FWSSUG Meetings

Apr 18, 2012 Brian Guarnieri SAN TOPOLOGY 101: How do I know if my SAN Administrator is lying to me?  

Friday, April 13, 2012 6:15:00 AM Categories: Meeting

Our very own Brian G is back at the podium to talk about all the SAN stuff no one in the database world seems to talk about but we all have to understand.

Your job is to use up disk resources and the SAN man's job is to protect and keep those resources. So the fight is on! G.I. Joe says knowing is half the battle. Here's some of what Brian will arm you with:

What is a SAN Anyway?

  • Quick review of RAID 5, 0, 1, 10, 1+0
  • Common SAN Data Protocols
    •   SCSI
    •   i-SCSI
    •   Fibre Channel
  • Connective Media
    •    Fibre Optics
    •    Ehternet


  • SAN Components
    •    HBA (Host Bus Adapter)
    •    PCI Express BUS
    •    SVC (San Volume Controller)/Zoning
    •    SAN FABRIC 
    •    SWITCHES
    •    Disk Array / Striping
  • A SAN by ANY Other Name
    •      SAN in a Box//Card - Direct Attached Storage (External & Internal)
    •      NAND Flash Drives (Fusion IO)
    •      RAM SAN (RAM SAN) 


  • How does a SAN work?
    •      SAN Fabric, Management, HotZones
    •      Zoning
    •      CLUSTER AWARENESS and SOFTWARE RAID by VERITAS: Why it hurts and how bad.  
    •      Putting it all together
  • How do I know if My San Administrator is lying?
    •      What does he look like? Is he shifty? 
    •      Latency verse Bandwidth
    •      T-SQL Queries to show the Jig is up
    •      SQL Simulator
    •      IOMeter
    •      How many spindles is enough? Spindle Gluttony.
    •      Why does my Latency graph have a Heart Beat?




​Food and Wookiee Language Lessons at 6:30 (See Jack)

Fun with SANs at 7:00


​See you there

​The folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group


​We meet the third Wednesday of most months





Mar 21, 2012 Mike Hotek DBA 101 

Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:56:00 PM Categories: Meeting

Back in January Mike Hotek had two topics. Hierarchy IDs ended up being a substantial enough topic to hog up the whole meeting. He's offered to take a break from writing his SQL Server 2012 books and come back to address that second topic.  

He's back in March with DBA 101: Figuring out THE most important deficiency 

You walk into or are handed a completely dysfunctional SQL Server environment, where do you start and how do you fix it without going insane or working 200 hours a week.

Also, March 7th is the SQL 2012 online launch event: http://www.sqlserverlaunch.com
Editorial note: For those of you who joined in the Hierarchy data type and graph theory discussion, did you run home and reread some of the NoSQL buzz that has been surfacing the last few years? Graph databases may be finding their niche to solve a number of interesting problems but the needs of most business still rest on good old relational databases. Fortunately our good old relational DBMS can handle some interesting graph theory problems as well. 
Join us on the third Wednesday of the month.
Post SQL Server 2012 launch buzz and munchies at 6:30 PM
Michael Hotek SQL Server experience download starting at 7 PM
See you there!



Feb 15, 2012 Tim Costello Building Your Visual Vocabulary 

Monday, February 13, 2012 10:46:00 PM Categories: Meeting


The yellow laptop rides again!


Bars, lines, dots, bullets and pies. The choices can be overwhelming. Data visualization is the art of using shape, color, size and proximity to tell stories with your data. In this session we will explore the building blocks of data visualizations, discuss some of the most common visualization types and talk about when and how to use them to tell stories with your data.


We meet most 3rd Wednesdays of the month. See you at 6:30 for snacks and and shared SQL stories and 7 for the presentation.

Jan 18, 2012 Mike Hotek Using the HierarchyID and DBA 101 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:45:00 PM Categories: Meeting


We have a topic for each end of the experience spectrum. For those that have done quite a bit with SQL Server:


1.      Using the HIERARCHYID data type

What a tree is and the basic rules around trees, what is a hierarchyid, inserting data, retrieving data, changing the tree structure (reparenting and adding new branches)


For those of you getting into it and for those who are about to move companies again here's a great reminder topic:


2.      DBA 101 – Figuring out what is THE most important deficiency

You walk into/are handed a completely dysfunctional SQL Server environment, where do you start and how do you fix it without going insane or working 200 hours a week.


It's Mike Hotek so you know there will likely be something relevant no matter what your experience level.


