November WARDY IT Community Dinner

The WARDY IT Community Dinner is typically held on the second Monday of the month and is a great opportunity to share knowledge, information and experiences with other IT professionals in South East Queensland. The November WARDY IT Community Dinner is being held at Jade Budda on Monday the 12th of November. To RSVP to be at this event send an email to peter @

WHERE Jade Budda | 1 Eagle Street Pier | Brisbane

WHEN Monday 12th November | 6:30PM

RSVP Friday 9th November

Please note that you are responsible for the cost of your own dining.

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Jeff is an Idol Star

Jeff Wharton now has one more reason to head to Spain next month. Not only has Jeff been selected to work as an MCT proctor for the hands-on-labs for Tech.Ed Developer and TechEd-IT Forum in Barcelona he has also be selected as one of the final participants for Speaker Idol contest at TechEd Developers. Speaker Idol is similar to other Idol competitions the difference being that singing is not required. Speaker Idol is an opportunity to perform a series 5 minutes presentation that you are judged on. If you are deemed the winner from all of the knock-out rounds you receive the opportunity to present a technical breakout session at Tech-Ed Developers 2008. Best of luck Jeff.

Kalen Delaney in Brisbane & Sydney in Feb 08

WARDY IT Solutions is proud to announce that Kalen Delaney will be back in Australia next February teaching her highly acclaimed five day SQL Server Architecture, Internals and Optimisation course in both Brisbane and Sydney. Kalen is the author of Inside SQL Server 7, Inside SQL Server 2000 and the series editor for the four part Inside SQL Server 2005 series. She is also a monthly author for the SQL Server Magazine. Kalen’s courses and seminars on SQL Server internals are considered to be the best that there is and her courses are regularly delivered at internal Microsoft training events and as on-site courses for premier Microsoft partners around the world. Kalen has just celebrated her 20th anniversary working with SQL Server and is considered one of the world’s leading trainers and mentors for SQL Server.

Places are strictly limited for the two courses in Australia and typically Kalen’s courses sell out months in advance. So make sure you secure your booking ASAP. As an incentive WARDY IT Solutions are giving away the complete four book series for Inside SQL Server 2005 to all attendees who book and pay prior to the 31st of November.

For more details regarding this course refer to here.

Kalen will be presenting two courses while she is in Australia one in Brisbane and one is Sydney.

Brisbane 18th to 22nd February

Sydney 25th to 29th February

For more details and to make a course booking phone 1300 WARDY IT (927 394) or email contact @

October QLD SQL Server User Group

This month at the QLD SQL Server User Group we have a special SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) event with Dylan Tusler and Catherine Eibner. For more details regarding this event refer to here.

WHERE Microsoft Brisbane Office | Level 9, Waterfront Place | 1 Eagle Street |

WHEN Thursday, 25th October | 5:30PM for a 6:00PM start

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SQL Down under only 12 months away

With SQL Server Down under code camp 2007 all done and dusted SQL Server Down under 2008 is only 12 months away.

Over the weekend I made the annual pilgrimage to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Waaga for the 2nd SQL Down under code camp. This year’s event was slightly longer than usual as I drove with Jeff from Canberra on the Friday to present a lunchtime session to the CSU students on the importance of SQL Server in marketplace. One of the facts I highlighted is that DBA’s on average earn more than other IT Professionals (ACS Remuneration Survey 2006) and that according to 13% of all jobs in the IT industry want some form of SQL Server skills.

Saturday morning then involved a very early start to ensure that I was at the Uni so that the WARDY IT coffee wagon was all set-up to feed the 120 odd SQL Server professionals with their morning coffee fix. My session was the same session that I presented at the Canberra SQL Server User Group several days before entitled If only they taught SQL Server in Kindergarten.

This year was a fantastic event and truly deserved the title of the largest SQL Server Community Event in Australia. Special thanks must go to all the organisers of the event especially all of the tireless effort that Greg Low put into the event. As not only where all the Australian SQL Server MVP’s at this event but all the Australian SQL Server User Group leaders were there as well. So make sure you keep an eye out for the dates of SQL Server Down under 2008 as it is sure to only get bigger and better.

How to Recover a Database without a Backup

I got a call from a colleague this morning whose server did not have a recent backup. All well and good except for the fact that instead of selecting properties this morning they accidentally right clicked on a database and selected delete, and without reading the dialog box they managed to accept the prompt. So I got a call asking if I was able to weave some magic and recover the production database before they visited the newsagent to pickup up a paper and see what jobs were available. As there was no recent backup and the ldf and mdf were deleted I did not like the chance of being able to help them out. That was until I discovered DiskInternals Uneraser. Using this utility I was able to restore the mdf and ldf and then re-attach the database. Although this utility is no substitute for a backup it may help you out if you ever need to recover a database that has been dropped and there is no backup.

Brisbane BarCamp

For those that know me you will probably find this a hard concept to comprehend, me a technical event and a bar…

So what is BarCamp?

Well it is not quite what it sounds, but you are pretty close. Typically code camp events are focused on a single vendor or technology where as BarCamp is an opportunity to interact and listen to presentations from members of the IT community at large no matter what platform/vendor or technology is being used. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

Where: East Brisbane Bowls Club (Mowbray Park, Lytton Road)

When: 10AM-late on the 24th November 2007

Cost: $20.00 which includes bare foot bowls and a BBQ lunch plus all proceedings.


If you are interested in participating in the event as a presenter, sponsor or organiser then please contact me as I would be delighted with your participation.

For more details about the Inaugural BarCamp refer to