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Microsoft Mothership Calls Kendal Van Dyke

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In the journey of life, you meet people you just want to be around. Kendal Van Dyke is one of those people for me. That is why I was tinged with sadness when I learned the mothership called Kendal.

Kendal spent 3 ½ years as an integral member of UpSearch’s SQL Server Practice.? He was so much more than a DBA. Kendal was, without a doubt, a SQL Server Professional clients, team members and the entire SQL Server community responded to, trusted and wanted to work with.

When we started working together, Kendal was a newer SQL Server MVP and member of the PASS Board of Directors.? He was, and remained, uber-devoted to the SQL Server Community.

After all these years, I noticed a couple patterns about Kendal. Most people, in their own way, said he inspired confidence. Kendal’s natural curiosity, insatiable desire to tinker and positive outlook was contagious. He was always an excellent team member admired by everyone. I will miss Kendal’s presence and charming personality.

As evidence of Kendal’s integrity, he made certain to leave UpSearch better than he found us. He even worked to ensure his successor was in place, which we will announce in the coming days.

Effective January 11, 2016, Kendal will be part of the Microsoft Premier Developer Support team.

We believe Kendal’s transition is also a strategic development in the UpSearch – Microsoft partnership.? As a Microsoft Gold Partner, UpSearch calls upon Microsoft’s field support team to ensure our clients get the answers they need, when they need them.? Kendal will now be part of the Microsoft support team UpSearch relies upon.

Microsoft is getting much more than a highly-respected SQL Server Professional. They are getting a great person. Although we are saddened by Kendal’s departure, we take pride that the mothership noticed Kendal.

Please take a moment and help us celebrate the next chapter in Kendal’s journey.

Shawn Upchurch
Founder & CEO

Farewell Our Friend

Colleen Morrow, SQL Server Consultant

“As I sat down to write this, it hit me that we only started working together a little over a year ago. It really does seem like much longer. You’ve been a trusted colleague and a friend. It has been a pleasure getting to know you, and a privilege collaborating with you over the past year. I wish you all the best.” ~Colleen Morrow

 

“I’m certainly glad to have had the experience of working with Kendal. He is a complete professional; personable, knowledgeable, and experienced. I wish him luck in his new endeavors, and look forward to seeing his future successes.” ~David Maxwell

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Team Photo at SQLSaturday Cleveland 2015

Honorable Mention

Thank you to Kendal’s family – Cathy, Casey, Elizabeth, Erin and Emma Grace – for letting him play DBA with us! Kendal is fortunate to have such a beautiful and supportive family.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.

SQLSaturday #442 – Orlando 2015

UpSearch at SQLSaturday #442

UpSearch proudly sponsored PASS SQLSaturday #442 – Orlando 2015. The event was held October 10, 2015 at Seminole State College of Florida, 100 Weldon Blvd Building UP, Sanford, FL 32773. UpSearch’s Brian Davis, Colleen Morrow and Kendal Van Dyke volunteered to make 3 presentations.

Co-Sponsored Lunch Session

Kendal Van Dyke led a co-sponsored presentation between SIOS & UpSearch titled Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour.

Presentations

The UpSearch team supported SQLSaturday #442 – Orlando 2015 by making two presentations:

Brian Davis presented DQ What? DQ Who? DQ How?

Colleen Morrow presented Enterprise Auditing with SQL Server Audit.

Special Mentions

Thank you to the two Orlando, FL  SQL Server User Groups team effort for hosting SQLSaturday #442 – Orlando 2015. If you live in Greater Orlando, FL area, consider getting involved with the MagicPASS SQL Server Users Group, or find them on Twitter at @MagicPASS, and the Orlando SQL Server Users Group, or find them on Twitter at @PassOrlando.

About PASS SQLSaturday

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The PASS SQLSaturday program provides tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. To learn more about PASS SQL Saturday, visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/about.aspx.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.

SQLSaturday #383 – Rochester 2015

UpSearch at SQLSaturday #383

UpSearch proudly sponsored PASS SQLSaturday #383 – Rochester 2015. The event was held May 16, 2015 at Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. UpSearch’s Kendal Van Dyke and Colleen Morrow volunteered to make 4 presentations.

Co-Sponsored Lunch Session

Kendal Van Dyke led a co-sponsored presentation between SIOS & UpSearch titled Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour.

Presentations

The UpSearch team also supported SQLSaturday #383 – Rochester 2015 by making four presentations:

Kendal Van Dyke presented Transactional Replication: Architecture, Setup, and Monitoring.

Kendal Van Dyke presented Transactional Replication: Tuning and Troubleshooting.

Colleen Morrow presented Enterprise-level Auditing on a Standard Edition Budget.

Colleen Morrow presented So you want to be a Database Administrator.

Special Mentions

Thank you to the Rochester SQL Server User Group for hosting SQLSaturday #383 – Rochester 2015. If you live in the Greater Rochester, NY area, consider getting involved with the Rochester SQL Server User Group.

About PASS SQLSaturday

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The PASS SQLSaturday program provides tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. To learn more about PASS SQL Saturday, visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/about.aspx.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.

Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour

 

About the Presentation

Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour

Kendal Van Dyke demonstrates how to Implement a SANless Cluster in Under an Hour using SIOS DataKeeper™ Cluster Edition.  No shared storage, SAN, or SAN Admin required and operations were not disrupted.

