On a daily occurrence, I have to support Active Directory. A short while ago I learnt about the Active Directory User Group (ADUG), I attended the inaugural meeting and I have to say, it was amazing!
When I work with AD, I would like to say that I could do anything blindfolded! However, being more honest, I can do a lot from experience, but the more in depth items require me to look through a book or read up a few articles online just to guide me on the right track.
I go to many seminars as I find them fascinating, and networking with people in the same industry can be very rewarding... and it is nice just to make new friends!
That being said, I find that after you go to a few presentations that are meant to cover different topics within a wide subject (such as AD), many are very repetitive and cover exactly the same area and have very little new content (I have even been to different companies that show the same slides!)
Anyway, all this changed at ADUG where a talk was given by XTSeminars (Stands for Xtremely Technical... and they are not lying!) The main presenter was John Craddock who was well supported by Sally Storey who was doing the demonstrations.
The talk started off being very technical and did not relent! I just wish I started making notes from the beginning. John knew the subject well and came across brilliantly. Sally was in charge of the KVM and switched from presentation to demonstration frequently which backed the talk up extremly well.
John and Sally make a brilliant professional team and I would highly recommend that if you need to learn something quick, XTSeminars is the way to go.