Join SQL Server professionals from around the world for free online technical training and networking year round. PASS Virtual Chapters (VC) are interest-based forums that unite the SQL Server community through live webcasts with top SQL Server experts, online forums and resources – including an archive of past presentations, and special training events.
Application Development – Virtual Chapters
Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Mountain Time)
Featured Presentation: Isn’t That Spatial: Spatial Data for the App Dev
Virtualization – Virtual Chapters
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Featured Presentation: Virtualization Question & Answers with Brent Ozar
The Virtualization Virtual Chapter (aka SIG) is dedicated to better management of SQL Servers in virtual environments like Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. We: Help the community by producing things like monthly training webcasts, a centralized list of helpful virtualization-savvy administrators, and a periodic report of what works well under virtualization and what isn’t quite working yet. Help virtualization vendors by getting training and configuration information out to the people who need it, and helping the vendors build a better product with our feedback. Help PASS management by building assets that PASS can leverage (like a library of training content) and showing that PASS solves real DBA problems.
Brent Ozar is a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server 2008 and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He has over a decade of experience with SQL Server, systems administration, SAN storage, virtualization, and project management. Today, he’s a consultant for Brent Ozar Unlimited. Previously, Brent was a SQL Server expert at Quest Software and a DBA at Southern Wine & Spirits, a Miami-based wine and spirits distributor. Brent blogs at http://www.BrentOzar.com like it’s going out of style.
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Database Administration – Virtual Chapters
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Featured Presentation: Load Testing with SQL Server Tools – sponsored by Dell Software
It’s often difficult to know how your SQL Servers will perform under different loads. By performing load testing, we can gain these key insights, perform modifications to existing configurations, and understand the impact on performance levels. Come learn about the native tools at our disposal for performing these important load tests and how we can identify when performance levels begin to drop. Using demos of these native tools – including Distributed Replay Utility (DRU), Database Tuning Adviser (DTA), Perfmon, Extended Events, and Profiler – we’ll see how to plan and perform a load test project, gain an understanding of SQL Server’s performance under varying load scenarios, and discover which tell-tale indicators can help alert us to performance degradation.
Neil Hambly is a 14-year SQL Server veteran, with expertise in SQL Server from version 6.5 to the latest 2012 edition. He’s held database roles at major organizations, including the BBC, ABN AMRO, and Accenture, as well as at a number of market-leading companies. Currently CTO/Founder at SQLnextSteps, he’s worked as a DBA, developer, and architect. Leader of the PASS London Chapter, Neil can frequently be found speaking at UK and international events.
Big Data Virtual Chapter – Virtual Chapters
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Featured Presentation: Building a Big Data Architecture
Big data solutions call for different architectural solutions than our traditional workloads. Here we examine several ideas related to the architecture—cloud versus on premises, picking toolsets and distribution, and how to plan for growth and change in the stack.
Joey D’Antoni is an Architect with over a decade of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is currently solutions architect for SQL Server and Big Data for Anexinet in Blue Bell, PA. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from North Carolina State University. He is a frequent speaker at events such as PASS Summit and TechEd.