Conferences and Classes

#SQLPASS Keynote Day 2

Howdy, folks! I’m back at it for Day Two of the SQLPASS Summit in Seattle.  Refresh this page in your browser every couple of minutes if you’d like to see the latest additions.  No pictures today – I left my camera at the hotel. 8:42AM – Rushabh Mehta, the next PASS President, is getting things…
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Maple Bacon Lollipops at #SQLPASS

By the time you read this, I’ll have given out a bunch of maple bacon lollipops at the PASS Summit. Maple Bacon Lollipops, aka Man Bait I ran across these at Whole Foods and immediately bought the entire box.  Erika thought I was crazy.  (Well, I mean, to some extent she’s thought that for years,…
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#SQLPASS Keynote Day 1 Liveblog

I’m in Seattle at the annual Professional Association for SQL Server Summit. Today marks the first day of the 3-day summit. Monday was a day of preconference sessions and volunteer sessions capped off with a welcome reception and a Quiz Bowl. You can refresh this page in your browser whenever you’d like to see my…
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PASS Log Reader Award Winners

Last month, I joined forces with Andy Warren (Blog – Twitter) and Jeremiah Peschka (Blog – Twitter) to recognize you, dear blogger, for doing such a great job with your blogs. We wanted to give thanks to the community for churning out so much top-notch material, and there were definitely a lot of great nominations.…
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Cloud-based database thoughts before #SQLPass

Next week at the PASS Summit, I’m presenting a session called “Yes, I’m Actually Using The Cloud.” I’ll be talking about what’s out there, why I use it, and why you might want to use it too. Brendan Cournoyer of SearchSQLServer.com interviewed me recently about the topic and asked questions like: For those who are…
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Update on the PASS Board Elections

I don’t reread blog posts after I’ve read ’em once.  If there weren’t comments when I first read the blog post, I’m not likely to go back to check later to find out what’s going on. However, I published one post recently that you might want to reread.  I interviewed Matt Morollo about why he’s…
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Meet PASS Board Candidate Matt Morollo

The PASS Board of Directors election starts on October 12th, and we’ve got four really well-qualified candidates to choose from: Brian Moran (Twitter) Jeremiah Peschka (Blog – Twitter) Matt Morollo (Twitter) Tom LaRock (Blog – Twitter) You can read their bios at the PASS Candidate List, and they’re good, but I wanted more. I emailed…
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Meet PASS Board Candidate Tom LaRock

The PASS Board of Directors election starts on October 12th, and we’ve got four really well-qualified candidates to choose from: Brian Moran Jeremiah Peschka (Blog – Twitter) Matt Morollo (Twitter) Tom LaRock (Blog – Twitter) You can read their bios at the PASS Candidate List, and they’re good, but I wanted more.  I emailed each…
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Meet PASS Board Candidate Brian Moran

The PASS Board of Directors election starts on October 12th, and we’ve got four really well-qualified candidates to choose from: Brian Moran (Twitter) Jeremiah Peschka (Blog – Twitter) Matt Morollo (Twitter) Tom LaRock (Blog – Twitter) You can read their bios at the PASS Candidate List, and they’re good, but I wanted more.  I emailed…
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What do you want to know about virtualization?

The PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter is working with virtualization vendors to build an FAQ, and we’re going to hand it out at the PASS Summit in November.  We’re also working on a unique Q&A panel event talking about SQL Server & virtualization – more on that shortly. We’ve put together a one-page (well, one long…
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PASS Session Preview: DRP 101

I’m giving a presentation on Disaster Recovery Planning 101 at the PASS Summit in Seattle.  At past summits, I’ve struggled to pick good sessions to attend.  What’s the speaker’s real agenda?  Are they a decent speaker?  Can I see a short 3-4 minute preview of the material? This year I’m trying an experiment.  I’m recording…
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Meet PASS Board Candidate Jeremiah Peschka

The PASS Board of Directors election starts on October 12th, and we’ve got four really well-qualified candidates to choose from: Brian Moran Jeremiah Peschka (Blog – Twitter) Matt Morollo (Twitter) Tom LaRock (Blog – Twitter) You can read their bios at the PASS Candidate List, and they’re good, but I wanted more.  I emailed each…
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Links for 24 Hours of PASS #24hop

Having problems getting in with your links?  Here’s the links for the rest of the day: 24 Hours of PASS: Session 17 (PD) – Building a Better Blog (Steve Jones) – Noon EST 24 Hours of PASS: Session 18 (Dev) – Building Flexible Data Services for the Web Using the ADO .NET Data Services Framework…
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PASS Board of Directors Nominations Open

I never attended a Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) meeting until I went to my first nation-wide summit in Denver in 2007.  I lived in an area (South Florida) that didn’t have a PASS presence, and I was just going to the PASS Summit for the SQL Server training. I thought the PASS Board…
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I’m Going to Disn-errr, #SQLPASS!

Woohoo!  I’m presenting three sessions at the PASS Summit in Seattle this year.  I’m doing one with Jason Massie (Twitter – Blog) on Social Computing for the Database Professional (I don’t have the abstract handy for that one), and these two: Session: Yes, I’m Actually Using The Cloud Security in the Cloud There’s a lot…
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The Best Thing I Learned at #SQLPASS

I went to my first Professional Association for SQL Server Summit in 2007. I’d gone to a few local SQL gatherings, talked to other area DBAs, and worked on some pretty cool projects.  I really liked what I was doing, and I thought I was doing a decent job.  I knew I wasn’t a rocket…
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