SQLAuthority News – Recap Year 2008 – Two Most Important Event of My Life

Year 2008 is about to complete in next few hours. It was one of the most interesting year for me in my life. There were so many things happened and fortunately all of them are good.

If I have to list events special to me in year 2008 there can be many, I will list two most important events of my life in year 2008.

I am awarded as SQL Server MVP by Microsoft
I am very thankful to Microsoft to recognize my talent as SQL Server Expert and Community Leader. I had great fun this year when I visited MVP Open Day at Goa.

I got married
This is another event of my life for which I am thankful to almighty god. I got married to Nupur on December 12, 2008 and my life is really changed in good way. Marriage life is wonderful and my wife supports me in writing my blog.

I want to wish you very happy new year in advance and I wish new year bring all the happiness in every bodies life.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority Author Visit – Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group Meeting – November 2008

Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group Meeting was organized on November 29, 2008 at famous C.G. Road in Ahmedabad. We had great response and wonderful back to back technical sessions. The highlight of whole meeting was participation of UG President Jacob Sebastian – SQL MVP from New York.

Meeting started with introduction and welcome to all the members from SQL Server MVP – Pinal Daveand followed by technical session of “SQL Server 2008 – Backup and Compression” by Pinal Dave. This session was very special because not every database user is aware of the special feature of SQL Server 2008 and how it can improve the life of SQL Administrator.

Download the PDF of the SQL Server Presentation

[Please leave a comment in this thread if you are interested in SQL script which I had used in this demo presentation.]

I am very much encouraged as a User Group Leader because one of the member of UG Tejas Shah presented his very first technical session today. Tejas Shah delivered excellent session of “Introduction to Service Broker”. It is very new subject and UG members liked it.

The most awaited session was presented by SQL Server MVP – Pinal Dave where he discussed How to become MVP?”. Pinal explained the advantages and responsibility of becoming MVP. There were many questions regarding this subject. I think UG members and SQL enthusiastic were really into learning how to become MVP. I did my best to answer all the questions which I had received. Community Service is the short answer of this subject.

Pinal Dave shared his experience of attending MVP Open Day 2008, Goa. There were nearly 15 brand new photographs of the Open Day. To know more about MVP Open Day 2008 please visit following article.

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Group Photo

UG president Jacob who is New York participated in this meeting using GoToMeeting and discussed his experience of attending PASS conference. This was very special as this was first time when we had live presentation using Audio Video community tools.

Well last but not least, we had our ice creams. Ice Cream was from Havmore and flavor was ‘lonavali’. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Again, if you are interested in participating in UG meetings, please let me know. It is free and good networking with other tech developers.

Pinal Dave UG Introduction

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Pinal Dave Technical Session

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Tejas Shah on Service Broker

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UG Group Photos

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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group Meeting – November 2008

Today is special day for SQL Server enthusiastic as we will have SQL Server User Group Meeting today in Ahmedabad. Today in User Group we will have UG President Jacob Sebastian (MVP) participating from New York and UG Vice President Pinal Dave (MVP) will talk about “How to become MVP?”

Agenda for today’s meeting is as following:

Agenda:
1) Introduction by Pinal Dave
2) Direct from New York – Live Meeting by Jacob Sebastian– SQL Pass Roundup and Other News
3) Technical Session by Pinal Dave – Compressed Backup and Restore Techniques
4) Technical Session by Tejas Shah – What is Service Broker?
5) Information Session by Pinal DaveWhat is MVP? – MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa
6) Question and Answers
7) Ice Cream

Make sure to reach at location at sharp 6:00 PM as we will start on time and you do not want to miss the session by any of leading speaker. I will share few of the special images of MVP Open Day 2008 held at Goa.

SQL Server User Group Meeting – November 2008

Location : 401, TIME SQUARE, CG road, Op Bazar Calcutta, Ahmedabad, India

Date and Time : November 29, 2008 6:00 PM onwards (6:00 PM sharp)

Hope to see all of you there.

