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No March or April Meeting 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:24:00 AM Categories: Meeting

We reiterate, no March or April monthly meeting as we are doing the Saturday classes. See you in April if you are taking the classes. 

Return of the Weekend SQL Server Classes! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 7:13:00 PM Categories: Meeting Training

We are delighted to announce we are cancelling the monthly meetings in March and April.


We are happy about this because in replacement, we are offering you the return of the Weekend SQL Server classes! Instead of a small lecture, we're offering you 24 hours of solid SQL Server 2012 education!


Seating is limited, so reserve your spot here:  http://hoteksql.eventbrite.com



Mike Hotek is donating his Saturdays in April to the SQL community!

 The weekend SQL classes are back for a SQL Server 2012 round! For the veterans who have drank from this particular flavor of fire hose, we've missed you and we can't wait to see you again.

 We are excited to be able to invite you all back for four Saturday classes in April. They will be April 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9 am to 4pm.

 For those of you who have not yet experienced Mike Hotek's training, what ever your experience level you will benefit from spending time talking about SQL Server with someone who has tirelessly worked with this product since its very beginning in more industries and sizes of environments and countries than you can imagine. 

The class is designed to go through the first book in a series of four. The book will be available just in time for the class. Check here at the end of March for class materials: http://www.championvalleypress.com/books.aspx


SQL Server 2012 Data Design and Retrieval

Courseware Modules:


Installation and Configuration


  • SQL Server Tools
  • Creating Databases
  • Database Structure
  • Contained Databases  
  • Designing Tables
  • Data Modeling
  • Data Types
  • Hierarchy
  • Constraints
  • FileStream
  • FileTable
  • Storage Engine Internals
  • Data Manipulation
  • Manipulating Hierarchies
  • Bulk Loading Data
  • Change Tracking
  • Transaction Management
  • Locking
  • Isolation Levels
  • Row Versioning
  • Data Retrieval
  • Joins
  • Subqueries
  • Aggregates
  • Advanced Data Retrieval
  • Set Operators
  • Table Expressions
  • Window Functions
  • XML
  • Spatial Objects
  • Spatial Calculations
  • Geography Data
  • Indexes
  • Clustered
  • Non-Clustered
  • Filtered
  • Covering
  • Statistics
  • Index Internals
  • Forwarding Pointers
  • Indexing Hierarchies
  • XML Index
  • Selective XML Index
  • Spatial Indexes
  • Index Maintenance
  • Columnstore Indexes
  • Full text index
  • Word Breakers and Stemmers
  • Stop Lists
  • Document Properties
  • Querying Full Text Data
  • Semantic Search
  • Partitioning
  • Functions
  • Schemes
  • Partitioning Tables and Indexes
  • Modifying Partition Functions
  • Manipulating Partition Tables


February 20, 2013 - David Stein: Data Warehouse Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make 

Monday, February 18, 2013 3:52:00 PM Categories: Meeting
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7PM Presentation
Our February speaker had to cancel but David Stein has agreed to come present for our group even though he is already booked for the very next night up in Irving!  Kudos David!  We thank you! 


Topic:  Data Warehouse Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Many data professionals understand the basics of Data Warehouse design, including Dimension and Fact Tables, slowly changing Dimensions, and the use of meaningless surrogate keys. However, it isn't until you've created a dimensional model and put it into production, that you realize just how much of an impact seemingly trivial mistakes can make. They can hobble performance, allow inaccuracy, and perhaps worst of all, inhibit adoption and usage of the new system. 
Learn how to avoid many common mistakes, from someone who’s made them and then found ways to correct them. 

Bio:  David Stein is a Data Warehouse Architect with RealPage Inc. in Carrollton, TX. He’s worked in SQL Server Business Intelligence for almost a decade in many roles as both a consultant as well as a corporate employee.  He’s designed Data Warehouses from scratch as well as saved projects in serious jeopardy.

He is also very active in the community, having spoken at PASS events at all levels, including the PASS Summit, SQL Rally, and at numerous SQL Saturday events and user groups. You can learn more about Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and other technical topics on his blog at Made2Mentor.com or follow him on Twitter @Made2Mentor.

Food at 6:30 PM (Tantalizing rumors abound that THE BAKING DBA *might bring some of his famous Perushki!)

