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June 2016 WISSUG meeting

  • In-Person & Online @ 833 E Michigan St Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (map)
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Central Daylight Time
  • Language: English

WISSUG Feb 2015 Meeting Announcement

June 2016 WISSUG Meeting


Date: 14 June 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 Server 2016 to be released 01 June 2016 

Read about the new version of SQL Server here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/dataplatforminsider/2016/05/02/get-ready-sql-server-2016-coming-on-june-1st/


PASS Summit 2016  (October 26-28, Seattle, WA)

The 2016 PASS SQL Server Summit is returning to Seattle in October.

Planning to go?  Great!  Thinking of going?  Great idea!

Here’s some help.  Use this super secret code (LC15HFK3) when you register and save $150 off the registration fee. But don’t wait too long; the fee goes up after 17 July.      

SQL Server Developer Edition is now free!

Microsoft has decided to make Developer Edition freely available.  No, it’s not time-bombed.

All you have to do is join (for free) the Visual Studio Dev Essentials program then download the software.    

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. 

June 2016 WISSUG meeting

If you’re a SQL Server DBA, you’re used to working with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).  You’ve probably got it open right now, I know I do.  But there are hidden gems within SSMS.  Ways to work smarter, shortcuts that can help us get things done quicker or easier.  This month, our very own Gary Schulz will show us a number of SSMS goodies that can make any DBA’s life a little easier.


Presentation Preview

SQL Server Management Studio Tips and Tricks   Presented by Gary Schultz.         

This is a session that anyone who uses SQL Server Management Studio (developers and DBAs alike) may find helpful. We will demonstrate several features that are somewhat hidden, such as split screens, Tab groups, block replacement, RegEx, multi-server queries, SQL Command Mode, templates, query organization tips, connection coloring, Object Explorer Details, and a few FREE add-ins that will make a DBA’s job more simple and more productive. I presented the session at work and got the following email from a developer: "Very good presentation today. I've been using SSMS daily for almost 10 years and I was surprised by the number of new tricks I learned."     

Gary Schultz is a full time administrative DBA with West Bend Mutual Insurance for three years.  Before WBMI, Gary worked as the systems administrator for TechSkills, a tech school specializing in training toward tech certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, ISC2, and medical transcription.  Gary moved the entire data center for them physically, virtualized it, and virtualized the online techlab system during his tenure there.

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 Gary Schultz


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Upcoming WISSUG Meetings

12 July 2016 – Dave Levy (Microsoft) – Always Encrypted in SQL 2016

09 August 2016 – Tim Mitchell (tyleris.com) – SSIS

13 September 2016 – Jes Borland (Concurrency.com) – Wait Stats


Special Offer from Manning Press:


We are pleased to welcome Manning Press as a continuing 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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