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Late April Free Training from PASS VCs

www.sqlpass.orgPowerShell provisioning of Hyper-V Servers
Designing Cubes for Performance
Database Standards SOP
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PowerShell provisioning of Hyper-V Servers
April 20, 2011, 12 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Marco Shaw

Marco provides an overview of using sysprep for Windows Server 2008R2, and SQL Server 2008R2, which also now supports this feature. This is especially useful when wanting to get up a new (lab or even production environment) quickly. He will be doing this using only Microsoft Hyper-V & Windows PowerShell without any other external tools.

Marco Shaw
Marco ( blog | twitter ) is a consultant with CGI and has over 12 years of IT experience. He has been awarded a Microsoft MVP award for the last 4 years in the Windows PowerShell category.

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Designing Cubes for Performance
April 20, 2011, 12 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Stacia Misner
Building a cube is simple. After all, you have a lot of wizards at your disposal to do the development work. But building a cube that delivers data quickly requires you to make additional changes to the database design. In this session, you’ll learn what steps you need to take in the development process to ensure the cube is designed for optimal performance, whether you’re using Analysis Services 2005 or Analysis Services 2008. You learn not only how to properly design dimensions, aggregates, and partitions, but why these design principles improve performance.

Bio:
Stacia Misner is a consultant, educator, mentor, and author specializing in Business Intelligence solutions since 1999. With more than 25 years of experience in IT, she is the author or co-author of ten books about BI. Her most recent books include Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Building Integrated Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010. Stacia provides consulting and custom education services through Data Inspirations, writes about her experiences with BI at blog.datainspirations.com, and tweets as @StaciaMisner.

LiveMeeting: Link
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Database Standards SOP
April 21, 2011, 1 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Thomas LeBlanc
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Join Normalization nut Thomas LeBlanc for a review of a standard operating procedure used among DBAs at an employer. See the changes he made after joining the BI group at this employer. The session will go through naming conventions, check list for creating a table, formatting in stored procedures, and more. A brief preview of the SQLRally talk 3rd Normal Form: That’s Crazy Talk!!! Will be given about Lookup tables. This discussion comes from 21+ years of developing databases for application developers. The use of identity columns for primary keys, and the need for a unique constraint on transaction tables that do resort to ID columns will be covered.

Thomas LeBlanc
Thomas is a semi-retired Senior DBA turned ETL Lead Architect @ Amedisys in Baton Rouge, LA. Worked in the IT field for 21 years experience w/ COBOL dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, VB 3 thru 6 and .Net(C#). Designing and developing Normalized & Dimensional database has become his passion. Full-time DBA work started about 9 years ago. he has been blessed with speaking at SQLRally this year. Free time is spent helping other & improving his relationship with family & God.

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Comments

Posted by dyfhid on 18 April 2011

And don't forget...

Characteristics of a Great Relational Database

April 26, 2010, 8 PM Eastern

Presenter: Louis Davidson

When queried, most database professionals would mention normalized as one of the most important characteristics that tell the difference between a good and bad database design. I won't disagree in the least, but there is so much more to be considered.  Even if you did a great job of normalization, poor naming, poorly implemented keys, too many or too few indexes, and so on can derail your design.  In this session I will present seven primary characteristics of a design that differentiates between an ugly design that will have your colleagues nitpicking you to death and one that will have them singing your praises. Characteristics such as comprehendible, documented, secure, well performing, and more (including normalized, naturally) will be discussed.

Louis Davidson

Louis has over 15 years as a corporate database developer and architect. Currently he is the Data Architect for the Christian Broadcasting Network and NorthStar Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Nearly all of Louis' professional experience has been with Microsoft SQL Server from the early days to whatever is the latest version currently in beta.  Louis has been the principal author on four editions of a book on database design, including one for SQL Server 2008. Louis' primary areas of interest are database architecture and coding in T-SQL, with experience designing many databases and writing thousands of stored procedures and triggers through the years.

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