If you with to attend the meeting, please register your name by sending an email to jacob.reliancesp[at]gmail.com latest by Saturday 12 Noon.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority Author Visit – Ahmedabad SQL Server User Group Meeting – November 2008

It is time again to announce SQL Hour – SQL Server User Group Meeting for November 2008. This time it is going to be one really interesting event. Our User Group is growing and getting more interesting. Lots of new SQL Server enthusiastic have contacted me recently for User Group meeting. It is the time for all the SQL Server developers to meet again for SQL Hour.

User group is place to meet fellow developers like us and learn something new at no cost. User groups are free and there is no fee. I suggest you read my article here where I have explained what is user group and its activity.

This month’s meeting is going to particular interesting because of the variety of topics which are going to be covered in this meeting. One of the most important thing which one should not miss is my short talk about how to become MVP and what are its advantages. There will be no slides to download regarding the topic “How to become MVP?” so I encourage every SQL Server Developer/DBA to attend this meeting. I will also share some of the interesting information and photographs of MVP Open day 2008 held at Goa.

Agenda:
1) Introduction by Pinal Dave
2) Direct from New York – Live Meeting by UG President Jacob Sebastian – SQL Pass Roundup and Other News
3) Technical Session by Pinal Dave – Query Optimizer and Backup Tricks
4) Technical Session by Tejas Shah – What is Service Broker?
5) Information Session by Pinal DaveWhat is MVP? – MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa
6) Question and Answers
7) Ice Cream

SQL Server User Group Meeting – November 2008

Location : 401, TIME SQUARE, CG road, Op Bazar Calcutta, Ahmedabad, India

Date and Time : November 29, 2008 6:00 PM onwards (6:00 PM sharp)

Hope to see all of you there.

If you with to attend the meeting, please register your name by sending an email to jacob.reliancesp[at]gmail.com latest by Saturday 12 Noon.

Click to join Ahmedabad_SQLServer_UserGroup

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Group Photo

MVP Open day 2008 is one of the best event happened so far. I have previously written about this event in detail on this blog.

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Link List
SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 1
SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 2
SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 3

Please read the event about on above articles. Today I have received group photo of this event. I thank you fellow MVP and Expert Allen Bailochan Tuladhar for sending me group photo. Allen is Country Manager of MICROSOFT MDP Nepal and only MVP from Nepal.

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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 3

Yesterday was our last day at South Asia MVP Open Day. For three days continuously we are having great time along with fellow MVP. Every MVP was having great time because the way whole event was planned. We had plenty of time for networking as well lots of interesting sessions were going on.

Most of the MVPs had slept late the day before because everybody was preparing their presentation for community buzz. The day before we had wonderful Open Space sessions at Midnight. The most avaited sessions was Nitin Paranjape – Do’s and Dont’s of being an entrepreneur (Monetizing your expertise). I have requested PPT to Nitin (as we were coming back in the same flight to Mumbai), as soon as I receive the PPT I will share with everybody on this blog.

I visited for long walk by myself on beach. From last two days I was so busy that I hardly had a single min with myself. My phone was showing full battery after end of the second day as it was absolutely not used. I enjoyed long walk on beach. I had discussion about India and Russian economy with one of the Russian visitor on beach. If I had more time, I might have discussed with him for little longer.

I had to get back to attend excellent session of Blogging Workshop by Abhishek Kant. The reason I like this session as it has given all the blogger to share their thoughts with everybody. Whole group listened suggestions carefully and agreed with each other. Abhishek has made some notes about all the suggestions, once I receive the copy of it, I will share with everybody.

Workshop was followed up with community activity, where four team proposed their agenda of promoting MS product. Winner team promoted IE8 and won MP4 players. It was great team building activity and extremely hilarious as well. We all end up discussing and laughing at presentation. Hats off to everybody who took part in this team activity.

