SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics. This event will be held on Jun 28 2014 at USM Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, Maine, 04104, United States

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Thank you for attending SQL Saturday #293 in Portland, Maine!

The weather was absolutely amazing on Saturday, June 28, and we are so glad that most of you didn't skip to head to the beach! I'm sure it was very tempting for many people.  Thank you to the nearly 100 people who showed up and made Maine's first SQL Saturday a success!  We can't wait to do this again.

Our location at the USM Wishcamper Building:

A gorgeous summer day!

Getting ready for attendees:

Setting up in the atrium

Waiting for everyone to join us in the atrium for the raffle:
Raffle 1

Raffle 2

Our end of the day selfie!


Thank you to Pragmatic Works for sponsoring our speaker event on Friday evening!  
It was a great dinner trip out to Peaks Island.
Casco Bay Lines Ferry


"This was a must-do event for any DBA. It was great to have the opportunity to get together with those who share the same passion for data. I was able to take away a lot of new instights and ideas. Thanks Maine PASS for the hard work. I'm sure putting together an event like this is not an easy task." - Bob M.

Welcome to SQLSaturday #293

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Jun 28 2014 at USM Wishcamper Center, 34-44 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04104. Admittance to this event is free, but we do charge a lunch fee of 10.00 so that we can provide a lunch - not pizza! Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

Pre-Conference now available!

We are pleased to announce an ALL DAY session on Friday June 27.

David Klee – Virtualization for SQL Server DBAs

VMware vExpert and SQL Server performance expert David Klee leads this full day, hands-on introduction to enabling and managing a virtualized SQL Server environment. The focus of the course is to help those new to virtualization and/or infrastructure concepts to become familiar with the concept and purposes of virtualization and how it can benefit them as data professionals. Participants will gain exposure to all layers of virtualization underneath SQL Server, from storage to hypervisor to the SQL Server instance, and will learn how to construct the entire stack with the focus on SQL Server performance.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand key virtualization and cloud concepts
  • Determine the optimal infrastructure configuration for best performance
  • Construct a SQL Server virtual machine template with best practices for agility and performance
  • Understand how and what stack metrics to benchmark and baseline to ensure proper objective performance measurement
  • Identify and   common virtualized SQL Server performance killers
  • Understand proper virtualized capacity management techniques for long-term management
Pre-conference pricing:  $129/before June 1, $149 on/after June 1.

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