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November 28, 2010  10:00 AM

How PASS inspires me

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, PASS

I was very lucky and my company was nice enough to send me to the PASS Summit and I can not thank them enough for that. When I was getting ready to go to the Summit I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. The anticipation was killing me and I could just not wait to get to the event and have fun and...

November 27, 2010  10:00 AM

SQL Saturday Phoenix Sessions

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, Free Training, SQL Saturday, SQL Saturday #47

I just checked out the SQL Saturday Phoenix Homepage and I was very impressed by the number of submitted sessions that are on the board and we have a couple of sessions that have been suggested as well. If you head over to the

November 26, 2010  8:00 PM

SQL Saturday 47 Phoenix

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, PASS, SQL Saturday, SQL Saturday #47

So, I hope that you have all heard that SQL Saturday Phoenix is back on!! The event was postponed originally because the weather here in Phoenix is so HOT in July. So the Event is now set for Saturday February 19th at

November 22, 2010  3:13 PM

People at PASS

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, Networking, PASS, PASS Summit

I thought I would focus this post on the People that were at the PASS Summit. Really not much to say except the people are a huge part about why my PASS Summit experience was so great. I mean you obviously have access to many smart people like MS employees and some great MVP's. That alone is great...

November 17, 2010  4:14 PM

My Pass Summit Experience

Posted by: Colin Smith
Education, PASS, PASS Summit

The Pass Summit 2010 was my first Pass Summit and to put it in to just a few words, IT WAS AWESOME!!!! I have never been in an environment like that before and I am looking forward to the next Summit already. If you have never been to the Summit it really is just amazing. So many smart people in...

May 25, 2010  2:38 PM

SSAS Class

Posted by: Colin Smith
DBA, Education, SSAS, Training

I recently attended a deep dive bootcamp course in SQL Server Analysis Services. The class was geered more towards developers but it gave me a better understanding of what a cube is and how it works. The part that I was most interested in was the security portion and the 2008 version gives us a lot...

April 19, 2010  4:50 PM

SQL Saturday in Phoenix

Posted by: Colin Smith
Administration, Education, SQL Saturday, sql saturday 47, SQL Server, Training

I have posted this before, but I was asked to post about it again. SQL Saturday is a go for Phoenix. We have a date of July 17th at the

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March 12, 2010  10:00 AM

SQL Server Users Group

Posted by: Colin Smith
Community, Education, Networking, PASS, Training

Tonight I am going to be attending my first SQL Server Users Group here in Phoenix. Here is a link to the Groups site if you would like to join us for future meetings. I am really looking forward to it. Tonight,...

March 11, 2010  10:30 AM

Free Training

Posted by: Colin Smith
DBA, Education, Free, SQL Server, Training

Last week I came into work 2 hours early so I could be a part of a free all day training event. I am very glad that I did , but do not worry if you did not see it live. Since it was all web based you can get all the good content at your own pace. Check it out at

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February 19, 2010  10:30 AM

70-443 Chapter 4

Posted by: Colin Smith
70-443, Certification, Education, Training

More security and some repeat of chapter 3. This is good though, they really hammered home to make sure that you are using AV, Strong Passwords, and things like that from Chapter 3. New information about NTLM and Kerberos Authentication, Certificates for encryption, and a lot of great information...

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