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Operational validation of SQL Server at scale with Jenkins and PowerShell (Webinar, 2017-03-01)

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Published on Mar 1, 2017

Note: This was the second run, the first run having more upfront discussion but lots of broken demos (https://youtu.be/97is2JLEoM8). Third time's a charm?

Sample code and slides here (but for modules you should really use Install-Module): https://www.codykonior.com/files/2017...

Are you accountable for databases or database servers? Do you fix problems only to see them pop up again months or years later in slightly different scenarios? Have you been called at 2am and asked to “health check” hundreds of servers for an issue that nobody in the world has ever documented before and wished there was an easy mode to do that or even avoid the problem in the first place?

If so then Operational Validation can help you. In this session you’re going to get:

* A mindset on how to handle your day to day duties in a way that keeps you efficient, honest to yourself and to others, while covering your posterior.

* Free tools to fix things and make sure they stay fixed over time. Really free. As in you couldn’t pay for them even if you wanted to.
If you work with one instance you’re going to learn how to manage five hundred instances. And if you work with five hundred instances you’re going to learn how to have fun doing it.

We’re going to learn:

* Jenkins, a cool web application you can install on your workstation to provide orchestration and reports.
* How to integrate PowerShell with Jenkins and multi-thread efficiently in the background with PoshRSJob using ready-to-go templates so you don’t need to worry about how it works.
* Then we’re going to write some tests. They’re not going to be beautiful tests. We’re going to be testing some of the scummiest, most crapulent edge cases SQL Server has to offer. Please bring tissues because there will be tears. If you’ve ever said, “I don’t know what to test”, I’ll make you regret it.

I’ll also discuss a few other PowerShell modules like CimSession and DbData and why you might want to use them for reliable and scalable tests.

By the end of the session you should be bouncing off the wall and reconsidering your life. I want you to start screaming about Operational Validation from the rooftops, and have the tools and know-how to quickly start on your own.

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