Redmond SQL Server User Group


As the local community of SQL Server and data professionals has grown over the years, we are change the name of our user group from the Pacific Northwest SQL Server User Group (PNWSQL) to the Redmond PASS User Group.  This will help differentiate from the new/rebooting Seattle SQL Server User Group as well as our friends in Tacoma, Olympia, Bellingham, Spokane, Boise, Portland, Eugene, Anchorage, Vancouver, and Victoria.

The Redmond PASS User Group is one of the original SQL Server User Groups, meeting monthly on the Microsoft Redmond campus since the early 1990's.  We typically meet every second Wednesday of the month on the Microsoft Redmond Campus in Building 35/Kalaloch.  We use Meetup for registrations to get a good count for the beers and occasionally the location will change to another Microsoft building so please double check each meeting location.

Standard agenda

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM    Networking with beverages and snacks
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM    User Group updates
6:10 PM - 6:15 PM    Job openings and Job Seekers announced
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM    Featured presentation
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM    Q&A and continued networking

Directions: From I-5 or I-405, go east on SR-520 toward Redmond, take the 40th Street exit, turn right at the end of the ramp, continue straight through the first traffic light at 156th AVE NE, take the next right, and then first left.  Park in the lot on your right, when facing east, the meeting is the building to your left. Please consult this campus map for more information. Contact the Redmond PASS User Group Leader if you have questions.
For October 2019 the building is number 35

Let us know you are coming in Meetup:       Redmond PASS User Group Meeting     

Did You Know?

August 6th, 2008 was the day that SQL Server 2008 ("Katmai") was released.
July 9th, 2019 was the last day that Microsoft will support it. That means no more updates and no more support calls.
For further information you can enquire with Microsoft Support - there are planned paths that you can take to ease your transition to a more recent version.


Next Meeting

9 OCTOBER 2019 PASS Redmond User Group Meeting

Food and Beers are back!! Rubrik will be bringing food and beers for October's meeting. Please let us know you are coming in Meetup:       Redmond PASS User Group Meeting      

We shall be continuing to get to know each other and what we do with SQL Server and the world around it, so we can become a community able to help each other.

Title: SQL Server’s Path Toward an Intelligent Database

SQL Server 2019 introduces ground-breaking query performance enhancements under the Intelligent Query Processing family.These make up the latest on Microsoft’s mission to make critical parallel workloads improve when running at scale, while remaining adaptive to the constantly changing world of data! Come join us in the intelligent database world that started with SQL Server 2017 and takes a leap forward with the upcoming SQL Server 2019.

Speaker: Pedro Lopes - Senior Program Manager - Microsoft

Pedro Lopes is a Program Manager in the Database Systems Group, based in Redmond, WA, USA. He is currently responsible for Program Management of database engine features for SQL Server and Azure SQL, with special focus on the Relational Engine (Query Processor, Programmability, Performance). He is a regular speaker at numerous conferences and user groups events, blogs about all things SQL at, authored the book “Learn T-SQL Querying” (, and authored several tools in the TigerToolbox on GitHub: AdaptiveIndexDefrag (, the BPCheck script for SQL Best Practices and Performance checks (, or usp_WhatsUp to get an instant view of performance affecting issues in your workload (

Our Sponsor for October's meeting:

Rubrik - A modern data management platform that unifies backup, instant recovery, replication, search, analytics, archival, compliance, and copy data management in one secure fabric across data center and public cloud. (

Join us on October 9th in Microsoft Building 35. Look for the SQL User Group sign outside the building.   

From our September meeting, we'd like to thank DeNisha Malone, our co-leader, for organizing and moderating,
and all these wonderful women - and all those in the audience - for making it such a great evening!
- Mary Muchina - Business Insight Consultant at Microsoft
- Jennifer Sunshine Steffens - CEO at IOActive, Inc
- Colleen Keogh - Technical Support Specialist at Lumedx, Inc
- Meg Appelton - Software Automation Engineer at Wimmer Solutions
- Julie Koesmarno - Principal Program Manager for Azure Data at Microsoft

We look forward to seeing you again in October  - bring a friend, or three ! 


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