I gave my first SQL Server 2008 presentation yesterday, and also spoke at a Launch Event for the first time. It was a terrific experience, primarily because it forced me to really start digging into SQL Server 2008. I had been doing so much 2005 training recently, I just really hadn't had a chance to really USE 2008, although I have dutifully installed all the CTPs.
My one-hour talk covered 3 main areas:
- Policy-based Management
- Performance Studio
- Multi-server Management
In my prep the evening before, I had been able to go through the whole thing in about 55 minutes, and I usually end up talking faster when in front of an audience. So figured I had time to show a few extra things in the demos, as well as show off the new ZoomIt presentation tool that I talked about in my previous post.
I have no idea what happened, but I was just barely finished with the first demo, and I looked at the clock and realized 45 minutes had gone by! I have absolutely no idea how that happened, and I would really like to apologize to all the people in the audience for having to deal with me rushing through the Performance Studio demo and not being able to say much at all about Multi-server management. I must have just been having too much fun with policies, but that is really no excuse.
I will be giving the same talk at our local (Puget Sound) .NET Developers Association Meeting on April 21, so if you want to hear the rest of the story, and see the rest of my demos, come on by!