PASS Summit 2018

I will be presenting Migrating to SQL Server 2017 at the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle, WA. I’m actually presenting a half-day session on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Room 6E. Here is the abstract:

How do you design and implement a safe and successful migration from an older version of SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 with no data loss and virtually no downtime? What if you have a limited hardware budget for the upgrade effort and you are worried about the core-based licensing in SQL Server 2017? How can you choose your hardware wisely in light of the new licensing model? How can you convince your organization that the time is right to upgrade to SQL Server 2017? This session will cover several different methods for migrating your data to SQL Server 2017 while meeting these objectives and minimizing your hardware and licensing costs.

I will also be covering some SQL Server 2019 considerations in this session.

This is a fun session that I really enjoy presenting. I think this subject is especially relevant with the upcoming end of extended support of SQL Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 R2 and end of mainstream support for SQL Server 2014, which both happen on July 9, 2019.

I honestly believe that CY 2019 is going to be an ideal time for many organizations to migrate from legacy versions of SQL Server (SQL Server 2014 and older) to a modern version of SQL Server (SQL Server 2016 and newer).

This is because you will have the opportunity to upgrade your entire data platform stack with significant new releases, including new processor families from Intel and AMD, wider availability of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, a new server operating system release (Windows Server 2019), and a new SQL Server release (SQL Server 2019).

BTW, if you are going to a Tuesday pre-con session at PASS, you should strongly consider Kimberly’s Query Performance Problems from Estimates, Statistics, Heuristics, and Cardinality. I have more information about why this session will be a great choice here.

You can register for the PASS Summit 2018 here.

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SQLSaturday Oregon

I will be delivering a full day pre-con session called Migrating to SQL Server 2017 on November 2, 2018 in Portland, OR. Here is the abstract:

How do you design and implement a safe and successful migration from an older version of SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 with no data loss and virtually no downtime? What if you have a limited hardware budget for the upgrade effort and you are worried about the core-based licensing in SQL Server 2017? How can you choose your hardware wisely in light of the new licensing model? How can you convince your organization that the time is right to upgrade to SQL Server 2017? This session will cover several different methods for migrating your data to SQL Server 2017 while meeting these objectives and minimizing your hardware and licensing costs.

The early-bird price for this is $149.00 until October 21, 2018. You can register for this session here.

I will also be presenting High Availability/Disaster Recovery 101 at the actual SQLSaturday Oregon event on November 3, 2018. Here is the abstract:

How do you design a SQL Server 2017 infrastructure in order to meet specific Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) service levels? There are many aspects to consider, from technology choices and licensing, to policies and procedures. This session outlines and compares the various HA/DR technologies available in SQL Server 2017, showing how you can combine them to design and build a solution to help meet your HA/DR goals. This session also teaches you how to formulate policies that enable effective use of technology in your organization.

You can register for SQLSaturday Oregon here.

SQLSaturday #808 - Oregon 2018

SQLSaturday Oregon is one of the larger SQLSaturday events in the United States, and they have a great roster of speakers this year. Portland is a fun city with a lot of good breweries and tap rooms

I hope to see you there!




Speaking at PASS Summit 2018

I am honored to have been selected to present a half-day session at the PASS Summit 2018 in Seattle, WA. My session is Migrating to SQL Server 2017, and here is the abstract:

Migrating to SQL Server 2017

How do you design and implement a safe and successful migration from an older version of SQL Server to SQL Server 2017 with no data loss and virtually no downtime? What if you have a limited hardware budget for the upgrade effort and you are worried about the core-based licensing in SQL Server 2017? How can you choose your hardware wisely in light of the new licensing model? How can you convince your organization that the time is right to upgrade to SQL Server 2017? This session will cover several different methods for migrating your data to SQL Server 2017 while meeting these objectives and minimizing your hardware and licensing costs.

This is a topic that I have presented and taught multiple times, and it is something I am quite passionate about. I think it is also increasingly relevant as SQL Server 2014 will be falling out of Mainstream support on July 9, 2019, and both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will be falling out of Extended Support on July 9, 2019. Next July is sort of a looming deadline for many organizations!

I am also going to be doing a preview version of this session in the first slot of the next 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview event on June 12th, 2018.

Hopefully I will see you at both events!