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July 2014 WISSUG Meeting
Date: 08 July 2014
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Microsoft Office in Waukesha   (N19 W24133 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI  53188) 
We need presenters! What interests you about SQL Server? Why not share your experience with the group? It doesn’t have to be a PASS Summit-level presentation. Besides, you’re among friends here.
Not convinced? Check out Kendra Little’s post on speaking.
WISSUG Newsletter Changes
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LiveMeeting is being replaced with Lync
Microsoft is replacing LiveMeeting with Lync, so we will be using Lync for remote access to the presentations beginning with the April 8th 2014 meeting. Please see the links below if you need the (free) Lync client software. 
July 2014 WISSUG meeting
Each query has one and only one way it can be processed, right? Right. Well… sort of.  One of the tasks the query optimizer performs is determining the best possible plan for our painstakingly-crafted SQL statements. But it doesn’t work in a vacuum and we can help it come up with a better (or sometimes worse) plan. Interested in learning how? Me too. The better part, that is. 
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Inside the Query Optimizer - presented by Bradley Ball
The Query Optimizer is a black box. It can be intimidating until you understand it. Understanding the Optimizer beings with knowing the Rules. The way our queries are written reflect directly on the output that we get.
In this session we will look at the rules in SQL Server, write queries to show those rules in action, and walk out with a better understanding of how the Optimizer works. This is the first step in learning how to use the Optimizer's rules to make your queries faster!
Bradley Ball is a MCITP 2005 & 2008 DBA with over a decade of experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army, The Executive Office Of the President of the United States, and Publix Supermarkets. Currently the Data Platform Management Lead for Pragmatic Works and Microsoft VTSP. He has presented at many SQL Saturdays, for PASS SSUGs, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQL Live 360, & the PASS Summit 2011, 2012, 2013 and will be presenting at the 2014 PASS Summit. He can be found blogging on about SQL Server or anything else that interests him. 
WISSUG Meeting Agenda
* Networking with your peers: Got a problem? Got an answer? Share it!
* WiSSUG Business: Don’t just sit there – participate! Volunteer, present a topic, share your expertise!
* Presentation by Bradley Ball
Lync Meeting Information
IMPORTANT: Lync requires an audio device to be connected on your computer to function properly. This is a known (and frustrating) issue with Lync. Some users have reported plugging in even a non-functional microphone has allowed Lync to work.   Some users have reported better results using Lync 2010. Let’s hope Microsoft addresses this issue soon!

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Upcoming WISSUG Meetings
12 Aug 2014    Glenn Berry ( – TBD
09 Sep 2014    Dr. Tom Lane – Transactional Replication
PASS Summit 2014 
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