Greetings from Charlotte, NC where Day 1 of the PASS Summit is about to kick off!  I just got back from this year’s #SQLRun, sponsored by SQL Sentry, and I can’t believe the size to which the event has grown since Jes ( b | t ) organized the first run two years ago.  It was great to see so many fellow runners at 6 AM this morning!

Today’s keynote kicks off with Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft, and one announcement you can probably expect is the release of CTP2 for SQL Server 2014, which you can download here (thank you Magne Fretheim for the link!).  Check out the SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Product Guide and Release Notes for more details.  If you cannot attend this morning’s keynote because you’re still recovering from the run, or recovering from last night, or because you’re not here, just tune in to PASSTV to watch it live.  Stay tuned to PASSTV to catch specific sessions live – note that each session will have a hashtag to follow, to which you can also Tweet questions.

Speaking of sessions, I’m up first after the keynote first this morning with Making the Leap from Profiler to Extended Events in Room 217A.  If you’ve been a long-time user of Profiler and Trace, but know you need to get familiar with Extended Events (as much as you might dread it!), please join me.  It’s a demo-filled session that walks you through how to re-wire your approach to capturing live data.  We’re not diving too deep into XE, I’ll leave that to Jonathan’s two Extended Events courses on Pluralsight, but this session will you get you over that initial “I don’t know where start” feeling.  Hope to see you there!

During this morning’s keynote I also expect to see some members from the PASS Board of Directors – notably outgoing President Bill Graziano and incoming President Thomas LaRock.  If you’re interested, there is Q&A with the PASS BoD on Friday from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM.  Not familiar with PASS?  Visit the Community Zone this week for more info!

I won’t be at the blogger’s table this morning to live blog the Keynote, but will be present tomorrow for the keynote from Dr. David DeWitt, which I’m looking forward to immensely.  Until then, I hope you see at my session or elsewhere at Summit.  Say hi, send a tweet, and enjoy the day at Summit!