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User Group Presentation: Essential Database Management - Top Ten Recommendations

In the August 13th 2009 meeting of the Ohio North SQL Server Users Group (ONSSUG), Paul Randal and his wife Kimberly Tripp, will run you through their top-ten database maintenance recommendations, with a lot of tips and tricks along the way. This top ten list distilled from almost 30 years combined experience working with SQL Server customers and are geared towards making your databases more performance, more available, easier to manage (to save you time!). Everything in this session will be practical and applicable to a wide variety of databases. Topics covered and myths debunked include: backups, shrinks, fragmentation, statistics, and much more! This presentation’s focus will be on SQL Server 2005 but we'll explain some of the key differences for 2000 and 2008 as well.

About our Speaker: Paul Randal

Paul Randal, SQL Server MVP, is the Managing Director of, which he runs with his wife, Kimberly Tripp. Paul started in the industry in 1994 working for DEC on the VMS file system and check/repair tools. In 1999 he moved to Microsoft to work on SQL Server, specifically on DBCC. In 2007, after nearly 9 years on the SQL Server team, Paul left Microsoft to join Kimberly running, and to pursue his passion for authoring, teaching, and consulting. Paul regularly presents at conferences and user groups around the world on high-availability, disaster recovery, database maintenance, and Storage Engine internals. He writes for TechNet Magazine and his popular blog is at

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To register, go to and click on the link "reserve your seat".


Published Friday, August 7, 2009 8:56 AM by AllenMWhite



Buck Woody said:

Hey Allen - are you guys recording this? I would like a podcast and the deck if you are.


August 8, 2009 11:30 AM

AllenMWhite said:

Sorry, Buck.  We don't normally record the meetings, and I won't even be there, as I'm on a consulting assignment all week in NYC.  I'll be spending tomorrow evening with Paul and Kimberly, though, and am looking forward to sharing one of the best things about Cleveland with them.

August 8, 2009 12:13 PM
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About AllenMWhite

Allen White is a consultant and mentor for Upsearch Technology Services in Northeast Ohio. He has worked as a Database Administrator, Architect and Developer for over 30 years, supporting both the Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server platforms over that period.

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