Category: DBA Life

I’m in the midst of transferring over to my travel laptop to run all my VMs on and retiring my previous ASUS work laptop to my youngest son.  I was surprised to find out that not ALL laptops are set up to run virtual environments these days.

1.  Virtualization may not be enabled in the BIOS, (i.e. On-Boot UEFI in the Lenovo Yoga 11s.)


Once this is enabled, save the configuration and reboot, allowing you to now run a VM on your laptop.

If you are importing appliances, make sure you have set the location to import the disks to the appropriate location, especially if you are using an external disk to house your VMs.

Before you click, “Import”, look at the very bottom where the location of the virtual disk will reside and verify that is where you want them to live.  The default is commonly the data location for the PC user on Windows or the /home/user for Linux users.



Now onto the VM

2.  All VM images are not the same.  If you are using an image file or have created the image from scratch, be prepared to do some preparation to get the image ready before you can successfully install Oracle on it and/or any other product such as Enterprise Manager, etc.

The nicest part is that Oracle will let you know what is wrong in its prereq checks during the installation of Oracle.  It’s going to let you know if your OS and virtual host has what it takes to support the installation-



Most of these are pretty straight forward for anyone who’s installed Oracle for awhile, maybe not for those that are newer to the product.

1.  Most VM images have a small /tmp and/or it can be filled quickly by installation.

  • clear out files from /tmp after each installation or in this case, failed install.
  • create a soft link to point to a second temp directory that has more space and make it the default temporary directory.

2.  Increase is the swapfile space.  This can be created in a location you have space to reserve and read/write swap to.  On  our VM, we’re kind of limited at the moment, so we’re just going to create a swapfile off of /u01 and give it 2GB of space:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/u01/swapfile bs=1024 count=2097152
mkswap /u01/swapfile
swapon /u01/swapfile
swapon -a

3.  Hard limit/soft limit-  These can be fixed by the following inside your VM, most of the steps must be performed as ROOT, but verify if it’s looking for ROOT to perform or a check as the OS user-

Next, we’re alerted that the max open file descriptors is an issue, so let’s look at those for the system, the user and then increase them:

cat /proc/sys/fs/file-max
Do as the user!!
ulimit -Hn
ulimit -Sn

We’ve now verified that they are smaller than the requested amount, (in our installation, it requested 65536) so we’ll add this and then verify the change in the file-

sysctl -w fs.file-max=65536
vi /etc/sysctl.conf
We can also simply append to file, (as ROOT):
fs.file-max = 100000

Now save and verify with the following:

sysctl -p

Log out and log back in to set the new values.

Next post we’ll take on all those darn lib files… :)


The ACE Director briefings are done and now we are onto Sunday sessions.  I’ve already had a couple meetings with folks today and wondering why I didn’t wear flats at 2pm in the afternoon, but there are the important necessities that must be taken care of, like when am I speaking this week, so here’s the schedule:

My Oracle Open World Schedule

My Oak Table Schedule

If you want to meet up to chat, best to hit me up on Twitter @DBAKevlar and loving Oracle Open World 2013 already!

KSCOPE 2013 Review

I returned home last night after a week in the great city of New Orleans for ODTUG’s KSCOPE 2013.  We arrived last Thursday, Tim is a director on the board, so were picked up from the airport in grand fashion and were delivered to our lovely suite at the hotel-  ODTUG making sure we were all well cared for.

This is one of three conferences that Enkitec has a booth at.  I am very fortunate to work for a supportive company that includes RMOUG in that list, but know that KSCOPE, a very developer oriented conference is one of those to support our great APEX team.  Doug Gault, Scott Spendolini, Jorge Rimblas and all the other fantastic guys at Enkitec spend a great amount of time speaking to everyone at the booth and in sessions/panels/deep dives-  it’s pretty intense for me as a DBA to see how development centric this conference is.

I had stumbled upon it two years ago through Chet Justice, who was then in charge of the database track and asked me if I’d be on the abstract committee.  I enjoyed it so much, that he put had me in charge of the database track this year, not realizing that I would be doing a bit of standard advertising that comes with me whenever I attend anything.  I was quick to announce when abstracts were open for the event and we found, although I only had 17 DBA track slots open, I was faced with 120 some DBA submission abstracts to choose from.  Thanks to the wonderful Patrick Barel, we were able to come up with almost double the slots to make KSCOPE more content packed for the DBA attending, (along with interesting topics for the developers who came to see us, as well!)

