Tag Archives: Training

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.

SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile: Remote presentation for SQL Southwest, 21st November 2013

I am booked to speak at the SQL Southwest User Group in the UK on the 21st of November at some time from 18:00 (GMT) onwards.

This will be a new session on SQL Server consolidation titled “SQL Server Consolidation – Resistance is Futile!”.  The session will cover the reasons for and against consolidation and hopefully help you to understand how consolidation can be performed in your environment. Due to the subject there won’t be many demos (if at all) and it will be more of a high-level discussion.

The session will be run remotely using a yet to be decided medium (GoToMeeting, WebEx or something similar), which will be a first for me.  A suitable link or login details will be made available via the SQL Southwest website and I will tweet the details ahead of time too.  I have been informed that there will be some sort of question/answer capability which will also be communicated in advance and during the session.

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!

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 😮

PASS Summit 2010 – Seattle

After attending my first PASS Summit in 2009 I have managed to convince the powers that be, including my wife, that I need to go there this year.

If you haven’t attended the PASS Summit before or only know the European Summit), then you need to go to one of them.  They are invaluable resources, that pay for themselves through the contacts that you can make.  The hardest part (for me at least) is to talk to new people, but most people are in the same boat so just go for it.  The worst thing that can happen is that someone doesn’t want to talk to you!

It is going to be a little hectic for me this time round.  My brother is getting married on the Friday before the Summit, so I will be flying to England for the wedding, getting up at 07:00 to then drive down to London, to fly back to Germany.  The flight to Seattle is then on Sunday 11:30-ish from Amsterdam.  If I’m lucky, I will manage to stay awake from Amsterdam to Seattle, so I can get on local time a bit quicker. Trans-Atlantic flying really kicks you around the head!

I hope to catch up with a couple of people that I met last time, but would love to meet up with new people too.

See you there!

Training day in Cologne

I recently mentioned that Brent Ozar was presenting in Germany.  Well, that was today!

I found myself in a swanky office block in Cologne at 09:30 with about 25 other SQL Server professionals.  Brent was much “fresher” than I imagined after his trans-atlantic flight on the weekend.  I know that I felt rough the first few days of the PASS Summit, so hats off to him.  He was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, either he travels well or his coffee was really strong!

He kicked off with his“Performance Tuning for Race Car Drivers” presentation.  This was followed by “Top 10 Developer Mistakes that Won’t Scale” and finished off with “Virtualization and SAN Basics for DBAs”.  The first two were presentations that I had seen on webcasts, where the third was totally new to me.  Although I had seen the videos, I still took away a lot of information that I could not get from the webcasts.  The possibility of clarifying a point then and there makes the learning experience much better.

I will be booking some time with my SAN and Virtualization Admin in the next few weeks.  I know he is good, and want him to teach me about our EMC SANs and VMWare environment.  Brent implied that the phrase “Trust, but verify” was very important when working with SAN and virtualization, because SAN/VM Admins basically lie to us DBAs! :o)

Luckily my SAN Admin understands and supports my decision to dedicate my SAN hardware for the database systems and has shown me that they are blocked from general use.  I even managed what Brent mentioned today: I got him to use SQLIO to test his LUN configurations before putting a new SSAS system on them.  He managed to spot a problem(bad RAID choice) and fix it before it became an issue.

In conclusion, I think the audience interaction at live events makes Brents already good presentation skills even better.  He quickly answers questions and tries to connect the answer to the topic that is being discussed.  Added to this, the limited size of the audience today made it that bit easier to follow him and get questions answered, that I may not have wanted to ask in a room full of 200+ strangers (I have to work on that before November – PASS Summit ;).

It was well worth the 5 hour round trip and I will be keeping my eyes open for any other oportunities to take part in something similar.