Vancouver Oracle Users Group (VanOUG) meeting set for 9 March

A while ago, I wrote about the (re)formation of the Vancouver Oracle Users Group (VanOUG). Wheels are now in motion to make this a reality; the first meeting has been scheduled for 9 March, 2010, conveniently after all of the Olympic hullabaloo. I received the following message recently with details about the agenda and meeting location, and I'm sharing in case you aren't already on the 100+-member mailing list. If you're a Vancouver-area Oracle professional in search of an Oracle user group, please make space in your schedule to attend this meeting. As noted in the meeting announcement, you will need to register prior to the meeting so that security at the site knows to expect you. Visit the VanOUG events page to register.

Disclosure/disclaimer: I don't represent VanOUG; I'm just an interested member trying to get the word out.

Thanks to the overwhelming response from the local Oracle community, we
are moving forward with the initial meeting of the Vancouver Group on
Tuesday March 9, 2010. Over 120 people have already signed up, and many
have indicated willingness to participate as directors and sponsors of the
group.

Dan Morgan and Caleb Small will chair this initial meeting, and provide
informative presentations on Oracle 11gR2 new features and best practices
including RAC and ASM. Unilogik Systems, Inc. is the meeting sponsor and
will provide a light dinner of pizza, pop and juice.

Following the networking and presentations, an organizational meeting will
be held for those that wish to be involved in the group's leadership. The
future direction of the group will be discussed at this meeting.

Please check the VANOUG.ORG website for full details.

DATE: Tuesday March 9, 2010
TIME: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:
Okanagan Room at BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BC LDB)
3200 East Broadway (Rupert and Broadway)
Parking is located on the East side of the Distribution Centre

TO REGISTER: simply reply to this email with your request

LDB Security requires attendee list before the meeting so you MUST
register in advance!

AGENDA:
5:00 Networking and light dinner
5:30 Presentation - Daniel Morgan (see below)
6:15 Break (and a word from our sponsor)
6:30 Presentation - Caleb Small (see below)
7:15 Discussion of group leadership and future direction

11g NEW FEATURES YOU WON'T HEAR ABOUT FROM ORACLE, Daniel Morgan

We know Oracle will tell us some things about each new release of their
flagship database ... but not everything we need to know.

At our first official meeting ACE Director Daniel Morgan will live demo,
in SQL*Plus many of the most important new 11gR1 and 11gR2 features and
give us source code for the demos.

11gR2 HIGH AVAILABILITY BEST PRACTICES, Caleb Small

11gR2 brings significant changes to Oracle RAC and Clusterware, now called
Grid Infrastructure. It also introduces ACFS, which stands for ASM Cluster
File System, and a completely different approach to handling the OCR and
Voting Disk. Other changes include the new Single Client Access Name
(SCAN) IP, a new required grid user, Cluster Time Synchronization Service,
Grid Naming Service, and some very interesting network configuration
requirements.

Caleb is a senior consultant, mentor and educator responsible for numerous
production RAC installations. Come and hear about theses changes and new
features from a completely practical perspective.

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