Making 2010 a Year to Remember
2009 was a fantastic growth year for PASS. Our membership grew 51%,
surpassing 50,000 registered members worldwide. And we saw a 57% growth in
chapters, ending the year with 205 chapters in more than 50 countries.
Building on these and other successes, we have some lofty goals for
2010, in terms of growth as an organization and providing SQL Server readiness
activities through online and offline events around the world. As I take the
helm of PASS this month, I am very excited about the year ahead and building on
This is a release year for SQL Server, with SQL Server 2008 R2 set
for release in just a few months. Unlike normal mid-cycle releases, R2 will
deliver exciting features, especially in the BI space with integration with
SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. I highlighted some of my favorite R2 features
in the Database Applications and Trends article...Read more.
Survey: Where Should PASS Hold Summit 2011?
To provide the best experience possible for as
many members as we can, PASS is evaluating additional locations—in addition to
Seattle—for PASS Summit 2011. All members should have received a survey
invitation asking for feedback to help direct our efforts.
Make your voice heard by completing your
survey by midnight
PT Jan. 19.
For background on considerations that affect the selection
of the annual conference location, see PASS Executive VP, Finance, Bill Graziano’s blog
post “PASS: Seattle vs. the East Coast.”
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The SQL Server Standard
Busting 6 SQL Server Failover Clustering
One of a DBA’s most important responsibilities is to
protect and ensure the availability of data. Part of that responsibility is to
prevent and recover from disasters. A small disaster, like accidentally deleting
all the rows in a production table, can happen in an instant and may affect one
or more applications. You might be able to easily recover from it, but the data
loss could still be very serious...
SQL Server failover clustering can be a valuable component
of your disaster recovery solution. You don’t have to do anything special to get
your applications to work with a clustered SQL Server, and you’ll improve
availability in case of a server problem. Just be sure you understand what it
does and doesn’t provide.
Blog: Questions and Answers from the SQL Server Clinic
What is the EXECSYNC wait type? Why is the model database
transaction log growing? Why do I have to wait to get into the pool? These are
just a few of the questions that Microsoft CSS’s Bob Ward received at the
popular PASS Summit 2009 SQL Server Clinic, hosted by CSS and the SQLCAT team.
See other questions—as well as the answers—in his blog post “Doctor, this SQL Server appears to be sick...”
Check out the
Top 10 Lists
including the recently added list for SQL Server Memory.
Upcoming SQL Server Events:
January PASSMN Meeting
Jan. 19, 2:30-6pm CT Bloomington, MN
Mem-PASS: Kevin Kline - Stored Procedure Best Practices
Jan. 21, 5:30-8pm CT, Memphis, TN
Saturday - Tampa
Jan. 23, 8am-5:30pm ET, Tampa, FL
Live Meeting - PASS DBA
Virtual Chapter Presents: SQL Server Consolidation - How to Decide on the Right
Jan. 27, noon-1pm ET
SQL Saturday - New England
Jan. 30, 8:30-4:30pm ET, Waltham, MA
See More Events
Act by Friday to Save 50% on PASS Summit 2010!
Nov. 8-11, Seattle, WA
Register for PASS Summit 2010 by Jan. 15, and get the special preview rate
of only $995—that’s 50% off the regular Full Summit fee. The best SQL Server and
BI training in the industry can be yours for an investment of less than $85 a
month. Don’t miss this savings.
Learn more and register!
PASS European Conference 2010
April 21-23, Neuss, Germany
Thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for PASS
European Conference 2010! The Call to Speakers is now closed, and the Program
Committee is busy reviewing almost 200 submissions. We'll post the selected
speaker and session lists as soon as possible. In the meantime, make sure you're
registered for the premier SQL Server and BI conference in Europe, delivering over
40 technical sessions across four tracks, as well as insider keynotes and
in-depth SQL Server 2008 R2 content.
Learn more today!
Congratulations to the winners of our prize drawing for attendees who
completed the PASS Summit 2009 Evaluation Survey: Tracy Hamlin of Carefusion in
Birmingham, AL, won a Dell Mini Netbook, and Meir Dudai of Valinor in Tel Aviv,
Israel, won Full Summit registration to PASS Summit 2010. Thanks again to
everyone who completed their evaluation and shared feedback that will help us
make the conference the best it can be!
Don Gabor’s Networking Goals
“Achieving the following business networking goals in January will pay year
long,” according to networking and small talk expert, Don Gabor. Starting now,
Don advises you to...Read
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