Update To Last Month's Presentation

If you attended last month's Presentation by Reindaldo, please leave feedback at Speaker Rate!

http://speakerrate.com/talks/8194 

Some additional links:

a)    AlwaysOn Availability Groups (SQL Server)
SQL Server "Denali"
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff877884(v=sql.110).aspx#ClientConnections

b)     Denali Network libraries updates and Client connectivity
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3711.aspx
Look at Section 5.11.3 Client-Connectivity for AlwaysOn Availability Groups in CTP3
This section describes driver support for AlwaysOn Availability Groups and workarounds for using ADO.NET with .NET Framework 4.0 or SQL Native Client 11.0 OLEDB for multi-subnet failover.
Driver Support
The following table summarizes driver support for AlwaysOn Availability Groups in CTP3.

Driver

Multi-Subnet Failover

Application Intent

Read-Only Routing

SQL Native Client 11.0 ODBC

Yes

Yes

Yes

SQL Native Client 11.0 OLEDB

No

Yes

Yes

ADO.NET with .NET Framework 4.0

Q4 CY2011*

Q4 CY2011

Q4 CY2011

Microsoft JDBC driver 4.0 for SQL Server

Yes

Yes

Q4 CY2011

* Q4 CY2011 indicates the fourth quarter of the 2011 calendar year.

SQLSaturday #97 News:

The event is just over 1 month away! Register for the event, it's FREE!

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/97/register.aspx

Call For Speakers
The call for speakers is open and will close on 9/1/2011. Only 9 days left! If you are local to the area we encourage you to submit a session. This is your chance to start your speaking career. http://www.sqlsaturday.com/97/callforspeakers.aspx

Volunteers
If you wish to volunteer for any part of the event please send an email to Michael.Kaplan@sqlposse.com.
Volunteers make this all happen. There is no contribution too small!

Sponsors
If you are a local business and want to sponsor this event take a look at the sponsor page and let us know.
Email Wes Brown directly at wes.brown@sqlposse.com

PASS Summit 2011 Chapter Member Discount Code:

Members of local chapters can get a $200 discount to PASS Summit 2011 by using the Discount Code CHM11.  This discount has no expiration date.  If you would pass it along to your members, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks for all you do for PASS!

Why You Should Attend SQL Saturday 97

Free Training

Part of the mission statement of SQL Saturday (read the full statement here) is to provide a day of free training to SQL Server Professionals and those new to SQL Server an event that combines training and networking as well as find and grow new speakers (see Calling All Local Speakers) that means you!

Take a look at all the sessions submitted. The tracks are not finalized yet but so far we have sessions submitted for DBAs, Developers, BI professionals, dotNet, and an Advanced. As you can see there is something for everyone.

Cool People To Meet

For me networking is one of the best parts of any SQL Saturday event. You can catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I especially like meeting the people I have chatted with on twitter and not met in person. That's part of what makes the SQL community so strong and always growing. You can have conversations (all be it short ones) on twitter and when you actually meet them it's almost as if you have known them for years.

The Weather Is Fine Wish You Were

I am sure you have seen something in the news about how hot it has been and the serious drought conditions down here in Texas recently. Yes it's true; we have many days during the summer over 100 degrees and have not had measurable rain in several months.  However, our fall weather is usually very, very nice.

The normal high temperatures for October are in the low 80s and the normal low temperatures are in the upper 50s. Our average monthly rainfall is below 4 inches. That is not too shabby when compared to other areas of the country or world for the month of October. This year will be no different it is going to be a beautiful weekend to be in Austin.

Things To Do

After getting your learn on during the day, and after you have hung out at the Networking Social post event party you can stroll along 6th street. Checkout the clubs the people and maybe, just maybe run into the world famous Leslie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Cochran).

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World! Every weekend for sure and just about every week night you can find live music to your liking in Austin. Whatever you decide to do Austin has the nightlife to support it.

Vendors

Vendors are a big part of any of the SQL Saturday events and ours is no different. They support the events financially and with people. Please make it a point to visit the vendors, talk with them, and check what they have to offer, get a free pen or a splat ball, and if they are giving something away, throw your name in hat for a drawing at the end of the day. Who knows you may win something and get more than just free knowledge. I was at an event in the spring where one of the attendees won several things in a row. That could be you this time.

