Today is Pre-Conference day, there was couple good sessions slated for today but for the most part the halls are pretty quiet here. Few of the speakers have checked in and the staff is busy getting things set up. I did have the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of the other speakers Jeremy Lowell. He was telling me about his presentations and I was talking about mine coming up as well. We did have a chance to talk about a couple things that we thought were really cool.
The first was a short little walk around SQL Sentry’s Performance Advisor. Jeremy who was not a huge fan of third party tools did not see all the benefits that you could get from using a tool like Performance Advisor. I walked him around the tool and showed him how I could look at the history and if I saw a performance problem I could set the mark and flip over to see the SQL Statements that were running at that time. We talked a lot about how you can get some information from the DMV’s that are supplied by SQL Server, nut the ability to actually track that back to a Query with very little effort is not there.
We also talked about the usefulness of Database mirroring. As much as both of us wanted to see this technology take off and reach its max potential we could come up with very few requirements that Database mirroring would fulfill.
Tonight we are going to head over to the RIO with the Las Vegas SQL Server User Group President (Charley Jones). From what Charley tells me there are a few of the new Surface Tables that are there. I guess there is an application that will allow you to take photos and send them to e-mail accounts. I am going to give it a shot, if the pic turns out all right I will post it up here later tonight.