Missing European PASS (Updated)

As most of you know, the Icelandic volcano has played havoc with travel plans for speakers coming from the US to speak at European PASS, and many of us will not be able to attend in person, including myself. Fortunately, I have found someone to take over my presentations for me. His name is Bodo Michael Danitz, an experienced SQL Server DBA and Microsoft Certified Trainer.

The two sessions he will be doing for me include: “Essential DBA Skills: Best Practices Every& SQL Server DBA Must Know” and “How to Analyze Performance Monitor Data Using PAL”. I have been working with Bodo to get him up to speed with my presentations, and I am sure he will do a great job. Although I won’t be at European PASS in person, at least I will be there in spirit.

If you attend these sessions, he will be giving out a limited number of free, signed paperback editions of several of my books. You can only get these books if you attend his sessions.

Keeping Up with PASS

image I have often found it a little hard to keep up with PASS news, but after a little research, I found out that PASS offers many different sources of information about its activities, but it sometimes can be hard to find, as its news and information is dispersed over many different locations. If you want to keep up with what PASS is doing, then check out these links.

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New Article on Clustering Myths in the PASS SQL Server Standard

image The PASS SQL Server Standard has published a new article called “Busting 6 SQL Server Failover Clustering Myths”, by Kathi Kellenberger. You can download the free article (its in the PDF format) if you are a PASS member. If you aren’t a PASS member, you can join PASS for free, and then download the article.

If you would like one of your articles to appear in the PASS SQL Server Standard, find out how here.

Give SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP a Quick Try for Free

You have probably heard that the SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP is available, but you may not have given it a try yet because it is such a pain to download the huge install file, find a test server to run it on, and then install it. Under the best of conditions, this is at least a 3 hour job.

Now, if you want to check out the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2 (the August 2009 CTP), you can without going through all this hassle. Instead, you can go to www.sqlserverbeta.com, create a virtual instance of the software, and try it out, all for free.

All you have to do is fill out a short registration form, and shortly thereafter, you will have your own personal instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 to play and experiment with.  So now, you don’t have any excuse to learn about, and try out for yourself, all the cool new features in R2.

This offer is sponsored by PASS, Microsoft, Dell, and MaximumASP.