Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Learning Tree: SQL Server DBA Skills Upgrade

I’m very lucky in my work as freelance consultant and trainer I get to travel the world, and last week I was delivering Learning Tree course 2105 SQL Server 2012: DBA Skills Upgrade in Ottawa Canada. I’m not only a Learning Tree instructor for this course but I’m also the course author which means I get to deliver the course for the first several events worldwide. This is pretty cool, at least I think it is and last week was the fourth time I have delivered this course in a different country in the last nine months.

imageThese four events have run across Europe and North America and have taken me from Washington DC to Vienna to London and now Ottawa. I think its a pretty cool course,  covering several of the new features in SQL Server 2012 including AlwaysOn Availability Groups, New features in Performance (Column Store indexes), File Table and Semantic Search, User defined server roles, enhancements to SQL Server Auditing and much more besides.

What I enjoy most from teaching SQL Server courses for Learning Tree is the questions that students ask during the course, I like to see how people are thinking about using SQL Server 2012  and its new features in their environments. Some of the questions that I have been asked are deserving a blog post in their own right, a few of the most interesting questions are listed below:

  • Can you use a SQL Server 2008 R2 trace and the Distributed Replay controller?
  • Can you combine SQL Server Clustering and AlwaysOn Availability Groups?
  • How has Licensing changed in SQL Server 2012?

We answered these questions in class but I thought the answers would make good reading and worth sharing with others to so I’ll be writing up the answers in blog posts in the coming weeks.

If you’d like to attend the 2105 SQL Server 2012 DBA Skills Upgrade course then depending on your location follow the links below

UK and Europe: 2105 SQL Server 2012: DBA Skills Upgrade

United States:  2105 SQL Server 2012: DBA Skills Upgrade

Canada : 2105 SQL Server 2012: DBA Skills Upgrade

It is worth noting that even if Learning Tree does not have a location near you, you can attend 2105 SQL Server 2012: DBA Skills Upgrade via Learning Tree Anywhere which brings the instructor led classroom into your office or home via the internet. Or if you have several people who would benefit from the training, it may be easier for Learning Tree to come to you and deliver the course onsite

As part of the fun I got to spend the weekend following the course in Ottawa, I took in some of the sites, there will be more about that in another post later this week.


  1. Gethyn,

    From your May class - have you found an answer the the ? of using SQL Server 2008 R2 trace in SQL 2012 Distributed Replay

  2. Hi Tom

    No I haven't tried to do that yet, I do have a SQL server 2008 r2 server setup, and a distributed controller on a SQL Server 2012 box. When I've looked at it I'll report back



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