Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience - if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 - 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
18:00 – 18:30 Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.
It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.
18.30 – 19:30 Flash in the pan? Realities of SSD and why you should be using it! with Tony Rogerson
Flash technology is over a decade old yet server vendors are slow to embrace the tech, in contrast the commodity solid state device market has exploded, especially with the widespread adoption of SATA 3 (6Gbit/sec) allowing up-to 530MiBytes/second per channel (device). In this session the technology will be introduced and what the future may hold, other topics that will be discussed are: cost realities, relevance of RAID, flash reliability, bottleneck shift (faster cores please?); to complete the presentation a demonstration will be shown of the Reporting Brick, a piece of kit costing less that £2K built from commodity parts that is capable of loading over 530K rows of an average 241 bytes length into SQL Server.
19:30 - 19:50 BREAK: Light refreshments
More time to network and ask questions...
19:50 - 20:50 Enter the Dragon: SQL Server 2012 on Windows Core with Mark Broadbent
In 1982 the Dragon 32 entered the home computer market but unfortunately there was one small problem ...lower-case letters were almost impossible to access. Two years later, Dragon was no more.
In 2008 Microsoft released Server Core which provides a fast and streamlined (but reduced functionality) edition of Windows with minimal GUI support. As of SQL Server 2012, installation to Windows 2008R2 Core is now a supported option and will mean the biggest administrative change to a DBA since the release of SQL 2005 ...or will it?
In this session we will discuss and demonstrate:-
Configuration of the OS through Command line utilities and PowerShell
Installation of SQL Server on Server Core
Remote Administration of SQL Server and Server Core
Clustering on Server Core
Will the lack of GUI support send Server Core in the same direction as the Dragon 32 or does it spell a bright new beginning for Windows Server based computing and SQL Server?
Attend this session and this time, listen to the Dragon roar!
Mark is a multi-disciplined IT Professional focused primarily around SQL Server and C# and is a specialist in HADR solutions. He is currently the SQLCambs User Group Leader and is a passionate fan of Linux (well someone has to be!). He actively blogs at tenbulls.co.uk and tweets randomly under the name of retracement.
20:50 - 21:00 Close
21:00 Off to Mr Foley's