Category: People Talking Tech

Episode 011 – Chris Ross

This week for episode 11 I’m joined by fellow MVP Chris Ross.  Chris is a Managing Consultant with Catapult Systems and runs the Service Manager User Group of North America.  Chris and I discussed a couple of Microsoft products today which I knew of, but didn’t really know anything about; Service Manager and Orchestrator.  Service Manager ended up being the bulk of our conversation as when the conversation started I thought that it was just a help desk ticketing tool, but it turns out that it’s much more than that.  It is really a systems management automation tool that seems like it can really help a lot of customers with managing permissions and systems access to both native Microsoft systems as well as various third party systems.

Like all good conversations about technology there is a bit of complaining about the technology, specifically how the installations aren’t quite as cut and try and there’s a lot of design decisions that need to be made and depending on your perspective those decisions could be different.  Chris mentions a specific blog post by Cameron Fuller, which you’ll find here.

Episode 010 – Stephen Rose

This week in episode 010 I’m joined by Stephen Rose who is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for the Windows commercial team at Microsoft.  As a part of his job at Microsoft Stephen works on the Springboard website and writes the Springboard newsletter.  Stephen and I have been friends for several years now going back to before he worked for Microsoft when we first met at our local Southern California Code Camps.  During the episode today we talked about something which is near and dear to Stephen right now, Windows 8 having just released and the Surface RT which released just a couple of weeks ago.

Stephen and I talked about some of the resources which are available for IT Professionals that are looking to deploy Windows 8 such as the Windows 8 Jump Start which is 6 1/2 hours of videos which Stephen and Joey Snow have put together.  We also talk through some of the great new features in Windows 8 such as Windows To Go which allows you to install the entire Windows 8 OS on a USB drive running the computer from the thumb drive on any computer which is Windows 8 certified without having to actually install Windows on that piece of hardware.  There are some great use cases for this technology and we talk about a few of them in the recording.

Stephen also gives an overview of how you’ll be able to install Windows 8 native applications through a private app store even when the machines aren’t members of the Active Directory domain.  We also touch on some of the new features of Windows 2012 Server’s Direct Access feature, the changes to Bit Locker in Windows 8 as well as the new Client HyperVisor which is available in Windows 8.  There is lots more good stuff in here, so listen in.

Episode 009 – Jorge Segarra

In episode 9 this week I’m joined by Jorge Segarra (also known as SQL Chicken), SQL Consultant for Pragmatic Works.  Jorge and I chat about the Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse and SQL Server 2012 Licensing.  We also talk about Oracle’s Java, Adobe and plenty of more things that need complaining about.  We ended up finishing by talking about all the fun travel.

This weeks episode is a little longer than normal at almost 32 minutes.  Consider yourself warned.

Episode 008 – Robert Davis

In this weeks episode I’m joined by Robert Davis, Senior SQL Server Evangelist for Idera Software who joins me from Seattle, Washington.  Robert who is also a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server 2008 and I take a lighter less technical approach and talk this week all about conferences and the challenges that people can have in picking a conference to attend.  We also talk a little about some of the challenges for the sponsors of these conferences when it comes to picking a conference to sponsor.

Episode 007 – Jason Strate

In episode 7 this week I’m joined by Jason Strate, architect with Pragmatic Works.  Jason and I talk in this episode about some of the patterns that he has seen over the years as a consultant both from a technology perspective and from a business/internal politics perspective.

Episode 006 – Mike Steineke

This week I’m joined by Mike Steineke VP of IT at EdgeNet.  In this episode Mike and I discussed some of the new features of Windows 2012 including Windows and SQL Server clustering, Hyper-V v3 and more.

Yes there’s a little flub during the recording.  Mike does say that Windows 2008 R2 Standard supports clustering which isn’t correct.  SQL 2008 R2 Standard supports clustering, not Windows.

Episode 005 – Lara Rubbelke

In this weeks episode I’m joined by Lara Rubbelke a product managed from Microsoft who works with the SQL Server customer experience team.  On this episode we talked a little more about the NoSQL community and the various platforms which are available in the NoSQL world.  Lara also reveals who one of her co-presenters at the SQL PASS Summit will be, so be sure to tune in to see who her co-presenter will be.

Episode 003 – SQL PASS Board Candidates

In episode 003 of People Talking Tech I’m joined by all 5 of the candidates for the SQL PASS board.  These 5 guests (in no specific order) would be Allen Kinsel, Wendy Pastrick, James Rolland Jones, Sri Sridharan and Kendal Van Dyke.  During this web casts we talk a little about PASS and what these 5 candidates would do if they were elected to the board.

If you are a member of the SQL PASS organization be sure to vote when voting opens.  You’ll receive an email if you are eligible to vote.

Episode 002 – Tim Ford

Tim Ford joins me from Kalamazoo, MI in this episode, where he is a consultant at B-Side Consulting ( and owner of SQL Cruise (  Tim is chatting today with me about SQL Server 2012 and some really interesting SSIS and SSRS reporting that he’s put together which is based off of some work that Rodney Landrum published.