I hope you’ve had a great week!
If you’re a reader with your finger on the SQL Server community pulse then you will of course know that this week has been all about the PASS Summit and the CTP release of SQL Server 2011 code name Denali (download link). Yeah that’s right, code names make things sound cool, in fact I think I need to create my own code name but then there are of course some things that will just never be cool right. This weeks round up naturally includes some of the action from the Summit brought to you via those Bloggers lucky enough to be in attendance. Make sure you check out the keynote sessions from the PASS Summit at your leisure this weekend if you did not catch them live during the week.
For those of us stuck here in the UK and itching to attend their next big UK SQL event, this week Simon Sabin(@simon_sabin) has been scouring the country for suitable locations for the next SQLBits conference so we’re bound to have news of an awesome event planned soon. I’ll bring you up to date with all the details when I know more so subscribe to the feed to make sure you don’t miss anything. Need your SQL fix sooner, get yourself along to your local UK SQL Server User Group, the details of what and when can be found below. Not soon enough, there’s even a Sunday SQL Lunch n Learn event going on in London this coming Sunday so be sure to join Neil Hambly(@Neil_Hambly) and others for a great afternoon.
I want to say a tremendous thank you to all of you that voted for me in SQLServerPedia Blogger Awards! I’m absolutely delighted (and stunned :-) ) to have won the Professional Development category with my post 10 Character Traits of Outstanding DBA’s and it’s all down to the support of you great people. Thanks to you all, I’m now the proud owner of a winners badge, currently displayed on the blog, and I believe a statue is in the post and on it’s way too, so compulsory cheesy snaps to follow of course. I would like to congratulate all of the winners, as well as each and every nominee, and of course all the Quest SQLServerPedia team for putting on such a great community event. The event is about recognising members of the SQL Server community and each and every one of you are an important part of what makes this community simply awesome. Mike Walsh certainly agrees with me in his post (Community, Community, Community, Community!) this week.
Here’s your weekly roundup of SQL Server Blog Posts, News and Techie Stuff. Enjoy!
SQL Server Links
- First Impressions – SQL Server MVP Gail Shaw shares here thoughts on what’s new in SQL Server 2011 codenamed Denali.
- SQL Server Denali CTP1 Announced at PASS – Playing with SQL Server Denali for a few weeks now (MVP perk) Denis Gobbo links to a variety of posts detailing his experiences.
- Big changes to the MCM program and how SQLskills can help you – This is great news and will make the MCM more accessible to SQL professionals. I for one am seriously considering this as a goal for next year and I know of others in the community having the same thoughts. Paul Randal talks you through the changes on his blog and announces that SQLSkills are making available 40 hours of FREE training material. Brilliant!
- SQL Server Denali: HADRON ROCKS – Talking us through the consultants perspective Brent Ozar looks at the new combination of HA, DR and Always-On technologies (HADRON) of SQL Server 2011.
- Full-Text Search Enhancements in SQL Server Denali – Brought to you by Glenn Berry.
- Comparing MongoDB and SQL Server Replication – An important part of being a well rounded data professional(other than eating) is to develop an appreciation and understanding of the technologies at our disposal. Jeremiah Peschka again via his excellent blog delivers such insight.
- PASS Summit: Day 2 Keynote – An excellent summary of the Keynote from Day 2 of the PASS Summit courtesy of SQL Server MVP Grant Fritchey.
- SQL SERVER – Get Database Backup History for a Single Database – A T-SQL query tip here from Pinal Dave.
- White Paper of Supportability Roadmaps – Some interesting reading for the all rounded Data Professional, brought to you via Jason Strate.
- PASS Summit 2010, Day 3 Key Note – Continuing their coverage Grant Fritchey on Day 3.
- Community, Community, Community, Community! – Fellow SQLServerPedia Blogger Award nominee Mike Walsh discussing what is it that makes the SQL Server community so great.
- New Uses for NoSQL – Another great post from Jeremiah Peschka this week.
- Database Testing Links – I don’t need to explain to you the importance of testing. Buck Woody shares an excellent resource links list.
- T-SQL Tuesday #012 : Summary of why DBA skills are necessary – A great topic this month and host Paul Randal provides a summary of all contributors.
- Disk space is cheap… – Brilliant and detailed post courtesy of Kimberly L. Tripp, clearly showing that there are just no excuses when it comes to good design and storage.
UK SQL Server Upcoming Events
Sunday SQL Lunch Event
- LONDON – 14th Nov- This Sunday! – Meet up for a spot of lunch and light hearted discussions of all things SQL with Neil Hambley (@Neil_Hambly) and the UK SQL Server User Group. Location (http://www.doggettscoatandbadge.co.uk/) @12:30
UK SQL Server Usergroups
- LONDON – Wed 17 Nov – Business Intelligence: Introduction to Master Data Services (Ian Marrit); What’s new for BI in Denali? (Chris Webb and Jamie Thomson).
- MAIDSTONE – Wed 17 Nov – Kent SQL Server and .NET User Group – Automating Admin tasks with Powershell; Denali, focusing on the programmability stack.
- DUNDEE – Thu 18 Nov – Tony Rogerson – chalk and talk on HA/DR/Scalability(Backup/Recovery options – clustering, mirroring, log shipping; scaling considerations etc.), Chris Hillman – Overview of using SQL Server and Symphony Analytic Server
- CAMBRIDGE – Thu 25 Nov – DBA focused event with Neil Hambly and Tony Rogerson as well as a product demonstration from Red-Gate.
- Leeds – Wed 8 Dec – User group evening with Tony Rogerson and Neil Hambly explores indexed views and computed columns.
- MANCHESTER – Thu 9 Dec – User group evening – Agenda to be confirmed.
- EDINBURGH – Thu 9 Dec – SQL Server Internals (Tony Rogerson); SQL Server 2008 R2 :: a X factor for DBA’s life (Satya Jayanty)
- LEEDS – Wed 19 Jan – User group evening with Chris Burns and the Resource Govenor and Policy Based Management with Chris Testa-O’Neill
Misc Technology Posts
That’s it for this week. What was your favourite post? If I’ve missed anything that you think deserves a mention then be sure to let me know! You can leave your comments below, send me an email and find me on Twitter(@JohnSansom).