The Multifunctioning DBA

Nov 17 2010   4:14PM GMT

My Pass Summit Experience

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

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 one place that all have something in Common, A passion for SQL Server. I actually would say that we all had one more thing in common as well and that is the desire to learn.  I mean first off you know you are going to learn a ton from the sessions. So many sessions that you can not even come close to going to all the ones that you would like to go to and I am not even including the Pre and Post Con sessions that are not included with the conference registration.  But on top of that they do Vendor Sponsored Breakfasts, I did the VMWare breakfast and first off the food was not too bad and the speakers were top notch MVP’s that have and do use the product.  The two speakers I am referring to here are Bren Ozar (Blog | Twitter) and Denny Cherry (Blog | Twitter). These guys are just amazing with the amount of knowledge that they have about not only SQL Server, but VMWare and Storage. I learned a lot from listening to them talk for just about an hour. I mean now I want to talk to my SAN guys about doing Database Snapshot backups on the SAN.

Now do not get me wrong, it is not all about learning. I had a ton of fun as well. Monday was the welcome reception and the Quiz Bowl. Some very smart people get up and play a Jeopardy style game to win prizes for a few selected from the crowd. Not only was it informative but hilarious as well. Geeks are some FUNNY people, Probably does not hurt that we are all geeks in the crowd as well. Then we did a Casino Style party sponsored by SQL Server Central. That was a blast and I did pretty well. I think I ended the night in 5th or 6th place in the chip count, at least that is where I was last I checked. Top 4 got some great prizes.

Any way the entire event was just about as great as one could hope for. I also met a bunch of awesome sql server professionals that I hope to keep in touch with and get to know better. Networking at the Summit was one of the many best things about the Summit. I will post more about the Summit later but again to put it in just a few words… WOW it was AMAZING.

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