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PASS Virtual Chapters: Free Training for Everyone

By Denise McInerney

Are you taking advantage of PASS Virtual Chapters (VCs) to connect with and learn from fellow members around the world year-round? If not, I encourage you to check out our over a dozen VCs providing free, quality technical training online every month.

Whether you are a DBA, developer, or BI professional, there is a VC for you. There are VCs focused on PowerShell, Performance, Data Architecture, and SQL Azure. And the Virtualization VC is dedicated to promoting better management of SQL Servers in virtual environments. Read More.

LinkedIn Group for Oracle-SQL Server VC
You can now join the PASS Oracle-SQL Server Virtual Chapter on LinkedIn. Share your solutions and resources, ask questions, join in the discussions, and share your ideas about topics you’d like to see at upcoming meetings. Check out the LinkedIn group now!

Register for SQL Server 2012 Beta Exams
If you attended PASS Summit 2011, you may remember your keynote booklet included a very special offer for attendees: the beta codes for the SQL Server 2012 exams. It’s time to dig out those codes because registration for the beta exams opens Friday, March 9. Get all the details.

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Don’t Miss Today’s SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch

Join Microsoft and PASS for today’s virtual launch of SQL Server 2012, featuring keynotes by Ted Kummert and Quentin Clark, over 30 sessions by top industry experts, and access to partners, experts, and peers in a virtual Expo Hall to discuss SQL Server 2012 one-on-one. Plus, when you visit the PASS booth in the Expo Hall, you’ll be entered to win one of six PASS Summit 2012 Session DVD sets or one of three full-conference passes to PASS Summit 2012! Register now!

Drum Roll Please...
The PASS Connector newsletter is getting a facelift! Starting with the next edition – slated to go out on March 21 – the newsletter will debut a new and improved look and feel that will help you catch up on your SQL Server community news faster than ever. This new layout will also be the jumping off point for translating the newsletter into both Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. We’re going to test out the translation process and closely monitor feedback over the coming weeks. Get a sneak peek at the brand-new newsletter format.

Where Are You Catching the Special Ops Tour?
Microsoft and PASS kicked off the free SQL Server 2012 US Special Ops Tour with packed events in Atlanta and Irvine this week. Today, the tour continues in sold-out Denver before heading to Columbus, Jacksonville, and Chicago next week. Seats are going fast and some events are already full – register now to reserve your spot in the tour stop nearest you.

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Countdown to 24 Hours of PASS

In 2 weeks, we’ll be knee-deep in the best 24 hours of free, online SQL Server training in the industry with 24 Hours of PASS. Beginning March 21 at 00:00 GMT, this spring’s event will provide closed captioning in 15 languages as a global lineup of top SQL Server and BI experts present 24 back-to-back webcasts with a special focus on SQL Server 2012. Thanks to members of our various PASS Virtual Chapters for moderating each session. Check out the session list sorted by track, and register today!

PASS SQLRally Dallas: Full Lineup
The PASS SQLRally Dallas team has announced its full lineup of 60 top technical sessions and 7 deep-dive pre-conference seminars as it gears up for the most value-packed SQL Server and BI training available. For only $349, you can join over 500 SQL Server professionals May 10-11 to get answers to your most pressing technical questions and soak up real-world solutions by some of the industry’s most respected experts. Check out new hotel offers, and register by March 14 to save $100 off the full event rate!

New on SQLPASSTV: Top Summit 2010 Session #8
Stay on top of your professional development with this week’s Top Ten PASS Summit 2010 session on SQLPASSTV: Building NextGen Scalable & Highly Available Architectures with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, by Rajinder Gill.

In the News
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch, Mar. 7

DW/BI VC: BI in the Cloud - SQL Azure Reporting, Mar. 8 12pm ET

PASS SQLSaturday #110 - Tampa, Mar. 10

DW/BI VC: Intro to Master Data Services 2012, Mar. 13 12pm ET

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