I will be at the SharePoint Conference to present a session Tuesday morning (9am session) called:
Microsoft Product Support's look at understanding and deploying hotfixes, public updates, and Service Packs for WSS and MOSS
Here is the session abstract:
Inevitably you will have to deploy a patch within your SharePoint environment. This may come in the form of a hotfix, a public update, or a Service Pack. This session will explore some of the internal mechanics of SharePoint patching technology while providing Product Support’s recommendations as to how most effectively deploy them. We also will explore some of the finer points of how to recover when patching fails.Hopefully those of you that attend will find some useful takeaways. I'll also be at many of the other events including the Ask the Experts lunch session. I look forward to interacting with you there as well.