In the meantime, I had hosted the RMOUG WIT, (Women in Technology) panel in February and it had been so successful, monthly meetings and quarterly meetups had commenced.  I had talked to Team YCC and Monty about maybe hosting something at KSCOPE over dinner one time and was thrilled when they approached me later on and asked me if I would consider it and offered me a great line up in a panel, which included EPM folks Natalie Delemar and Tracy McMullen, two fantastic women I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet before.  ODTUG quickly recognized Maria Colgan and Gwen Shapira as two others they felt would be great panelists and then allowed me to recommend a male participant to the panel.  My first choice was Dominic Delmolino, as he had so much to offer at our RMOUG WIT panel in February, but due to a schedule conflict, I was lucky enough to have Tim Gorman assist us with the panel this conference.

As the conference date approached, we were informed that Gwen Shapira, due to a transition, would need to drop out from the conference and we had another slot open.  I had presented on the topic, “The Imposter Syndrome” and was really impressed with how it had not only hit home for the women at the RMOUG Quarterly Education Workshop, but had also driven many men to contribute to the session.  It had been such a lively, impressive response, I asked if I could add this at KSCOPE.  ODTUG was gracious enough to allow me this opportunity, so along with my tech sessions/panel, I now had a panel that was assigned to me and a WIT session to serve the women at the conference.

As the Imposter Session wasn’t highly known in the schedule, I had a small audience, which I was thankful for.  I won’t lie-  the message was powerful and yes, even one of the men in the audience was left in tears.  The idea that we, women, as caregivers, often leads us to holding back on our careers/goals/dreams until we feel that our children/husbands/lives are at a point that we then “allow” ourselves to re-assert our desires to the forefront of our lives again.  There is nothing wrong with this, but it is something we need to clearly recognize as a nature and nurture trait so many of us possess that will continue to hold us back from the higher epsilons of management and stardom of our chosen career fields.  The huge impact of this session, was what I referred to as the “Kristi slide”, which refers to a picture of my sister Kristi, who died from cancer this last month.  I discuss my conversations I had with her six months ago about where she wanted to take her life/career and how it was cut short, then, I pose a challenge-

“Find your passion and then use it to find your path.  Set that path ablaze, so fricken’ bright-  that people don’t just come to see the flames, but that they want to follow in your footsteps before they cool.”

As there were many breaks in this part of the session for me to tell everyone through tears, “OK, everybody-  cleansing breath!”  before I would proceed again, I wasn’t sure how well it went over.  I found out after the session as women approached me, emailed me and even came up to me on the street to tell me what it meant or that they had shared it with their friend they were introducing me to.  We as women are often not aware how much we put aside thinking we are doing what is best for everyone when we really short-change everyone in the world by sacrificing all that we could be offering it in our own potential.

I then received an email from one of the male participants telling me it was his favorite talk of the entire week and that meant so much to me.

My technical sessions were a mixed bag for me.  I went to do an updated version of my ASH/AWR performance data session and found myself completely “unhinged” by some missing AWR slides in the beginning of it.  I never did feel like I was able to right myself afterwards and was terribly disappointed.  My answers to questions were less than up to par and I think, as many speakers are, left surprised when you suddenly find yourself feeling like a “newbie” again… :)

The EMCLI talk went well and as I went over a lot of scripts and data throughout the session, the goal was to give attendees not just examples, but more so a feel for how enormous the potential for EMCLI capabilities are.

I had an incredible time on the Database and Developer Toolbox Panel with Steven Feuerstein, Cary Millsap and Tim Gorman.  As 12c had been announced earlier in the day, Steven’s response to the amount of PDB questions to the panel almost became an inside joke.  I know I was unprepared, considering the audience and panelists, we would be posed SQL optimization questions, here we were facing all 12c DBA questions, which often pointed towards me.  I answered as many as I could, but knew I’d had limited access to the 12c product at that point and appreciated Bobby Curtis, (the guy I recommended for ODTUG’s 12c beta since I was unavailable at the time… :)) and Tom Kyte’s valuable assistance.

This event also offered us many opportunities to network-  We had the great fortune of having dinner with Doc Hendley, of Wine to Water, who was the keynote speaker this year.  His story is incredibly inspirational and I know how much everyone appreciated his and his wife’s time with us that evening.

