Thank you, Mr. Solomon

On one of the newsgroups I follow, I received a message that David Solomon will no longer be teaching seminars on Windows internals. Here’s the quote from his website:

After 20 years researching, writing about, and teaching Windows OS internals, I’ve decided to focus full-time on the volunteer computer infrastructure work I’ve been involved with over the years. So, as of July 1, 2013 I won’t be available for teaching Windows internals classes.

My Solomon is moving on to volunteer work full-time, still in computing infrastructure. I benefited greatly from David Solomon’s training. Coming from an infrastructure architect background, I was able to slide in and take a seminar on Windows internals course when I returned to the DBA ranks. I was able to immediately use some of that knowledge managing my SQL Servers. In turn I was able to train up some of my former system administrator colleagues and then later I was able to take the material and make an applicable presentation for database professionals. The root of it all was David’s work and his passion for teaching others.

Thank you, Mr. Solomon, for your dedication to the field and your time and effort imparting your knowledge to others. I am better for it and I know many others are as well. I wish you the best in your new endeavors.

Audio and slides are up for my webinar on SQL Server encryption

The webinar audio and slides/demo scripts are up for the presentation I did for the PASS Security virtual chapter.

PASS Security VC Meeting Archive

Make sure you grab both files(slides and demos + session recording). If you pull down the session recording, the audio is fine but the screen never switches from that first slide. We’ll have to see about fixing that for future presentations.

Presenting for the new PASS Security Virtual Chapter on July 18


The PASS Security virtual chapter is up and running thanks to the hard work of Argenis Fernandez (blog | twitter) and Robert Davis (blog | twitter)!

I’ll be speaking for it on Thursday, July 18th, at 1 PM ET. Here’s the information about it:

SQL Server Encryption Decrypted

In this session we’ll look at Microsoft SQL Server’s built-in encryption options and how best to use them. We’ll discuss best practices with respect to speed and security in the options available to us. Also, we’ll briefly cover Transparent Data Encryption, a new feature in SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, which encrypts the whole database at rest.

Webinar Link:

On a related note, if I contacted you previously about speaking in a security webinar series, look for an email coming your way. We’d like to line you up to speak for the PASS security VC. We’ve waited until it was up and running because it seemed like the appropriate forum to do such a webinar series.