Grateful to have been a Microsoft MVP

A couple of weeks ago I received the disappointing but expected news that I wasn’t renewed as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. I say expected because I knew my ability to give back to the community had been greatly diminished over the later part of 2015 and into 2016. Between struggling with health issues and sending my oldest off to college (The Citadel, my alma mater), the time and energy just wasn’t there to do much. 

The MVP award is an honor. To have been an MVP from 2009-2016 was a special privilege. If I do enough to warrant such an honor again, I will consider it a privilege again. 

Not being able to write much has been painful. Also, I love the challenge of teaching and reaching folks. And it’s always a thrill to be able to interact with others on subjects I’m passionate about. I miss those experiences. This past year has been hard because of those lost opportunities. I enjoy being part of a great group of professional folks who tend to look out for each other and help one another. So I’m hoping that with my health under better control I will be able to gear back up and interact more again. 

Reminder – Geek Sync Today!

Today (December 14, 2016) at 12 PM Eastern I’m giving a webinar on preparing for your SQL Server farm for the holidays.

Registration: Geek Sync – Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Here’s what I will be covering:

It’s the end of the year and you want to have a safe and uninterrupted holiday vacation. Or you’re the one who won’t be taking time off but you have plenty of co-workers who will and you don’t want to be stuck holding the bag if something goes wrong (and Murphy says it will). While this sounds like a pipe dream for anyone who works in IT, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of being interrupted by that frantic phone call or email from work.

A lot of what I’ll talk about will be common sense items. The point is to get everything in place so that whoever is covering for you as you take days off can function without having to make a phone call except in the case of a real emergency. Or, if you’re the one who is left behind, tending the servers while others are out, here’s what you should have so you don’t have to send that email or pick up that phone. After all, no one likes getting called for the trivial stuff during time off. We’ll look at what you need to take care of to minimize the changes of those phone calls (short of threats of bodily harm).

Geek Sync Tomorrow: Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Tomorrow (December 14, 2016) at 12 PM Eastern I’m giving a webinar on preparing for your SQL Server farm for the holidays.

Registration: Geek Sync – Surviving the Holidays with SQL Server

Here’s what I will be covering:

It’s the end of the year and you want to have a safe and uninterrupted holiday vacation. Or you’re the one who won’t be taking time off but you have plenty of co-workers who will and you don’t want to be stuck holding the bag if something goes wrong (and Murphy says it will). While this sounds like a pipe dream for anyone who works in IT, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of being interrupted by that frantic phone call or email from work.

A lot of what I’ll talk about will be common sense items. The point is to get everything in place so that whoever is covering for you as you take days off can function without having to make a phone call except in the case of a real emergency. Or, if you’re the one who is left behind, tending the servers while others are out, here’s what you should have so you don’t have to send that email or pick up that phone. After all, no one likes getting called for the trivial stuff during time off. We’ll look at what you need to take care of to minimize the changes of those phone calls (short of threats of bodily harm).

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving again here in the United States. Throughout the years, the IT community has been awesome. I have been blessed by you all. I can certainly point to milestones in my career and list the folks who have helped me get to each one. 

But outside of work and technology, there are some folks I first met in the tech community that have been there when I and my family needed someone. I’m not going to embarrass anyone, as I’ve thanked them privately over and over again. 
Thanks, all. You make this community fun and rewarding. 

Webinar Available On Demand – Building an Auditing Framework for SQL Server

Recently I gave an introductory webinar on how to build an auditing framework for SQL Server. The focus was for those tasked with auditing SQL Server on a regular basis and needing some ideas of how to get started. I talk through some of the challenges as well as what to audit and what tools will be helpful if you don’t have a budget to go out and get 3rd party tools (or even if you do). You can find the archive here (registration required):

Webinar Archive: Building an Auditing Framework for SQL Server

Webcast Tomorrow: Building an Auditing Framework for SQL Server

Faced with auditing SQL Server on a regular basis with no 3rd party tools? Where do you start? That’s what this webcast is on. Come watch on October 13, 3 PM Eastern time. 

Webcast: Building an Auditing Framework for SQL Server
There will be some code samples, but this is about how to get started and what you need. 

Reminder: Webinar today

This is a reminder that I’ll be giving a webinar today on managing SQL Server Agents jobs in a SQL Server Farm. Here are the details:

Webinar: Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs Across Your SQL Server Farm

On Thursday, September 8, at 3 PM EDT, I’ll be doing a webinar with MSSQLTips.com on handling SQL Server Agent jobs across your SQL Server Farm. This presentation is born out of my recent experience auditing shops that are using SQL Server Agent heavily and the clutter and confusion that can occur when proper management standards are not in place and enforced.

Register here for the webinar (free)

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