SQL Saturday 328 Birmingham 2014 is next week!

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In my usual fashion, I am both late in blogging about and in preparing for the next SQL Saturday.

Anyway, after a one-year hiatus, SQL Saturday is back in Birmingham on Saturday, August 23, 2014. I’ve had very enjoyable experiences on every visit to Birmingham’s SQL community (Steel City SQL) events and based on the schedule for this year, I think any DB professional should attend.

I am presenting two sessions, the information for which I’ve included below. I hope to see you in Birmingham next week!

Windows Server 2012 R2 High Availability for SQL Server

After presenting this session a few times, I now know to make sure attendees a clear from the beginning that this is a Windows-focused session! With the increasing adoption rate of virtualization, creating SQL Server clusters is now within reach of many more DBAs. What do you need to know about Windows Server 2012 (R2) virtualization and high availability to set up your first cluster? Come learn from a Windows Server admin and (accidental) DBA who’s been building SQL Server clusters since 2000 (the year and the version!). We’ll discuss initial planning, the process and the maintenance best practices. There will be demos too, so if you want to see a multi-node SQL cluster run on a Lenovo X230 tablet, come see (it’s pretty cool!).

SQL Server Optimization for SharePoint

This is a new session for me. DBAs know that SharePoint just doesn’t play nice with SQL Server. SharePoint administrators know that DBAs just don’t understand SharePoint. This session will show hands-on how to get a SQL Server instance set up more effectively for SharePoint 2013. It’s not black magic and it doesn’t involve undocumented trace flags. Maybe DBAs and SharePoint admins can’t get along, but at least you’ll be able to cooperate after this session.

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