My First SQL Server User Group Session

I attended my very first SQL Server User Group meeting last night and it was awesome! I want to start by giving my friend Tim Radney a BIG thank you for telling me about the importance of attending these sessions!

THANKS brother!

I joined the Northern Virginia (NOVA) SQL User Group a few weeks ago and attended my very first session last night. The session was called, “Hands-On Lab- Migrating a SQL Server Database to a Microsoft Azure SQL Database” and it was an online lab.

It was held at the Microsoft office in Reston, VA and lasted roughly three hours from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

If you want to do the lab yourself, feel free to download the lab book here and start the TechNet Virtual Lab here

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved it! There was pizza, soda, a big bucket full of Halloween candy, and a raffle at the end.

The group organizer Tim McAliley (who works for Microsoft) and Brian Moran (Founder of Linchpin People) were friendly, open to discussions/questions, and just plain down to earth.

It was a great experience and I will definitely attend more meetings! In fact, the next time NOVASQL Group is meeting is on Nov 2nd 2015 for a session called, “SQL Server 2016 Cool New Features” with Harsh Deep Singh Narula (a Microsoft PFE). If you’re in the area, come and join us! Sign up here.

My one regret was not taking any pictures! I’ll definitely take some next time! :)

 

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