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Being Proactive: Patching and Testing Strategies for SQL Server Deployments
Every customer has a different deployment strategy: some deploy all changes as soon as they are released, others wait years. Being on the bleeding edge can potentially be risky, but so can doing nothing. This session will discuss how to increase your availability and reliability of your SQL Server deployments (as well as future upgrades) by proactively testing and having a solid patch management strategy. You will learn how to incorporate Microsoft's lifecycle to be part of your overall deployment story. This session will also cover patch management for SQL Server 2008 failover clusters, which can get complex with more nodes and more instances.

Speaker Bio: Allan Hirt is a Clustering MVP who has been using Microsoft SQL Server in various guises since 1992 since interning at Sybase in college. Except for the OS/2 version of SQL Server, Allan has worked with all versions on Windows since 4.21a. He has also worked with other RDBMS systems over the years including Oracle, Sybase, and Informix, and can relate to non-SQL Server DBAs and those who are not familiar with Windows. He is currently based in the Boston, MA area and for the past ten years has traveled all over the world to work with clients as well as deliver training. Before forming Megahirtz in 2007, he most recently worked for both Microsoft and Avanade. Over the years, he has authored or contributed to publications about SQL Server for Microsoft, SQL Server Magazine, and others including whitepapers, webcasts, training courses, and books. He is a frequent speaker at conferences like Tech·Ed and SQL PASS. His most recent book, "Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering," was published by Apress in July, 2009, and Allan's most recent whitepaper on consolidation was published by Microsoft in October, 2009. His blog and contact information can be found at http://www.sqlha.com.

Session Goal #1: Understand how to deal with updating a SQL Server 2008 failover cluster implementation with multiple nodes and instances.

Session Goal #2: Understand how the Microsoft support lifecycle affects long term viability of their SQL Server deployments.

Session Goal #3: Understand that updates are a necessary part of everyday administration.

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Allan Hirt is a Clustering MVP who has been using Microsoft SQL Server in various guises since 1992 since interning at Sybase in college. Except for the OS/2 version of SQL Server, Allan has worked with all versions on Windows since 4.21a. He has also worked with other RDBMS systems over the years including Oracle, Sybase, and Informix, and can relate to non-SQL Server DBAs and those who are not familiar with Windows. He is currently based in the Boston, MA area and for the past ten years has traveled all over the world to work with clients as well as deliver training. Before forming Megahirtz in 2007, he most recently worked for both Microsoft and Avanade. Over the years, he has authored or contributed to publications about SQL Server for Microsoft, SQL Server Magazine, and others including whitepapers, webcasts, training courses, and books. He is a frequent speaker at conferences like Tech·Ed and SQL PASS. His most recent book, "Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering," was published by Apress in July, 2009, and Allan's most recent whitepaper on consolidation was published by Microsoft in October, 2009. His blog and contact information can be found at http://www.sqlha.com.
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