Breaking from the week-long geek fest, I felt I needed to rant somewhat about vendor provided databases. Working in my environment, the majority of SQL Server databases are vendor provided. We have a few in-house applications but most of those are on our Oracle infrastructure, for now (insert evil laugh).
More often than not it has been my experience that vendors do not understand security and common accepted best practices for SQL Server not to mention the provided installation documentation is usually horrid. It is not too much to ask for vendors to understand the database environment in which they deploy. I am thoroughly frustrated after trying to install a database today from a vendor who after several phone conversations I began to realize that they do not understand how certain aspects of SQL Server work and that scares me thoroughly! End of rant, enjoy!