Something for the Weekend – SQL Server Links 22/04/11

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Slightly lighter on the links this week. What with it being a four day work week here in the UK and the fact that right now I’m quite likely out and about making the most of the glorious British sunshine. You should be too! Whilst catching up on this weeks SQL Server Links of course ;-)

Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Techie Stuff. Enjoy!

SQL Server Links

  • SQL University – HA/DR Week – Quite an appropriate theme for SQL University this week, what with Amazons cloud service crash and all (see technology posts below). Thomas Larock (Blog|Twitter) kicks off this weeks class.
  • SQLU HA/DR Week – Database Mirroring Performance Counters – More SQLU lessons, this time with Robert L. Davis(Blog|Twitter) giving his lesson on performance counters for Mirroring.
  • Anonymous survey: salaries in the SQL Server world – This weeks survey, organised by Paul Randal (Blog|Twitter), is of definite interest to all Data Professionals. Make sure YOU take part in this anonymous survey and find out where you currently fit in the big picture.
  • Job security, loyalty, and employee retention: you need to take control – An interesting look at the state of play in our market, courtesy of Paul Randal (Blog|Twitter). I find these discussions fascinating as I am forever hearing of the lack of quality Data Professionals available and yet I bizarrely know of a great many personally. Perhaps this has something to do with the clear disconnect caused by the fact that the so many recruiters are clueless to the requirements of the profession they are recruiting for. I’m often called in on consulting engagements to address this disconnect and support the hiring process for clients.
  • SQL Azure Cost – It’s all about the money this week for Grant Fritchey (Blog|Twitter). No I’m not referring to the man’s recent career movements but instead to the important cloud technology consideration of cost. Read on to find out more.
  • Leadership and Mentoring – More excellent professional development content for the Data Professional this week brought to us by Erin Stellato (Blog|Twitter). Have you been offered the opportunity to grow into a management position? How would you handle it? Is it even something that you would want? Find out how things played our for Erin.
  • RS Report Performance Relief in CU7 – Insights into to some recent bug fixes for Reporting Services brought to you via the CSS SQL Server Engineers (Blog).
  • A New Way to Examine Blocked Process Reports – Giving back to the community in style, this week Michael J. Swart (Blog|Twitter) shares with us an improved method for troubleshooting blocked processes.
  • Restricting memory using Resource Governor – Following some questions that were raised on the MSDN forums this week with regard to Resource Governor usage, Tibor Karaszi (Blog|Twitter) gets stuck in to find out the answers.

UK SQL Server Upcoming Events

  • HATFIELD – Thu 5 May- The first SQLHerts User group evening with Christian Bolton and Jennifer Stirrup (SQL Herts – User Group site)
  • LEEDS – Wed 11 May – Leeds UG meeting – Resource Govenor and Policy Based Management with Chris Testa-O’Neill
  • SOUTHAMPTON – Wed 11 May – User group evening of TBA.
  • MANCHESTER – Thu 12 May – Planning for Stored Procedures with Munsoor Negyal and another speaker- Thursday night meeting at BSS
  • SOUTHAMPTON – Wed 8 Jun – User group evening of TBA.
  • LEEDS – Thu 16 Jun – UG meeting with Andrew Fryer from Microsoft and Allan Mitchell
  • LONDON – Mon 20 Jun – Multi Day Seminar – SQLskills Immersion Event on Internals and Performance – 5 day event 20th June – 25th June
  • EDINBURGH – Thu 23 Jun – Scottish Area User Group Meeting
  • LONDON – Fri 15 Jul – SQL in the City

Misc Technology Posts

That’s it for this week. What was your favourite post? If I’ve missed anything that you think deserves a mention then be sure to let me know! You can leave your comments below, send me an email and find me on Twitter(@JohnSansom).

  • Michael J Swart

    Speaking of quality data professionals, you wrote “I know of a great many personally”

    Decent recruiters probably do too. But the clueless ones probably don’t read your blog. C’est la vie.

    (And thanks for the mention this week)