Thank you Microsoft, reflecting on over 8 years on Microsoft Campus!

The road to Redmond… When I was 16, like many other kids I studying and getting A+ grades wasn't really my first priority, but 'things' rather came naturally for me, and with very little effort studying I got some descent grades.German and math however, was something that I didn't like to study, and unfortunately my…


TechEd North America and TechED Europe Registration is open – register for my pre-con with @SQLRockstar and @scarydba

Join us for a rock solid pre-conference at TechED!   At Microsoft Teched (, I will copresent with @SQLRockstar Thomas LaRock and @scarydba Grant Fritchey. Our pre-conference will focus around how you as a SQL Server DBA can embrace new technologies that will make your job not only much cooler, but allow you to leverage…

get your hands dirty with SQL Server 2012 SP1

Today I am happy to share with you that we released our updated hands-on-labs to our public portal. On you’ll find a set of pre-configured hands-on-labs that will allow you to get your hands dirty on the latest and greatest technology and features in SQL Server 2012. The nice thing about our labs is…


SQL Server 2012 Certification

Value of Certification The payout on certification in the IT Industry has been a key value to my professional career for many years. As I became certified on Windows NT and SQL Server 7.0 in 1999, qualified as Microsoft Certified Trainer and started teaching Microsoft Official Curriculum Courseware (MOC) I was able to make a…


SQL Momentum at SQLPASS – Key Announcements

Today at SQLPASS – Ted Kummert made some great announcements, bringing great momentum in the information platform industry. Microsoft SQL Server “Denali” Microsoft is announcing plans for the next release of SQL Server, SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” and the availability of the first community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”.  Microsoft SQL Server…

SQL Momentum at SQLPASS

With great announcements on what to come next the SQL PASS keynote will be interesting to follow.If you are not attending you can follow the keynote live right here –  

Ken Rosen: What Happened to the MCSE

In the following video, my dear colleague Ken Rose talks about the MCITP certification