Lecture at 7PM

Freese & Nichols
Ground Floor Training Room
4055 International Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76109

January 16 Meeting - Mike Hotek: Big Data INSIDE SQL Server - A Real World 10+ Exabyte Data Warehouse 

Monday, January 14, 2013 10:31:00 PM Categories: Meeting


Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

6:30 PM Meet & Greet | 7 PM Presentation


Happy 2013 everybody! Welcome back to another year with the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group! We're happy to crack open the new year's lecture series with Mike Hotek. He always brings crazy amounts of industry experience and knowledge to the discussion.



A large number of people, including many at Microsoft have bought into the marketing BS called “Big Data”.  When you hear “big data”, everyone automatically assumes that you have to do this in some other database platform being foisted on IT.  The marketing myth that many have bought into is that SQL Server can’t handle “big data”.  This session will walk you through the architecture and build out of a real world data warehouse, built entirely with SQL Server, which is currently in excess of 10 Exabytes.



Mike Hotek is the Senior Business Intelligence Architect for CBRE. He has been building SQL Server systems and database management best practices for almost 20 years having worked with thousands of companies and on the largest, most complicated platforms in the world. Mike has delivered hundreds of sessions and training events around the world and has published numerous articles along with 8 books. He is currently working on a four book series on SQL Server 2012.


Contact URL: http://www.ChampionValleySoftware.com



See you there!  Location

Happy Holidays! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 1:22:00 PM Categories: Meeting


We wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving break!


We will not be meeting in November or December in deference to holiday mania.


Last month was a wrap up for the year. Michael Bourgon gave a great presentation despite a few server driver issues. Even with out his prepared VM, his interpretive dance and shadow puppets were quite illustrative! If you weren't there, you really missed out on the Baking DBA.


Even though Dallas Give Camp is closed for the 2012 cycle, this is a group to watch. I can't wait to see what they spin up for 2013: http://dallasgivecamp.org/


It's a chance to use your technical skills to help local charities. Very cool. Thanks for the tip off, Lisa G. 


Enjoy your Texas winter and see you in January!


We'll be kicking off the season with Mike Hotek. We'll also be looking for speakers to round out the 2013 schedule. 

Oct 17, 2012 Michael Bourgon: Master of All I Survey - Tracking Code Changes Across Dozens of Servers Seamlessly and Automatically 

Sunday, October 14, 2012 11:48:00 PM Categories: Meeting

Everyone's been bitten by it - rogue changes made on servers, be it SPs, index rebuilds, or even configuration changes.  What if you knew?  What if you could look historically across servers and track down what changes were made when, by who, and from where?  It exists, it's already built into MSSQL, it's easy to implement and it's been there waiting for you for 7 years.  Come learn what Event Notification is and why you'll want (nay, DEMAND) it in your environment.


Bio: Michael Bourgon is the Senior Production DBA for Emdeon Pharmacy Services.  He started work with Sybase on RS/6000 over 15 years ago, and has been meddling with some form of that SQL Server codebase ever since.  He's done everything from training Sales Reps to building cubes to actually building a run-book from scratch that carries his name.  He's always looking for a better way to be a Lazy DBA - spending far too many hours automating processes in order to accomplish that.  In his spare time he listens to weird music, reads Science Fiction, and tries to ensure his daughter grows up a nerd, too. 


Food at 6:30

Lecture at 7PM

Sep 19, 2012 Carlos Bossy: Data Modeling Best Practices for Tabular Models 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 7:33:00 AM Categories: Meeting

We are very excited to have Carlos Bossy in from Colorado to share one of his PASS sessions:

Data Modeling Best Practices for Tabular Models
The new Tabular models in SQL Server 2012 give us a powerful analytic engine that is faster and easier to implement than traditional multi-dimensional cubes using Analysis Services. In this session, you'll see how to develop analytic models using your existing data sources and learn best practices for preparing data so that it can be effectively used as a Tabular database. In addition to creating the model, you'll see how to quickly add measures, hierarchies, and calculated columns to provide a rich user experience and how the model works with Excel and Power View.

You can download Carlos Bossy's presentation slide deck HERE: 



Carlos Bossy (MCTS, MCP SQL Server 2008 BI, CBIP) is a Consultant with 25 years experience in software and database development. As the Principal of his company Carlos focuses on developing Business Intelligence solutions including modeling data warehouses, predictive analytics, integration and reporting. He has worked with SQL Server for 12 years and is very enthusiastic about its powerful features. Carlos has developed warehouses and BI solutions for a variety of industries and state agencies.
Contact URL: http://www.carlosbossy.com

Aug 15, 2012 Kellyn Pot'vin: Curious About Oracle?  

