Database Security Tools. Where Do You Start?

Lindsay Hamilton is presenting “Database Security Tools. Where Do You Start?” next Tuesday, November 15th at 18:30 in the Auditorium at the Microsoft Atrium.

There are so many database security tools in the marketplace today that it raises two, key questions for businesses and organisations. Should you be looking at buying a tool to fit a specific data security challenge you have, or should you be looking at what you really need to do to protect your data first and foremost, and then align a tool, or tools, to meet that requirement? Lindsay will discuss both sides of the argument, and will cover some of the tools in the database security marketplace today to help make a strategic and informed decision to really protect the source of your data

Lindsay Hamilton is Chief Executive of Cervello Consultants, an independent database security controls company. Lindsay has spoken at a number of data security conferences and events, including two previous SQL Server Ireland User Group Meetings, on the need for Database Activity Monitoring and Database Vulnerability & Configuration Management controls as part of an overall IT Risk Management strategy. His work covers all areas of database controls from Financial Services to Corporate and Government / Public sector marketplaces.

While the event is free, please register on the MTUG website :[G]Containers/_default/No+Container


Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on a Samsung Omnia 7 connected to Three

I have been trying out the new Mango update on my Samsung Omnia 7 smartphone and wanted to highlight some of my favourite features that come with Windows Phone 7.5. Be aware that this represents a small fraction of the new features.

  • Internet Sharing

This is not always available “out of the box” but needs to be enabled by the operator. A support call to (Hutchinson Ireland) did not bode well as I tried to explain this new Mango feature with limited success but a week later I found that the feature was available on my Samsung Omnia 7.

Once enabled, it is beautifully easy to use; just enable the feature, configure the phone as an access point by providing a name (which can be discoverable or not) and a WPA password, and then up to five wifi devices can be connected.

Be aware that some Mango supported phones do not have the Broadcom WiFi chip to support this particular feature.

  • Voice Texting

Mango allows one to listen to text messages and respond to them using your voice. You can configure the circumstances (when using Bluetooth, headphones, or always) that this feature kicks in. When enabled, the phone tells you of an incoming text and asks whether you would like the text read to you or ignore it. After reading the message, the phone asks whether you wish to dictate a response.

While I have not responded using the voice feature, when listening to music or a podcast, I appreciate the way the music/podcast quietens & you are informed that a text message has arrived and given the choice to listen to or ignore the message. On completion, the previous audio session resumes seamlessly. And all this is achieved without pressing a button.

  • Zune Integration

Not a hugely important feature but a favourite of mine; regardless of whether you synchronise your Phone with Zune on the PC while connected directly via USB or remotely via WiFi. If you are listening to audio on the phone, this is no longer interrupted when synchronising.

The bigger feature is that one can subscribe to podcasts directly on the phone without needing a PC. This is probably very important in countries where smartphone user does not have access to PCs  but it was far less useful to me. I did try it out but found that it tried to download previous podcasts providing me with little control over which ones were a priority.

For more on the new features included in Mango, visit the Microsoft web link on what’s new in Windows Phone 7.5

SQL Server “Denali” Roadshow with Bob Duffy

Mission Critical Confidence, Breakthrough Business Insight

SQL Server “Denali” will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence.

Come to this free, half day seminar, to learn how, with SQL Server “Denali”, you can get you the nines and performance you need, especially for mission critical workloads. See how “Denali” will help unlock exciting new insights with self-service pervasive data discovery across structured, unstructured and cloud data sources backed by IT management and insight, credible consistent data and large-scale data warehousing and analytics solutions.

Dublin, Monday 7th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Belfast, Tuesday 8th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Cork, Wednesday 9th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Galway, Thursday 10th November 2011. Learn more and register here.



1.00 – 1:30pm Registration / SQL Denali Overview

1:30 – 3:00pm Denali Always On Deep Dive (Level 300)

SQL Server Denali offers a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This session is an introduction to the high availability changes in Denali and a demonstration of the key features and benefits.

This session will be useful for anyone who is working in a high availability environment or currently using replication to provide reporting and looking for a neater solution.

During the demonstration we will show how to seamlessly upgrade a database from SQL 2005+ to Denali with ZERO down time and then use the Always on features to simplify reporting, availability and disaster recovery.

Target Audience: SQL DBA and IT Pro working with high availability, reporting, disaster recovery, replication or within a data centre.

If you are working with clustering, log shipping, replication, mirroring or reporting then this is an important session for you.

3:30 – 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00pm Introduction to the BI Semantec Model (Level 200)

SQL Server Denali Introduces the BI Semantic Model which bridges the gap between Self Service Business Intelligence and Corporate Business Intelligence.

In this session we will introduce the new Tabular Model and improvements in tools like PowerPivot and Reporting Services to dynamically and rapidly develop and deploy BI solutions

Target Audience: DBA and Business Intelligence Professionals.

If you are currently working with Analysis Services, PowerPivot, Reporting Services or any other BI product then this is an important session for you.



Bob Duffy has been designing database solutions for 18 years. He is both a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server and also one of a select few Microsoft Certified Architects for SQL 2005/8 (aka SQL Ranger).

Currently Bob is heading up SQL/BI consultancy and the SQL Centre of Excellence at Prodata. His main role is helping customers in Ireland with enterprise SQL Design, Performance Tuning, Business Intelligence, consolidation and upgrade planning. Including lots of experience on multi-terabyte databases.

Bob worked with Microsoft as a Senior Consultant and was the Western European Community Lead for SQL Server. While there, he also won Customer CPE Champion Award in 2007 and the Great People Great Performer Award in 2008.

Bob has spoken at many events including SqlBits, TechNet and MSDN, The Irish Java Technology Conference, The SQL 2008 Technical Launch (Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway), the SQL Ireland Users Group, MTUG (Microsoft Technology Users Group) and the Irish SQL Academy Programme. Bob was also on the working group for the new SQL 2008 Master syllabus, helping set and grade exam questions.

Bob has designed more than 250 database solutions during his career, and worked on some of the largest database systems in Europe

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