The Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group
    IMPORTANT - Please note that the location for this meeting has changed. We've listened to your feedback and are experimenting with different locations. Seigen Lane, get ready for the Baton Rouge User Groups!

    Date: March 14, 2018

    Alliance Safety Council
    10099 Reiger Rd
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    Turn onto North Reiger Rd between the McDonald's and Racetrack on Siegen Lane. We are located in the fancy building next door to Office Depot. Parking is directly in front of the building.

    Entrance is the double glass doors in the front of the building under the awning and there will be signs pointing to where the meetings will take place.

    Sponsor: Alliance Safety Council -


    • 5:45 - 6:15: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
    • 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations
    • 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

    **NEWS: You can now order SQLSaturday Baton Rouge posters online!

    Main Presentation:

    What’s new in SQL 2017? - William Assaf
    From the lead author of SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out by Microsoft Press, come learn in technical detail what’s new for developers, admins, and users of Microsoft SQL Server 2017, including labs and demos. We'll discuss the new features for the platform, high availability, maintenance, and TSQL syntax.

    Lightning Round:

    3 Things about Indexing - John Wells
    In this lightning round presentation, we will go over 3 common misunderstandings that I keep running into. Upon completion of this demonstration, you will have the knowledge to correct them. Come join me as we discover these 3 issues and improve query performance!


    William Assaf, MCSE
    A principal consultant and DBA Manager at Sparkhound in Baton Rouge, LA. He started off as a .NET developer out of college and moved into database administration and architecture, and has been lead database designer on major application and data warehousing projects for private and public clients. A SQL Server consultant since 2007, he blogs about SQL at and has spoken at various user groups, SQLSaturday and TechFest conferences in the Gulf South region. William is a member of the Baton Rouge User Groups Board, a regional mentor for PASS, and head of the annual SQLSaturday Baton Rouge Planning Committee. William was the lead author of SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside Out by Microsoft Press, published Feb 2018.

    John Wells
    Originally from Southern California, I am enjoying the slower pace here in Louisiana. I continue my journey with PowerShell and Performance Tuning. If I am not at a SQLSaturday event or a LSU game, I am grilling something or killing some crawfish! Actually I smoke more than grill, but when I say this people look at me funny.

    Posted Mar 12, 2018, 8:38 AM by william assaf
  • February '18 BRSSUG+BRPBIUG Meeting
    IMPORTANT - Please note that the day for this meeting has changed to Thursday, February 15th. Our normal meeting would fall on Ash Wednesday/St. Valentine's day.


    • 5:45 - 6:15: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
    • 6:15 - 7:30: Presentations
    • 7:30 - Until: Open forum for questions

    Detailed Map Info:

    Lightning Round!

    For February we are hosting an all lightning round meetup with both the .NET and the SQL Server user group. We are aiming to have topics that are interesting to both groups. We have a number so far but are still looking for a few more speakers.


    - It's 2018, so what's new SQL Server 2017?
    - SQL Server on the AWS Relational Database Service (RDS)
    - Getting started with Azure Table Storage
    - PowerShell is your friend!
    - More TBA

    More presentations to come! We will send out updates as we get closer to the meeting time. Again, if you are interested in giving a lightning talk (10-15 minutes), please reach out to any of the officers through meetup and let us know so we can get you on the schedule.

    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 5:16 AM by John Wells
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