November '11 Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group Meeting

Post date: Oct 18, 2011 2:42:3 AM

Date: November 9, 2011

Location: LSU Tureaud Hall, Room 206

User Groups Note: November's meeting will be a joint meeting of four different Baton Rouge User Groups: .net (room 204), Windows Mobile Phone Dev (room 221), IT Pro (room 211), and our own SQL crowd.  Come for the pizza and networking, stay for the SQL knowledge!

Sponsored By: UGSS


5:45 - 6:15 pm: Networking and Refreshments in room 204

6:15 - 6:35 pm: Lightning Round Topic

6:35 - 7:45 pm: Main Topic

7:45 - until: Open Forum for questions and Raffle

Afterwards: An open invitation to join us at Walk-Ons

Lighting Round Speaker: William Assaf, Sparkhound

Topic: Viewing Requests and Sessions with DMV's

Description: View queryable requests and sessions (way better than sp_who2!) and use a sample query to find a not only which session is blocking a session, but which sessions a session is blocking.  Get a comma-delimited list of blocked sessions, then sort by the length of that list, descending.  Find out which session is the culprit for your blocking pileup!

Speaker Bio: William Assaf is the President of the Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group and a senior development consultant and team lead at Sparkhound, Inc. He started off as a .net developer and moved into database administration and architecture, and has been lead db designer on major application and data warehousing projects for private and public clients. An experienced DBA trainer and database developer, he blogs about SQL at, where his sample scripts have been posted. 

Lightning Round Speaker: Mark Verrett, LSU

Topic: The Latest in SSRS

Lightning Round Speaker: Thomas Leblanc, Turner Industries

Topic: SQL Server Management Studio Tips and Tricks

Description: Learn some of the obvious and some not-so-known obvious helpful features of the Management Studio interface. Short-cut keys, templates, organize instances and more will be shown, maybe even the free SSMS Tools Pack

Speaker Bio: Thomas is a Senior DBA in Baton Rouge, LA. Worked in the IT field for 21 years experience w/ COBOL dBase, FoxPro, Visual FoxPro, VB 3 thru 6 and .Net(C#). Designing and developing normalized database has become his passion, and now has expaned to Dimensional Modeling for Data Marts. Full-time DBA work started about 10 years ago. He has been blessed with speaking at SQLRally and SQL PASS Summit in 2011. Thomas’ free time is spent helping other & improving his relationship with family & God.

Speaker Cancelled:

Main Topic Speaker: Cherie Sheriff, Geocent

Topic: Introduction to SSAS Cubes

Description: A beginner level session on why to build them, how they are made and the resulting output in reports/self serve reports.

Speaker Bio: Cherie Sheriff is an MCDBA with 20 years of professional experience in Information Technology. Her education is in Philosophy and Physics, but her love for technology steered her career. She has focused on database technologies and business intelligence since 1992. Career challenges include modeling virtual training environments, financial analytics, geospatial data, data security and compliance.