I also appreciate Jeff Erickson from Oracle magazine for taking me aside and first, interviewing me for ODTUG, then asking to interview me for Oracle Magazine.  I await my contact now from the photographer for my formal headshot, (how cool is that?? :))

The amount of time with your conference friends, is always great!  I got to spend time with my bud, Bobby Curtis, got to hang out with Leighton Nelson, Jeff Smith, Chet Justice, Galo Balda, Maria Colgan, The Kings, (John and Peggy), Danny Bryant, Amy Caldwell, (you go, girl!) TeamYCC, (Lauren, Crystal, Lori, Kathleen…) and so many, so many others…

If given the opportunity, I could go on for hours, so I will close this one for now and tell you to keep an eye out for RMOUG and KSCOPE 2014 planning/abstracts, etc. as it all starts over soon and I can tell you, there is already some incredible stuff in the works for next year!!


As many of you know, the WIT Session at RMOUG and subsequent planning for a WIT program has been very successful.  I just received my evaluations, as this was offered just like any technical session.  There was a wonderfully, honest comment that I hope the author will not mind me sharing anonymously and I hope my response will help her in return.

“to be honest, if I could [do] it all over again, I wouldn’t be a DBA. I have a degree in CIS, computers were the in thing when I was in college. I chose CIS for the money to support myself & my child. It was something new & exciting. Now it is stressful and being on call isn’t fun. If I could do it over again I would have done something in the medical field like my sister who is a doctor. A lot of my colleagues say the same thing about not doing IT field as well if they had to do it again. Honestly, I believe that is why you aren’t seeing young girls & boys getting into the field because they see what their parents do and how stressed they are, etc. in the IT world.”

I found this comment both sad, honest and interesting. Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, who just wrote a fantastic book, “Lean In”  discusses women in the workforce, not just IT and one of the things she says is crucial is a solid support system for any woman, especially if she has a family. This includes her family, her company and her manager.

I also have a couple friends in different areas of the medical field, I find that their schedules can be as stressful as the worst IT one, especially nursing.  I wondered if her sibling’s job choice in companies vs. the attendees was more the reason behind satisfaction than the career.  In my experience and from what I’ve seen, a good company is worth twice the actual career choice.

I admit that I entered the DBA field because of the flexibility it offered me.  I first became a DBA when my middle of three children was just an infant. The kid’s father was raised in a household with a stay at home Mom.  I think its challenging for a father that lived with a Mom who’s job was to take care of the family, to then have a wife with split responsibilities and higher demands than what he may have experienced his father having.  Some men acclimate to the change fine, others do not and my ex-husband did have difficulty with this.  With a career in IT, I could take time off from the office and take the kids to doctor appointments or go to parent/teacher conferences.  I could work from home if one of the kids were sick that day.  The good pay and ability to telecommute for after-hours tasks worked well with my lifestyle and my children were comfortable with Mom being present, with a laptop as her constant companion.

As I mentioned that the kid’s father is my ex-husband, yes, I was a single parent for many of those years.  I have a good parenting relationship with my ex, so no doubt that really does help, but he has to admit that I’m the one that goes and gets them from school, the one that stays home when they are sick and the one that addresses all work hour requirements.  I would have found it difficult to locate another career such as database administration that offered me this type of flexible schedule, as well as the ability to telecommute full time, which I’ve now done for two of my positions.

In the last year, I’ve begun to travel to present at conferences, where before 2012, I only presented locally.  I now am presenting at about 4-6 remote conferences which requires me to travel and my ex-husband and his new wife care for the kids during that time.  The kids are now 12, 15 and 18 yrs old, so the care is minimal and they don’t complain too much about having their schedules interrupted for a couple days.  Outside of the few days I travel once every two months, I work from home.  I’m here every day when my kids get home and I’m able to pick them up from school or take them to appointments.  Pretty much whatever they need me for, I’m here.  I have two office areas in the home and even if I’m not home, I’m incredibly accessible via cell, email and chat.

Although I understand where the attendee to the session is coming from, I’m going to focus on where I think the real problem lies-  I’ve seen IT environments where they work people 12 hrs a day and require them onsite, refuse to comp time, etc.  This is a work culture issue and not a database administration career issue.  We see it in not just IT jobs, but in so many others as well.  IT often derives from poor management and poor work culture.

