People have been complaining that I’ve stopped blogging so much – vacation folks, vacation! Today I’ve got a few class and conference posts to get through and then I’ll get back to the technical posts.

We’re doing a 2.5 day public class based on the SQL Server 2008 material we developed earlier this year. This will be part of a larger conference being hosted by Dev Connections in San Francisco, USA. Our workshop will run October 6th through 8th.

Here’s the abstract:

SQL Server 2008 offers an impressive array of capabilities for professional developers that build upon key innovations introduced in SQL Server 2005. The use of many of these will have manageability and infrastructure implications for a database—and hence the DBA! There are also enhancements to existing high-availability technologies, plus a variety of significant new tools to aid in managing performance, scalability, administration, and troubleshooting. This workshop helps you understand how to exploit the new toolset and how to manage a database that makes use of the new features in SQL Server 2008. The multi-day format of this event allows us to explore each feature in more detail, with more in-depth demonstrations and labs.

Topics covered include:

  • Availability Enhancements
    • Database Mirroring
    • Backup Compression
    • Peer-to-Peer Replication
  • Security Enhancements
    • Transparent Data Encryption
    • Extensible Key Management
    • All Actions Audited
  • Policy-Based Management and Multi-Server Administration
  • Troubleshooting and Throttling
    • Resource Governor
    • Extended Events
  • New Development Technologies
    • Spatial Indexes
    • Sparse Columns
    • Filtered Indexes and Statistics
    • Change Tracking and Change Data Capture
  • Performance Data Collection
  • Scalability Enhancements
    • Data Compression
    • Partition-Level Lock Escalation

This workshop runs Oct 6 (9am – 4pm), Oct 7 (9am – 4pm), Oct 8 (9am – 12pm).