SQL Server 2008 R2 Hosted
Joining again with Dell and MaximumASP, PASS is proud to announce the launch today of the free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Hosted Trial virtual lab, giving users around the world access to a complete, integrated Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, and Office 2010 environment, right from their desktop.Through the Hosted Trial lab environment, users can experience SQL Server 2008 R2’s new Business Intelligence and data management features without risk and without downloading, setting up, or configuring anything. Learn more and register today at
your choice of seven trial labs.
Who Is PASS?
Maybe it’s bad grammar, but who is PASS? Right now I think too often we define PASS as being our annual Summit, or as the Board
of Directors and PASS HQ. Those are part of the equation, but not all of it, and
I’d argue not even the most important part.
It’s us. It’s you. We all serve the organization in some way. Some of us have reached the point in our careers where we can give back by speaking or leading a chapter or working on a volunteer committee. Some of us are trying to juggle a career and professional development.
This Issue Is Sponsored By
The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities
Author: Greg Low
Sqlpass.org- Spring Refresh
Sqlpass.org has a fresh face today, with a redesigned Home page to help you easily find
the valuable in-person and online training events and resources to help you
Connect, Share, and Learn with fellow SQL Server professionals.
At a glance, you
can see upcoming community events—including in-person, online, and special SQL
Server 2008 R2 launch events worldwide. Plus, get easy access to Chapter
resources and updates, PASS news, and the latest technical articles. You can
subscribe to RSS feeds to keep up with PASS and industry happenings and share
your opinions in the PASS poll (below). Check it out today, and let us know what
you think on the PASS blog!
PASS Poll: How excited are you about the SQL Server 2008 R2 release?
Can’t sleep, can’t wait!!
It’ll be a party!
Dying to try out the Hosted Trial
Interested to hear about the new features
Think I’m washing my hair that day
Cast your vote!
New in the
SQL Server Standard: Techies Talking to Non-Techies, by Don
Gabor It’s not just what you know about SQL
Server or how good you are at managing databases that is important to your
company—it’s also how well you communicate your knowledge and abilities to help
both technical and non-technical communicators achieve their goals.
Log in and read Volume 7, Issue 3 today.
Last Chance to Save on Microsoft BI Conference: PASS members can save $200 off registration to the
Microsoft BI Conference 2010, June 7-10 in New Orleans, LA. Just use discount code
register by April 30.
Speakers Needed atSQLSaturday Phoenix.
Submit your session by
June 17. Event is on July 17.
Live Meeting - AppDev Chapter Presents: Understanding SARGability
April 27, 12:30-1:30pm (GMT +9:30; or April 26, 11pm ET US
Live Meeting - DBA Chapter
Presents: SQL Server 2008 Audit (sponsored by
CA)April 28, 12-1pm ET
SQLSaturday #36 - WheelingMay 1, 9-5 ET, Wheeling, WV
SQL Server 2008 R2May 4, 8am-4pm ET, Washington, DC
See More Events
Register Now for 24 Hours of PASS
Seats for the free, nonstop
24 Hours of
PASS: Celebrating SQL Server 2008 R2 virtual
event, May 19-20, are filling up fast. We only have a certain number of
registrations available per session, so make sure you
sign up for your
European Conference Starts Today: With 512 people registered for this year’s PASS European Conference and the SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Day, the overall event stands as our largest European PASS gathering ever. And despite a little volcanic activity disrupting some speakers’ and attendees’ travel plans, the conference
is proceeding as planned in Neuss, Germany, with a Welcome Reception at
6:30pm. Two full days of SQL Server and BI sessions, with a special SQL Server
2008 R2 track, will follow.
Get psyched to speak at PASS Summit or any event! Don’t miss Chuck
Heinzelman’s Live Meeting webcast “Intro to Speaking at PASS: Creating a Winning
Abstract (If I Can Do It, Anyone Can!)” April 27 at noon CT. Click
here to attend.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Launch Tour: PASS, in collaboration with Microsoft, is hosting more than
85 live launch events worldwide to help SQL Server and BI pros learn how to get
the most from the new SQL Server release. Whether it's a dedicated launch event
or part of a broader event, you can find SQL Server 2008 R2-related activities
near you on PASS’s
SQL Server 2008 R2 Worldwide Events page. Here are some of the events:
From the Blogosphere
Join the PASS Community:
PASS Summit 2010Nov. 8-11, Seattle, WA
Download March 2010 Board Minutes
PASS Learning Center: Check
out the great content in our
Summit on Demand, and
SQL Server Standard Magazine pages.