Conferences and Classes

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…
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PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter

The Professional Association for SQL Server has a few Virtual Chapters.  Formerly known as Special Interest Groups (SIGs), these are groups where people with similar interests can get together and talk shop.  It’s like that Furry group you belong to, only different.  Or maybe not so different. I’m starting up a Virtualization Virtual Chapter: a…
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Starting a Data Warehouse PASS Virtual Chapter

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) has several sub-groups for specialized groups of people: Application Developers – people who code applications that store data in SQL Server. Auditing and Compliance – people who need to secure their SQL Servers and be compliant with regulations. Business Intelligence – people who write reports, design cubes, and…
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SQL Server DBA Interview: Kendal Van Dyke

Kendal Van Dyke is a Senior SQL Server DBA from Florida, and he’s been blogging since last year.  He’s syndicated at SQLServerPedia, and his recent series on RAID performance is a must-read.  I’ve talked back and forth with him a lot lately, and I figured I’d try something new: a virtual interview.  I emailed Kendal…
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PASS Interview with Tom Casey, BI Thoughts

Microsoft’s keynotes and sessions catered to the business intelligence sector of the audience.  In Tom Casey’s keynote on Thursday, one slide said: “You are on your way to becoming a BI expert.” I know what you’re thinking, dear reader.  If you’re a DBA, whether it’s a production DBA or a development DBA, you’re thinking, “That’s…
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PASS Session on Analytics by Donald Farmer (#sqlpass)

George Box said, “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.”  Donald illustrated this point with a brief history lesson.  Early models of the universe said the sun revolved around the earth, and with that model, marvelous things were possible in architecture, celestial navigation and science.  Even though the model was wrong, it was…
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PASS Summit Keynote Notes (#sqlpass)

Updates It’s Friday, it’s 8:30 AM, and it’s time for another keynote. 8:30 AM – Bill Graziano just rode out on a trike! 8:40 – Two sessions will be repeated today due to high demand. At 10:45 in room 604 they’re repeating the clustering session, and 2:30 in room 6E is SQL Server on SAN.…
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PASS Summit Keynote by Tom Casey (#sqlpass)

I’ll be liveblogging this morning’s keynotes at the PASS Summit.  Refresh this page for the latest news. 10:02 – Tom’s focusing on the ROI of BI, and suddenly I get it.  The database engine works great.  Now we’re bolting things on top of it to make every end user in the company see the value…
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PASS Summit 2008 Wednesday Recap (#sqlpass)

Aside from my liveblog of Ted Kummert’s keynote this morning and Jimmy May’s presentation on partition alignment, a few other things caught my eye today. I talked to JC Cannon about his SQL Server 2008 Compliance Guide.  I’ve written here about it before, but it bears repeating.  If you’re not here at PASS, and you…
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Jimmy May explains Partition Alignment (#sqlpass)

Before attending this session, I’ve always gone to KB article 929491 article on partition alignment.  I thought I kinda sorta understood what was going on, but Jimmy’s presentation drew on the best graphical illustrations to show it.  Not to mention his audio stylings like, “Holy correlated wait stats!” Get your binoculars out Partition alignment is…
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PASS Summit 2008 Wednesday Keynote (#sqlpass)

I’m liveblogging the keynote this morning on here and on my Twitter feed.  Go to this page and refresh it periodically to get the latest news as it happens.  Updates are at the top of the page to make reading easier during liveblogs, and I’ll reverse it tonight for easier reading later. 10:08 – And…
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PASS Summit 2008 Tuesday Recap (#sqlpass)

PASS Election Update I’m seeing a theme on the interwebz: lots of endorsements for Andy Warren and Tom LaRock: Andy Leonard posted his vote on Twitter for Andy Warren, Lynda Rab and Tom LaRock (SQLBatman). Brian Kelley posted his endorsements on SQLServerCentral for Andy Warren and Tom LaRock. Steve Jones posted his endorsements on SQLServerCentral…
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