Final Thoughts

When you look at the wide range of session topics submitted. The speakers on the list, then networking possibilities, not to mention it is FREE, there is bound to be something for every level of experience.

If you haven't noticed by now, I am really excited to be a part of CACTUSS and that we can give a little back to the community by SQL Saturday 97. If you are attending, find me and say hi. I'll be the one grinning from ear to ear.

Cheers!

Calling all Local Speakers!

One of the core reasons SQL Saturday was started is to "Find, grow, and feature local speakers" (read more About SQLSaturday here). I know you have thought about speaking. You may not know it yet but somewhere in the back of your mind you have. Trust me, you have.

(Waving hand in Jedi mind trick motion) Submit a session to SQL Saturday97 today.

Join the Ranks

I have given three presentations now. I survived all of them and you will too. Looking back, the first one was shaky, the second one was better and the last one, while not perfect (are they ever?) was the best yet. Why was it the best? Because like other things you do, the more you do them, the better you get. The better you get, the more you do them. Speaking is no different.

Another thing that helps is feedback positive and negative. Most of it the feedback was positive, even after the first one. Don't get me wrong I have received negative or constructive (that mostly came from me) feedback too. But you also won't grow or know what to improve on it you don't get some negative at times. Remember that too when you are attending a session. Feedback is crucial to speakers.

How To Start Speaking

First pick a subject. This was hard for me too and still is at times. What I have presented on in the past was related to things I am doing at work or want to learn to do. Don't worry if someone "famous" has already presented. There are people out there who have not heard about them or seen their presentation. There are many, many websites with information on "How to give presentations". Here is just one to get you started. ToastMaster.org

Here is also a simple formula to follow that will assure you give effective presentations.

Tell Them What You Will Be Presenting
Present
Tell Them What You Presented

Follow that and you are well on your way.

Speaking Is Addictive

Let me warn you now. After you give a good presentation you will know it. You can just feel it, even if you made some mistakes. The feeling you get after hearing the applause and knowing you did a good job is what makes you want more. The more you present, the better you will get and the more you will want to present.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, SQLSaturday events were originally designed to promote and grow new speakers. After all we don't grow on trees. There is tons of support out there to help you get started, but no one can present for you. If you remember the simple formula; Tell Them What You Will Present, Present, Tell Them What You Presented, you have a great foundation. We all started somewhere, even the famous speakers. Now is your time.

(Waving hand in Jedi mind trick motion) Submit a session to SQL Saturday97 today.

Cheers!

Meeting Announcement: CACTUSS North August 16th New Features In Denali

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Hello Everyone,

 

This month Reinaldo Kibel will be talking about AlwaysOn. If you have moved away from clustering or implemented database mirroring as an alternative to clustering and found it lacking AlwaysOn is the way forward for you.

 

About the speaker:

Reinaldo has over 16 years working with SQL Server. He has been a DBA for Microsoft, Verizon, and currently serves as a lead architect and leader at Dell. Managing some of the world’s largest SQL Server deployments has given him a unique perspective and ample learning possibilities. He has also authored several case studies available at the Microsoft and Dell websites. Reinaldo also Regularly presents technical solutions in customer briefings and presents in internal company training sessions.

 

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759


5:30PM to 6:00PM – What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM – Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM – Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

 

SQLSaturday #97 News

Thats right folks, its on! Now is the time to go register for the event. http://www.sqlsaturday.com/97/register.aspx

 

Call For Speakers
The call for speakers is open and will close on 9/1/2011. If you are local to the area we encourage you to submit a session. This is your chance to start your speaking career. http://www.sqlsaturday.com/97/callforspeakers.aspx


Volunteers
If you wish to volunteer for any part of the event please send an email to Michael.Kaplan@sqlposse.com. Volunteers make this all happen. There is no contribution too small!


Sponsors
If you are a local business and want to sponsor this event take a look at the sponsor page and let us know. E email Wes Brown directly at wes.brown@sqlposse.com

 

See you there!

Meeting Announcement: CACTUSS Central August 15th Solid State Disks and SQL Server

Hello everyone!

 

Wes here,

I’m happy to announce that we will have our first meeting downtown this month. I will be kicking off this meeting with a talk on Solid State Disks and SQL Server. What makes SSD’s a good fit?

Should I add SSD’s to your SQL Server storage make up?

When does it make sense to stick with hard disks? How do SSD’s work?