Abhishek thanked all the MVPs for their tremendous response to the event. Closing notes were presented by Howard Lo. All MPVs ended event with three cheers to MS team.

Overall, South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 was very successful event. What I have covered in my three days notes is actually very small percentage of what actually was happening at event. There were parallel technical sessions and lots of discussion among technology experts. I will write more about different sessions and other technical discussion in next few days. I am also waiting for few PPTs and demos to share with all of you. There were few sessions which shared information which I can not disclose here as we are under NDA. Only thing I will say that Microsoft is coming out with lots of exciting features and products.

Pinal at Sea Shore
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Abhishek on Blog Workshop
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Allen from Nepal and Pinal
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Pinal discussing Blog Buzz
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MVP Group Photo
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Howard Lo – Closing Notes
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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 2

At MVP Open Day we were promised that we will have 8 to 8 action packed day but we all observed much longer hours where we all MVP’s were busy with activity. I will say instead of 8 AM to 8 PM we actually had fun from 8 AM to 2 AM (next day).

Day 2 at MVP Open day was filled with technical sessions followed by River Cruise and Dance party at Casino. On day 2 we had team photo, as I was part of team photo I could not take this photo myself. I will request Abhishek Kant to send me the team photo of all the MVP who came to MVP OpenDay and post on this blog.

We all MVP were thinking that we will not enjoy the River Cruise but when party started on Cruise we all were so much into it that we wanted to take one more round of the cruise. As we had to get back to Casino Dance Party we all decided to come back to our hotel. Out Hotel Kenilworth Resorts, Goa is indeed good hotel with all the fun stuff available right of there.

Read more about Day 1 at SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 1. One thing which was most important was Community Buzz. We all MVP has to promote campaign plan for one MS product. Our strong team was assigned color green and Windows Server 2008. My team member really worked hard and prepared the documentation. We have presentation to do tomorrow about the same. I am very excited to do the same. We hope to win but if we do not win, it is still lots of fun.

There were lots of other activity we did but one of the most interesting activity was NETWORKING with other MVPs. I want to congratulate Microsoft MVP Leads ( Abhishek Kant and Abhishek Baxi) for arranging the event such a way that there was plenty of opportunity of the networking with everybody. MVPs mingled and learned about each other. Let us see some of the snaps which I took at event.

Again, I am waiting for group photo to receive from any member who took it.

At hotel large Chess ground
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All MVP Same T-Shirt
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Santa Monica of Goat
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R.E.D.
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Casino Night
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Pool – where is the cue?
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MVP background
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All MVPs
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At Cruise Night
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At Cruise Night – happy MVPs

At R.E.D.
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My Beach Clothes!
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MVP Background

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Day 1

It is great fun! Perfect Event and Great start.

Yesterday I wrote about agenda of South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 which is at Hotel Kenilworth Resorts, Goa. November 15 – Day 1 of Open Day started with plain journey and ended with Goan Team Party at beach with fellow MVP.

I have more than hundreds of the photos of this event. I will share few of the them with you.

First of all let me thank three four people, without their support this event might have not possible.

Howard Lo – Microsoft, Singapore – Regional Manager, Asia Pacific and Greater China
Abhishek Kant – Microsoft, India – MVP Lead
Abhishek Baxi – Microsoft, India – MVP Program Specialist
Tanuj Vohra – Microsoft, India – Partner Director, Visual Studio Test Business

I met all of them personally and had wonderful connection with them. I want to personally thank all of them for their extra ordinary support for this excellent event to happen. Haward were in the same plane from Mumbai to Goa and we had some good discussion about open day when we were together going to hotel.

Hotel Kenilworth Resort is amazingly beautiful hotel and it is very hard to describe in words. I will share few of the photos here to give you some idea about the place. Very clear goan beach is just adjoining to this hotel.