I would say to this wonderful woman, “Please, do not give up on this career!  Search out companies that support their staff’s lives, realizing the difference running a company hard and running a company smart!”

I’ve worked in these environments.  Interviewed where it sounded very wonderful and no hint of what was in store, but once you are in the doors, you are thinking, “My God, what have I gotten myself into?”  You are torn as your family has demands of your time and you have a boss that doesn’t understand why the family can’t come second, third or “can’t your Mother-n-law just take care of it?”  Sigh….

I made a pact with myself a while back.

  • Only work for good bosses and for good companies.
  • Work for companies that support you in your own goals and family life, not just for their priorities.  It’s should be a win-win with small compromises that pay forward.
  • Companies that support their employees have more loyal employees and are more likely to succeed.  The employees work for the company because they want to, not because they have to.
  • Realize your worth and work hard for what you want.
  • Don’t listen to those that tell you that you can’t accomplish something or that something will never happen.
  • Surround yourself with positive people and find mentors
  • Yes, there is often oncall/after-hours work with a DBA career.  This is why I recommend any DBA’s first goal is to silence the pager and remove all “white noise”.
  • Any manager/department that is a proponent of ridiculous tasks allocated to after hours work, extended hours where a resource is exhausted and not able to function well and/or “white noise” paging-  START LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB.

I don’t know if this will reach the woman from my WIT session, but for any woman in the industry that feels this way, I hope it helps them find their way to succeed.  I love my job, my company and my career.  I wouldn’t change my path and yes, I’ve experienced many bumps in the road, but to have the persistence to continue on the path that is right for me is the only way to success.

There’s an old Hebrew proverb-  “Fall down seven times, get up eight”

The eighth time rocks.



How many computers are in your home?  After a quick search on the web, I found that the average number of computers in the American home has increased from 2009′s numbers of 75% having 1-2 computers to 86% having two or more for 2012.  I believe portable devices such as smart phones and tablets have kept it down to that amount vs. each individual in the home demanding one each.  I live in a techie family.  Yes, just counting me, I am the proud owner of two laptops, a client laptop, a tablet and a smart phone.  Each of the kids have their own desktops and the older two also have laptops.  We add Tim’s into this mix and we are up to 11 pc’s in this house for five people.  That is not counting the portable devices, keep in mind!

I love my tablet, a seven inch Android Google Nexus that goes with me everywhere.  My Android smartphone never leaves my sight.  It is my life-line to work, can be used as a hotspot if no other is available and a brand new “downgrade” due to my tablet, to a Samsung Galaxy SIII mini, (yes, I said I went to the mini…)  I take my 11.6 inch ASUS Zenbook with me when I present, as the 2.4lb weight, full feature ultrabook makes a huge difference when traveling.  I love the keyboard on my 15 inch ASUS I-7 laptop for day to day work from home.  It is my work pc and it’s what I’m typing on right now.  Windows 7 is on all my pcs and as is, supports my day to day work well.

At no time, have I ever requested my tablet, my smartphone and my computers to have the same operating system.

As a single consumer of computer electronics, I do some pretty good consuming.  I buy at least two pc’s a year, rarely upgrade existing equipment and simply want what is needed to take care of the company I work for, my clients and my family.  My tablet and smartphone history have been content and satsified with Android.  I have no complaints about the products- they quite simply rock, both Samsung and ASUS.  When PC’s first demanded we upgrade to Windows 7, I had some issues.  Missing drivers, incompatibility issues that weren’t cured by changing compatibility modes, etc., but I survived.  Now Windows 8 is upon us.  I’ve worked with it a little bit and it is beyond me who at Microsoft thought this was a great idea.  That the smartphone, tablet and workstation OS must all be the same OS.  Everything is going cloud-  yeah, yeah, I know.  Trust me, I’ve heard, but what I use my laptops for are completely different than what I use my tablet and smartphone for.  I do want them to share files and apps, (that’s what applications and dropbox are for…)  I don’t need them to have the SAME operating system.

It’s not just the interface OS that is the same.  Under the covers, it is ALL attempting to be the same.  For someone like myself, who spends hours at the keyboard, I have no interest in the chicklet style keyboard present on most new laptops for serious typing sessions.  The consistent need for a command line interface and tools that often do not keep up with the “latest” in OS versions, well, this need to force those purchasing a new system to upgrade is ridiculous.  I have no desire to learn Windows 8.  I’m comfortable with Windows 7 and Droid, so what does this mean for me as a consumer?

