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As a part of the national PASS organization, the Minnesota SQL Server User Group (PASSMN) serves the Minnesota SQL Server community. PASSMN is a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas to better understand, develop, implement and support existing and future SQL Server technologies. Our technical sessions provide a professional, fun and educational environment for all levels of expertise and areas of interest. 

If you're interested in becoming part of PASSMN, please take a moment to register
. By registering with the site, you'll be notified about upcoming events along with any changes to the standard schedule. You will also have access to all of the features and benefits of being a member of the strongest SQL Server user community in Minnesota. 

We are committed to providing the best SQL Server content in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. If you have any suggestions for the group, or if you are interested in presenting, 
please contact us! We value all feedback and will continue to strive to meet the highest standards.

February 2015 PASSMN Meeting and Newsletter - Monday, February 9, 2015


February 2015 PASSMN Meeting & Newsletter

Sponsored by Pragmatic Works

3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437 
February 17, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP

Ola Hallengren Scripts

Abstract: The Ola Hallengren scripts cover backups, index and stats maintenance, and checkdb. This will also include an explanation of how Tony has integrated the suite into the maintenance routines at multiple sites, plus the use cases for when the suite is (and maybe isn't) a good fit. And it fits into any budget: it's free!

About Tony Malarz: Tony is a SQL Server DBA with 19 years experience in data management and development, dev group management, infrastructure, ERP, and compliance. He has kept the data flowing in industries ranging from collectibles to biofuels, groceries to HVAC.

Creating Actionable Intelligence with Power Query

Abstract: Learn how to make BI really work for you with Power Query in Excel. In this session, you'll see how to make business intelligence truly actionable for your end users by mashing data together that might seem unrelated at first. You'll find out how to use the Power Query platform to take data from tables in websites and mash it with data in proper relational databases. Then, see how to present the data to end users with Power BI.

About Brian Knight: SQL Server MVP, MCITP, is the co-founder of,, and was on the Principal Board of Directors of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). Brian is a contributing columnist for many industry magazines and sites. He has co-authored and authored more than 15 technology books. Brian has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections and TechEd and many Code Camps.

Questions for Presenters

If you have any questions you would like our presenter to answer in the meeting, feel free to submit them ahead of time to or to any of the board members before the meeting. All questions will be kept anonymous.

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January 2015 PASSMN Meeting and Newsletter - Wednesday, January 14, 2015


January 2015 PASSMN Meeting & Newsletter

Sponsored by Kroll Ontrack

3601 West 76th Street, Suite 600 Edina, MN 55437 
January 20, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:10 PM

Please click here for meeting details and to RSVP

PASSMN 2015 Board Introductions

Please welcome our 2015 Board of Directors: Rick Krueger, Chair; Dave Valentine, Director of Program Development; Paul Timmerman, Director of Membership / Treasurer; James Dorame, Director of Corporate Development; Riley Major, Director of Technology; and Jennifer McConnell, Director of SQL Saturday.

BIDS Helper

About Dave Valentine: Dave is a Development DBA with over 10 years of experience with SQL Server and development technologies, specializing in Business Intelligence and ingenious solutions. Dave has also been an Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan State University for the past 10 years educating students in Database Management and Application Development.

Dave started giving back to the SQL community a few years ago by presenting at Local PASS Chapters, SQL Saturday Events, and blogging at

What Are Your Servers Doing While You're Sleeping?

Abstract: You’re the DBA, the guy in charge, the guy who gets pounced on first thing in the morning with complaints of “my report took FOREVER to run last night, why?”, or “customers are saying the web site was really slow at 3:00am this morning, why?”. You’re expected to be able to answer questions like that. Can you? Do you know what your servers are doing when you’re not looking? By the end of this presentation, you'll be able to answer those questions. You'll come away with scripts to collect information on what your servers are doing, what they're waiting on, as well as scripts to help analyze that collected information.

About Tracy McKibben: Tracy is currently a Principal Data Architect with Pearson VUE, crossing over to the development dark side after two decades as a production DBA. He blogs frequently, has spoken at several SQL Saturday events, and is active on social media. When not working with SQL Server, he might be found working on his model railroad, honing his photography skills, running, playing pickleball, or deeply immersed in some sort of home improvement project.

Kroll Ontrack

Sponsored Session: Quick demo of Ontrack® PowerControls™ for SQL Server, 2015 Roadmap, and Request for future PASSMN involvement

Questions for Presenters 

If you have any questions you would like our presenter to answer in the meeting, feel free to submit them ahead of time to or to any of the board members before the meeting. All questions will be kept anonymous.

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