I always get excited when a new version of SQL Server gets released and rumor has it that SQL Server 2012 will be released on March, 7th 2012. Why do I get excited? Well its quite easy, I know that each new release includes new features. These new features make my job easier. How do I know that these new features make my job easier? I know because I test them out and attend training sessions to see how other people are using them.
This year Microsoft is teaming up with the Professional Association of SQL Server Professionals (PASS) to provide several opportunities to give free SQL Server 2012 training. Here are six ways you can learn about SQL Server 2012 and it won’t cost you a cent.
I love to get my hands dirty and throw things against the wall and see what sticks. Microsoft provides several virtual labs that allow you to do this without worrying about your servers. If you want to checkout upgrading to SQL 2012, AlwaysOn Availability Groups or Installing SQL 2012 on Windows Core they have labs up and waiting for you.
Special Ops Tour
If you like to physically experience a launch event and rub shoulders with others who are using SQL Server you have to take part in the Special Ops Tour. The Special Ops Tour is a 12 city event where Microsoft experts and local DBA’s will show you the must use features coming in this new release. You can still sign up now. Hopefully, there is an event near you.
SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch
Microsoft is also providing an all day virtual launch on March 7th that will include several topics on Mission Critical Confidence, Cloud on your Terms and Breakthrough Insights. You can review the agenda and there still is room to sign up.
24 Hours of PASS
Once again, PASS is gearing up to deliver another 24 hours of PASS on March 21, 2012. For those who don’t know 24 hours of PASS is an in-depth look at the hottest SQL Server topics over 24 back-to-back free technical webcasts. You can gain access to the best SQL Server training and several of these session will be focused on SQL Server 2012. For more information visit the 24 hours of PASS website. If you want to speak get your abstract submitted now. The deadline is today!
SQL Saturday is an all day multi-track training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. These events are spread all across the USA and the globe.
User Group Meetings
User Groups are monthly or bi-monthly meetings held to allow PASS members to connect, share and learn on a local level. There are several User Group’s spread out across the country. Do you wonder if there is a user group in your area? You can find all the user groups here.