Quick thought: I first posted to this blog a year ago today. Since then there have been 62 more posts, hundreds of comments and some readership numbers I’m proud of. My sincere thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read or have offered support here or on Twitter. I love the SQL Server community!
This year I decided to take the plunge and submit my session on backups & recovery for the PASS Summit. Here’s the abstract:
Baby got Backup (and Restore): an In-depth Look
BACKUP and RESTORE are the most important commands for DBAs, and you don’t want to learn them under fire. In just one hour, we’ll take a detailed look at how they work, and show options you can’t get in Management Studio. We’ll also cover why you don’t have the same capabilities in all recovery models. Once armed with this knowledge, you’ll understand best practices for backup strategies, testing restores, and saving your job.
I built this session to address the crowd that understands the basics of backup and restore but now desires to expand on that knowledge. I’ve had great success delivering this at user group meetings and most recently at SQL Saturday in Chicago. Some slight re-tooling for the Summit seems like the next logical step.
This year, PASS is asking for some help from the community with selecting sessions for the Summit. Registered members can mark sessions as “preferred”, the counts of which will apparently be taken into consideration when building the conference schedule. If you haven’t already preferred some sessions, you can do so here. There’s hundreds of amazing abstracts to choose from. If you think mine sounds nifty, I’d really appreciate your vote!