Speaking at SQL Saturday Boston 2023

I’m happy to announce that I will be speaking at SQL Saturday Boston on October 14th, 2023. This year’s session is Answering the Auditor’s Call with Automation

As DBAs, we’re called on regularly to produce documentation for security & compliance audits. Being able to show who has what level of access to an instance is the minimum, but we’re often asked for more. Collecting this information and compiling it into something usable by auditors could take you hours or even days. But with automation, you can pull it all together in a matter of minutes while you’re getting that second cup of coffee from the kitchen.

Through the PowerShell demos presented in this session, you’ll learn how to build documentation of your backup regimen, who has access to your databases, and show that you’re staying current with SQL Server patches from Microsoft. Whether you have one SQL Server instance or one hundred, you’ll be able to create a script to automatically format this data so that it’s usable for your auditors - and hopefully be so complete that you don’t receive follow-up questions.

This session is mostly demos and I hope that you’ll learn something new about PowerShell along the way.

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to speak in front of an in-person audience and I’m excited to get back to it! It’s been four years since my last visit to SQL Saturday Boston, then I spoke at Cleveland and then there was this big gap where no one was able to go anywhere. I’ve missed doing this and getting to hang out with folks.

Please join me at 10 AM in Room 3 on October 14th at SQL Saturday Boston!

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