Rob Sewell

Rob was a SQL Server DBA with a passion for PowerShell, Azure, Automation, and SQL (PaaS geddit?). Now he just helps people make things. He is a Cloud and Data Center MVP and a Data Platform MVP, SQLBits committee member, PSConf EU organiser, and co-leader of Data South West UK User Group. H has spoken at and volunteered at many Data and PowerShell events all over the world. He is a proud supporter of the Data and PowerShell communities. He relishes sharing and learning and can be found doing both via Twitter and his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen and loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, he is often out riding his bike as his eyes are not good enough to play cricket any more. He has a fabulous beard

Rob Sewell's Training Days

The DBA in a hybrid environmentSQLBits 2024

Ideal for database administrators, developers, and database reliability engineers, this training day will explore all the skills you need to enable you to manage SQL Server estates spanning on-premises and cloud environments.

Getting your SQL estate in order at scale and keeping it that way with ease.SQLBits 2023

Still on-prem and need to automate your administration and validation of your SQL instances? We will share with you how we solve the challenges of automating estates at scale and all of the tips and tricks we have gained from working with large estates at scale with excellent performance and automation. You will leave with a strong understanding of the tools that you have available to automate and validate your SQL estate and the confidence to implement it in your environment.

Automate your DBA tasks with dbatools and dbachecksSQLBits 2022

Let us show you how easy it is to use PowerShell to accomplish many everyday tasks straight from the command line with the community developed modules dbatools and dbachecks. Join Jess Pomfret and Rob Sewell, two of the dbatools in a Month of Lunches authors and learn how effective dbatools and dbachecks can make you. We will show you the skills, scripts and tricks that we have learned with dbatools and dbachecks and tell you how they have rocketed our careers

Professional and Proficient PowerShell: From Writing ScriptsSQLBits 2019

Learn how to write professional powerful PowerShell and deploy it automatically

Reliable, Repeatable, & Automated: PowerShell for DBAsSQLBits 2018

Automating & testing your SQL Server environment has never been easier. You can put down your manual checklists. Join MVPs Chrissy LeMaire & Rob Sewell for a demo heavy day & leave with all the confidence you need to automate your SQL Server estate.

Rob Sewell's Sessions

20 mins to git comfortableSQLBits 2023

In this new world we're all developers! Whether we're writing application code or describing our infrastructure using bicep or terraform we need to keep it safe. Git and source control is our best option for developing on our own and as part of a team… but git is scary! In this 20 min session we'll go through just enough to git you comfortable with source control.

10 Productivity tools in 20 minutesSQLBits 2022

You are busy, we are busy, everyone is busy. These are the tools that two busy consultants use to improve their productivity. We want to tell you about the tools that we use; that maximise our time, simplify our life, reduce our key strokes and generally make us appear more amazing. So that you can use them too. We have 20 minutes, so we wont go into much detail but we have some good quick stories to tell.

There is a time and a place for everythingSQLBits 2022

There is a time and a place for everything. John and Rob, being consultants, often say "Well, it depends" Lets talk about some of the times when the "rules" may not fit

SQL Notebooks in Azure Data Studio for the DBASQLBits 2020

While you might have read about notebooks being used for Data Science, this session is for DBAs. You will see how you can use SQL Notebooks to simplify your work.

How To Start Collaborating With A GitHub RepositorySQLBits 2020

Wanted to join with open-source projects but don’t know how? This quick session will give you all that you need to start doing so.

Creating Azure SQL Db Users with an SPN using Azure DevOpsSQLBits 2020

This session will take you through the steps required to build an automated solution to create an Azure SQL Database with a Service Principal and create users and apply permissions

Validate Your SQL Server Estate with Ease Using dbachecksSQLBits 2019

Learn how you can validate your SQL Server estate with ease using dbachecks

Introduction to Pester-TDD for PowerShellSQLBits 2018

Start from nothing and use Test Driven Development to write a PowerShell function that uses the Microsoft Cognitive Services API to analyse pictures. I will take you on a journey from nothing to a complete function

Advice and guidance on becoming a speaker or volunteerSQLBits 2018

Want to become a community speaker or involved in the SQL Community? Don't feel confident enough to try? Need some advice and guidance? We want to help you, we will help you