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SQL Server 2008 R2 Hosted Trial Unveiled

Joining again with Dell and MaximumASP, PASS is proud to announce the launch today of the free Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Hosted Trial virtual lab, giving users around the world access to a complete, integrated Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010, and Office 2010 environment, right from their desktop.Through the Hosted Trial lab environment, users can experience SQL Server 2008 R2’s new Business Intelligence and data management features without risk and without downloading, setting up, or configuring anything. Learn more and register today at for your choice of seven trial labs.

Who Is PASS?

Maybe it’s bad grammar, but who is PASS? Right now I think too often we define PASS as being our annual Summit, or as the Board of Directors and PASS HQ. Those are part of the equation, but not all of it, and I’d argue not even the most important part.

It’s us. It’s you. We all serve the organization in some way. Some of us have reached the point in our careers where we can give back by speaking or leading a chapter or working on a volunteer committee. Some of us are trying to juggle a career and professional development. Read more.

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Author: Greg Low Spring Refresh has a fresh face today, with a redesigned Home page to help you easily find the valuable in-person and online training events and resources to help you Connect, Share, and Learn with fellow SQL Server professionals.

At a glance, you can see upcoming community events—including in-person, online, and special SQL Server 2008 R2 launch events worldwide. Plus, get easy access to Chapter resources and updates, PASS news, and the latest technical articles. You can subscribe to RSS feeds to keep up with PASS and industry happenings and share your opinions in the PASS poll (below). Check it out today, and let us know what you think on the PASS blog!

PASS Poll: How excited are you about the SQL Server 2008 R2 release?

  • Can’t sleep, can’t wait!!
  • It’ll be a party!
  • Dying to try out the Hosted Trial
  • Interested to hear about the new features
  • Think I’m washing my hair that day

Cast your vote!

New in the SQL Server Standard: Techies Talking to Non-Techies, by Don Gabor It’s not just what you know about SQL Server or how good you are at managing databases that is important to your company—it’s also how well you communicate your knowledge and abilities to help both technical and non-technical communicators achieve their goals. Log in and read Volume 7, Issue 3 today.

In the News

Last Chance to Save on Microsoft BI Conference: PASS members can save $200 off registration to the Microsoft BI Conference 2010, June 7-10 in New Orleans, LA. Just use discount code BIATCST33H and register by April 30.

Speakers Needed atSQLSaturday Phoenix. Submit your session by June 17. Event is on July 17.

Upcoming Events:

Live Meeting - AppDev Chapter Presents: Understanding SARGability
April 27, 12:30-1:30pm (GMT +9:30; or April 26, 11pm ET US

Live Meeting - DBA Chapter Presents: SQL Server 2008 Audit (sponsored by CA)April 28, 12-1pm ET

SQLSaturday #36 - WheelingMay 1, 9-5 ET, Wheeling, WV

SQL Server 2008 R2May 4, 8am-4pm ET, Washington, DC

See More Events

Register Now for 24 Hours of PASS

Seats for the free, nonstop 24 Hours of PASS: Celebrating SQL Server 2008 R2 virtual event, May 19-20, are filling up fast. We only have a certain number of registrations available per session, so make sure you sign up for your favorites today!

PASS European Conference Starts Today: With 512 people registered for this year’s PASS European Conference and the SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Day, the overall event stands as our largest European PASS gathering ever. And despite a little volcanic activity disrupting some speakers’ and attendees’ travel plans, the conference is proceeding as planned in Neuss, Germany, with a Welcome Reception at 6:30pm. Two full days of SQL Server and BI sessions, with a special SQL Server 2008 R2 track, will follow.

Get psyched to speak at PASS Summit or any event! Don’t miss Chuck Heinzelman’s Live Meeting webcast “Intro to Speaking at PASS: Creating a Winning Abstract (If I Can Do It, Anyone Can!)” April 27 at noon CT. Click here to attend.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Launch Tour: PASS, in collaboration with Microsoft, is hosting more than 85 live launch events worldwide to help SQL Server and BI pros learn how to get the most from the new SQL Server release. Whether it's a dedicated launch event or part of a broader event, you can find SQL Server 2008 R2-related activities near you on PASS’s SQL Server 2008 R2 Worldwide Events page. Here are some of the events:

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