Category Archives: Conference

Damn it Feels Good to be a Trainer

You’ve seen Office Space, so you know the song. I won’t attempt to reproduce the lyrics here[1] but you know where I’m coming from. I’ve been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1996, and “trainer” has been a key part … Continue reading

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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives

I’m not a SQL Server Most Valuable Professional anymore[1], but I was when this amazing project got underway, and I am proud to contribute as an author on SQL Server Integration Services. SQL Server MVP Deep Dives is a unique … Continue reading

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Going to Tech·Ed 2009 North America!

I’ve been to Tech·Ed North America every year for the last four years. It’s Microsoft’s biggest technical conference and is an amazing opportunity to learn and to network – and it’s always a ton of fun as well. People have … Continue reading

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Get on the Bus!

if (you.Location.Match(“Atlanta”,     “Charlotte”, “Philadelphia”, “Columbus”,     “Indianapolis”, “St. Louis”, “Kansas City”,     “Denver”, “Albuquerque”, “Phoenix”,     “Las Vegas”, “Los Angeles”) ==         MatchResults.CloseEnough) {     you.EnterContest(“Get on the Bus”); } if (you.WinContest(“Get on the Bus”)) {     you.AttendConference(Microsoft.Conference.TechEd,         … Continue reading

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"Bonus" Technical Deep Dive Session at the MCT Summit – Redmond and Prague

The vast majority of the content at the 2009 MCT Summit events is heavily weighted toward the IT Professional audience. This is largely due to the fact that the major developer and database product releases took place in 2007 and … Continue reading

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Choosing the "Right" SSIS Configuration Location

One of the questions I get asked quite often boils down to this: "Should I store my SSIS configuration data in SQL Server or in XML configuration files?" And my every-so-helpful answer usually is: "Yes!"[1] That’s right – very accurate, … Continue reading

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Join Me in Prague!

Earlier this week the MCT team here at Microsoft Learning went live with the MCT Summit 2009 web site. There’s information about the two currently scheduled summits: Prague, Czech Republic – Jan 6, 2009 – Jan 9, 2009 Redmond, Washington, … Continue reading

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