Category: People Talking Tech

Episode 021 – Richard Hicks

rh_200x300This week in episode 021 I’m joined by Richard Hicks which is a networking and information security expect specializing in Microsoft technologies. As a four-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), he has traveled around the world speaking to network engineers, security  administrators, and IT professionals about Microsoft edge security and remote access solutions.  A former information security engineer for a Fortune 100 financial services company in the U.S., he has nearly two decades experience working in large scale corporate computing environments. He has designed and deployed perimeter defense and secure remote access solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Richard has served as a technical reviewer on several Windows networking and security books, and is a contributing author for and

In this podcast we talk all about Direct Access and Remote Access, the overall differences between the two concepts and some of the stumbling blocks that people may run into when planning on deploying Direct Access on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

Episode 020 – Matt Griffin

MattThis week in episode 020 I’m joined by Matt Griffin who is officially the youngest person to join us on the show to date.  He’s fresh out of college having graduates only a few months ago but he has been able to get a job as a Technology Analyst at Apparatus in Indianapolis, Indiana .  During this episode of People Talking Tech we talk about the experience that Matt had while moving from college student into IT professional.  Matt also has some great advice for those who are moving through college and into the working world.  This includes when to look at IT certifications, what to say during a job interview and most importantly what not to say during the job interview.

Episode 019 – Jared Shockley

JaredThis week in episode 019 I’m joined by Jared Shockley who is the Director of IT at a Radiology Practice in Washington State and a former Microsoft employee where he worked as one of the Operations Manager for MSIT/Finance.  We had a great conversation where we talked about the wonderful world of data compliance.  While compliance isn’t the most fun thing in the world to deal with, we IT folks do have to deal with data compliance on a regular basis.  While there isn’t much that can be done with older systems, systems which are still under development can have compliance required auditing built directly into the application for just a couple hundred dollars of development time instead of spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars after the fact.

Episode 018 – Troy Hunt

Today in Episode 018 I’m joined by Troy Hunt who is a Microsoft MVP for Developer Security out of Sydney, Australia.  As both Troy and I share an interest in Data and Application security that is the focus of our conversation.  As you can’t have a security conversation without talking about SQL Injection that did come up once or twice, including the fact that SQL Injection (or injection attacks in general) is the #1 Application Security Risk according to the OWASP Top 10 list for 2010 (the most recent year that the list is available for).

While security might not seem like an exciting topic, I had to cut the conversation short as we could have talked for hours.

Episode 017 – Edwin Sarmiento

Welcome to the first episode of 2013.  This week in episode which is episode 017 I’m joined by Edwin Sarmiento who is a SQL Server MVP from Ottawa, Canada.  In this weeks episode we give into PowerShell and why as a DBA you’ll want to learn PowerShell especially with the release of Windows Server 2012 and PowerShell 3.0.

Episode 016 – Ben Miller

This week in episode 016, which is the final episode of 2012, I’m joined by fellow SQL Server MVP Ben Miller (aka @DBAduck) who is an independent consultant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ben and I have talked back in October just before the PASS Summit, which was of course a topic of conversation as was the new SQL Server 2012 server that Ben just deployed.

Enjoy the last episode of 2012, the next episode will be January 8, 2013.

From all my guests and myself have a great holiday season and a happy New Years and we’ll see you in 2013.

Episode 015 – Argenis Fernandez

This week for episode 15 I’m joined by Argenis Fernandez who is a senior consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS).  Argenis and I discussed some of the client projects that he’s seen over the years including some absolute SQL security disasters that we’ve both seen in our days of working within IT.  It’s an interesting discussion of what not to do.

We also talk briefly about BIML which is a new language for building ETL which Argenis says that you can read about in Chapter 17 or SQL Server 2012 Integration Services Design Practices written by Andy Leonard, Matt Masson, Tim Mitchell, Jessica Moss and Michelle Ufford (available as a paperback or on the Kindle).

Episode 013 – Thomas LaRock and Joey D’Antoni

In this weeks episode of People Talking Tech which was recorded at SQL Saturday 145, I’m joined by Thomas LaRock and Joey D’Antoni.  Thomas is the Happy Maker and provider of Afternoon Ignite at Confio Software and Joey is the Principal Architect at Comcast Cable.  In this episode we talk about the fact that Database Administrators as a whole will need expand their careers more towards being a data professional instead of a hard core database administrator.  It turned into a pretty interesting conversation I think, hopefully you’ll think so as well.


Episode 012 – Jonathan Gardner

In todays episode I’m joined by Jonathan Gardner who is a Sr. Systems Architect for GEOCENT.  In this episode, which was recorded at SQL Saturday 145, we talk about Office 365 which I’m quite impressed with from the features that Jonathan talks about.  It seems that Office 365 has really come a long way from the service that I saw being released when it first came out.