SQL Server Foreign Keys - De-mystifying the Rest of the Story

Special Note: Date change for CACTUSS North Thursday July 17th this month only

Speaking this month for Central (7/16) and North (7/17) is Mike Byrd.

SQL Server Foreign Keys - De-mystifying the Rest of the Story

Foreign Keys have a bad rap - they cause performance issues, they inhibit some inserts, deletes and updates, etc. This may be true, but let's further explore why we even have them and how they can benefit and maybe even improve performance. This session will concentrate on many demos including the attributes associated with foreign keys. The attendee will walk away from this session with a better understanding of Foreign Key utility and their maintenance.

Bio:
Former rocket scientist, retired USAF fighter test pilot; now a database geek. Former CTO for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (9 years) and now part-time SQL Server consultant for several companies in greater Austin, TX area. Expertise is performance tuning. Just completed teaching a Basic TSQL class (15 classroom hours, 17 students) with emphasis on query writing and performance.

CACTUSS Central:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

CACTUSS North:
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM.
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

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Upcoming Speakers: http://cactuss.org/pages/speaker-calendar

Get in my Base - Part 2

This month Mike Burek will present  Data: Get in my Base - Part 2

Abstract: Part 2 takes a basic SSIS import package and shows how to add variables, loops, tracking, and summary emails.

CACTUSS North: 
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS Central:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the lastest information.

Fundamentals of SAN, NAS and IP Storage

This month Wes Brown will be presenting at CACTUSS North and Central.


Fundamentals of SAN, NAS and IP Storage
SAN's and NAS's have their own challenges but also open up a whole new set of tools for disaster recovery and high availability. We will touch on the basics that can be applied to most SAN's and talk about strategies for setting up your storage. We will also cover what makes up a Storage Area Network and what seperates Network Attached Storage from SAN's and how iSCSI fits into this picture.

Wes Brown is a PASS chapter leader and SQL Server MVP. He writes for SQL Server Central and maintains his blog at http://www.sqlserverio.com. Wes is Currently serving as a Database Administrator Consultant for Dell. Previous experiences include Product Manager for SQL Litespeed by Quest software and consultant to fortune 500 companies. He specializes in high availability, disaster recovery and very large database performance tuning. He is a frequent speaker at local user groups and SQLSaturdays.

CACTUSS North: 
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS Central:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the lastest information.

12 Steps to Workload Tuning

12 Steps to Workload Tuning

We might know how to tune a query for optimal performance or create additional indexes to ensure faster execution, but how do we ensure that our changes don’t hurt our total workload?  Do we know if the new 3rd Party application upgrade will make performance better or worse? Do we know if your application can scale due to unexpected stress? In this session, we will go over a process used to tune a workload and answer the common questions above. In this presentation we will also use RML Utilities to answer these questions and even give you a little insight into how you can document these changes to help you get that next raise.

John Sterrett is a Group Principal and Sr. Consultant at Linchpin People. Previously, he was a Sr. Database Admin Advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases behind dell.com. John has presented at many community events, including PASS Member Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQL Saturday’s, PASS Chapters and Virtual Chapter meetings. John is a PASS Regional Mentor and one of the founders of the WVPASS user group and the PASS HA/DR Virtual Chapter.

CACTUSS North:
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM.
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS Central:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the latest information.
Upcoming Speakers: http://cactuss.org/pages/speaker-calendar

SQL Server Query Plan Analysis

Presenting this month for CACTUSS North 3/18 and Central 3/19 is Daniel Janik. He will be presenting...

SQL Server Query Plan Analysis
Ever wonder what's wrong with a stored procedure? Had troubles tuning? Think the procedure is running "good enough" but not really sure how it scales? If yes, this is the talk for you! During this session, Daniel will show you how to effectively read and analyze the query plans for SQL Server. Showing tips and tricks that he has learned over his 16 years of SQL Server experience. 

Daniel Janik
Has eighteen years of experience in information technology and sixteen supporting SQL Server, which includes six years at Microsoft as a field engineer. Daniel has been a DBA, developer, consultant, and trainer. Daniel is currently the database architect at Multimedia Games.


CACTUSS North: 
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS Central:
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the lastest information.

Data: Get in my Base - Part 1

CACTUSS Central and North are proud to present this month's speaker Mike Burek. Mike is a long time member of CACTUSS but a first time speaker. Come out to either meeting to see Mike talk about Data.

Data: Get in my Base - Part 1

Abstract: The "Data: Get in my Base" series is about various tools, tricks, and
tactics I've used though my trials and tribulations of getting various
types of data imported into MS SQL Server databases. "Part 1" is an
introductory level look at text files, Excel files, some command line
tools, SSMS import wizard, and simple, linear SSIS data flows.

Bio: Mike has worked for several marketing companies that store a
customer's purchase history, marketing preferences, and track the
customer's response to email, physical mail, and telephone marketing
campaigns. The two favorite areas of work are making dirty-data usable
and hacking a way around un-doable tasks.


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CACTUSS North: 2/18
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

CACTUSS Central: 2/19
We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
William Cannon just West of IH-35 /Free parking.

