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    This is great cross-training on SQL for Oracle DBAs! In fact, I think the content would be of use for all DBAs and the trainer is top class. It is a half day of training taking place in Dublin the afternoon of January 22nd. See here for details and how to register . The objective of this training...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server, SQL Server, SQL Server

    SQL Saturday, SQL Saturday Precon and more.. My friends at Prodata have some great SQL Server content coming your way:   Kevin Kline presents “Productivity & Leadership skills for the IT Professional” , June 21 st , Microsoft Building 2, Dublin Skilled technologists often peak in their career...
  • Blog Post: Get SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 - Here!

    Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2005 has just been released - Get it Here !
  • Blog Post: IT Professional Training at reduced rates - places still available!

    03/11/2008, Dublin (BT): Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services 3 days, €400. Register Your Interest Here 10/11/2008, Dublin (Global Knowledge ): Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtualization in Depth 3 days, €400. Register Your Interest Here 13/11/2008, Dublin...
  • Blog Post: Presentations from: Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 Dublin & Belfast Events

    Thanks again to Bob Duffy and Gary Melvin who presented at our SQL Server 2005 events last week in Dublin and Belfast. All the presentations are available to download here: Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Advanced SQL Server 2005 Integration Services SQL 2005 Upgrade and Migration...
  • Blog Post: SQL Event in Cork on 4th June

    Reporting Services 2008 Architecture and End User Reporting Summary The first part of this session is a detailed look at architectural changes to the Reporting Services 2008 product and how they might benefit your reports. The second part of the session is a demo based walk through of the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Event: Kevin Kline on Stored Procedures & Bare Metal Tuning

    SQL Server Event: Kevin Kline on Stored Procedures & Bare Metal Tuning Date: 02 May 2007 18:30 - 21:30 Location: Morrisson Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 ( http://www.morrisonhotel.ie/ ) For more detail and registration: http://sql.mtug.ie/Events/EventInfo.aspx?ID=cf355084-72d9-4f8f-980a-04fb15620b39...
  • Blog Post: Complementary Microsoft Technical Training Event on SQL Server 2005

    We're hosting a TechNet Training event on SQL Server 2005 in both Dublin and Belfast on September 26th and 28th respectively. This event will be technical deep dive covering best practices on how to upgrade from older versions of SQL Server or how to migrate from Oracle to SQL Server 2005. It will also...
  • Blog Post: Super-scaling SQL Server (1 day)

    With Thomas Kejser, November 23 rd 2012, Dublin Cost - €799 or €599 for registrations received on or before October 5 th 2012 Registration: http://www.prodata.ie/events/2012/SQL-super-scaling.aspx This course is not for the faint-hearted…. In fact you could describe it as performance tuning on steroids...
  • Blog Post: Try SQL Server 2005 (180 days) with some powerful migration tools!

    Try SQL Server 2005 Free for 180 Days Find out why the world's largest businesses are turning to SQL Server 2005 for mission-critical tasks. SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access Automates database migration from Access to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase ASE...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2008 BusinessSpeak and GeekSpeak with Harry Brelsford & Philip Elder LIVE SBS 2008 Server-side Setup

    Your chance to see the SBS 2008 server-side setup process, learn more about the pre-requisite step of configuring your router\firewall. 6pm December 7 th , location tbc . Please register to receive updates. You must be logged in to register for this event. There is a 5euro charge for this event;...
  • Blog Post: Released: SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    Today Microsoft released the CTP for SQL Server 2005 SP2. It's available for download on the SQL site HERE . Included in the November CTP for SQL Server 2005 SP2 are the following updates and key functionality: Driving Innovation: Support for the upcoming Windows Vista. Data Mining Add...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft beats Oracle in security showdown

    I heard talk of this before but it's the first time I've seen an independent report on it. See the Microsoft Oracle Showdown here: Microsoft beats Oracle in security showdown
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Ireland User Group: Kimberly Tripp presents SQL Server 200x: Optimizing Procedural Code

    Incredible!! ...lightning does actually strike twice! Kimberly Tripp is visiting Ireland for the second time in three months and Niall Flanagan was not going to let an opportunity like this pass the SQL Server Ireland User Group . Those of you who attended her presentation last September will appreciate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Community Tech Days

    The countdown is on for MS Community Tech Days!... only two weeks until Galway and Cork at the time of posting this (Galway 10th and Cork 12th March). Blindingly good technical content to be caught! Learn more and register @ http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx . Tech Days are a...
  • Blog Post: Download SQL Server 2005 Samples and Sample Databases

    This is a really useful resource from where you can download over 100 samples and three sample databases for SQL Server 2005. The downloads demonstrate the following components: Database Engine, including administration, data access, Full-Text Search, Common Language Runtime (CLR) integration...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Performance Tuning & Trouble Shooting Workshop (3 days)

    with Klaus Aschenbrenner , November 14 th – 16 th 2012, Dublin Cost – €1,799 or €1,500 for registrations received on or before October 5 th 2012. Registration: http://www.prodata.ie/events/2012/SQL-Performance_tuning_workshop.aspx We all know the situation only too well, Friday evening and the weekend...
  • Blog Post: SQL User Group

    More great speakers coming to Ireland for the SQL User Group Meetings! On November 10th, Arun Justus will hold a "Technical BI Workshop" in the Auditorium in the Atrium building at 18:00. Arun is a BI technical advisor for Microsoft in 12 countries. Registration for this event is here http://sql.mtug...
  • Blog Post: Top Class SQL Training for Database Professionals - First Come, First Serve

    A small number of places have become available for SQL Academy, which is a level 300-400 training program going deep on SQL 2008, for an audience of database professionals fortunate enough to get a place. The kick off session saw Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randall deliver an overview of the SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Kimberly and Paul Short Interviews

    Bob Duffy (SQL Ranger and friend of TechNet), got a chance to pose some probing questions to SQL gurus Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal, on how they felt about their experience in rainy Ireland last week and their opinions on the best bits of SQL Server 2008. Here are some short video interviews you can...
  • Blog Post: Dublin Business Intelligence Event - In Depth for IT Professionals

    Microsoft TechNet Business Intelligence Event - In Depth for IT Professionals Microsoft Business Intelligence offers a complete, end-to-end integrated solution for business performance management, consisting of SQL Server as the Business Intelligence platform and Microsoft Office as the information...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition

    Hot off the press - Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition has just been released and can be downloaded from this website . Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition is the next version of SQL Server Mobile adding the desktop platform. SQL Server Compact extends the SQL Server Mobile technology...
  • Blog Post: Unleash the Power of SQL Server for your Business, Learn from the Experts!

    SQL Master Class series begins again in Ireland The SQL master class series is designed to bring the highest level of SQL knowledge to Irish SQL Professionals in an affordable and accessible way. Internationally recognised experts, Bob Duffy, Chris Webb, Gavin Payne & Klaus Aschenbrenner have...
  • Blog Post: From Good to Great: Productivity and Influence Skills for the IT Professional

    Win a free place at Kevin Kline’s “From Good to Great: Productivity and Influence Skills for the IT Professional” at the SQL Saturday Dublin pre-conference How would you like to win a free place at Kevin Kline’s “From Good to Great: Productivity and Influence Skills for the IT Professional” at the SQL...