The time following the PASS Summit has been absolutely crazy for me. Upon returning home I spent some much needed time with my wife and kids and returned to work on Monday. During my normal lunchtime activity of playing racquetball I sustained a very nasty injury to my eye. This put me out of commission for a couple of weeks. I am still having issues and will ultimately have to have surgery. Yuck.
On the work front things have been just as crazy. We had a very high profile project that I got pulled into that required being pulled out of my office for a week and working day and night. The hours were very long but the project was awesome to work on. I got to work with so many different areas of our IT department and learn a great deal about a tool called WireShark.
I was also recently promoted to Database Administrator Lead. I have four other DBA’s on my team that I get to help mentor and support. This is a huge honor for me and right in line with my desire to pay it forward. I have spoken at numerous SQL Saturdays this year as well as leading a PASS Chapter. Now I get to influence others in my company as a job responsibility.
I have been working with Central Management Server and exploring Policy Based Management. Over the next few weeks I should have it elevated into production to help better manage my environment. I picked up several tips and tricks during the Summit. I may have to dig out my notes from the sessions since it has been awhile.
This week I have been spending time in Atlanta attending SQL Skills Immersion week one. I hope to be able to attend week two in Tampa early next year. I have attended various training over the past decade from various places but hands down, SQL Skills provides the best content and training method I have ever experienced.