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PASS Summit 2011 – Part IV

This is the final blog for my PASS Summit 2011 series. Well okay, a mini-series, I guess. On the last day of the conference, I attended Keith Elmore’ and Boris Baryshnikov’s (both from Microsoft) “Introducing the Microsoft SQL Server Code Named “Denali” Performance Dashboard Reports, Jeremiah Peschka’s (blog|twitter) “Rewrite your T-SQL for Great Good! Read more →

PASS Summit 2011 – Part II

I arrived in Seattle last Monday afternoon to attend PASS Summit 2011. I had really wanted to attend Gail Shaw’s (blog|twitter) and Grant Fritchey’s (blog|twitter) pre-conference seminar “All About Execution Plans” on Monday, but that would have meant flying out on Sunday which I couldn’t do. Read more →

PASS 2005: Session notes/comments Part 3

Once again, I attended 3 sessions today (Friday): Kevin Kline's "Performance Baselining, Benchmarking, and Monitoring", Tom Davidson's "SQL Server 2005: Dynamic Management Views", and Ross LoForte's "Optimization Considerations for Designing Very Large SQL Server Database Systems". Read more →

PASS 2005: My Experience

Wow, what a great experience! Everyone here has been so friendly. It was nice to put faces to names even for people I didn't actually meet. I hope that I can attend another PASS conference some time in the near future and perhaps finally meet up with Nigel Rivett (I never did find him). Read more →

PASS 2005: Session notes/comments Part 2

At the "General Session" today (Thursday), we saw a demo of the Upgrade Advisor tool which is used to prepare for the SQL Server 2005 upgrade. It'll show you what you need to change prior to the upgrade and what you can change after the upgrade. Read more →

PASS 2005: Session notes/comments Part 1

On Tuesday, I attended Kimberly Tripp's "The Next Generation DBA: Critical New SQL Server Features NEED to Learn!" pre-conference seminar. It was awesome! She is a fantastic speaker. She covered database snapshots and database mirroring amongst many other DBA topics. Read more →