Virtual Tech Days Session

The 12th edition of Virtual Tech Days is scheduled from 28th September to 30th September. I will be delivering a session under the Manage Your Data – DBA Track. The session is about Managing SQL Server Made Easy. You can register for this edition of Virtual Tech Days here.

In this session, I shall demonstrate how to use Management Studio and the existing features in SQL Server to manage your SQL Server instances. This will feature use of Extended Events, Custom Reports, Management Data Warehouse and much more.

Event Date: 29th September
Event Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM IST

The DBA track will also feature sessions from well known SQL Server community members: Pinal Dave [Blog | Twitter] and Vinod Kumar [Blog | Twitter].

Pinal’s session: Ancient Trade of Performance Tuning – Index, Beyond Index and No Index | Timing: 11:45am-12:45pm

Vinod’s session: Monitoring Performance in Cloud for SQL Azure Applications | Timing: 3:00pm-4:00pm

My colleague, Balmukund Lakhani [Blog | Twitter], will also be delivering two sessions during Virtual Tech Days:

imageTips for Successful SQL Server Deployment in Enterprise Environment | Timing: 10:30am-11:30am IST

High Availability – A Story from Past to Future | Timing: 1:45pm-2:45pm IST

Day 2 Agenda: http://www.virtualtechdays.com/agendaDay2.aspx

And there are some cool prizes to be one!! Will you be there?

The GenNext for SQL Server

The SQLPASS Keynote on Day 1 of the Summit kicked off a slew of announcements which would ensure that Twitter received it’s fair share of activity for SQL Server. Look up the #sqlpass hashtag on Twitter to understand what I am saying. There are over 4,500 registrations from 49 countries for the streaming keynotes.

Among all the announcements, the one that created the maximum amount of buzz was the next major version of SQL Server, code-named Denali CTP1. As soon as Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, made the announcement, a flurry of Tweets went out from the Tweeps attending the Keynote announcing to the world about Denali. SQL MVP Aaron Bertrand (Twitter | Blog) posted walkthrough for installing Denali on his blog. Read his narration of the Keynote session here.

The key features of Denali are:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn – A Mission Critical Platform that helps in increasing up-time, reduce unplanned downtime due to OS patching, simplify High Availability management, support for multiple secondaries and multi-site clustering.
  • Column-based query accelerator – This will help improve query performance manifold and reduce the time taken for performance tuning.
  • SQL Server Tools code-named “Juneau – A unified environment which is a one-stop-shop for your developers and helps accelerate your time-to-market.
  • IT administration enhancements – Improved security facilitated through various improvements built into the product. You can now take advantage of the powerful XEvents to monitor SQL activity.
  • Beyond relational enhancements – Performance improvements for FileStream, Full-text search, 2D-Spatial Support and FileTable.
  • Pervasive Insight – Expand the use of Business Intelligence to business users by providing new and engaging ways to discover insights through a drag-and-drop interface, smart and powerful data querying and interactive storyboarding to allow users to quickly create and share visual presentations of large datasets.
  • Read more about it here.

    Other announcements include:

    Microsoft Code-name “Atlanta”

    Microsoft codename Atlanta is a secure cloud service that proactively monitors your Microsoft SQL Server deployments. It helps you avoid configuration problems, reduce downtime, improve performance, and resolve issues faster. Atlanta agent can analyze both versions x86 and x64 versions of SQL Server 2008 and above. Now you get a vital insight into multiple known issues that you could plague your SQL Server installation without having to manually check for known issues. Atlanta will re-define pro-active monitoring for SQL Server instances.

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)

    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (previously code named project “Madison”) is a highly scalable appliance that delivers performance at low cost through a massively parallel processing (MPP).

    New Path to Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

    If you have an aspiration to earn the coveted title of a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server, then there is a new path to do so. Click on the above sub-title to learn more.

    If you feel that you need more food for thought, then read the Press Pass: Microsoft Introduces New Offerings for Business Intelligence and Mission-Critical Workloads

     Watch Rushab Mehta, SQL Pass President, and Ted Kummert, Senior VP at Microsoft, discuss SQL Server:

    

    Denali CTP1 is now available

    SQL Server Denali CTP1, the next major release of SQL Server, is now available for download on the Microsoft Download site.

    You can create your Hyper-V virtual machines and get your hands dirty with the installation bits. Post your questions or queries regarding Denali on the MSDN Forums. If you want to log a defect with the CTP1 release, then please do so on the Microsoft Connect Site.

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