AlantaMDF SQL Server Users Group. Photo courtesy of www.sqlvariant.com.
I have just finished up a three event speaking tour that, which unfortunately, should have been a four event tour, but my flight to Germany (via London) was cancelled, and I was unable to attend European PASS as I had hoped.
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.
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.
If you are interested in speaking at the PASS European Conference 2010, to be held in Neuss, Germany, April 21-23, 2010, the call for speakers is open at this link, and will close 1-7-2010.
If your not interested in speaking, but would like to attend the event, PASS is offering a 30% discount if you register by December 5, 2010.
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.
The last full day of the 2009 PASS Community Summit was the first day I have had at the conference to attend sessions all day long. My day started with two keynotes. After the obligatory vendor keynote, Dr. David DeWitt presented a keynote on future trends in data and storage technology in SQL Server, which was well-received by the audience. See Steve Jones’ blog for more information on the keynote.
The second day of the full PASS Summit was packed with sessions. If fact, it was hard to select from the 56 sessions that were available.
The day started with the Rushabh Mehta announcing the 2009 PASSion Awards, an annual award given by PASS to those volunteers that have given a lot of their time volunteering. This year, two awards were made. For the North American award, it was given to Allen Kinsel , who gave a lot of time volunteering for the PASS Program Committee.