380PASS – Another Successful Meeting!

Our 2nd 380PASS meeting was another success, by all accounts. We had 31 attendees! This is twice what registered and remains on par with our first meeting. The meeting was held in one of the very nice, state-of-the-art conference rooms at the University of Iowa. We began the meeting with a new feature, quick and easy SQL tips. I gave the first tip, which was how SSMS 2008 will display missing indexes. Afterwards, Zakir Durumeric from the Research Information Systems (RIS) team at the University spoke on database mirroring. Zakir gave an excellent overview of high availability options, the pros and cons of various methods, and some of the obstacles and solutions he’s faced in his environment. The materials for last night’s meeting will be uploaded to http://380pass.org later today.

Following Zakir’s presentation, Russ Allen shared some powerful and time-saving tips on how to use Central Management Servers to manage multi-server environments. The meeting ended with an interesting and informative discussion on Red Gate’s software. The conversation primarily revolved around SQL Compare, SQL Data Compare, and SQL Prompt, and the positive impact those applications have had on our lives.

We’re pleased to announce SQL Server MVP Hilary Cotter as the guest speaker for our May meeting. Hilary will be presenting remotely on performance tuning topics. More details to follow as we finalize them.

Thank you for all who attended and have helped make our new chapter such a success!

380PASS Meeting – Tuesday, 14 April

We’re busy getting ready for our next PASS meeting, which is next Tuesday, 14 April. This meeting will be held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Zakir Durumeric will be speaking on database mirroring in SQL Server. More details, including directions and maps, can be found on our website at http://380pass.org.

Thanks to our Membership Officer, Ed Leighton-Dick, we now have a new Event Registration module! Please make sure to register for the event so we know how much food to order. But feel free to come even if you decide at the last minute and cannot register ahead of time.