Next Meeting: Tue, Jul 26 2016

SQL Phone Home: Teaching Your SQL Servers to Call for Help

Language: English
Event Type: In-Person
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Event Time : Tue, Jul 26 2016 17:30 - 19:00 Eastern Daylight Time
Your Local Time: Tue, Jul 26 2016 21:30 - 23:00


Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Featured Presentation

SQL Phone Home: Teaching Your SQL Servers to Call for Help

Speaker: Mike Hillwig, DBA Team Lead Eagle Investment Systems, a BNY Mellon Company

Summary: Did your backup fail? Was that a deadlock? Did that server just reboot? These are common questions that DBAs are constantly being asked, and DBAs should be asking them of their servers. DBAs need to regularly monitor their servers for a regular health check, and many scripts just become email noise. It's like the kid in the back seat constantly asking "Are we there yet?" In this session, Microsoft MVP Mike Hillwig will teach you his signature "See Something, Say Something" method. You'll learn how to use the SQL Agent to turn your daily monitoring checklist into actionable alerts. By leveraging the SQL Agent severity alerts and some basic scripting techniques, you'll stop mindlessly going down a checklist and instead have your servers notify you when there is a problem.

About Mike: SQL Server MVP Mike Hillwig is a Native Pittsburgher and resident of the Boston suburbs. He's a senior DBA for a provider of private cloud-based solutions for the financial industry He's been working with SQL Server since version 7. He's got a background in infrastructure and networking. In his current role, Mike's portfolio of SQL servers grows weekly, sometimes daily. He's quite passionate about automating administrative tasks.


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The Pittsburgh SQL Server User Group (PSSUG) was established to provide a forum for exchanging information, ideas and expertise on SQL Server and related products. The mission of PSSUG is to further the use of the SQL technology platform and products in southwestern Pennsylvania by providing local support, peer networking opportunities and educational events for IT professionals utilizing these technologies.  And to have fun!!

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