Conferences and Classes

Wanna see Erik Darling as Freddie Mercury at #SQLbits?

SQLBits
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Erik Darling is raising money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, fighting AIDS worldwide to help save lives. If we raise $5,000, he’ll present his SQLbits indexing session dressed like Freddie Mercury: If I hit my goal on this, I'm gonna deliver my @SQLBits indexes session dressed like a proper Freddie. Working hard on my AY-YO.…
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From The Server To The SAN

Hardware, SQLBits, Storage
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Enter SANdman When people buy SANs, it’s often quite a large investment. Whether it’s all SSD, all flash, or there are tiers of storage that different types of data live on, those disks aren’t cheap. When people visualize their SAN, it’s usually just the server and the pool of drives. But there’s some important stuff…
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Going to SQLBits in 2019? Come to my pre-con!

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My Favorite Conference I love SQLBits, and not just because it gets me out of the country for a week. It’s about the best conference a training buck can buy. There’s tons of great technical material without a lot of the marketing schtick that tends to sneak in. Head over here to register now. I’m…
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PASS Summit 2018

PASS Summit 2018 Keynote Day 2: Live Blog

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Today is the second day of the 2018 PASS Summit, the largest annual gathering of Microsoft data professionals. Yesterday, we got the marketing keynote that caught attendees up with the current state of SQL Server 2019 and Azure services. The attendees I talked to yesterday were impressed with the demo amounts & topics, too. Today is…
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PASS Summit 2018

PASS Summit 2018 Keynote Day 1: Live Blog

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Today is the opening day of the 2018 PASS Summit, the largest annual gathering of Microsoft data professionals. Every year, thousands of us gather at the Seattle Convention Center to connect, learn, and share. On this first day of the conference, all the attendees go to the same room to watch the keynote speech. To…
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PASS Summit 2018

Picking #PASSsummit Sessions to Attend

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So you’re going to the PASS Summit in Seattle this week, and you’re overwhelmed with the number of session choices. You’re not alone – it overwhelms me too. There are some slots where I wish I could clone myself and attend several sessions at once. Here’s how I do it. First priority: paying back your…
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LGBTQ Meetup at the PASS Summit

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The SQL Server community is known for its welcoming acceptance of everyone, regardless of their experience or background. The SQL Server family actively reach out to help others and bring folks together. A great example of that is the LGBTQ Meetup organized by Andy Mallon (@amtwo.) Whether you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning,…
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Going to Summit? Here’s a Calendar Invite for My Session.

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At Summit, on Wednesday at 1:30PM in room 6C, I’m presenting “Getting Better Query Plans by Improving SQL’s Estimates.” Add to GMail Calendar ICS file for Outlook or other calendar apps Here’s the abstract: Like Books Online, but with jazz hands You’ve been writing T-SQL queries for a few years now, and when you have…
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#PASSsummit Day 1 Keynote Live Blog

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Good morning, folks, and welcome to our annual live blog of the PASS Summit Day 1 keynote. Open the free live video stream at PASSsummit.com in one browser tab, and then refresh this page every couple/few minutes. I’ll be adding my thoughts at the end of the page, in chronological order, for easier reading later. Today’s…
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#PASSSummit Expert Performance Tuning Pre-Con: Stretch Goals

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Sure, they look trustworthy Eric and I are doing a PASS Summit pre-con class called Expert Performance Tuning for SQL Server 2016 & 2017. To encourage signups, we’re giving every attendee a free Enterprise/Everything Bundle, plus some other surprises you’ll get during the event. Response has been absolutely bonkers – over 300 of you have…
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