First the let’s talk about the great Microsoft breakout sessions at this year’s PASS Summit conference!  Some of the highlights from the 60+ Microsoft sessions include Liam Cavanagh (3 sessions on the upcoming SQL Azure Database solution), Buck Woody (2 sessions on Manageability, and 1 session on Performance Tuning), and Albert Chew (2 sessions on BI, including the upcoming Gemini self-service BI Excel plug-in).

In addition to the great sessions, checkout the new & improved SQL Server First-Aid Clinic!  This year’s Clinic boasts *both* the Microsoft Customer Service & Support team (CSS) but also the Microsoft SQL Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT).  CSS will help you troubleshoot your database issues, and SQLCAT will answer your data-tier app design/database architecture questions.  No question is too big or small…enjoy this *free consulting service* from Microsoft!!

And now let’s talk about more free stuff: As if 168 technical sessions and free consulting services wasn’t enough, each attendee will receive a FREE COPY of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition!! (Attendees must redeem a coupon at the Microsoft Product Pavilion in order to receive the free software; software is not for resale)