Yes, my next computer will most likely be a Mac.  I’ve never had anything against Apple, love their products and what they offer, but I have always been a Windows person for my pc’s and a droid person for my second products.  I don’t see me leaving for an IPad or IPhone, but for my computer, I’ve been alienated by an OS that does not suit my professional needs and demands that I once again leave my OS comfort zone to learn a new interface.  I dislike the results of this little OS experiment.  I believe consistent, varied product and interface choices are what motivates technology to continue to improve and mature, but the monopoly methodology of “we control tightly with Mac” had kept me from finding it the right product for me and now I find Microsoft’s “all OS’ must be the same” to be worse than the former.  Apple at least recognizes the unique utilization of different hardware in a person’s daily life.

I’m sure others have already stated their own frustration with the “OS must be the same for all products” line that Microsoft has headed into.  Use the right tool for the job, I say and Windows 8 is not going to cut it for my daily work routine.  I really loved oranges, too.

A couple folks have emailed me, looking for my slides from Oracle Open World.  Both presentations can be viewed here at Enktiec’s website, along with all my great coworker’s presentations, as well.

If you are still looking for my interview with Oracle Technology Network on contributing to the Oracle community and User group involvement, that can be found here.

I’m thoroughly busy right now with KSCOPE database track abstract selection, the RMOUG Training Days planning and abstract selection and finishing up the chapters along with my wonderful co-authors on the EM12c book for Apress.  I’m really proud of this collaboration with Pete Sharman, Alex Gorachev, Gokhan Atil, Niall Litchfield, Anand Akela and Leighton Nelson.  These guys really know their EM12c and are putting their hearts and minds into this great book.  If you are interested, it’s already available via pre-order through Apress. If you are one of my SQL Server folks and are interested, the new Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices Book is out, too!

I’m hoping in another month I can get back to writing blog posts and not just chapters for books, but I am starting an EM CLI book as soon as the EM12c book is over, so cross your fingers!


Yes, still catching up on Blog posts… :)

Monday is the official start of Oracle Open World.  I planned to be onsite at the Enkitec booth from the time the exhibitors hall opened and I was a few minutes early.  I hadn’t received an exhibitors ribbon, (one of the few missing from my extended display from my badge…) and so I waited patiently and chatted with a couple of folks who had attended one of my sessions the day before.
Upon entering the exhibition hall, you realize why vendors flock to this conference in hopes of promoting their company.  The south hall of Moscone was a stampede upon the opening of the doors and I have no doubt the other exhibition areas received the same welcome by attendees at those entrances.
I proceeded to spend a few hours chatting with folks at the booth and scanning their badges for an opportunity to receive one of the books we offered in drawings twice a day.
Igloo a break from time to time and headed over to the Oak Table World event.  This was a great set of specialized talks put on by the wonderful Oak Table folks, sponsored by Delphix, Miracle and others in the great venue of the Children’s Discovery Museum.
I had the opportunity to catch a took on Monday by Tanel Poder and Doug Burns before sitting down and locking in the keynote speaker for RMOUG Training Days 2013.  I had also received a  nod from another to announce the keynote for us, as well.  During all of these days, I also continued to work on another task as the database track coordinator for KSCOPE, serving ODTUG and filling the seats on that committee.  I want to thank those that have signed up to help- Galo Balda, Martin Berger, Randy Johnson, Don Seiler, Kent Graziano and Bobby Curtis.

Tuesday was pretty much a replay-  I went to the booth, spent time with the Oak Table sessions, then attended the Tweet Meet.    It was a good time and I was able to take some time out and interview with the Oracle Social Media Network group.

We ended the evening out with a few friends at the Stinking Rose, a garlic intensive restaurant.  I can honestly say that a good time was had by all and one of the best prime ribs was consumed… :)

How many sessions did I attend so far, outside of the Oak Table ones?  None, there’s just not enough time to meet with all those that want a bit of your time, spend the time needed at the booth and complete tasks on the side.  I have folks asking me for info on 12c database and the only time I’ve spent is investigating EM Express!

