Northwest Arkansas SQL Server Users Group


We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30am until 1:00pm.  Microsoft sponsors our meeting location at 2505 Technology Circle Bentonville, Arkansas, United States (map).

Note: Winter Break 2018 has started...We will see you in the Spring:  Subscribe to our PASS email group to be notified of the next meeting.

Past Presentation Materials:

November 14th, 2018:  Raghu Gopalakrishnan presented to us Distributed Availability Groups.  Here are the materials he used:

October 10th, 2018: Vijay and Praveen did a wonderful job walking us through the conversion of a SQL installation to using group managed service accounts (gMSA).  And they did it on an availability group!  Here are the presentation materials:

August, 2016: SQL Statistics with Raghu Gopalakrishnan

Next Meeting




November NWA SQL Server User's Group Meeting

  • In-Person & Online @ 2505 Technology Circle Bentonville, Arkansas, United States (map)
  • 11:30 - 13:00 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

This is our last meeting of the year...  We will observe a winter break over December and January, so don't miss it!

Please join us to discuss SQL Server issues, hear war stories from this year's PASS, and observe a presentation from Andrew Loree regarding stretch cloud services from Blue Chip!  Lunch this month will be provided by Tyson Foods, Inc.

About the presenter:

Andrew Loree – Solution Architect, Blue Chip Consulting Group

Andrew is in the Data Platform and Analytics focus area at the Blue Chip Consulting Group. He has over sixteen years of experience in the information technology industry, and has played key database technology-centric roles in numerous projects, including architecture, design, development, and implementation of enterprise-scale data solutions leveraging Microsoft SQL Server.

Featured Presentation:

Stretch Database & Managed Backups: Cloud Services for your SQL Servers

Andrew Loree, Data Insights Consultant Microsoft

This presentation covers the new SQL 2016 Stretch Database feature along with Managed Backups to Azure, available since SQL 2014. Demo heavy, covering use-cases and limitations to illustrate how these Azure cloud service features may fit into your current and future SQL Server environments.

About Andrew:
Andrew Loree has over nineteen years of database experience with roles in architecture, design, development, and implementation of enterprise-scale SQL Server data solutions, supporting industries from legal e-discovery to manufacturing. Areas of expertise since SQL Server 2000 include data migration and ETL/ELT solutions, disaster recovery planning, high availability service design, licensing and virtualization. Andrew holds fourteen Microsoft certifications, has both a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University and is a Columbus (Ohio) PASS board member.


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