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Central Management Server Question and TechDays #YEG Discussion

Gooooooooooooooood Morning everyone

I just wanted to hop on quick and confirm an answer to a question I had after my session @ TechDays here in Edmonton.

Q: Can an express edition of SQL Server 2008 be used as a Central Management Server

A: Yes… wait a sec… I think so…. yes… Check my blog tomorrow and I’ll confirm 100%

I hate giving answers and then second guessing myself.Β  I’ve been lucky enough to always have a “Utility Instance” available to me to use as my Central Management Server that I never had to worry about it.

Yes Regis that IS my final answer… You CAN use a SQL Server 2008 Express Edition as your Central Management Server πŸ™‚

So now the question is…. if you’re NOT using a Central Management Server and you CAN use a SQL Server 2008 Express (FREE) Edition… why aren’t you?Β 

Moving on…

I had the honor of being asked to do a session for Microsoft TechDays here in Edmonton.Β  This was a fantastic experience for me as it was the first time I presented a session to over 100 people and was mic’ed up.Β  I know doing a session with or without a microphone shouldn’t make a difference but it was just something else to add to the equation (not to mention working from 2 laptops (demo box and PPT box) and having to use one of those clicker thingy to go from slide to slide πŸ˜‰ I’m sure that’s the technical name for it)

I had a great time and saw many EDMPASS members there as well and even saw the former SQL PASS Community Queen Blythe Morrow (she was volunteering and showing off the Microsoft Kinect games… very cool BTW)

This was the first year Microsoft TechDays came to Edmonton and from the looks of things I can’t see why they wouldn’t want to come back every year as the attendance level rocked and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback so far.

Microsoft TechDays 2010


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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by DamirB, Colin Stasiuk. Colin Stasiuk said: New Blog Post: CMS and TechDays in Edmonton #YEG #SQLPASS #TechDays_CA […]

  2. Shaun says:

    Congrats on the presentation. Sorry I wasn’t able to make it, however SQL isn’t really one of my favorite topics πŸ™‚ I’m sure you rocked it though.

    P.S. the shirt looks great, brings out the color in your eyes πŸ™‚

  3. zerodtkjoe says:

    Thanks for the info

  4. badmash says:

    I just signed up to your blogs rss feed. Will you post more on this subject?

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