17th - 19th July 2014

The International Centre, Telford

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Extended Events made its appearance in SQL Server 2008, but in SQL Server 2012, the number of lightweight events have been expanded. After a quick review of how Extended Events work, I’ll cover the enhancements in detail.
It's important to keep a baseline of performance metrics that allow us to know when something is wrong and help us to track it down and fix the problem. This session will show you how to use PowerShell to gather your baseline and how to report it.
How many times have you needed to automate a restore process Asynchronous to N databases and be notified when each finalized? ...Or the SQL Server service stopped in your Server X and a notification in W task bar showing immediately what happened ?
Back (hopefully) by popular demand I'll be sharing the secrets to getting started with Powershell in a SQL Server Environment.
Powershell is a powerful scripting engine that can be used to automate admin tasks making more efficient use of your time. This session will introduce Powershell and how it can be used within a SQL Server environment.
We all have tried and tested methods of doing things, but may be this new dog will help you do those old tricks?
Wouldn't you rather spend your day learning all the funky new features in SQL Server 2008 than running all your daily checks over your instances? SQL Server 2008 introduced Policy Based Management which allows a fine-grained level of configuration and control of the instance's properties. The Enterprise Policy Management Framework takes this and extends it out to allow you to manage SQL 2000 and 2005 instances through policies as well.
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