 

I’ll answer these questions and any other that you bring!

 

I’ll also be introducing Jim Murphy. He will be leading the central meeting every month and generally helping out with all things CACTUSS.

 

Address:

Experis Austin Offices

301 Congress Avenue, Suite 375
Austin, TX 78701

For directions see: http://cactuss.org/pages/meeting-location-and-directions 

 

Please keep in mind that you are parking downtown! We will not validate parking. If you part after 5:30 PM meters are free. See http://www.downtownaustin.com/transportation/parking/.

 

Meeting Schedule:

6:oo PM Start meeting, eat and talk with Experis

6:30 PM Main Session

7:30 PM Rap up and QA

8:00 PM End

 

This wouldn’t be possible without our new partner Experis. http://www.experis.us/Job-Seekers.htm

 

About Experis

Experis™ is the global leader in professional resourcing and project-based workforce solutions. We accelerate organizations’ growth by intensely attracting, assessing and placing specialized expertise in IT, Finance and Engineering to precisely deliver in-demand talent for mission-critical positions, enhancing the competitiveness of the organizations and people we serve.

 

Thanks,

Jim Murphy

Wes Brown

 

Next Meeting - July 19 at Quarry Oaks II - CMS Fundamentals

Howdy ya'll!

Our own AJ Mendo (@SQLAJ) will be presenting this month.

AJ is a Database Administrator for a Government Agency. He is on a team that manages over 150 (and growing) SQL Servers. He is a past presenter, avid volunteer and loves everything related to SQL.

He is the new Media Director for CACTUSS and manages/assists manages our Twitter account ( @CACTUSS_SQL ), LinkedIn Group ( CACTUSS ) and this web site. He is starting to get the word out all over the Capital Area and beyond about our group and the upcoming events planned.

We will have an update on SQL Saturday 97 we will be hosting on October 1 and an update on the southern meeting.

As usual we will have food and give-a-ways, see you there!

Call for sponsors!
As most of you are aware, there is always free pizza provided each and every meeting. For the last year I've been paying for this out of my own pocket. I really need help finding local sponsors! I can't continue to fund this by myself. It cost 120.00 per meeting to feed the group.

We meet at:
Quarry Oaks II
10900 S. Stonelake Blvd.
Suite 225
Austin, TX 78759 

5:30PM to 6:00PM - What problems are you having?
6:10PM to 7:00PM - Feature presentation
7:00PM 7:30PM - Q&A follow up and discuss next meeting.

 

The PASS Summit Is Getting Close!

Chapter members can get $200 off the current registration rate for Summit just by using the discount code CHM11 when you register. When you add in the $200 Chapter member discount, that's $800 off!!!

The Austin Fall Classic, SQLSaturday is Coming To Austin, TX

Come Get Your Learn On!

You heard right, on October 1st 2011 we will be teaching others. We have finalized our location and spot on the SQLSaturday list. After a rough start to the year I've managed to get my core team together and in action, settle my personal life down a bit and get this train back on the tracks. The call for speakers is open and I hope all of you in the area submit to speak. This is your chance to start your speaking career. If you wish to volunteer for any part of the event please send an email to Michael.Kaplan@sqlposse.com. If you are a local business and want to sponsor this event take a look at the sponsor page and let us know. You can email directly at wes.brown@sqlposse.com For more information please go to the SQLSaturday #97 page.

Expanding In Austin

To serve the needs of the SQL Server community in Austin, we are starting a second meeting time and place. We are talking with Experis, a leading technology recruiting firm, to use their offices at 301 Congress Ave. Response to the second meeting space and time has been very positive and I look forward to watching this monthly event grow. As soon as we are confirmed I will send out the inaugural meeting notification.

Watch out! Here Comes the POSSE

The SQL POSSE that is. To support our efforts to grow the SQL Server community in central Texas and the surrounding area I am proud to announce the formation of the Professional Organization of SQL Server Educators. Our purpose is to support local chapters with things like SQLSaturday or just helping out at the local user group level. Currently, CACTUSS and SALSSA are affiliated with POSSE and in the coming weeks I will be reaching out to other user groups to see if they are interested in pooling some resources. POSSE doesn't replace our user group, it is a support facility to help get things done. POSSE is currently filing for federal non-profit status and state non-profit status in Texas. We should be fully recognized around the time of our SQLSaturday event. Once we have gone through this.

