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.

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