TechEd starts in 3 weeks, and I'm not going to make it this year. I had very much wanted to visit New Orleans post-Katrina and see the recovery for myself. I attended a couple of TechEd's there many years ago, but my primary reason for visiting that fabulous city was because my daughter went to school there. She graduated from Tulane University in 1999, but it just so happened that every time TechEd was there, it was after school was over for the year, so I never got to combine my conference trip with a family visit.
If you're going to the conference, and you're trying to decide what PreCon session to sign up for, I've got a suggestion for you.
You might be aware that I have a 5-day SQL Server Internals course, that is based on the material in my book(s). For the last few years, there has only been one other person besides me, in the entire world, whom I have authorized to teach my course. I'm proud to announce that just last week, the second authorized trainer presented my course for the first time. Maciej (how do you pronounce this?) Pilecki taught the course in Warsaw and will be teaching it again in Germany this November.
I just found out today that Maciej will be giving a full day session at TechEd called :
Secrets of the SQLOS:
Leveraging Microsoft SQL Server Internal Operating System for Improved Scalability and Performance
So this session goes beyond what I cover in my class, down into the interaction between SQL Server and the operating system, and the topic is one of Maciej's specialties. If you've never heard Maciej talk about SQL Server memory management (or even if you have!), you won't regret taking this precon.
It's not too late to sign up!