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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 Launch – A Community Affair

    Guest blog post by: PASS President Thomas LaRock – a SQL Server MVP, MCM, and Head Geek at Solarwinds – is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA , he holds an MS degree in Mathematics from Washington...
  • Blog Post: Join us March 7, 2012 for the Virtual Launch of SQL Server 2012!

    On March 7, 2012 we are hosting the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE), to share the latest on SQL Server 2012 and the evolution of the Microsoft data platform. Through our VLE, anyone, anywhere in the world can simply log in and be a part of this amazing experience – consuming content at your...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Inspiration for the Year Ahead

    Each day “passes”, and it’s closer and closer we get to PASS Summit 2012. To build anticipation for this most inspiring event, we have yet another guest blog post from Jason Strate, an esteemed member of our SQL Server MVP community, to fill you in on what you can look forward to the most from PASS Summit...
  • Blog Post: Win New SQL Server T-Shirts by Following the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series

    Prior to the launch of SQL Server 2012, we asked the SQL Family to vote for their favorite new SQL Server t-shirt based on six original designs . We counted all of your votes and printed the top four most popular designs that are shown below. Now it’s time to get the opportunity to win one! Be...
  • Blog Post: #SQLFamily is Giving Back – Week 1

    Wow #SQLFamily …just wow. The SQL Server Team has been overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of support from the #SQLFamily. In just a few days, the community is off to a great start in sending us submissions that have raised money for the Pragmatic Works Foundation , a non-profit that provides free...
  • Blog Post: Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

    The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Organizational Security and Compliance

    Welcome to the third episode of the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing a unique look into some interesting stories and perspectives from members of the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. If you missed the previous episodes, be...
  • Blog Post: Final Countdown for #SQLFamily Gives Back

    There are only a two days left until the New Year, which means your last chance to submit a #SQLFamily story and contribute to the Pragmatic Works Foundation drive is fast approaching. All submissions are due by December 31 st , 2011 at 11:59pm PST, and there is still an opportunity to help us reach...
  • Blog Post: Redmondmag.com goes inside SQL Server 2008

    Don Kiely from Redmond Developer Magazine wrote an article entitled “Inside SQL Server 2008,” that highlights the new features of SQL Server 2008. The article is also featured on the cover of the November 2008 print edition of the publication. A quote from Don's article reads, “SQL...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

    The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft prepares to grow IT Pro communities worldwide

    Microsoft has a deep commitment to growing and nurturing communities organized around supporting users of our products and technologies. Several popular not-for-profit Microsoft technical communities include INETA for developers, PASS for SQL Server users and Culminis for IT Pros. SQL Server users and...
  • Blog Post: 130 Characters Could Get You Into PASS Summit 2011!

    Want to get a free full 3-day registration to the PASS Summit 2011 in Seattle, WA from Oct 11-14, 2011? Well, a tweet reply of 130 characters or less (on Twitter) is all it might take to win! We will post a question on our official Twitter account ( @SQLServer ) at 9:00 a.m. PT on September 21, 2011...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot as...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server's Dave Campbell featured on ZDNet

      Mary-Jo Foley has started writing a multi-part series about Microsoft's elite group of 22 Technical Fellows. Her latest article features Dave Campbell who is a Technical Fellow in SQL Server. Click here to read "Microsoft Big Brains: Dave Campbell" by Mary Jo Foley Additional Resources...
  • Blog Post: Attend PASS Community Summit 2008 - Seattle, WA – Nov 18-21

    The Microsoft SQL Server Developer Team will be turning out in force for this year’s PASS Community Summit 2008. As the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world, PASS Summit is the most important technical conference of the year for the SQL Server community. With...
  • Blog Post: Take the Journey into 2012 at SQL Server Connections (Mar 26-29)

    SQL Server Connections is happening next week (March 26 – March 30) in Las Vegas and Microsoft is honored to be a Platinum Sponsor of the event. It will be an action packed week starting with the pre-con workshops on Sunday and Monday, with Shawn Bice’s Keynote on Monday evening. Tuesday is “Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: A Behind the Scenes View of Blazing Fast Performance

    Last week we kicked off the Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, the first episode covering SQL Server AlwaysOn was just the beginning of this unique 12-part look into the SQL Server Engineering Team. Download The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012 (PDF) to follow along with all the episodes...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog Post: How to Jumpstart Your Career as a DBA by Thomas LaRock

    You are a SQL Server DBA, and I know what you are going through. You are frustrated at having to correct other people's work. You are tired from being woken at odd hours, or needed to work on weekends. And the better you get at your job, the more likely you cannot advance in your career because they...
  • Blog Post: Join in on the Social Media Activities at PASS Summit 2011

    PASS Summit 2011 starts this Wednesday and we’re very excited to share all the great content to attendees and the rest of the community who will be tuning in via the web. The SQL Server and Microsoft BI social teams will be present at the PASS Summit and will be very busy getting the word out to the...