After quick introduction to program we had demo of Windows 7 and goan theme party at beach, followed by open space presentation. Open space presentation were presentation by fellow MVP for other MVPs and they started at midnight 12. You can image how action packed days we all MVP had at Open Day 2008.

Following image I found on Mumbai Airport.
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MVP Open Day Logo
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My room at hotel
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My room at hotel
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Hotel Kenilworth Resort
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Pinal at event

Hotel Kenilworth Resort

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Abhishek Kant Presenting
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Howard Lo Presenting
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Pradeep Presenting
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Tanuj Vohra Presenting
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Abhishek Baxi Presenting
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Goan Night Theme
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Pinal, Suprotim, Rahul, Abhishek K
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Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa – Link List

Today is very exciting day as I will start my trip to South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa. Yesterday I wrote about my visit. I will be attending South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 on November 15 – 17, 2008 at Hotel Kenilworth Resorts, Goa. Those who have asked how can they meet me in Goa is that you will have to send me email and I will respond to them.

At this moment I have reached goa and writing using my new USB Data Card internet.

I will post more photos and event details as I receive them. Following is proposed agenda of this event. I am publishing this agenda with verbal approval of MVP Team Lead Abhishek.

Nov 15, Saturday
16:30 – 17:00: Welcome Note, Howard Lo*
17:00 – 18:00: MVP Lead Briefing, Abhishek Kant*
18:00 – 19:00: Windows 7 Demo – PDC Build, Pradeep Parappil
19:00 – 20:00: Team Activity – Community Buzz
20:00 – PARTY with Goan Theme
00:00 – After Hours Open Space

Nov 16, Sunday
9:00 – 9:30: MVPs WorldWide, Nestor Portillo*
9:30 – 11:00: [Main Conference Room] Rosario: What’s Coming?, Ashwini Gupta & Tanuj Vohra
9:30 – 11:00: [BreakAway Room] IW & Client Community Plans & Participation, Pradeep Parappil
11:00 – 11:15: TEAM PHOTOS
11:15 – 11:30: BREAK
11:30 – 12:30: [Main Conference Room] Microsoft’s Community Plan for the fiscal, Deepak Rajendran*
12:30 – 13:30: [Main Conference Room] DPE Audience Marketing Rhythms, Deepak Rajendran*
12:30 – 13:30: [BreakAway Room] Immersion into Groove Technologies, Ashok Hingorani
13:30 – 14:30: LUNCH
14:30 – 15:30: [Main Conference Room] Feedback from Quarter 1 & 2 & Plan for Quarter 3 & 4– Mitigation plan
14:30 – 15:30: [BreakAway Room] Blogging Brainstorming
15:30 – 16:30: Team Activity – Community Buzz
16:30 – 17:00: BREAK
17:00 – 20:00: River Cruise
20:00 – PARTY – Casino, Kenilworth
00:00 – After Hours Open Space

Nov 17, Monday
9:00 – 10:00: Blogging Workshop
10:00 – 11:00: Team Presentations
11:00 – 11:30: BREAK
11:30 – 13:00: Open Session with MVP Program Team, Abhishek Kant, Abhishek Baxi and Howard Lo
13:00 – 13:30: Closing Note, Howard Lo
13:30: LUNCH

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://www.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Author Visit – South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 – Goa

I will be attending South Asia MVP Open Day 2008 on November 15 – 17, 2008 at Hotel Kenilworth Resorts, Goa. I am very excited as this will be my first Open Day event after being MVP. Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

There will be lots of events at South Asia MVP Open Day and lots of opportunity to meet smartest experts of Microsoft Technology. I will be writing article about how event is going everyday from Goa. If you are in Goa and want to meet me and few of the other Industry Leaders please send me email and we can meet at Hotel Kenilworth Resort after the event. Hotel Kenilworth Resort is known for its guest services and wonderful environment. You can look at some of the photos of Hotel here.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://www.SQLAuthority.com)