Wednesday, November 10, 2010

PASS Summit Day 1

Started the day off great with breakfast in the Daily Grill with @BrentO after he tweeted that he had three open spots at his table.  Can't let the dude eat breakfast alone.

I attended these sessions on Day 1 of SQL PASS.  Made it through the day with minimal impact from jet lag.

DBA283S "Virtualization and SAN Basics for DBAs" with Brent Ozar.
This man has a gift for imparting information in a funny and entertaining way.
Great stuff I can use to better understand what is happening at my workplace with links to even more information at his blog under his SAN and Virtual tags.
This one was voted most popular yesterday so it's today's Second Chance session. 

AD314 "Database Testing Overview" with Buck Woody and Alex Kuznetsov.
Buck and Alex gave an overview for properly testing a database before deploying new features.  Buck said Microsoft got one of its biggest black eyes from a one line change that had only one word changed.  Wow! You have been warned, test before your production deployments.

DBA448M "Si Se Puede! Achieving Separation of Duties with SQL Server"
Great session by Lara Rubbelke and Il-Sung Lee that introduced the new Codeplex project SQL Server Separation of Duties Framework.  This will be the first thing, I start exploring when I get back to the office.  Downloaded it last night to my laptop.  

PD193S "You're Not Attractive -  But Your Presentations Can Be"
My favorite session of the day!  This session was probably in a room that was the farthest from the main hub of the conference.  Commented on that when I entered the room and @BuckWoody called me an old man for the rest of the hour.  If he insults you, it's only because he loves you.

I'm a FIRST TIMER at the PASS Summit but I don't feel like one because of my participation in SQL Saturdays and Twitter. Glad I ordered the conference DVDs. Too many great sessions to attend all of them.  I think you don't get the FULL value of this conference without purchasing the DVDs. 
A great start to my week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SQL PASS Summit - a SQL geek vacation?

I'll be attending my first PASS Summit next week in Seattle, WA!

First, I'd like to thank my managers for sending me. Woohoo!

Second, mere words can't express how much I am looking forward to it but maybe this does...

I asked if I had to take my work laptop with me to the Summit.
The reply, "You're not going on vacation."
To this geek, it's damn near a vacation.
I think it's one of those events that I will need a vacation to recover from given how much is planned.

I attended virtually last year.  I watched all the available streaming events, followed the #sqlpass Twitter hashtag and convinced my manager to buy the conference DVDs.

I and many others are again using the #sqlpass hashtag to prepare for this Summit.  I still need to look at the schedule and plan my days but I do know I will definitely want to see Buck Woody and Brent Ozar in the same room doing their presentation.

I want to attend the session on how to write a speaker abstract, also.  I submitted two sessions for this Summit on PowerShell that weren't accepted.  I've enjoyed speaking at several PASS SQL Saturdays and I've set a goal to some day speak at the PASS Summit.  I've learned so much preparing for and participating in SQL Saturdays.  Also, I've gotten to know a great group of people in the process.  Participating in SQL Saturday and Twitter has prepared me to get the most from the PASS Summit because I already know many attendees and they've shared past experiences via these mediums to help the rookies get the most out of the Summit.

Kendal Van Dyke @SQLDBA has some great advice for first time attendees.  He tipped me off to the Light Rail option from the airport to downtown when I asked the SQL tweeps about getting to/from the airport.  He then wrote a blog post to cover a lot of other relevant topics.  Tom LaRock @SQLRockstar has put together the OC (Orientation Committee) and a preview to help the rookies have the best experience.  We meet on Monday before the Welcome Reception.

I'll be arriving Monday afternoon and leaving Friday morning. I'll be tweeting like everyone else so follow @RonDBA and #sqlpass for the live feed.

I'll be participating in "Where your SQL Saturday Shirt Tuesday". Look for the Florida SQL Saturday participants in their "Florida Print" shirts.  Hard to miss.

Looking forward to meeting you all!  Remember, YOU ARE NOT ON VACATION.  LOL.