Two weeks to go until the conferences start…

I've revamped the main Upcoming Events page on SQLskills.com to list all the DBA/IT-Pro, Developer, and BI sessions we're collectively doing at SQL Connections Fall, Microsoft TechEd Developers, Microsoft TechEd IT Forum, and a Microsoft TechNet Deep-Dive in November. (Now that I've finished my Lego model, what else am I going to do on a wet Sunday afternoon?:-))

And there's a lot of it – 4 full-day workshops, 17 sessions, 9 chalk-talks, 3 instructor-led labs, and 1 lunchtime demo session – but they're filling up fast and it looks like we'll be doing a few repeats at IT Forum. Anyone coming to any of our full-day workshops will get one of our DVDs packed full of Hands-On labs – incidentally, the Always-On DVD will be the base for our post-con workshop at SQL Connections.

One of the events I haven't mentioned before – the TechNet Deep-Dive. This is being organized by Microsoft in Switzerland and will be a full-day workshop taught by Kimberly and I on database maintenance. Checkout the link above for details on how to register.

We've had some questions about which of the full-day workshops are applicable to customers running SQL Server 2000. Well, a lot of the technology we talk about was introduced in SQL Server 2005, but the concepts and best-practices remain the same. I'd say that the database maintenance workshop probably has the most content that will transfer to SQL Server 2000. However, if you're planning to upgrade to SQL Server 2005 or 2008, these workshops are packed full of info on new features and syntax that you'll need to know.

Look forward to seeing you at one of the events!