 

The PASS Summit Is Getting Close!

Chapter members can get $200 off the current registration rate for Summit just by using the discount code CHM11 when you register. Plus, if you register by June 30, they save $600 on Summit. When you add in the $200 Chapter member discount, that's $800 off!!!

 

Lots going on over the next few months and I hope you make the most of all the opprotunites around you!

Meeting Tomorrow June 21st at Quarry Oaks II how SQL Server is using its memory

Hello Everyone!

Our own Steven Ormrod is speaking this month!

Steven Ormrod is a Database Administrator for a large, international food retailer.  He managers hundreds of SQL Servers and has been deeply involved in a clustering and consolidation project to reduce the server footprint.

Prior to working as a DBA he has been a software developer, system administrator, and a teacher.

When he is not tinkering with technology, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and snorkeling.

How SQL Server is using its memory.

When I started as a DBA I didn't know much about SQL Server internals.  I inherited quite a few servers and they were experiencing performance problems.  Over time I learned more about the internals and how to troubleshoot systems.  I'll share some stories with you and talk about some of the methods I use to look at how SQL Server is using its memory.  Then we'll look at some examples and demo code.

There will be an update on SQLSaturday and an update on the second southern meeting. There are big things afoot for sure.

As usual we will have food and give-a-ways, see you there!

Wes

CACTUSS News and events

Hello everyone!

 

I thought I’d share a few links with the group. http://launchpadjobclub.org/ is a site focused on building your career and helping you find employment. They have been around for 10 years and provide a truly valuable resource to the community. http://www.door64.com connects people and technology through networking. They have also been around for quite a while and their door64 mixers are always a great way to meet new people and connect with businesses.

 

SQLSaturday News:

Things have calmed down in my personal life and I’m back on track with Austin’s SQLSaturday. I’ve had trouble finding a venue that a) is in our budget and b) can house the event properly. We have a few promising leads and have moved the date *tentatively* to September 10th 2011. This won’t be finalized until I get a venue! If you know of a location in Austin proper that has six rooms with projectors and can house 250 people on that day shoot me an email admin@wesworld.net and I’ll follow up on it.

 

CACTUSS Expansion:

I’ve had several requests over the years and more recently in the last few months of the possibility of moving the day or the location of our regular meeting. I understand that people’s lives don’t always fit easily with the CACTUSS schedule. I have been kicking around the idea of starting a second meeting in the south/central part of Austin on a different day to help meet the needs of our community. We won’t be changing our current meeting spot or time, this would be in addition to it. If you are interested on a more central meeting location and an alternate day other than Tuesday please feel free to email me directly at admin@wesworld.net I will take everything into consideration and announce the final decision in the upcoming weeks.

 

That means… we need volunteers! We will be filing for non-profit status and will be forming a formal board. This will make it much easier to do things like organize SQLSaturday’s or any other events in the future. The initial board and volunteer committee will be appointed to make life a little easier we will set a limit on terms then open up the first cycle to a vote. There will be more details once we initial board is chosen and we file for our non-profit status.

 

Right now we have an informal board made up of myself, Mike Byrd, Richard Heim and Jim Murphy.

 

In the meantime we need….

A media director A.K.A. Someone to post up meeting notifications on as many sites as possible this should include but not limited to:

www.door64.com

www.sqlpass.org

www.linkedin.com CACTUSS group (Richard Heim does it now)

https://www.technicalcommunity.com/Pages/default.aspx Microsoft UGSS

 

Possible may be a separate person:

Run the CACTUSS twitter account

Run the CACTUSS Facebook page(?)

Assist/Run the LinkedIn group (Richard Heim does it now)

Run the CACTUSS Job board(? We don’t have one now we funnel recruiters to the linked in group, do we need a job board?)

 

Programs director A.K.A. Other projects and stuff.

SQLSaturday lead Coordenator

Assist in finding speakers

Assist in finding other resources

Responsible for recording any presentations allowed by the presenter.

 

Finance director A.K.A. The we are broke guy

Manage the chapters financials

Manage/Make a yearly budget

 

Marketing director A.K.A. Shwag master

Work with vendors to sponsor the monthly events

Work with vendors, PASS and any other organization that provides give-a-ways

Work with the media director to help spread the word about CACTUSS