Yesterday marked the sixth day since my surgery last week. After getting off of the liquid diet the night before and enjoying dinner with our family, I spent my first full day back on my feet as emcee at SQL SUMMIT 2007, the latest of the internal Microsoft SQL Community's events.
Over four hundred people were in the room, and at least 130 more were connected via LiveMeeting at some point during the day. The focus of the event was the upgrade experience, and it was addressed by such experts as Mark Souza, Don Vilen, Donald Farmer, Max Verun, Devendra Tiwari, and Umachandar Jayachandran. Two of the SQL Community's strongest supporters, Ted Kummert and Kim Saunders, also spoke to the assemblage. These events have grown to the point that we were able to offer the attendees a SQL Upgrade Advisor DVD and a box lunch. The Microsoft SQL Community has come a long way in less than a year!
The technical upshot of this event is that there's a great deal of information available about the upgrade process. The MS blogs in the blogroll to the left are a very good place to start. I'm going to be pretty consumed with our latest SQL Ranger offering for the next month or so, but if you have any specific questions regarding upgrade scenarios which you can't get answered elsewhere, please leave a comment here and I'll do my best to find an answer for you.
(edited 15 April 2007 for grammar)