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PSSUG: Engineering 101 for the DBA
Author: Brian H. Madsen Date Posted: 1/26/2007 12:46:30 AM
How often have you seen a PC user go through the "motions" of installing a software application by going "Next....Next....I accept....Next....Next...Finish" without actually reading the messages displayed?

Well - some applications, such as SQL Server, does require you to think hard about what the main use (both present and future) the SQL Server is going to have in your setup. So the "Next...Next..Finish" installation and early configuration option isn't really that smart as you can miss out on crucial support and features from your server.

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Date: 08-02-2007
Venue: Excom Education and Training, Level 2, 23 Barrack St
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Presenter: Peter Ward (

The deployment decisions for SQL Server are no longer as simple as deciding whether you will run enterprise or standard edition and whether the server will have single or dual CPU’s. There are now decisions such as RAID 5 or RAID 1+0, 32 or 64-bit CPU’s and whether to use virtualization or not? Often the list of options is like a menu from a foreign restaurant as there are lots of choices that you think you like the sound of and others that, well frankly, you have no idea what they are! This session is designed to assist with the intersection between the role of Database Administrator and System Engineer. In this session, Peter Ward from WARDY IT Solutions ( will explain some of the options available and how these options affect SQL Server and explain what those ‘Three Letter Acronyms’ that you have to choose from actually are.

About the presenter:
Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community and President of the Queensland SQL Server User Group. Peter is a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events throughout Australia and is a sought after SQL Server trainer, providing tailored training for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. He is a regular author for several SQL Server websites and has published numerous articles in the monthly SQL Server newsletter that he produces along with the highly acclaimed WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server Blog. Peter was recently selected to present at the 2006 SQL Pass Community Summit in Seattle, the largest SQL Server event in the world and will also be presenting at SQL Server Open World in Denmark in March 2007.


Venue: Excom Education and Training, level 2, 23 Barrack St | Duration 2hrs | On: Thursday, February 8, 2007