SQLBits XV – 4 – 7 May 2016

Very exciting SQLBits is nearly here again. Still time to register if you have not already done so 🙂

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Kings Dock
L3 4FP
United Kingdom


MCM 2008 Success

I got an email from Microsoft! The lab I took on the 11th April. (Yesterday). I passed!!!

So…. a long time ago in a place….no wait…

I passed the prerequisite and then spent many days with my books and study material to pass the knowledge exam which as I said before was hard. The lab exam itself is hard. No wait it is very hard. The problem I found about the process was not really knowing what to expect with the content. Failing the lab on my first attempt gave me some pointers and areas to improve.  I guess every failure should really teach you something. If you keep doing the same thing and expecting different results… you are very much like my cat.

Anyway…I took the lab yesterday on the 11th (From my home) and on the 12th I have the result. I have passed and am very proud to count myself among fellow MCM holders. I can relax now and absorb 2012 knowledge at SQLBits.


Tidy Blog, lazyness and SQLBITS X

I said I would get round to moving some of the old content, and true to my word albeit several months later I have added the profiler/deadlocks posts. I know I should add new content, rather than repost older bits but I have been rather preoccupied with one thing and another.

I can tell you one reason for my rehash blog entries. That is the launch of SQL 2012 and my need to spend loads of time trying to break it find out what is new. In case any of you do not know SQL 2012 is out generally on the 1st April… yes that is right fools. (It is available on technet/msdn now!)

More exciting is that SQL BITS X as well as being excellent anyway, is also the official UK launch event. Yes I am going 🙂 well heading there friday night so I can be there nice and early for the saturday free day. Next year I am determined to get on the paid days as well!


SQLBits X is the official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event.
29th – 31st March 2012
Novotel London West, London