Dec 2011 No Meeting 

Monday, December 12, 2011 10:44:00 PM Categories: Meeting


We usually meet the third Wednesday of the month, so that means we usually skip the December meeting in favor of the holiday season. We must prepare to receive our annual lumps of coal and other merriments!


We'd like to encourage you all to book a slot to speak next year! Email us with your topic proposals. Mary and Andy and Brian have been out talking with folks  and asking what they'd like to learn about.


We'd also like to encourage and foster ACTION in 2012. We want to hear about what you have implemented as a result of what you learned in a meeting or from a class. We would also like to know what certs you scored as a result of this group, or the cert study group the two Brians formed. 


It's easy to go to any number of user group meetings or SQL classes, but it's another step to wrestle the time out to DO what you learned.


If you have a great story about what you did with what you learned, we want to hear about it. We want  your SQL Server stories.


Happy holidays to you all from the folks at the Fort Worth SQL Server Users Group!

Nov 16, 2011 Andy Eggers Applied Stategic Thinking  

Friday, November 11, 2011 10:43:00 PM Categories: Meeting


Andy wants to welcome everyone to the Applied Strategic Thinking session at the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group  this Wednesday night at 4055 International Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas 76109.  We will be discussing ways to strategically plan and prepare ourselves for the learning opportunities coming to us in the next year. Take advantage of the time now to plan, prepare, and choose your future.


Very few people have the passion and drive to get people educated about SQL Server and B.I. like Andy

Oct 2011 Possible Cancellation 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:41:00 PM Categories: Meeting


Our first speaker had to cancel due to her mother's passing. Our second speaker is on a flight to be with a family member recently rushed to the hospital.

....we have other folks who have volunteered and we are slightly worried about asking lest we bring medical calamity one of their loved ones by association!

We may cancel the October meeting and remind everyone to cherish your time and your loved ones.

More soon.

Sep 21, 2011 Tim Costello: Tuning the Data Flow in SSIS 

Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:40:00 PM Categories: Meeting


Synchronous and asynchronous components, memory buffers, data type choices, Oh My!


Tuning the data flow is all about choices.

In this session we'll walk through some of the choices that can give you the biggest performance boosts in your SSIS data flow. Together we'll work through the differences between synchronous and asynchronous components. We'll highlight components that should be avoided and explore alternates that can help us create the fastest data flow possible.


We just ran into Tim at Microsoft the other day and he was NOT sporting his yellow laptop. His company laptop was a very un-Tim gray; though he had made amends with his screaming yellow mouse. In support of Tim, bring your favorite yellow food. We'll make sure we get our US RDA of yellow #5!We will be providing food as usual, just of a slightly different hue. 

Aug 17, 2011 Michael Hotek Back from Summer Camping in Denali?  

Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:39:00 PM Categories: Meeting


No. He's still camped out in Denali land, but he'll take a break from researching and writing about the latest release of SQL Server code named Denali to let us know what new tools we may soon get to use. He's trekked farther up and farther in with CTP 3 and has some great stories to share around the campfire.


Bring your s'mores, but don't set off Mark's sprinkler system. 

Jul 20, 2011 5th Anniversary Meeting - Trevor Barkhouse and a Chalk Talk on Scheduling: Understanding How SQL Server Decides What to Do 

Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:37:00 PM Categories: Meeting


A Chalk Talk on Scheduling: Understanding How SQL Server Decides What to Do


In this informal and interactive session, we will discuss how SQL Server determines what to execute.  Along the way, we'll cover locking and blocking as well as wait statistics.  If we finish early, be ready for some Pictionary!


Trevor Barkhouse is an Escalation DBA for Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a leading global provider of IT infrastructure services.  His passions are automation, performance tuning, and troubleshooting.  Trevor has spoken at many user group meetings, seven SQLSaturday events, the 2010 Houston TechFest, CodeStock 2011, and last two the PASS Community Summits (North American).


Check out his blog at http://sqlserversleuth.com/



This spring SQLRally 2012 is coming to Dallas. If you get the chance to vote for speakers, vote for Trevor and all the great folks who facilitate our meetings.  http://www.sqlpass.org/Community/PASSBlog/entryid/342/Dallas-Hosting-PASS-SQLRally-2012.aspx



This July is our 5th anniversary meeting as the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group. As a gift, we were given SQL Server Denali CPT 3! It was really great of Microsoft to get that out the door for us like that. Very thoughtful. It's like "Uncle Bill" sent us flowers. There will be additional pictures, food and  merriment. Can't wait to see you all again.



Book Swap: We cleaned out our bookshelves. We're bringing them in for a book swap and give away. If you bring books, please take them back home if no one takes them. We will already have a truck load and don't wish to add to it. Bring your wheel barrows.


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