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I have always thought that I enjoyed Summer the most. The sunshine, trips to the beach, lobsters stuffed with bacon, and long bike rides. But as I get older (and supposedly wiser) I am coming to realize that fall may be the most enjoyable season. Perfect temperatures, things are still green, plenty of sunshine, football starts, the kids go back to school and of course the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview. What’s not to love about all of that?

We’ve done three 24 Hours of PASS events in the past thirteen months. While some may point to the great content as the number one takeaway that they get from the events, I would point to something else entirely. Read more.

Community Learning Center at PASS Summit

Our popular tradition of “Ask the Experts” and “Chalk Talks” continues this year but with much more community involvement this time around. Join SQL Server Experts in an intimate learning environment created just for you.

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PASS Summit: Register Now for $400 Savings!

Hurry! Time’s running out on the $1,595 discounted pricing – available only until Sept 30. Register today for unparalleled networking, 160+ technical sessions and access to the top SQL Server experts in the world at PASS Summit 2010.

10,000+ Join in for 24 Hours of PASS!

Talk about bringing the SQL Server community together! This last installation of 24 Hours of PASS touched members of the community 10,000 times over the course of two action-packed live days of live webcasts.

A big thank you to the 24 Hours of PASS team, our speakers and moderators, and our sponsors DELL and Microsoft, for putting together such a fantastic SQL Server training event.

Recordings of the sessions will be available for streaming by Sept 27 on the PASS website.

Why Should You Attend a Pre/Post-Con Seminar?

Find out with these speaker Q&As featuring: Itzik Ben-Gan, Adam Machanic, Davide Mauri, Brian Knight, and Denny Cherry.

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In the News

DBA Virtual Chapter (VC):
Top 10 SQL Server Mistakes and Missteps
Sept. 22, 12-1pm ET

Virtualization VC:
Storage and Virtualization for the DBA
Sept. 23, 12-1pm PT

PASS SQLSaturday #52 Sept. 25, 8am-5pm MT, Denver, CO

BI /Datawarehousing VC: SSRS R2: The New Stuff Sept. 29, 12-1pm ET

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PASS Election Results

The ballots are in, the votes are counted, and the results have been confirmed. PASS was lucky to have nine fantastic nominees for this year's elections race, and congratulations are in order for this year's three winning candidates.

Andy Warren, President of Fourdeuce Inc., and Douglas McDowell, CEO (North America) of Solid Quality Mentors, were re-elected to the Board. They will be joined for the 2011/2012 Board of Directors term by Allen Kinsel, last year's joint PASSion Award Winner.

1084 ballots were cast, a 188% improvement over the 2009 election turnout. Thank you to all who voted.

Connect at PASS Summit

The advantage of PASS Summit’s unparalleled networking opportunities: meeting and talking with people, sharing issues and solutions, and gaining knowledge that will make you a better SQL Server professional.

With that in mind here’s how we’re making it easier to connect this year:


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