Normally the term sprawl carries an implied criticism, in the case of SQL Server that DBAs have lost control of their infrastructure and users are installing it willy-nilly without regard for data protection or disaster recovery. However, when it comes to SQL Server User Group meetings then sprawl is a good thing, as it means there are probably regular meetings somewhere near you on a regular basis. In October, for example, there's SQL Relay, a UK-wide series of events. I’m speaking at three of these and Itzak Ben Gan, SQL rockstar from SQL Skills, has a gig in London on the 6th.

 Monday 3rd October

 Manchester SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: An Evening With Allan Mitchell(MVP) on Data Quality Services and Master Data Services in SQL Server Denali

Manchester

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=319

SQL Midlands User Group

SQL Relay: High Availability with Tony Rogerson(MVP) and SQL Denali with Andrew Fryer from Microsoft

Birmingham - Midlands

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=296

Surrey SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: A packed evening with amongst others Christian Bolton MCA/MCM/MVP

Farnham - Surrey

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=321

Kent SQL Server and .NET User Group

SQL Relay: This wisdom of James Rowland-Jones(MVP) & Replication with Neil Hambly

Ashford - Kent

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=322

Tuesday 4th October

Leeds Area SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Mobile Business Intelligence in Action with Jen Stirrup (MVP) and Andrew Fryer (Microsoft Evangelist) on BISM and Crescent

Leeds - West Yorkshire

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=299

London SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: On Guitar Mr Chris Testa-O'Neill (MVP) and Neil Hambly on XQuery

London

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=320

SQL Server Club

SQL Relay: An evening with Tony Rogerson (MVP)

Bristol

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=325

SQL Herts User Group

SQL Relay: An evening with Chris Webb (MVP)

Hatfield - Hertfordshire

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=281

 Maidenhead SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Inaugural Meeting of the Maidenhead SQL Server User Group

Maidenhead - Berkshire

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=328

 Wednesday 5th October

Scottish Area SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Andrew Fryer (Microsoft Evangelist) on BISM and Crescent and Martin Bell(MVP) talking about What's new for developers in SQL Server Denali

Edinburgh - Scotland

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=311

Cardiff SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: SQL Server upgrade 2000/2005 to 2008/R2: best practices with Satya SK Jayanty (MVP)

Cardiff - Wales

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=295

SQL South West User Group

SQL Relay: High Availability with Tony Rogerson (MVP)

Exeter - Devon

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=323

 Southampton SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Justin Langford on SQL Server Denali and Nicholas Colebourn talking about designing tables for scale.

Southampton - Hampshire

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=309

 Cambridgeshire SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Inaugural Meeting of the Cambridge SQL Server User Group

Cambridge

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=326

Essex SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: Inaugural Meeting of the Essex SQL Server User Group with Chris Testa-O’Neill and Dave Ballantyne

Basildon - Essex

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=327

 Thursday 6th October

 UK SQL Server User Group

SQL Relay: SQL Relay Finale with Itzik Ben Gan

London

http://sqlserverfaq.com/?eid=324

We are all looking forward to this with great excitement, and I’ll be in Newcastle on 6th October presenting on SQL server to NEBytes. If this isn’t enough, then SQL Bits “Query cross the Mersey” 29th Sep – 1st October, is also happening if you can spare a day or more out of the office and/or away from the family.