Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


MS Communities Summit 2010

, posted: 26-Aug-2010 10:26

The Microsoft New Zealand Tech Ed 2010 is sold out, and just about to start this coming week. As if those crazy days of all things Microsoft would not be enough to fuel developers and system admins for the next year, the MS Communities is running its Code Camp event again, this time called "MS Communities Code Camp and Technology Summit".

This is a free event, but registrations are required. It is happening Sunday 29th August, at The University of Auckland.

More details on the MS Communities Code Camp and Technology Summit page.



Microsoft SQL Server MVP Brad McGehee to tour New Zealand

, posted: 15-Oct-2009 15:48

On behalf of the Microsoft SQL user group I am sharing some information about Brad McGehee's tour around New Zealand:

Brad M. McGehee is the Director of DBA Education for Red Gate Software; an accomplished Microsoft SQL Server MVP with over 14 years' SQL Server experience, over 6 years' training experience, and has been involved in the industry since 1982.

A well-respected and trusted name in SQL Server literature, Brad is the author or co-author of more than 14 technical books and over 100 published articles.

Auckland Monday 19th October 2009
http://aucklandsql.com/Meetings/Brad-McGehee.aspx
DBA 101: Best Practices Every DBA Should Know
This session focuses on key fundamentals, such as: Installing & Upgrading SQL Server; SQL Server Configuration; User Data and Log File Management; Database Configuration Settings; Configuring Critical Maintenance Jobs; Setting Up Alerts for Critical Errors; Security Basics; Implementing a Backup Strategy; Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan; Testing; Monitoring; and Documentation

Wellington Tuesday 20th October 2009
http://wellington.sqlpass.org/Home/tabid/1764/Default.aspx
How to Optimise tempdb Performance
DBAs often don't spend a lot of time watching tempdb performance. They think of it as a black box that takes care of itself. What many DBAs don't fully realize is how tempdb performance can affect SQL Server's overall performance. In this session, we will cover how tempdb is used; tempdb internals; how to monitor tempdb; and how to optimize tempdb for best performance.

Christchurch Wednesday 21st October 2009
http://www.dot.net.nz/Lists/Events%20Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=144
Want to become an exceptional DBA?
Becoming a DBA doesn't have to be just a job; it can be a very rewarding career. While many DBAs are happy with just getting by, the Exceptional DBA is not only outstanding in their knowledge of SQL Server, they are consummate professionals who are in high demand, and command high salaries.


Dunedin Thursday 22nd October 2009
http://www.dot.net.nz/Lists/Events%20Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=137
Best Practices Every SQL Server DBA Must Know 
With the continued popularity of SQL Server, more and more people are becoming SQL Server DBAs, whether they planned to or not. Many of these DBAs don't have formal training, but are doing the best they can under the circumstances. Most of these DBAs want to do a good job, but just don't know where to start. While Books Online is a great reference tools, it doesn't tell someone what they need to know about commonly established best practices that experienced DBAs know by heart.



Drummers at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 11:34

This is the drummers playing some good music before the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 keynote:



Thanks for the mention, Scott Wylie

, posted: 16-Sep-2009 00:24

I feel honoured our small Geekzone at Tech.Ed gathering was mentioned by Scott Wylie (pictured), Microsoft NZ Director of Developer and Platform Strategy, along other events that marked the first day of Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.

First because Scott Wylie is the person responsible by the whole event. Second because he put our event in the spotlight.

I have to say thanks to Microsoft for making it possible to happen by sponsoring our dinner. We had a great time with a small group of Geekzone users that were here coming from all over New Zealand and hope to make it again next year.

Now back to work gathering more material - tomorrow is going to be full of posts here.



5/10 at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009: five startups to follow

, posted: 15-Sep-2009 12:57

One little known parallel event to Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 this year was a media-only affair. Five startups had ten minutes each to present their services or products to journalists and bloggers present at the time.

In common all these companies developed their solutions using Microsoft technologies, such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, IIS 7 and .Net. In a couple of cases the companies took advantage of Microsoft BizSpark, a program that provides software, support and visilibity to software startups.

Here are the companies:

CenterOS: this startup promises "no more flying blind" and basically they offer a purpose-built data centre management solution that gives IT administrators a graphical view of their assets - all through web browser clients. The solution also live monitoring of resources such as space, power, cooling and floor loading.

MarketPrice: these guys think auctions are an inneficient - at best - waste of time when it comes to listing and selling event tickets. The inneficiency comes from loading listings with repeated information and from time wasted waiting for an auction to run its course. To solve this they have created a marketplace for events where users will find ready-made pages dedicated to each individual event called markets. Tickets can be listed on those markets with as little as two clicks - prices are determined by the seller, and available tickets are listed in price order - cheaper will sell first!

Blade: "We move data". Blade is not a startup in the sense that they have been around for some time, but they will be soon launching BOB (Blade for Offsite Backup). This will allow backup in the cloud - you decide which service you store your data, BOB will do it. Currently Blade offers BladeTS, a large file transfer application that allows users to transfer huge amounts of data, securely and easily - after being installed on your server a web browser is all you need to use it to get all those gigabytes moving (I know, I use it!).

AG-Hub: the agriculture sector joins the Internet. AG-Hub collects data that can help farm management decision. They do so by creating a network of Zigbee sensors that gather data - GPS location, weather information, soil moisture - and upload this to their service where this is mashed up with stock rotations, crop contracts, fencing of streams, irrigations layouts to give farm administration a complete view of their business patterns and relationships. This will appeal to equity partners that are not always present at the farm to monitor the performance of their investment.

KernMobile: "solves the rigid mobility problem" by attacking the lack of visibility of current works and job status. They do this by replacing multiple data forms and dedicated data entry staff that can cause inventory management problems with a solution framework for organisations who have multiple field crew working across diverse work needs. This means mobility is the thing!





Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.



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