AITP to hold meeting May 21 at White Palace

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, May 21, 2014 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. The White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Meeting Topics & Speakers

“Zero downtime with SQL Server Availability Groups”

by John Sterrett

In SQL Server 2012, Microsoft added Availability Groups to give you another option to improve High Availability and Disaster Recovery. We will walk through business justifications, pros and cons towards utilizing availability groups. Finally, we will walk through the process of building and using your first Availability Group.

BIO: John Sterrett is a consultant at Linchpin People focusing on performance and HA. Previously, he was a Sr. DBA Advisor at Dell and a senior DBA focused primarily on performance tuning at a Remote DBA service company with over 200 SQL Server clients. He has presented at many community events, including PASS Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQLSaturday, and local PASS Chapter and Virtual Chapter meetings. He is a PASS Regional Mentor for the South Central U.S. region.

“Do you need a DBA?”

By Brian Moran

It’s common for small and large businesses to struggle with managing their SQL Server ecosystem. SQL Server is so simple and easy to install that it’s easy to get by without having a full time professional DBA. It’s common to see mission critical business databases in companies that don’t have a single DBA. However, this can create risks of data loss, downtime, and other potential problems that a company may not even be aware they are exposed to. So, the answer is that every company needs a DBA, right? Well, sometimes. Maybe. Perhaps not at all.

BIO: Brian Moran is chief servant officer (CSO) Linchpin People LLC. He has been active in the SQL Server community for more than 20 years. Brian co-founded what might be the first SQL Server user group in the world, was one of the first SQL Server MVPs, was on the SQL Server Magazine launch team, and has served on the PASS Board of Directors in two separate terms, separated by a decade. Brian’s roles in the SQL Server community include technologist, author, community leader, and entrepreneur.

Event Schedule

We will meet at the White Palace. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 6:00 p.m. The dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the Presentation will start after the meal. Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $12.00 for AITP student members, and $23.00 for non-member guests. We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us

E-mail Karen Kovacs at to RSVP. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group. Please respond early to allow the Wheeling Park staff ample time to prepare sufficient food and seating arrangements. No shows will be billed for the reserved meal.