Tomorrow is another day-  Wednesday, to be exact…

Its the beginning of Wednesday and I’m finally attending a few sessions, other than my own, which also means that I have solid WiFi, too.  We are staying at the Hilton with most of the other ACE Directors, but residence in tower three around the pool appears to be similar to the third circle of hell when it comes to any type of service no matter if we refer to WiFi or even cellphone service.

My sessions on Sunday were a joy to present.  I was quite nervous about presenting on no surprise deployments, as it was the first time presenting on the subject, but my co-presenter, Rittman-Mead’s Stewart Bryson, was at ease with our subject,let me lead along and jumped in whenever he had additional content to add. This was number 3 of 7 in a session series from ODTUG, which included Cary Millsap, Gwen Shapira, Dan Norris, Tim Gorman and other fantastic specialists, speaking on topic data sourced from Dominic Delmolino.

The second session was my EM12c for IOUG was on Metric Extensions, effective monitoring and performance pages. When I finished all the content that I wanted to cover, including examples, I found I had 51 slides….after trimming down. Lucky for everyone, I kept it high level and I am known for speaking fast. Many approached me afterwards to let me know how much they enjoyed this session, which helped secure that my decision to retain everything in this presentation was the right one. The session was sold out and the questions from the audience were well though out and invested.

Sunday evening was the ACE dinner from OTN. We were treated to a brilliant sunset with the Golden Gate bridge, which many took advantage of for photos.  The dinner was excellent, the event was held at the St. Francis Yacht club right on the bay.  OTN’s ACE group coordinators, Lillian Buziak and Victoria Lira ensured everyone was well cared for and the event was a great success.

It was another evening getting to catch up with folks, many of them that I only see every 3-6 months.  Fun over for now, tomorrow it’s time to make an impact with the Enkitec booth….

It’s less than a week away for me and I’ve finally dug myself out of the hole that I created for myself, (nothing like digging your own grave, let me tell you… :))

Tim and I will be taking the California Zephyr train out again this year.  After the wonderful trip last year, we upgraded our reservations this year for the 33hr trip out and I also upgraded my camera to make the most of the fall aspen colors that we’ll experience on the trip out!  I can’t say enough about this trip, it is lovely, get to bypass all the chaos at the airport for at least one way and it’s a nice relaxing ride out before the chaos of OOW begins.

I will be presenting in the following sessions at Oracle Open World 2012:

As part of the IOUG Symposium-
Session ID: UGF10400
Session Title: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Monitoring, Metric Extensions, and Configuration Best Practices
Venue / Room: Moscone West – 2011
Date and Time: 9/30/12, 15:30 – 16:30

As part of the ODTUG Symposium, presenting with the wonderful Dominic Delmolino from Agilex and Stewart Bryson from Rittman Mead
Session ID: UGF10417
Session Title: No-Surprises Development and Environment Management
Venue / Room: Moscone West – 2009
Date and Time: 9/30/12, 10:30 – 11:30

I turned down the opportunity to swim with the fishes, ACES and other *insane* folks in the San Francisco Bay, (sorry Chet, just the idea of that cold water is enough to make my arthritis screech! :))

All attendees at Oracle Open World need to take the time to see the great Enkitec booth that we have planned!  It is out of this world and can’t wait until it is unveiled! All Enkitec gong on’s can be found here.

It appears my dance card is pretty full for the entire week, with parties, ACE and Oak Table dinners, user group events and blogger/twitter events.  I’m looking so forward to each and everyone of them!

I decided to get some ribbons printed up so folks who knew me by my twitter handle would have recognition and those that want my twitter handle, will see it easily.  As I recommended it to others, I’m sure I should get a huge marketing deal from for all the business I sent them over the last week… :)

I still think they rock:

So until next week, see everyone soon!


I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train, so that has to be good, right? :)

I wanted to send out a quick post and remind folks that I will be presenting at SQL Saturday #169 in Denver, hashtag #sqlsat169 presenting on the seemingly popular “Oracle for the SQL Server DBA”.  I really enjoy these sessions, as the MsSQL DBA’s are always a refreshing change from the more common Oracle world I’ve been in the last year and they are in turn, happy to talk to an Oracle consultant who really, truly believes that a database is a database, forget the platform, it’s what you put behind it that matters!

If you are in the neighborhood and interested in attending, the link will help you register.  If you are attending, please come see me, even if you aren’t interested in learning about Oracle, come by to say ‘hi’! :)

Stay tuned, next week-  The train ride on the California Zephyr out to Oracle Open World!