PASS Virtual Chapters Early April Presentations

In April we’ve got free training coming your way from the usual suspects of the PASS VCs (AppDev, DBA, and Virtualization).  Here’s what’s on tap in chronological order:

Using Virtualization to Solve Common Dev/QA Environment Problems

April 7th Noon Eastern (GMT -4)
Presenters: Aaron Nelson & Dushyanth Nataraj

Isn’t two always better than one?  This month the Virtualization Virtual Chapter is going to run a unique double session with two separate presentations focused on solving common problems for Development and Quality Assurance environments using virtualization technology!

Our first session will focus on using Microsoft Hyper-V to solve problems DBA’s face when trying to QA a change before moving it to production.  Aaron will show you how Microsoft’s Hyper-V can streamline the process and ensure results from your QA testing that will be consistent in your production environment.

In our second session session Dushyanth Nataraj will give attendees an overview of VMware vCenter Lab Manager. You will learn how VMware vSphere and Lab Manager can help you build a internal cloud for dev/test. The session will conclude with a demo of Lab Manager running a SQL workload showcasing how you can use the product for test/dev.

About the speakers

  • Aaron Nelson (@SQLvariant )
    Aaron is a Senior SQL Server Architect with over 10 years experience in architecture, business intelligence, development, and performance tuning of SQL Server.  He has experience managing enterprise-wide data needs in both transactional and data warehouse environments.
  • Dushyanth Nataraj
    Dushyanth is the Technical Marketing Manager for Lab Manager. He has been with VMware 5 years and has held roles in Engineering and Technical Marketing. He holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.

This live one-hour webcast will happen on Wednesday, April 7th at 12:00 noon Eastern, 16:00 GMT.

How do I view the presentation?
Click here to join the webcast.

Want to speak at our next event?  We’re looking for database administrators who can talk about how virtualization has worked for them, what they’ve learned, and any tips they can pass on.  It can be as formal or informal as you like.  To volunteer, email Tim Edwards at

PowerShell for Database Developers
April 13th at 12:00 PM Eastern (GMT -4)
Presenter: Peter Schott

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PowerShell for Database Developers


Peter Schott is currently working as a Development DBA for Fellowship Technologies, using SQL Server, SSIS, and PowerShell (in his spare time). He has worked with SQL Server since 1996, designing databases, writing reports, scripting, performance tuning, and moving around lots of data. Peter blogs at Schott SQL. (And is open to better names for his blog.)

How do I view the presentation?
Attendee URL:  Live Meeting link

Using SQL Server 2008 Database Mirroring to Become a Super Hero!
Date: April 14, Noon Mountain Time (GMT -6)
Presenter: Glenn Berry

Database mirroring is a valuable technology that can be used to minimize or avoid downtime due to hardware failures, with less complexity than fail-over clustering. It can also be used for other innovative uses, such as easily migrating from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 with a sub-minute outage. Database mirroring can be used during normal scheduled maintenance for rolling updates to minimize downtime. Database mirroring works very well for migrating very large databases from one SAN to another with minimal downtime. This session will cover all of these scenarios, with practical techniques, scripts and tips to help you take advantage of database mirroring.

Glenn Berry works as a Database Architect at NewsGator Technologies in Denver, CO. He is a SQL Server MVP, and he has a whole collection of Microsoft certifications, including MCITP, MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD, MCAD, and MCTS, which proves that he likes to take tests. His expertise includes DMVs, high availability, full text search, and SQL Azure.

He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at University College – University of Denver, where has been teaching since 2000. He recently completed the Master Teacher Program at University College.

Door Prize: There will be a drawing for a $50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate
Registration: You can attend the meeting without registering but if you want to be entered in the drawing, you must register at no later than 5:00 PM Eastern on April 13th.

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