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Community Learning Center

Our popular tradition of “Ask the Experts” and “Chalk Talks” continues this year but with much more community involvement this time around. We’ve set aside a section of the Exhibit Hall floor dedicated to Community Learning and are bringing together community experts, Microsoft MVPs, and Microsoft employees to provide a intimate learning environment just for you. Also visit the Expo Partner Theatre to hear presentations from our sponsors and exhibitors.

Ask The Experts
Hosted by many of your favorite MVPs and Microsoft product experts, Ask The Experts gives you the opportunity to get some of your burning questions answered by a SQL Server expert. Experts will be available for following ten topics at anytime during open Exhibit Hall hours:

Ask the Experts Table Topics Focus Areas
SQL Server Business Intelligence

Self-Service BI, Excel Services, PerformancePoint Services, SSAS, OLAP and Data Mining

Data Warehousing SQL Server 2008 DW,  Fast Track Data Warehouse, Project Madison, Compression, Partitioning, Performance
SQL Server Reporting Services

Report Design, Reporting Services Management, Reporting Services & SharePoint Integration

SQL Server Integration Services High-Speed Connectivity, DTS to SSIS Migration
Data Development Sync Framework, Entity Framework, LINQ, ADO.NET, ADO.NET Data Services, ODBC, OLE DB,TSQL, PHP Driver, JDBC Driver, Oslo, M, Quadrant and Repository, SQL Azure
SQL Server Programmability T-SQL, Spatial, XML, Filestream, Full-Text Search, Service Broker, Sparse Columns, Filtered Indexes, Hierarchy ID
High Availability, Virtualization, Consolidation Clustering, Mirroring, Log Shipping, Data Recovery, Replication, Hyper-V™, What to consider while setting up SQL for virtualization, best practices and guidelines, Use of
virtualization for HA (Host clustering–Windows team), Live
migration and other provisioning–Windows team
Manageability, Security, Compliance Setup, Policy-Based Management, Data Collector, PowerShell™, Management Studio, Encryption, Auditing, Compliance
Performance & Scalability Optimizer, Shared Databases, Resource Governor
SQLCAT Architecture, Design, Project Discussion, Customer Learnings


Chalk Talks
These shorter 40-minute sessions take place in the PASS Summit Exhibit Hall. In the past, these have been exclusively Microsoft sponsored speakers but this year we’ve put out a call to the community to submit Chalk Talks of interest. These are discussion focused sessions – a combination of presentation and informal Q&A. Click here for Chalk Talk session details.

Expo Partner Theater
Several sponsors and exhibitors will be presenting in the Expo Partner Theater at the back of the Exhibit Hall. Please visit this theater on Tuesday and Wednesday and watch these companies present and ask them questions. The presentations will run for 30 minutes with 15 minutes for questions from the crowd.




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