Brussels SQL Server Day, an event produced by SQL Server Magazine and the Windows IT Pro Custom Events Group, drew 1007 attendees from 20 countries to the Kinepolis cinema complex in Brussels last week. Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Intel were the main sponsors, and 12 additional vendors participated in the on-site Solutions Expo. Attendees packed two theaters in separate tracks for developers and DBAs. Keynote speakers were SQL Server Magazine contributing editor Itzik Ben-Gan and Microsoft MVP William Vaughn. Ben-Gan, Vaughn, and other Microsoft, HP, and Intel speakers addressed developing Reporting Services applications, troubleshooting SQL Server resource bottlenecks, deploying 64-bit SQL Server machines, and manipulating XML data in SQL Server 2000.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The day ended with cocktails, a question-and-answer panel led by Gert Drapers of the Microsoft SQL Server development group, and prize giveaways from various sponsors, including two Xboxes with games and copies of SQL Server 2000 with Reporting Services.