Maxx Dopp at TechEd: Dispatch 8–TechEd is Winding Down (Slowly)

Maxx Dopp here. TechEd was bustling today. A lot of vendors were giving away big prizes, and swag trolls were getting the last goodies they could before TechEd ends tomorrow. Most of the vendors have already run out of give-aways. I think enough tee-shirts where given away at TechEd to clothe a small third world country.


We also got a lot more questions in the “Ask the Experts” SQL Server DBA table. Some of the questions we go included:

How do you synch SQL Server login IDs between production and test databases?

How do you perform log shipping?

How do you create SQL Server alias names?

What are the different features of the various SQL Server editions?

How do you configure SQL Server for use on a SAN?

What’s interesting, is that all these subjects are well-covered in SQL Server Books Online. You would think that people would use this valuable resource more. But I guess not.

Tonight is the really big party for all TechEd attendees. It is being held at Universal’s Island of Adventure between 7:00 and 11:00 PM. The weather doesn’t look good for tonight’s event, so we are crossing our fingers there is no rain.

Actually, this is the only after hours event I plan to attend, and I am only attending because I scored free passes for my wife and daughter, so we can go as a family.

Being the third day of TechEd, you are starting to see information overload in many of the attendees. I know I experience the same thing myself when attending session after session at conferences. A full week of seminars is very overwhelming. I doubt if people remember even 10% of what they have learned here, but I guess that’s the nature of conferences.


1:30 PM Orlando, FL

Thursday, June 07, 2007