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PASS Hosts New Com.PASS Content Feeds

PASS is pleased to host Com.PASS, a new set of content feeds that provide Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence professionals broad access to quality information across respected community Websites.

Conceived by Brian Knight of Pragmatic Works and developed in collaboration with PASS President Rushabh Mehta, Editor Steve Jones, and Founder and Managing Editor Stephen Wynkoop, Com.PASS employs a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package that uses keywords to scrub selected community Websites for relevant content.

“Com.PASS is about making it faster and easier for busy SQL Server pros to find the information they need to do their jobs better,” notes PASS’s Mehta. “You can quickly get lost in the sea of links and information available on the Web. Com.PASS feeds you content in your target topic areas from sites that you can trust.”

Initially focusing on BI content, Com.PASS currently includes five feeds:

  • Com.PASS.BI, for BI content across the Microsoft SQL Server and Office stacks
  • Com.PASS.SSAS, for SQL Server Analysis Services content
  • Com.PASS.SSIS, for SQL Server Integration Services content
  • Com.PASS.SSRS, for SQL Server Reporting Services content
  • Com.PASS, which combines all the feeds

Just click a feed to add it to your RSS reader. Learn more and subscribe to your favorite feeds.

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New in the SQL Server Standard: Resource Governor

By Roy Ernest

A trend over the past 3 or 4 years has been to consolidate and/or virtualize so that you can do more with less. You can also look to a new feature in SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition called Resource Governor to help you stretch your resources. As its name implies, Resource Governor lets you control the resources available to SQL Server. However, Resource Governor is not just about limiting the resources your SQL Server uses but also about providing a guaranteed minimum, letting you dictate and monitor how a SQL Server instance behaves. You can currently use Resource Governor to govern two resources: CPU and memory.

If you are an IT pro or a DBA responsible for managing high availability, virtualization, or scaling, this article is for you. We will explore the three Ws—what, when, and why—regarding Resource Governor. Along the way, we will look at a schematic explanation of how Resource Governor handles requests from different clients, some best practices for using Resource Governor, and how to set up and disable it. Log in and read today.

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

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  • 49% Interested to hear about the new features
  • 16% Think I'm washing my hair that day

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    Grow Your Business in 2010: Participating as a Sponsor or Exhibitor at PASS Summit will benefit your company. As the largest gathering of SQL Server and BI professionals in the world, it is one of the best opportunities to get your products and services directly in front of potential customers. To find out more about this year's Expo packages, contact Al Shuler at or 614.532.5539.

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    PASS Opens Summit 2010 Call for Speakers

    PASS opened its Call for Speakers today for PASS Summit 2010, inviting community speakers to submit session abstracts for this fall’s conference, Nov. 8-11 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. Submit your session proposals by June 5 in one or more of the following five tracks:

    • Enterprise Database Administration and Deployment
    • Application and Database Development
    • BI Platform Architecture, Development and Administration
    • BI Information Delivery
    • Professional Development

    Review the Definitions page to see the types of sessions available, track definitions, and more guidance. Then, submit your abstracts.


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    The countdown is on to the most value-packed 24 hours of SQL Server and business intelligence (BI) training available. Don’t miss out on the 24 free, back-to-back webcasts that make up the 24 Hours of PASS: Celebrating SQL Server 2008 R2 virtual event, May 19-20. Register today!

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Launch Events: 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. Upcoming events include:

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