Lucky Number Three

This weekend marked my third SQLSaturday that I was a presenter.  I wanted to take some time and reflect on my journey to this point.

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A Transition from 2012 to 2013

Last year was a year of transformation for me.  I decided to get more involved and got hooked on the feeling.  It started innocently enough, I volunteered to help with SQL Saturday in Columbus.  It didn’t take much at all.  I checked the checkbox when I registered that I wanted to be a volunteer.  One thing lead to another until it was Saturday morning and I ended up helping at the registration desk for the event.  It didn’t seem like a big step at the time.  However, by the end of the year I would realize that change begins with these smallest steps.

I am a self described introvert.  Anyone who knows me would use the word shy to describe me.

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It was a day of first

It was a day of first on Saturday.  It was the first time I presented at a SQL Saturday ( ) and it was the first time the Pittsburgh User Group ( ) organized a SQL Saturday ( ).  It was an amazing event for their fist time and I took many notes for things that we need to do when the Ohio North User Group ( ) does a SQL Saturday again.


Gina Walters giving the opening remarks to start the first SQL Saturday in Pittsburgh.

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Presentation Schedule for October 2012

This is a first for me and I am extremely excited.  Back in August was the first time I ever gave a presentation to a group of my peers.  It was a great learning experience.  This month I will get a chance to do it a few more times.

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Off to see the SAN Man

We’re off to see the SAN Man, The Wonderful SAN Man of Storage
We hear he is the admin of admins, if ever an admin there was
If ever, oh ever a admin there was, The SAN Man of Storage is one because
Because, because, because because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
We’re off to see the SAN Man. The Wonderful SAN Man of Storage

Quick Server Health Check

The following is a quick script I generated that allows me to do a simple health check of systems. The idea behind it was that I wanted a script that I could execute after patching systems to make sure that the systems where available and all services where running. After creating the script though I found it was a great way for me to do an early morning health check of systems. I do this by executing the script via a windows schedule task. The result of the script is them sent to me via email.

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Quick Script to Audit Access in Report Services

Here is a quick and dirty script that will extract out security information for objects within report services.

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