Lincoln SQL Server User Group

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Live Meeting
Topic: SQL Server N-Way Clusters and Denali Availability Groups – sponsored by Idera.
Date: September 28, 2011 Noon Eastern Daylight time 
This session will provide a deep dive into building, supporting, and maintaining SQL Server N-Way clusters and Denali Availability Groups. From SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2 and now 2012, Microsoft has made several improvements to HA and N-Way clustering technologies. Here we will go over the differences between these versions, and go under the covers to look at cluster logging, mount points, MSDTC, cluster groups, patching, using Availability groups instead of traditional clusters, etc. Mission critical topics like how to I add new cluster instances without affecting uptime, and what is the right way to expand the cluster will be covered. We will also go over how to create your own Virtual N-Way Cluster for testing using iSCSI between virtual machines on a laptop. This session will be filled with real world examples, and demos to help the participants gain a deeper understanding of using N-Way clusters and Availability Groups to solve real world issues, while reducing the total cost of their SQL Server environment.
Ryan Lence has been working with Enterprise Infrastructure for the last 15 years. During this time he has mastered several different technologies and positions including Desktop Engineer, Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, SAN Administrator, Management and Monitoring Consultant, and Database Administrator. Currently he works as a Consultant Level SQL Server DBA for Intermountain Health Care and as a part time SQL Server Consultant for Betterlogic LLC, Ryan’s current focus is on SQL Server HA and consolidation technologies. He also works to improve performance issues of difficult systems. Ryan excels in and enjoys the challenges associated with finding solutions to unanswerable questions, eliminating problematic issues through creative planning, and designing stable, profitable, and redundant environments that enable businesses and their clients to focus on their primary missions. Ryan is also one of only a handful of MCM (Microsoft Certified Masters) in SQL Server 2008 who do not work for Microsoft.
Door Prize: There will be a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. You can attend the meeting without registering but if you want to be entered in the drawing for the door prize, you must register at: no later than 10:00 AM Eastern on September 28th.
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Secrets of SQL Server Monthly Webcast Series - Sponsored by Idera

SQL Server Powershell Extensions

In this session of Secrets of SQL Server, Microsoft MVP Aaron Nelson will discuss easy shortcuts that the SQLPSX Module provides for managing multiple SQL Servers. Aaron will also walk you through the hierarchy of some of the core functions and provide you with a sequence that enables you to reuse your scripts. Register for the webcast today!

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM CDT/GMT-5

Speaker: Aaron Nelson

24 Hours of PASS

 Two Days of Free SQL Server Training!

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Don't miss the best 24 hours of free, online SQL Server training in the industry with 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview September 7 and 8.


Join us for an exceptional lineup of SQL Server and BI experts, who will be presenting a sneak peek of their PASS Summit 2011 session topics in 24 live webcasts delivered directly to your computer.


Each 12-hour day begins at 12:00 GMT (UTC). Find out when sessions start in your area by accessing our time zone converter.


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Need to see it to believe it? Gear up for September by watching previous 24 Hours of PASS recordings (you'll need your PASS username and password) and follow #24hop on Twitter for the latest updates.


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July Calendar
Thu July 7th 12PM EDT 
Operational Best Practices for SSAS
Speaker: Adam Jorgensen
Topic Description:
Come learn with Adam Jorgensen, SSAS Maestro co-course director as he takes you through the ins and outs of operational and administration best practices for Analysis Services.
Door Prize!!!:  Attend for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, thanks to our Sponsors, SolidQ!  Winner will be notified via email after the session!
Wed July 13th 12PM EDT 
Creating a Metadata Mart with SSIS - Data Governance , Data Profiling & Code Generation
Speaker: Ira Whiteside 
Topic Description:
Recently I have had a client that required migrating and re hosting a data warehouse from the Oracle environment to the Netezza Appliance. The application had hundreds of tables and almost 2900 Source to Target Mappings. This would have taken 1000's of hours of manual coding. For this client we implemented a reusable data driven architecture, via SSIS, that relies on a metadata mart. The end result a greatly reduced TCO (development effort) for generating the code required vs. manual coding. In addition the process leaves behind a metadata mart to report on for auditing and other Data Governance efforts. We generated over 100,000 lines of code and over 3000 load scripts. After implementation the application can be maintained via the tables and automatically regenerated, providing proactive or self-healing application architecture to respond to changes in incoming source files or target changes. In addition we will explore the use of TSQL as well to create Metadata Marts and SQL Code Generation
Door Prize!!!:  Attend for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, thanks to our Sponsors, SolidQ!  Winner will be notified via email after the session!
Fri July 15th 12PM EDT 
ETL Head-To-Head: T-SQL vs SSIS
Speaker: Tim Mitchell 
Topic Description:
In this session, we'll compare ETL strategies between SQL Server Integration Services and plain old T-SQL. Is one better than the other? Should I just use SSIS and skip T-SQL altogether, or vice versa? We'll address these questions and more, and will take a look at some practical examples and a few head-to-head comparisons using both tools. 
Door Prize!!!:  Attend for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, thanks to our Sponsors, SolidQ!  Winner will be notified via email after the session!

 Announcing SQLSaturday in Omaha!

Saturday, August 27th 2011
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Live Webinar Event - Register Now
Advanced Memory Management
Troubleshooting for SQL Server

Are you having memory problems? Some of the obvious factors leading to memory problems involve the operating system and the amount of physical RAM installed. But most DBAs neglect to configure their SQL instances to use the available memory efficiently.

Join Sr. SQL Server DBA Thomas LaRock, a.k.a. SQLRockstar for this live presentation. Tom will walk you through every possible question you need to ask yourself when faced with suspected memory problems. He’ll also run through the Troubleshooting Memory Errors Hot Sheet. Don’t even think about purchasing more memory until you’ve covered each of the seven steps!

This session will help you avoid spending money on unnecessary hardware enhancements, plus you’ll also see how efficient memory configurations improve overall SQL Server performance in your environment.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST, GMT -5
Duration: 1 hour

Register Now 


Featured LIVE Web Seminar:
SQL Server Disaster Recovery and Prevention
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 12pm ET


Tomorrow, SQL Server pro Michael K. Campbell will explain how high availability solutions leave businesses vulnerable to data corruption and what steps administrators can take do to prevent it.

Join Michael for this free web seminar to learn:

  • Best practices for using BACKUP, RESTORE, and DBCC commands to keep data protected from disaster
  • How to implement regular backups
  • How to address problems with database corruption
  • How to make disaster prevention tools work better for your business


Register for the event here:


Event title: VCPASS: PowerShell provisioning of Hyper-V Servers

Event description:
Marco provides an overview of using sysprep for Windows Server 2008R2, and SQL Server 2008R2, which also now supports this feature. This is especially useful when wanting to get up a new (lab or even production environment) quickly. He will be doing this using only Microsoft Hyper-V & Windows PowerShell without any other external tools.

Event presenter:
Marco Shaw
Marco Shaw is a consultant with CGI and has over 12 years of IT experience. He has been awarded a Microsoft MVP award for the last 4 years in the Windows PowerShell category.

You can register for this online event at



24 Hours of PASS

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