Monthly Archives: August 2010

Utah SQL Saturday

Just a Quick note about an upcoming event to those of you Local to the Salt Lake City area. We will be putting on our first SQL Saturday on October 23 2010 at Neumont university. You can find all the details located here at our website. We will have some great presenters from around the country and locally here in our area! We’ll have lots of drawings and giveaways. This is going to be a great full day of training and networking with others from around the area.

Here’s some good reasons to attend a SQL Saturday. 

1. Networking, Networking and Networking.  I can’t say enough about how much networking and having a great SQL community to turn to have helped me in my career. 

2. Free training. Your going to get great sessions you can take back and immedieatley use in your job to make your life and your employers life better. 

3. Giveaways!  oh yes we’ll be giving things away!  Lots of it. 

4. Swag,  Yes we will have swag as well.  Who doesn’t need more swag?  🙂

5. Did I mention Networking?  Let’s mention that one again! 


Hope to see you out to the event! 


I’ve finally made the jump and moved to WordPress for my blogging needs.  Blogger was a great product but I decided I wanted to do more with my blog so I moved up to WordPress.  So far it’s been much easier to manage and ton’s more tools to play with and do things.  I still have some things to update on the site but will be focusing primarily on blogging for a little while before I do to many updates.

Thanks for reading. 


A Simple Thank You


In case you didn’t notice or have been on vacation for the last few days there has been quite the discussion going on in the SQL Community about the PASS Board of Directors election. I was going to write a blog post about my opinions on the elections but I’m pretty sure it’s all been said. Matter of fact here’s my favorite blogs on it.

Kendal van Dyke

Stuart Ainsworth

I don’t have anything that needs to be said about the election that has not been said already. Ok so what the hell is this blog post about then? I wanted to focus on some of the great things that PASS has done for me. Perhaps I’m wrong to mention the good things they have done when it seems like all they do is make mistakes but I guess it’s just in my happy nature to do so. Please do not think this post is in relation to any specific people out there. It’s just my way of saying thank you.

1. Thank you for giving us a world renowned summit where we can learn and socialize as Database professionals.

2. Thank you for supporting chapters. Working with the local people to get things done and encouraging others to start chapters.

3. Thank you for learning transparency. While so many mention that we still have not reached the goal of full transparency. In the 5 years I’ve been volunteering you have made huge strides and I know you will continue to do so.

4. Thank you for your time and hard work. Just because something isn’t done or responded to in a timely manner doesn’t mean people did not work on it and put lots of effort into it.

5. Thank you for helping me to meet and socialize with some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. As well for the countless others that have met at summits or chapter meetings.

6. Most importantly thank you to the volunteers of this organization. Not every project you work on goes as planned and many that you put your time and heart into don’t work out as you expect. But pushing on and keeping going is what makes this a great organization.

Many of you are going to be at SQL Saturday #51 this weekend with many of the Board members. While I want and expect you to tell them what they are doing wrong. Let’s try and keep in mind some of the things that have been done right. Perhaps even a thank you is in order not only for the good things they have done but for the mistakes they have made. None of us would be here if we didn’t make mistakes.

VC Chapter meeting. Azure 101

The Azure Virtual chapter for PASS today will be presenting on SQL Azure 101. This will be a live meeting so you don’t need to go anywhere! It will be streamed directly to your computer. Please come and join us to learn more about SQL Azure.

Topic: SQL Azure 101

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:00 PM EST

Presenter: Scott Klein and David Robinson


Microsoft SQL Azure Database is a cloud-based relational database service built on SQL Server technologies. It provides a highly available, scalable, multi-tenant database service hosted by Microsoft in the cloud. SQL Azure Database helps to ease provisioning and deployment of multiple databases. Join us as we introduce you to the SQL Azure world and help you to understand the benefits that it can provide.

Speaker Bio:

Scott Klein is co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting, a company that specializes in Azure training and consulting. Scott has been working with SQL Server for nearly 20 years, working with companies large and small all over the United States, working in a wide scope of fields such as medical, finance, and retail. Scott is also a veteran author, having written a number of books including Professional SQL Server XML, Professional LINQ, Pro ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.0, and the soon to be released Pro SQL Azure. Scott is a SQL Server MVP and President of the South Florida SQL Server Users Group and the newly formed Azure PASS Virtual Chapter. He speaks frequently as SQL Saturday events and user groups, and was lucky enough to speak at the 2008 European PASS conference in 2008.

David Robinson is a Senior Program Manager on the SQL Azure team. David is responsible for a multitude of things including driving product features, code samples, and most importantly demonstrating to customers the value that SQL Azure and cloud computing provides. You can often find him speaking on Channel 9 or TechEd.

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For more information about future events and links to SQL Azure resources please visit the PASS SQL Azure Virtual Chapter website:

Pass Election Candidates

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UPDATE:  I have moved these questions to the Discussion forum.  So that they can be discussed by all there on the forums.  I will not be putting up the candidate responses instead I would like them to answer on that site. 

Tomorrow will be a big day for the group of candidates that are looking to become a member of the PASS Board of Directors. Candidates that have made the slate will get announced on the 18th of Aug. All election details and candidates can be found on the PASS election site located here

If you are a PASS member or even a just a member of the SQL Community you need to start talking to these candidates asking questions and gathering information about them. The PASS Board has a large effect on the SQL community so you should put some serious thought into these candidates.

Andy Leonard (Blog |Twitter) has done an excellent series of interview questions for the PASS Board Candidates on his blog series listed here. I came up with a few more questions that were important to me after discussing with Andy I decided to take the same format for my blog posts as he did for his. I decided to wait until the final candidate list was chosen. Below is the list of questions I will be emailing to each candidate and I will post the responses as I receive them here on my blog.

1. PASS has been making strides to improve transparency over the last few years. Do you intend to further the transparency of PASS and if so how? If not why?

2. PASS is a volunteer run organization. If you are elected to the board what will you do to help the volunteers make PASS a better organization?

3. Let’s assume hypothetically that PASS has decided to create a PASS Certification program. You have been tasked with creating a proposal for how you would do this. Please tell me how you would create the proposal and your feelings on whether you think this is a good idea or not.

These are the questions that are important to me. I would suggest that you find questions that are important to you and email them to the candidates and get your questions answered before you vote.

I want to say thank you to the Board candidates that have applied and given their time. Whether you make it on the Board or not you have been willing to volunteer your time and that’s always a good thing in my book.

Tempdb Presentation August 9th

Just a Quick post that I will be presenting to the SLC SQL server users group on Monday about Tempdb Optimization.  The details are listed below.  I will also be discussing some latest and greatest Tempdb tests I’ve been doing with FusionIO that I’m making into a blog post next week!    If your in the SLC area please stop by and find out what you can do to improve your performance

he SLC SQL Server User Group meeting for August 9th.

Event Date: Monday August 9th, 2010
  3:00pm – 3:15pm Networking / QA 
  3:15pm – 5:00pm

Topic: TempDB Performance.  What you can do to increase the performance of tempdb

We’ll discuss some of the common issues of Tempdb and what you can do to improve the performance of tempdb.  We will also talk about disk performance you can make with SSD drives to give you even more performance from your tempdb and databases.  I’ll have plenty of information and stats on various disk setups. So come with questions on what you can do to help your disks be happy.  🙂

Speaker: Pat Wright

Location: Taylorsville Library – 4870 South 2700 West

Taylorsville URL: