HealthySQL at SQLSaturday #233 – Down in DC – wrap-up.

Robert Pearl, 2013-12-10

December 7,

2013 – A day that shall live in infamy….. Ok, not that famous December 7 – in 1941,

when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. 

This last Saturday was a day that will be remembered as a great entry

into the history books of SQLSaturday events! 

I was down in DC with the sqlpeeps and sqlfamily, and turned out that

the skies cleared and was a dry day for an awesome gathering of SQL learning

and networking.

First thanks

goes out to Chris Bell, Matt Velic, Paul Rizza, and their merry band of

volunteers for organizing and planning the event!  It was great to see everybody again, and was

quite a lineup of excellent speakers and subjects!  It was great to see the #sqlfamily speakers, Tim

Radney, Mike

Walsh, Jason

Brimhall, Andy

Leonard, Brian

Moran, Wayne

Sheffield, Steve

Jones, Grant

Fritchey, David

Klee, Karen Lopez, Stacia

Misner, Melissa

AND Don Demsak,  Joseph

D’Antoni, Kevin

Boles, Andrew

Kelly, Allan

Hirt, Ayman

El-Ghazali, Adam

Belebczuk, and hopefully I didn’t leave anyone out :-O  But if I did, 

I was glad to see you too :-).

So, it was

SQL in the Capitol, and I was talking about HealthySQL™!  Yes, it was an appropriate topic in the midst

of all the health care discussions.  I

was offering affordable health care for your SQL Servers.  With a HealthySQL Server health check, I can

ensure that your SQL Servers are up-to-date with all its optimizations!  Enough taglines, what I really was doing was

to spread the word about the importance to perform regular health checks of

your SQL Servers to ensure its optimal performance.  What is a health check?  It is an end-to-end performance assessment of

your SQL Server First how to create an initial baseline, how your SQL Server is

performing now (a capture of several metrics and stats), and be able to compare

it later to any changes or deviations from the norm.  I walked you through the what, why, when and

how to determine if your SQL Servers are healthy, with some scripts,

demos, and DBA do’s and don’ts, if you want to ensure SQL Server health and

security, as well as job security!

I want to

thank all the folks who showed up at my session, and hope you all enjoyed!  Now you’re all going to go back to the shop

and document and health check those servers! 

If you need a little help, feel free to reach out to me via this blog,

email, twitter, or smoke signals, and I will be happy to perform my custom

15-point health check for your company’s server(s).

All was going

well, until my extended events demo decided to check into the ER 🙂 

It was a new addition to this presentation, and just when a particular

person who walked in and let some gremlins loose – none other than the Extended

Event expert who happened to present

on that topic earlier in the day, in the same room!  Coincidence? 

I think not!  I’ll get you for

this Brimhall, and you’re little x-events too! 😛  Next time, we’ll get it down.

Overall, I

received very positive feedback, and it was a grand gathering near the halls of

power, when the best and brightest techies, the SQL Server community, descended

on Washington, DC at the Microsoft Memorial, er, I mean headquarters. 🙂

I look

forward to more discussions, blogs and presentations on my HealthySQL™

campaign, and to build awareness for the need to perform regular health checks,

and maintain your SQL Servers’ SQLFitness™

If you’d like

to learn more about HealthySQL™ send your inquiries my way!  You can even post questions to twitter using the #healthysql hashtag. You’ll definitely start to feel a whole lot

better about managing your SQL Servers.

Please follow me on Twitter @Pearlknows,

and check out our web-site for all our available services at

Take our HealthySQL Challenge!  Are you SQL Servers

healthy?  How do you know for sure? Please contact us about our 15-point

Health Check report, which will identify areas for improvement, and allow for

best practice recommendations for your SQL Server(s).  If we find NOTHING

wrong with your SQL Server, the report is FREE!  Contact us as





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