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PASS Summit 2014 Recap

Published on November 17, 2014 by in PASS

I recently returned from my annual trip to the PASS Summit. This week long adventure is always exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. Some thoughts on the Summit this year (in no particular order): Dining Hall / Community Zone / Exhibit Hall layout really worked this year. Abandoning the South Lobby was a great

 
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Presenting at the 2014 PASS Summit

Published on November 1, 2014 by in PASS, Presenting

I’m just amazed that in less than 24 hours I will be in Seattle getting ready for the 2014 PASS Summit. This event is the largest SQL Server Conference in the world. I think attendance is somewhere around 6,000 from around the world. I was honored to be selected to present on two topics: The

 
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Information Security Summit PreCon Recap

I have just completed teaching my 1st ever PreCon training event at the Information Security Summit. Earlier this year I resolved it to make this a reality and present on SQL Server Security. It has been a lot of work, consuming all of my spare time the past four months. Some thoughts in no particular

 
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Auditing in SQL Server Slides and Sample Code

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation today at the Information Security Summit. As promised, attached  is the slide deck and sample code. The sample code needs to be opened as a Solution inside of Management Studio.

 
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Information Security Summit PreCon

I will be teaching a one day Pre-Con session as part of the Information Security Summit 2014.  If you are a SQL Server DBA or Security Professional I urge you to check it out. I have been a volunteer and supporter of the Information Security Summit for several years now. It is a good organization,

 
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Dog Food Conference 2014 Call for Speakers

Published on June 10, 2014 by in DogFoodCon

Earlier in the year, I was invited to participate in the steering committee for Dog Food Con as a SQL/BI track owner.  This Microsoft technology focused event will be hosted at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio on September 29-30, 2014. The event last year had 585 attendees over 2 days. We are targeting

 
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Akron AITP April Meeting Recap

Published on May 1, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Meeting began at 6PM. There was a little networking going on and we started a few minutes before 6:30. Food was typical fare, sandwiches, veggies and fruit. Guest speaker was Keith Mayer, a technical evangelist for Microsoft. I’ve known Keith for a few years now so it was good to catch up a little. Topic

 
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Upcoming Events

I’ll be presenting at a couple of IT Pro events in the next couple of months: First, SQL Saturday Detroit on May 17th. This is their second event held in the Motor City. I was happy to attend last year and it’s great to be going back. I’ll be talking about Achieving Compliance in SQL

 
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Switch Upgrade

Published on March 13, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I recently undertook a project to upgrade my home network infrastructure. The existing core was a couple of old 3com 100Mbps hubs chained together, hardly an optimal setup. They had lasted many years and I decided to update to something more modern. I knew I wanted a 16 port Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E). I shopped around

 
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SQL Saturday Cleveland Call for Speakers

Published on November 16, 2013 by in SQL Saturday

The call for speakers for our 3rd annual SQL Saturday in Cleveland remains open until December 10th. Checking the numbers this morning shows 44 sessions from 21 distinct speakers. There’s a good mix of local and regional/national speakers as well. But we can do better. There’s a lot of interesting things that have not been

 
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