is known to be a good one with large attendance, high-quality speakers, and a great organizing committee. #SQLSat392 was a huge success!

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This year’s theme was Back to the Future, and along with movie references in the event materials, speaker shirts, and signage, there was a DeLorean parked out front!

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My session, Tuning SQL Server, went well – great conversation from the attendees and the topic was received really well. I learned a few things as well, so I will apply that to my upcoming speaking opportunities.

Robert Verell, who lives in the same part of Tennessee as I do, was a speaker as well and we had a little fun in the sun after the event.

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Download the deck from my Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint session.