OK, so by now you’ve seen that SQL103 is finished! It’s been great building out another class.  I’ll be presenting an hour session covering this same material at SQL Saturday #87, in Louisville, KY.  If you’d like to learn about Database Design in an interactive session, this is the one for you!  I’ll add this session to the list of sessions I submit to upcoming SQL Saturdays too.  You never know when more people might want to learn about Design.

In other news, I put off getting my MCITP in Database Administration for the summer.  The thing is, summer’s over…so time to get back on that.  Starting this week, I’m resuming my studies for the 70-450, Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.  On the blog you’ll see me putting up scenarios you’ll have to face on the exam.  These aren’t exam questions, they’re business problems I’ve faced (or at least very similar to problems I’ve faced), that required skills that are tested on this exam.  I’ll dig in to what technology solves the problem, as well as how I apply that technology.  Since there aren’t really any guides to studying for the 450, I’m hoping that my posts might help others study and prepare for their exam!

I’m also working behind the scenes for the Charlotte and Charleston, SC SQL Server Users Groups.  I’m trying to help with communications…updating the website, tweeting about meetings and topics, and just generally helping them grow.  If you’re a member of either group, and you want to get more involved with the group, let me know!  I can help you get started contributing to the community.

Well, Looks like I’m off to study!

By Shannon Lowder

Shannon Lowder is the Database Engineer you've been looking for! Look no further for expertise in: Business Analysis to gather the business requirements for the database; Database Architecting to design the logical design of the database; Database Development to actually build the objects needed by the business logic; finally, Database Administration to keep the database running in top form, and making sure there is a disaster recovery plan.

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