Monday, August 6, 2012 5:49:00 PM Categories: Meeting

Are you curious about Oracle, but afraid to admit it?  It is common for many DBA's to be biased to one database platform, but it has become more and more demanding of the database administrator to manage and have a firm knowledge of more than one in many environments.  This session will introduce the SQL Server DBA to Oracle in a way that will meet their day to day challenges in a multi-platform database environment.  Come learn about how Oracle and SQL Server are very similar, different and how to translate common concepts in SQL Server to Oracle database administration.  No prior experience in Oracle is required and important features and concepts will be covered to assist the SQL Server DBA in incorporating Oracle into their database skill set.


Kellyn Pot'vin, (pronounced Poet-Vaughn) has been a Database Administrator for over twelve years, specializing in large database performance tuning for myriad of platforms, including Oracle, MSSQL and MySQL. In recent years she's been working with large SSD databases and Exadata, taking advantage of the newest technology and performance tuning features. Kellyn is known for her technical blog, dbakevlar.com and resides on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group, (RMOUG).  She is an Oracle ACE recipient and database track volunteer for ODTUG’s, (Oracle Developer Tool User Group) KSCOPE 2012 Conference.  She's performed numerous presentations in the US and Europe, along with articles for various technical newsletters and websites.  She is a current contributor to oradbpedia.com and a contributing author for Apress.  Kellyn lives with her partner, Tim and her three children in Broomfield, CO and currently is honing her technical skills at Enkitec, an Oracle-centric consulting partner, (www.Enkitec.com)



Food at 6:30

Lecture at 7PM


​See you there

​The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group


​We meet the third Wednesday of most months

July 18, 2012 David Stein: Have you got the Urge to Merge? 

Monday, July 9, 2012 6:10:00 PM Categories: Meeting


The T-Sql Merge statement, introduced in SQL 2008, is powerful, versatile, and performant. However, it is also one of T-SQL's least understood statements. Most DBAs know they can use It to insert, update, and delete data in a target table in a single transaction, generally outperforming separate statements. Fewer know, however, that it can be used to load slowly changing dimensions, facilitate auditing, and for many other uses. Come to the user group meeting and learn the in and outs of T-SQL Merge. I'll even show you how to write complex Merge statements with lightning speed.


David Stein is a Senior Business Intelligence Consultant with WaveTwo in Irving, TX. He’s worked in SQL Server Business Intelligence for almost a decade, designed Data Warehouses from scratch, as well as saved projects in serious jeopardy. He is also very active in the community, having spoken at PASS events at all levels, including the PASS Summit, SQL Rally, and at numerous SQL Saturday events and user groups.


You can learn more about Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and other technical topics on his blog at Made2Mentor.com or follow him on Twitter, @Made2Mentor.



Food at 6:30

Lecture at 7PM


​See you there

​The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group


​We meet the third Wednesday of most months


June 20, 2012 Trevor Barkhouse: Quantitative Analysis of SQL Server Error Logs  

Sunday, June 17, 2012 7:56:00 AM Categories: Meeting

Our favorite SQL Sleuth is back! Trevor has transmogrified into an outstanding speaker and educator. You can follow his tweets at @SQLServerSleuth. He's doing a very engaging and interactive talk this Wednesday that you won't want to miss. Show up and be heard. 

Abstract: The SQL Server error log is essential for managing SQL Server.  Unfortunately it is a flat text file that defies efficient analysis.  There is a new open-source tool (a PowerShell module) that breaks the contents of the error log into data that can be queried and aggregated.  Come and learn how to finally unlock all of the valuable information that has been hiding in your log files!

Speaker biography: Trevor has been a production or escalation DBA for almost a decade. He recently joined Microsoft CSS as a Senior Support Escalation Engineer for Microsoft SharePoint. Trevor's passions are automation, performance tuning, and troubleshooting.  He has spoken at dozens of user group meetings, SQLSaturday events, and conferences.




Excited post Tech-Ed chatter and munchies at 6:30
Error Log Intel at 7PM


​See you there

​The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group



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