Change Tracking: An near bullet proof ETL synchronization control

CACTUSS North speaker this month will be Mike Byrd.
Change Tracking:  An near bullet proof ETL synchronization control

Abstract:  Change Tracking came out with SQL Server 2008, but SS2012 almost eclipsed it with Change Data Capture. Change Tracking is now the red-headed step child, but in many cases may be a better solution for data ETL movement from an OLTP database to a data warehouse database. This session will provide a review of change tracking syntax and implementation with detailed demos. It will then dive into an actual ETL subset implementation from the AdventureWorks database to a data warehouse solution (modified AdventureWorksDW) with detailed code discussion and demos.

Bio: Former rocket scientist, retired USAF fighter test pilot; now a database geek. Former CTO for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (9 years) and now part-time SQL Server consultant for several companies in greater Austin, TX area. Expertise is performance tuning. 

CACTUSS North: 
The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. The main presentation is at 6:00PM. 
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300

Follow @CACTUSS_SQL for the lastest information.

Upcoming Speakers: http://cactuss.org/pages/speaker-calendar

Mission Possible: Interactive Performance Troubleshooting - Indexes

CACTUSS Central - Wednesday January 15, 2014

Jim Murphy will be presenting
Mission Possible: Interactive Performance Troubleshooting -  Indexes

Abstract: 
Performance troubleshooting is detective work. We'll have a lab system being assaulted by PowerShell scripts  (to simulate live users), and simulated performance problems like those that can make your on-call cell phone ring too much! Do you think you have what it takes to find these "needle in the haystack" issues and resolve them quickly?  This will be a highly interactive session where we will locate the rogue queries together, work through solutions, implement them and measure the results.  In this episode we'll focus primarily on improper indexing as a common underlying problem. We'll go through as many scenarios as will fit in 1.5h, and all will walk away with much better troubleshooting skills and an upgraded knowledge of performance tuning!  200-300 Level. Skills Used: DM's, Exec Plans, Perfmon, etc. 

Bio:
Jim Murphy has been using Microsoft SQL Server since version 6.0 back in the 90's. He is the President/CEO of SQLWatchmen, LLC., a managed DBA service provider for smaller companies who do not need a full-time DBA. He runs the Austin SQL Server User Group: CACTUSS Central and sits on the board of SQLPOSSE.com. He has been a professional DBA and developer for over 20 years and has run a consulting company full-time for over a decade.

** MEETING TIME/DATE CHANGE FOR CACTUSS CENTRAL **

Since the meeting is normally on Monday and the next two month's holiday's fall on Monday, we booked the library but for the 3rd WEDNESDAY of each month.  What is more, since we've talked about changing the date with the theory being Monday nights are hard to get away from work on time, we went ahead and booked ALL 2014 for the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month.    

We meet the third Wednesday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM

Address:
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
It is located on William Cannon just West of IH-35

Visitor Parking:
Free parking.

CACTUSS North - Architecting large scale Azure services 12/17

This month for our North meeting we have a guest speaker, Conor Cunningham Principal Architect Azure Data Platform Group. He will be presenting 

Architecting large scale Azure services
This is a primer on building a SaaS solution on Windows Azure/SQL Azure.

Conor Cunningham is a Principal Software Architect at Microsoft on the SQL Server Query Processor Team.  He's worked on database technologies for Microsoft for over 10 years and is holds numerous patents related to Query Optimization and Query Processing.  Conor is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on query optimization techniques.  Recently, he authored a chapter for the book "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals" on how the Query Optimizer works.  He publishes a blog called "Conor vs. SQL" (http://blogs.msdn.com/conor_cunningham_msft/default.aspx)  where he answers questions about databases.

CACTUSS North
We meet the third Tuesday each month. The meeting starts at 5:30PM CST with food and a QA session. Main presentation is at 6:00PM CST.

Address:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759
Phone: (512) 795-5300
Fax: (512) 343-8498 

CACTUSS Central - Performance Root Cause Analysis in 10 Minutes 12/16

This month for our Central meeting John Sterrett will be presenting on 

Performance Root Cause Analysis in 10 Minutes

Have you ever been confronted by the business with performance problems and didn't know what to do? I did when I started out as a DBA and it was an experience I will never forget. I don't want to see this happen to you. If you are new to performance tuning or being a DBA please check out this presentation. I hope it arms you with the knowledge and the scripts needed to help you find the root cause to your performance problems.

BIO:

John Sterrett is a database administration senior advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases. Previously, he was a senior DBA focused primarily on performance tuning at a Remote DBA service company with over 200 SQL Server clients. He has presented at many community events, including PASS Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQLSaturday, and local PASS Chapter and Virtual Chapter meetings. He is a PASS Regional Mentor for the South Central US region, co-founded the West Virginia SQL Server User Group, and hosted the first and second SQLSaturday in West Virginia. He is a syndicated blogger at SQLServerPedia and SQLServerCentral.com and a writer for MSSQLTips.com.

Scripts and notes for this presentation: http://t.co/hAjMrf7GAS

CACTUSS Central
We meet the third Monday of each month. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM with food, and a QA session and the main presentation starts at 6:30 PM

Address:
Pleasant Hill Public Library
211 E. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX, 78745
It is located on William Cannon just West of IH-35