Category Archives: Training

SQL Saturday Dublin 2014 – I’m speaking!

I have been fortunate enough to have been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday Dublin. I am especially excited about this one for two reasons:

  1. I will be delivering a different topic to my other speaking engagements of late, although not too far from the usual.  This time my session will be “Replication Troubleshooting and Monitoring“. This is a topic that I wrestle with on a regular basis and know how difficult it can be when you are staring at seemingly useless error messages.  I hope to be able to show some common errors that I have encountered and how to go about solving them.

  2. I will be returning to Dublin! I spent an excellent weekend in Dublin in Decemeber 2013, where I got the chance to take part in a mini-conference at the Dublin SQL Server User Group along with André Kamman ( t | b ) and Mladen Prajdić ( t | b ). Going by that weekend, SQL Sat 310 should be one hell of a time.

So, now I have to get back to making these demos work. I’ll see you in Dublin on the 20th of September!

Speaking at SQL at the Weekend, Southampton UK

I have had this down on my calendar for a while and forgot to mention it, but I will be coming over to speak in the UK again in July this year.

The SQL Soton User Group leaders John Martin (twitter) and Steph Middleton (twitter) are putting on a one-day SQL Server event (not a SQL Saturday, but similar in setup) and asked me if I would come and speak,

I will be presenting my seemingly popular “Replication: What, How and Why?” session along with a bunch of other speakers from around Europe.  We’ll be a single track of one hour sessions, starting in the morning and going into the late afternoon. I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunity to chat about all sorts of topics on the sidelines too. It looks like it will be a fun time and it would be great to see some new or old faces around.

The whole thing is taking place in Southampton on the 12th of July – the weekend before SQLBits, so if you can’t wait for that (or can’t make it to Bits), then SQL at the Weekend is the thing for you.

You can check out the line-up and register for the event here: SQL at the Weekend

Hope to see you there!

Emsland SQL Server User Group

I have lived in the Emsland for over a decade and have missed visiting a user group that whole time.  The nearest one to me is about 90 minutes drive away, so was not really a viable option.

After starting to speak at conferences last year, I understand the need for local user groups. This is where people can meet more regularly than at conferences, where they can find like minded people who also live nearby (some conferences are on entirely different continents, which is cool, but makes it difficult to keep in touch).

With that in mind, I have decided that it is about time that the North West of Germany, or rather the Emsland, should have its own SQL Server User Group.

We are rushing the start a little, because I want to take advantage of having Jonathan Allen ( b | t ) over for a visit in June.

Our first meeting will be on the 19.06 starting at 17:30 (CST) at the IT Emsland in Lingen. Jonathan will be presenting his session “Extended Events – Not so tricky as you might think” (in English) and I will be presenting my session “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistence is Futile” (English or German).

If you want to attend (or attend future meetings), please let me know. We have a contact formular setup or you can get in touch with my via Twitter or email (william_durkin at live dot com).

I look forward to how this turns out.

See you there!

Speaking at SQL Saturday 313 in Sankt Augustin (Germany) – June 28 2014

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Just a quick post to say that I have been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday 313 in Sankt Augustin near Bonn in Germany!

This is my first speaking engagement in my home country and I am really looking forward to it.  I will be doing a talk on Replication Troubleshooting where I hope to explain how replication can go wrong and how to go about fixing it.

I am unsure whether to try out a session in German or English, I will make the choice on the day – depending on the audience,

Either way, I’m sure it will be a fun day.  There are a lot of really good speakers and sessions lined up, so you are guaranteed to have a good time.  If you are attending, come and see my session or just have a chat.

Bis in 5 Wochen!

SQL Hangout with Boris Hristov

I spoke at SQL Saturday in Slovenia just before Christmas and had a great time.  Whilst I was there I made a new SQL friend – Boris Hristov ( t | b ) a SQL Server expert from Bulgaria. He attended my session on SQL Server consolidation and joined in to an interesting discussion towards the end of the session.

After Christmas, Boris got in touch with me and asked if I would like to be a guest on his regular SQL Server Hangout “show” and talk with him about consolidating SQL Servers. I liked the sound of that, so we met up on G+ and had a pretty informal/unplanned chat about our experiences with consolidation and what we think needs special attention.

Boris said he will be posting more details about the Hangout on his blog, but in the mean time, here is the recording:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFbnOXPKLYI

Please make sure to check out the other Hangouts in the series, as Boris has managed to record some really interesting topics with experts from all over the world.

Speaking at SQLSaturday #269 in Exeter

I received some great news last night; I have been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday #269 in Exeter on the 22nd of March.

I will be presenting my session “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is futile” where I will be going over some details and stumbling blocks when trying to approach a consolidation project.

This is a return to my speaking roots – I gave my first ever public speaking session at last year’s SQL Saturday in Exeter.  I enjoyed myself so much that I went on to speak a further 4 times last year and have been bitten by the speaking bug,

I am really looking forward to coming back to Exeter – the hosts Jonathan Allen ( t | b ) and his wife Annette ( t ) have been good friends and mentors to me over the past few years, so seeing them is always good.  Speaking at SQL Saturdays is really fun and I really enjoy getting to meet people in the community and discussing all things SQL, so if you spot me there, come and have a chat.