Session Level: Intermediate

 

“We recommended SIOS DataKeeper software because it provided the only solution that could enable our client to move from a production environment to a fully supported Windows Server Failover Cluster – and to do so without disruption to business operations that rely on SQL Server.”

Kendal Van Dyke

Learn how UpSearch used SIOS DataKeeper™ to provide a simple, easy way to add High Availability Protection for SQL Server with an AlwaysOn Failover Cluster.

Download the Presentation

Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour

Presentations (Upcoming & Past)

 

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About the Author

Microsoft SQL Server MVP & Principal Consultant

Kendal Van Dyke

UpSearch Alum Kendal Van Dyke is a database strategist, community advocate, public speaker and blogger. He is passionate about helping leaders use Microsoft's SQL Server to solve complex problems that protect, unlock and optimize data's value.

Since 1999, Kendal has specialized in SQL Server database management solutions and provided IT strategy consulting. Kendal excels at disaster recovery, high availability planning/implementation and debugging/troubleshooting mission critical SQL Server environments.

Kendal Van Dyke served the SQL Server community as Founder and President of MagicPass, the Orlando, FL based chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). In 2012, Kendal served as a member of the PASS Board of Directors.

Kendal remains active in the SQL Server community as a speaker and blogger. He teaches SQL Server enthusiast and technology leaders how to protect, unlock and optimize data’s value. Since 2008, Kendal has operated a SQL Server focused blog at http://www.kendalvandyke.com/.

Microsoft acknowledged Kendal for his support and outstanding contributions to the SQL Server community by awarding him Microsoft MVP (2011-15). Learn more about Kendal Van Dyke https://upsearch.com/kendal-van-dyke/.

About SIOS


Implementing a SANLess Cluster in Under an Hour
SIOS delivers innovative software solutions that provide application availability and disaster protection for Windows and Linux environments.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.

SQLSaturday #371 – Tampa 2015

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UpSearch at SQLSaturday #371

UpSearch proudly sponsored PASS SQLSaturday #371 – Tampa 2015. The event was held February 28, 2015 at USF College of Business, 12212 USF Maple Drive, Tampa, FL 33620.

Presentations

The UpSearch team (pictured left to right: Kendal Van Dyke, Allen White and Shawn Upchurch) also supported SQLSaturday #371 – Tampa 2015 by making four presentations:

SQLSaturday #371 Tampa - February 28 2014 (9)

 

Allen White presented how to manage databases in multiple environments.

Allen White also presented how to use PowerShell to maintain SQL Server performance.

Kendal Van Dyke presented Transactional Replication: Architecture, Setup, and Monitoring.

Kendal Van Dyke also presented Transactional Replication: Tuning and Troubleshooting.

Special Mentions

We appreciate the University of South Florida, the three Tampa Bay SQL Server User Groups and the event sponsors for hosting SQLSaturday #371 – Tampa 2015.  If you live in the Tampa Bay, FL area, consider getting involved with The Pinellas SQL Server User GroupThe Hillsborough SQL Server User Group or The Tampa Bay SQL Business Intelligence User Group.  Find them on Twitter at @TBSSUG.

About PASS SQLSaturday

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The PASS SQLSaturday program provides tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. To learn more about PASS SQL Saturday, visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/about.aspx.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.

SQLSaturday #357 – Cleveland 2015

SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015

UpSearch at SQLSaturday #357

UpSearch proudly sponsored PASS SQLSaturday #357 – Cleveland 2015. The event was held February 7, 2015 at Hyland Software, Building 1, 28500 Clemens Rd., Cleveland, OH 44145. UpSearch’s sponsor raffle giveaway was a FREE SQL Server Health Check, a $2,000 value.

Sponsor Raffle Winner

Congratulations Nancy Schwartz and Buyers Products Company.

Nancy Schwartz won UpSearch’s sponsor raffle. Her organization receives a FREE SQL Server Health Check.

Presentations

The UpSearch team (pictured left to right: Brian Davis, Kendal Van Dyke, Colleen Morrow, Shawn Upchurch and Allen White) also supported SQLSaturday #357 – Cleveland 2015 by making two presentations:

SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015

Kendal Van Dyke presented Transactional Replication: Tuning and Troubleshooting.
SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015

Colleen Morrow presented Enterprise-level Auditing on a Standard Edition Budget.

SQLSaturday #357 - Cleveland 2015

Special Mentions

We appreciate Hyland Software the Ohio North SQL Server User Group’s effort to host SQLSaturday #357 – Cleveland 2015. If you live in the Greater Cleveland, OH area, consider getting involved with ONSQL.

 

About PASS SQLSaturday

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The PASS SQLSaturday program provides tools and knowledge needed for groups and event leaders to organize and host a free day of training for SQL Server professionals. To learn more about PASS SQL Saturday, visit http://www.sqlsaturday.com/about.aspx.

About UpSearch

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UpSearch is a company of data management and analytics experts who enable digital maturity with Microsoft’s technologies. Its mission is to enable every leader to unlock data’s full potential. UpSearch provides full lifecycle support for SQL Server, SQL Server in Azure (IaaS), Azure SQL DB (PaaS), Azure SQL DW (PaaS), Analytics Platform System (APS), and Power BI.