This Week Only PASSMN Meeting (August 18)

Well… until next month of course.  If you’re in Minnesota and reading this… and don’t mind sharing some snacks with other like minded SQL professional… then come down and join us for this month’s SQL Server user group meeting.

We’ll be in a different location for this month – across the skyway from the normal meeting spot.  But that puts us right over a coffee shop… not a bad tradeoff for the coffee drinkers in the the group.

Without ado here are this month’s topics…

Syntactic Sugar Sweetens the SQL Server Pot & Discover and Manage SQL Server in the Enterprise

August 18, 2009
3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
2nd Floor Classroom8000 Building
8000 Norman Center Drive
Bloomington, MN

Syntactic Sugar Sweetens the SQL Server Pot

Speaker: Mark Knutson, Hennepin Faculty Associates

Among the many new features of SQL Server 2005 were some SQL additions that both improve performance as well as simplify complex queries. I have used these countless times and found them quite handy. These include Common Table Expressions, the analytical ranking functions, and aggregations. I will discuss how these work and provide some SQL examples.

Mark Knutson is the Senior Internet Architect at Hennepin Faculty Associates. In this capacity, he administers SQL Server and Oracle database servers, SharePoint Services, IIS, and Hyper-V virtualization server. He also leads a small development team which creates web applications using .NET and C#, and is working on the Cisco CCENT/CCNA certifications.

Discover and Manage SQL Server in the Enterprise

Speaker: Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft

Do you know where SQL Server is installed in your enterprise? Are you absolutely sure you know? Really? Are you looking for a free tool to help you learn where SQL Server is installed? Once you know, are you looking for a better way to manage all of the instances in your enterprise? Learn how to leverage SQL Server 2008 features and enhancements complemented with free tools to discover and centrally manage all of the SQL Server in your enterprise. This session will dive deep into the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and the Central Management Server, with a special focus on configuring, securing and leveraging the CMS for multi-instance management and configuration.

Lara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing and improving SQL Server solutions to the community as a Technology Specialist for Microsoft. Her expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, data management, performance tuning, encryption, ETL, and the Business Intelligence lifecycle. She is an active board member of the local PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) chapter and regularly delivers technical presentations at local, regional and national conferences, user groups and webcasts. Lara authored the Microsoft whitepaper detailing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition features and was a contributing author of "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development". Prior to joining Microsoft, Lara was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).