I have one idea in the works and I will be sharing more about that soon. I hope to have this project complete in the next week or two and if it goes well then I will do more. I am also thinking that I will try to present at my local SQL Server group and perhaps even at the Powershell Users group. I would also like to try and present for the PASS VC and see how that goes. Perhaps try and get into some other smaller conferences and just get more experience. I will make it someday, I will not give up and to anyone else who was denied, I hope you look at it like I do. Just keep working and trying to get better at what you do and get out there more and you will make it as well.
To all that have been accepted to speak at PASS, Congrats and I hope that all goes well for you and that you have a great event. The SQL Server community is made up of some great and smart people and I am happy to be a part of it. I want to thank all that spend time in the community helping make everyone better.]]>
“Great intro to Powershell. I just started reading up on it the week before SQLSat47 and this was a big help. It was my favorite session of the day.”
– Matt Nelson
“Colin’s presentation and content at SQL Saturday Phoenix was very well organized and interesting. He has an engaging style. I thought he’d been doing this for years until he said it was his first time teaching. Highly recommended!”
I appreciate the comments and I hope that based on feedback like this that the PASS Committee will give me a chance. We shall see and I will let you know.]]>
Would you like to explore Powershell? Learn what it is and why is it important for a SQL Server DBA to know. This session will talk about the beginnings of powershell and the basics of how to use it. Show you some tricks to help make using powershell simpler. Show you how to quickly and easily harness powershell to make your day to day work a bit simpler. Show off some real world scripts that are used daily in order to do things like, Check if a SQL Server is up, Check on space, Audit reporting, push out stored procs to all instances, check versions, and many other useful things. This session will amaze for multiple version of SQL Server by showing examples in SQL Server 2005, 2008, as well as the upcoming 2012.
Hope you join me if I am selected and I hope that you are submitting sessions of your own. Only today and tomorrow left to get the submissions in.]]>
As much as I would like to be at PASS this year I am actually OK with not being there since I am only in my fourth week at my new job and I think I am really going to like this job. I think that it is going to turn into everything that I thought and hoped it would be. But I digress, I will try to follow as much about PASS as I can but not too sure how much that will actually be. I am looking forward to reading blogs about the event and the keynotes as well as the sessions. I am thinking about ordering the DVDs this year. I did last yer even though I was at the event and I have been very glad that I have them. So even if you are at the summit I would highly recommend that you get them.
If it is your first time at the Summit then I have this advice for you. Network and find the parties. You will have a good time and you will meet some great people that are having or have had the same challenges that you are facing right now. they will be able to help you with those issues even if that is just letting you talk them thru the issue. Sometimes just that dialog helps you figure it out and that is just awesome when that happens.
So go out and have a great time and learn as much as you can. Get the DVDs and meet as many people as you can. You will not regret it and I hope to see you next year, fingers crossed, if I get to go.]]>
Great Job PASS on choosing this local!]]>
Kendal’s session really helped me out though. I have a much better understanding of what is going on “under the hood” with replication and I have some ideas of how I think we need to change our topology to better fill the needs of the application. He showed a the options that you have with replicating tables, procs, etc.. I had no clue that I had so many options. Now I can really dig into the replication and find out if we really are replicating all the data and information that we need to. I know for sure that all the tables do not have Primary keys and that is a big problem since that is a requirment to be able to replicate a table.
Another thing he went over is setting up alerts and doing it the correct way. This has been a problem for us but will not be any more.
Kendal is also very active on twitter with the #sqlhelp hashtag and gives out some great information about many topics to all.
Any way I just wanted to Tell Kendal that I enjoyed the session and I am sure that I will watch it again. I wanted to thank him along with all the other presenters at PASS. I have not watched them all yet but this one helps me now and gives me a good idea of where to start and how to accomplish what I need to get done.
The only negative thing I could say about the session recording, and I doubt this is Kenal’s fault, is that the audio cuts out at about 64:45 into it and does not come back until about 75:15 minutes. So that is about 10 minutes worth of information that I am missing out on. But a great session for me. Thanks again.]]>
Hope you got yours as well.
It really is a Very Merry Christmas]]>
But the presenters especially inspired me to get out and try to do more in the community. They showed me that you do not have to be an expert and you do not have to know all the answers. That was also very refreshing to me. It really showed me that everyone has something to give that someone else will learn from. We all work hard and we all see a lot of the same issues as each other. If you have a way to deal with an issue that is better, or more efficient then my way then I have learned something. I think that I have some knowledge that others could benefit from. The speakers really showed me that they are all very smart for sure but that they are all just like you and me. They might have more experience and or knowledge in some or even most areas, but I might be able to teach even them a thing or two.
They taught me not to be shy. To be proud of what I know and to share it with others. To take the tough questions and it is OK to say I do not know but shoot me an email and I will find out. It is OK not to be an expert at everything and I can still share my knowledge.
That is one of the most beneficial things that I got out of going to PASS and I hope that more and more of us out there learn that and share the wealth of knowledge that you have, but do not be afraid to learn something new in the process.]]>