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March 2016 WISSUG Meeting

  • In-Person & Online @ 833 E Michigan St Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (map)
  • 16:00 - 18:00 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

WISSUG Feb 2015 Meeting Announcement

March 2016 WISSUG Meeting


Date: 08 March 2016

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Microsoft Office in Waukesha   (N19W24133 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI  53188)


Driving directions: Take I-94 to County J/Waukesha (Exit 294). Take County J north for  about 1/4 mile. Go past the stone entrance to Riverwood office park (on your left), and proceed to the next entrance, which is Riverwood Drive, marked by a street sign.  Go to the building designated Riverwood 2, which will be on your left.


We need presenters.  Really.  Check out Kendra Little’s post on Speaking.

Bonus: here’s a video of Kendra with her Top 5 Tips For Your First Presentation video.


Newsworthy items:

SQL Saturday 2016 – Madison, WI

SQL Saturday is returning to Madison for 2016 on April 9th.  Free SQL Server training.  You read that right, free.  There will also be four separate Pre-Cons (these aren’t free, but they’re good too) on Friday, the 8th covering Azure, Hadoop, Power BI, and Powershell.  Check it out here: http://www.sqlsaturday.com/499/eventhome.aspx 

PASS Virtual Chapters: Over two dozen virtual chapters, each focusing on a different area of SQL Server.  Go to http://www.sqlpass.org/ and click on the Join a Virtual Chapter button to view the list and just click to the chapters that interest you.  Have you checked out Microsoft Virtual Academy?  There’s a ton of free training just waiting for you.  

March 2016 WISSUG meeting

When you, the DBA (Default Blame Acceptor), are told “the database is slow!”, it sometimes means there is a performance issue with SQL Server.  Wait statistics can be an invaluable tool in the DBA’s toolbox when it comes to tracking down performance issues.  You won’t want to miss this month’s meeting as Paul Randal explains how to use wait statistics to help accurately diagnose performance issues.


(Due to a scheduling conflict, Paul is presenting for us this month instead of Jonathan Kehayias.)  


Presentation Preview

Performance Troubleshooting Using Wait Statistics    Presented by Paul S. Randal (SQLSkills.com).         

One of the first things you should check when investigating performance issues are wait statistics - as these can often point you in the direction for further analysis. Unfortunately many people misinterpret what SQL Server is telling them and jump to conclusions about how to solve the problem - what is often called 'knee-jerk performance tuning'.

In this session, you will learn what waits are, how to analyze them, and potential solutions to common problem patterns.

Paul is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director.  He spent 9 years working on the SQL Server team, writing DBCC CHECKDB, and ultimately responsible for the entire Storage Engine.   In 2007 Paul left Microsoft to co-own and run SQLskills.com, and is a world-renowned author, consultant, and top-rated speaker on SQL Server performance tuning, administration, internals, and HA/DR.

When he's not tweeting, blogging, or helping someone recover from a disaster, he's likely to be underwater somewhere in the world with his wife, Kimberly L. Tripp.

WISSUG Chapter – Stay Informed

If you would like to continue to receive information about upcoming meetings and events for both WISSUG & PASS, please make sure you get registered with an account on SQLPASS.  All communications about WISSUG will be sent via a mailing list to users registered as WISSUG members with sqlpass.org.


Here's how to make sure you can stay "in the know".


1. Go to www.sqlpass.org

2. If you've never registered with this site before, use the Register link in the upper right-hand corner to create your account.

3. If you already receive messages from PASS, login with your account information.

4. Once you're logged in, go to MyChapters and make sure to join WISSUG as a Local Chapter.

5. Make sure the Subscribe to Email Newsletter checkbox is checked.


WISSUG Meeting Agenda

* Networking with your peers: Got a problem? Got an answer?  Share it!

* WISSUG Business: Don’t just sit there – participate!  Volunteer, present a topic, share your expertise (or your painful learning experience) with chapter members, suggest a topic for a presentation.  The more people participate, the better the group becomes.

* Presentation by Paul S. Randal


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Upcoming WISSUG Meetings

12 Apr 2016 – Ed Leighton-Dick (Kingfisher Technologies) - "SQL Server Features That Will Blow Your Mind!"

09 May 2016 – Gary Schultz – SSMS Tips & Tricks

14 June 2016 – TBD


We are pleased to welcome Manning Press as a WISSUG sponsor.

Manning has generously offered all WISSUG members a 36% discount on all their titles.

Simply enter UG367 in the Promotional Code box when checking out.


Special thanks to our sponsors:

WiSSUG sponsors are the best - Please support our sponsors with your patronage.







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