If you want some really good free training (not forgetting the pre-con day the day before!) and would like to see a bit of the South-West of the UK, head on down to SQL Saturday #269 in Exeter on the 21st and 22nd of March., going by last year’s event you will *not* be disappointed!

I hope to see you there!

2 MVPs & 1 DBA – See me speak in Dublin

2 MVPs & 1 DBA

You live in or around Dublin and don’t have any plans for Friday the 29th of November? (or maybe you want to go but haven’t managed to get there yet)

Then get yourself down to the Microsoft Auditorium in Dublin for a FREE 4 hour “Half Day Conference” starring Mladen Prajdić ( b | t ), André Kamman ( b | t ) (2 MVPs) and myself (DBA).

Registration for the event: Register

We’ll most likely be speaking on (session voting is still in progress):

  • Extended Events (Mladen)
  • Building a monitoring system with Powershell Remoting (André)
  • SQL Server Consolidation (Me)

The conference will run from 14:00 until 18:00 with an open end in terms of discussions. We may get kicked out of the Microsoft building, but we can continue talking over a pint afterwards.

I look forward to seeing you in Dublin!

P.S. Its for FREE!

See me speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter

I'm Speaking at SQL Saturday 194

After a long time and plenty of prodding by a few SQL People I have finally submitted and been chosen to speak at SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter on the 9th of March.

My talk: Database Replication – What, How and Why will be about SQL Server Replication (surprise, surprise). I’ll be trying to explain the ins and outs of how replication works inside SQL Server and go into what components make up replication. I will finish up explaining when/why you would use replication.

I chose this topic because I work with replication on a daily basis and it seems to be a rare topic at conferences.  The reasoning for that could be that a) no-one uses replication or b) no-one wants to talk about it.  Either way, I was chosen and that means I am now knuckling down and trying to patch together a semi-coherent presentation on the topic.

Luckily I have a few people that are going to be there offering moral support (I hope). I am also on the volunteer team so that I can busy myself before my session to hopefully keep my nerves in check.

If you haven’t already booked and you are able to make it down to Exeter, take a look at the schedule and I am sure you’ll be convinced that it would be a good use of your time. Just look at the speaker line-up, some of the biggest and best names from around the world will be speaking, so please register and come and see some excellent content…… for free!

SQL Saturday 194 in Exeter

SQLBits here I come

I recently found out that I am, unfortunately, not Charlie Bucket. The people over at SQLskills were offering a free ticket to one of their Microsoft Certified Master training camps dubbed SQLskills Master Immersion Events.

I entered into the competition on the off chance that I was picked and got to go to one of their week long training events. The gods were not smiling on me that day and I wasn’t chosen 🙁

However, this has not deterred me from continuing my quest for awesome training. I mentioned in my entry to the SQLskills competition that I would be going to SQLBits VIII. I have now completed all the preparations to be able to go there in April.

I will be attending the Friday training day and the Saturday community day and am looking forward to it. I know a couple of the people on the speakers list (the Saturday sessions are still open to voting, so the list may change yet) and hope to either catch up with them (Andre Kamman / Blog – we met at the PASS Summit in Seattle) or finally meet them in person (Matt Whitfield / Blog – we met online at ASK).

I am also hoping to meet up with a couple of other people from the ASK) site (in no particular order):

Jonathan Allen
Kev Riley
Thomas Rushton

They have all helped me a great deal in the last 6 months and I think a pint is in order! On top of which I would love to finally meet some SQL people from the UK, they are very thin on the ground where I live.

I also plan on making this a sort of reconnaissance mission for my employer. They recently made it clear that the PASS Summit is too pricey and I have been inofficially tasked with finding top-rated training a little closer to home. The videos of previous SQLBits conferences are very promising, so I expect things to work out well on that front.

I’ll be staying at the Best Western in Brighton, just down the road from the conference. As this is on my tab, The Grand was a little too much for my wallet to handle (maybe work will foot the bill the next time and SQLBits will be at the Ritz).

I look forward to meeting people and learning a few new things whilst I’m beside the seaside, beside the sea.

Hope to see you there.

Off to see the wizard(s), the wonderful wizard(s) of PASS

This week I start the long journey to the PASS Summit 2010. My plans changed slightly since my initial post. I am now leaving a day earlier (Saturday) and fly from England to Amsterdam and then on to Seattle. The first flight is at 6am, so I will not be going to bed after my brother’s wedding, I will get out of the suit and into the taxi to the airport at 3am. I should arrive in Seattle on Saturday at about Midday local time. That gives me Sunday as a jet-lag recovery day.

I am taking a pre and post con (again). It makes so much sense when you travel half-way round the world to spend as much time in a class room!

I hope to see some familiar faces and meet up with people that I only know online. If you don’t belong to either of these groups, introduce yourself – I don’t bite 😮