5 Surprising Lessons Every SQL Server Generalist Has to Learn (Rebroadcast)



Maybe you are an accidental DBA who has recently been assigned responsibility for the SQL Server, on-premises or in the cloud. Maybe you are a generalist who can keep the SQL Server up and running, but don’t know much about how it works. Or maybe you are just starting in your career and want to learn more. Whatever situation applies to you, there are a handful of very important lessons you will have to learn if you administrate a SQL Server. Whether you learn them the easy way, by study or by attending this session, or the hard way, by experiencing these problems first hand, is your choice. 

In the session, noted industry experts Denny Cherry and Kevin Kline will take you through five surprising situations where what you don’t know WILL hurt you. But if you learn these in advance so you are not surprised by them, you will be in control when they eventually occur.  

 We will cover: 

  • How the default settings in MIcrosoft SQL Server hurt you 
  • Why is security is frequently overlooked but more important than ever 
  • Quick checks that can tell you if your indexes are working properly 
  • How not planning for availability and recovery can hurt the organization 
  • Why preventative maintenance requires extra attention from you 

You'll also see demos and overviews of native features within SQL Server that explain these concepts, as well as free community tools from SentryOne and other providers that can make your job easy and your life better. Join us for this informative session so that you avoid the tough mistakes and know where your hard work will pay off the most! 


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Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Principal Program Manager, SentryOne

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at blogs.sentryone.com/author/kevinkline. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.

Denny Cherry

Denny Cherry

Owner and Principal Consultant, Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere, and Enterprise Storage Solutions.

With dozens of rare expertise certifications from Microsoft and virtualization software leaders, as well as the published author of the leading book on data security, Denny Cherry is recognized as one of the most deft and knowledgeable cross-platform IT consultants in the world. His technical expertise today includes system architecture, cloud migration, performance tuning, security, replication, and troubleshooting.

Denny has an impressive set of credentials. An MSFT Managed Partner, he’s been a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award winner since 2008 and has held the highest level certification available for each version of SQL Server since 2000, including but not limited to:

Gold Microsoft Partner for Data Platform, Data Analytics and Cloud Migration

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Data Platform SQL Server 2014 & 2012

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) Data Platform SQL Server 2012

Denny also holds the VMware vExpert award and the EMC Elect award.

In 2019,the American Business Awards named Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting a winner for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year” as well as awarded them “Technical Innovation of the Year.”

Denny has published dozens of articles on a variety of topics including SQL Server, VMware and Enterprise Storage and how these various technologies work together in SQL Server Magazine, Microsoft’s TechNet magazine, SearchSQLServer.com, and more. He is also the published author of multiple books.

A popular speaker, Denny appears regularly at events such as Microsoft Ignite, SQL PASS Summit, Microsoft’s Tech Ed, as well as several smaller events including SQL Saturdays in various locations throughout the world. 

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