June 2015

Featured Presentations

An Introduction Into SQL Server Extended Events

Speaker: Gareth Swanepoel

Summary: As a lone DBA in the scary new world of SQL Server Extended Events, you may be wary of the multiple threats of the deprecated profiler feature, Event Tracing for Windows and the Events themselves. In this session, come and learn how to map your way through these threats using the new features available in SQL Server 2012. In addition, I will be detailing what "events" are and how they relate to YOUR SQL Server.

About Gareth: Gareth Swanepoel is a sysadmin-turned-SQL Server DBA. He has been working in the IT industry doing support and administration for over 23 years. He enjoys solving the complex problems that his clients encounter when performance tuning SQL Server or when deploying SQL Server in data warehouse environments. He is originally from South Africa and is currently a senior consultant for Pragmatic Works in Florida. He is an accomplished author and speaker. Current projects include various speaking engagements at user groups, SQL Saturdays, the PASS Summit and other technical conferences. He currently serves as one of the PASS Regional Mentors for the US SouthEast region.

Using Extended Events For Real-Time Monitoring of SQL Servers

Speaker: Ola Hallengren

Summary: As you probably have heard Extended Events is the future of performance monitoring. You may also have discovered that it is not always that easy to use. I will share some experiences from how we are using Extended Events for monitoring of our SQL Servers in real-time, and also do a live demo of the solution.

About Ola: Ola Hallengren is a DBA and database developer living in Sweden. Currently he's a Senior DBA for an investment bank. Ola is the author of the popular maintenance solution at, and a Microsoft MVP.

Pre-Meeting Presentation

70-461 (Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012) Study Session

Summary: Didn't pass 70-461 on your first try? Don't worry - that's what the second shot is for. We'll spend this month's pre-meeting practicing 70-461 questions as a group to help you ace that retake!

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