During SQL Saturday I was able to attend a few sessions before doing my own and I really enjoyed them. First I attended Fun with Reporting Services. This session was a lot of fun. Stacia made a scrabble type game in SSRS and it was truly interactive and required two players. It was amazing to me that you could do that since I can barely get a standard report with a table in it to run the way I want. This is good stuff and if you missed it in Phoenix you should try to catch it at another event if they do it again.
Then I was off to Begin Commit is not enough. This one is about the basics of transactions in SQL Server. Sounds easy enough and I thought I knew this stuff pretty well but boy was I wrong. This session was great and it really made you feel like on idiot but in a good and fun way. Again you should check this one out if you have not.
The last session before lunch was Become Bilingual! Oracle for the SQL Server DBA. This session was good for me since I work in both worlds and I am more of a SQL Server guy. This session talked about the terminology that both environments use but mean different things. This was a good class in helping you, as a SQL or Oracle DBA, communicate with your SQL Server or Oracle counterpart. Randy is a great speaker and I recommend this session to anyone that touches Oracle at all.
After Lunch I attended one more session and then I took the next hour off to get ready for my own. The last one was Best Practices for Monitoring Databases on VMWare. This session was done by a vendor, Confio, whom I really do like (full discloser). But this session was not just a spill for the Ignite product. I was pleasantly surprised by this. A lot of times vendors just take a full hour and harp on why you should use a certain product over another and this was not the case here. Kathy did a great job of explaining how you can do this monitoring without purchasing anything extra then what you get out of the box with ESX and SQL and Windows. Of course she did mention the product but mention really is the right word. I thought it was a great session and a breath of fresh air coming from a vendor.
Then I did my own session and I think it went well. So if you did not make it that is my recap of what I did at a great event. Thanks again to all involved including all the great speakers that I saw and that I did not.