Meet the #SQLPass Hypervisors


I got an awesome group of responses for the initial PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter.  I wish I could have taken everybody, but you know what happens when you have a committee with too many people: nothing gets done.  (Come to think of it, nothing gets done on committees period…)

Meet the Hypervisors, also known as the founding members:

Here’s what we’re working on first:

Work with Blythe Morrow to set up our web site. PASS uses DotNetNuke to host their site, and we’ll get our own subdomain with our own look & feel.  We get to pick what we want on the site and how it works.  Blythe’s got ideas on how to help, and she’s got experience from working with the other virtual chapters.  We need to work with her to figure out what we can put on there.

Build a schedule for meetings. We need to pick dates for monthly chapter-wide meetings.  These are not status meetings with just us, but chapter-wide meetings where someone talks about a virtualization/SQL topic and lots of people fall asleep listening.  We’ll need to recruit speakers.  I’ll speak at the first one to talk about what we’re doing, and that’ll buy us some time.

Figure out how to record & web-enable LiveMeetings. The PASS virtual chapters use LiveMeeting to hold their meetings, and I want to start recording ours and putting the archives up on the web site.  I want them to be playable through the web browser like I do with my SQLServerPedia tutorials and I want users to be able to comment on the videos & ask questions.  I also want sharks with friggin’ laser beams on their heads.

Build a policy for working with virtualization vendors. The virtualization market is rough-and-tumble right now.  There’s a lot of nasty subliminal marketing going on with vendors slinging mud at each other.  I want to make sure we don’t get dirty, but at the same time, I want to us to be the gatekeepers for the SQL community.  We can help each vendor get training material out to DBAs on the right way to configure virtualization for performance.  Before we let them get to first base, though, we need a list of what we’re willing to do and what we’re not gonna do.

I’ve really appreciated the work Andy Warren‘s put into keeping PASS transparent by blogging status updates, and I’ll do my best to keep up that same level of transparency with us too.

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  • First, thank you for all the effort you have put into giving back to the community. Second, and this is a serious question, How on earth do you find the time? Seriously, work and the commute takes up 12 hours of my day and I will spend another hour or two catching up on email and blogs at home. Once I factor in silly stuff like eating and sleeping there is not much time available to investigate the cool new features I am reading about. What is your typical day like and how do you keep up this level of involvement?

  • You’re welcome! There’s a trick answer: it’s my job. I work for Quest Software, and part of my job is community outreach. This is going to sound like a BS sales plug, but they seriously want to help educate database administrators in the community. The more educated you are about your database issues, the more likely you are to get better tools and appreciate the work that goes into their stuff. I know, I know, it sounds hokey, but it really is true, and the time you see me working in the community is evidence of that.

    I like what Billy Bosworth (Quest exec) says – anybody can buy ads telling the community they care about solving their SQL Server problems, but it’s much harder to actually *do* it. Hopefully that’s what I’m doing!

  • That’s what I always liked about Billy, no BS.

  • How sad! I’m not on twitter and I don’t have a blog!

  • Dylan – hahaha! I picked the members without looking whether or not they’re on Twitter or blogging, and I was shocked that 5 were tweeting and 4 were blogging. I didn’t expect that at all. I was actually glad you weren’t on Twitter or blogging because we have to have at least one person who isn’t doing that stuff. The vast, vast majority of the SQL DBAs out there aren’t tweeting or blogging either!


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