5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 22, 2008 10:26 AM by jasonboche

    Vmworld 2008 first impressions?

    ejward Master

       

      So, what does everyone think?

       

       

      The setup seems like it'll work.

       

       

      I'm SOOOOO glad I didn't send in my picture for that cartooning thing.  If you're not here yet, you'll see why.

       

       

      Labs ..... horrible.  Just like last year. I really hate to say that but, with it limited to 2 labs, I can't even re-take the ones that didn't work.  The first lab I took was scripting.  It was pretty good however the materials had issues.  They don't have physical books this year.  The lab manual is a PDF so there's no place to take notes.  Also, you have to keep scrolling back an forth for information.  Which wouldn't be a problem if the machines weren't running so slow.  It literally took about 30 seconds to go back a page. The biggest issue I had with the scripting lab was that the book didn't tell you what your output was supposed to look like.  There was no way to tell if you did it correctly or not. The techs that were there to assist were not on the same page.   When I asked one tech if the commands case sensative, he said "no".  Later, when I was having issues, another tech said it was.  As far as I can tell, the commands are not case sensative.

       

       

      The other lab I took was Site Recovery Manager.  They had issues with the PDF file.  It kept crashing.  So, you'd go forward through the lab a couple of pages then, Acrobat would creash.  You'd have to wait for it to open again (About 2 to 3 minutes) and you'd get a couple pages further.  When I finally got everything installed, I was supposed to see the replicated storage in VC.  I couldn't. Two different techs couldn't figure out why.  By that time we were already an hour into an hour and a half lab anyway.  So my SRM install and configure lab consisted of me clicking on next, next, next.  That's it.  I necer got to the configure part.

       

       

      I'm really disappointed.  Especially since I can't re-take them. I understand that it's not easy setting this stuff up.  They couldn't really rent the whole floor a week in advance just to set these labs up so I know they mush have been here since last night setting them up.

       

       

      If only there was a way to have all the machines we were working on in some sort of portable format.  This way they could set it all up somewhere else weeks or even months in advance and test, test, test.  Then, on the day of the lab, copy all these machines here.  Too bad that technology is years away.

       

       

        • 1. Re: Vmworld 2008 first impressions?
          khughes Virtuoso

           

          Well first off its my first VMworld experience so it is pretty overwelming.  I mean not to the point where you just stand in one place and look around at all the people moving around you but still pretty much in awe.  I too took the scripting class, but at the 2pm session which I managed to get in after waiting 2 hrs in line for the non-registered folk.  I realized at the 10am sessions if you want to get in and you were on the "waiting list" you better arrive 1.5-2 hours in advance.  Honestly I think the whole term "waiting list" was badly mis-used.  EVERYONE is on the waiting list, there is no priority except for those who stick it out and wait a couple hours.  It should've just been those who are registered and those who aren't, plain and simple.  Countless times I saw people (including myself) walk up to the front of the line and think I might be somewhere closer to the entrance than at the end of the 200 person line beceause I had registered and put on a waiting list.  That has to be my only gripe.

           

           

          The adobe pdf viewing was pretty sloppy, I can see why they did it but to hit page down and have to wait 30-60 seconds is pretty bad.  Even worse when they are using VMware technology to do it.  Scripting class i enjoyed, learned a lot but it was a ton of info, looking forward to downloading the manual to the class.

           

           

           

           

           

          I think everything has to give a little slack when dealing with 10k plus people and computer hardware, things aren't going to go as planned.  Overall i think its been pretty well organized and just about everyone that has been working the event has been extremely helpful.

           

           

           

           

           

          Not to mention those who missed out on the VMTN part at the V-bar tonight that was a real treat getting to see all of us in person and have some beers and relax

           

           

           

           

          • Kyle

           

           

          • 2. Re: Vmworld 2008 first impressions?
            jasonboche Champion
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            ejward wrote:

             

            I'm SOOOOO glad I didn't send in my picture for that cartooning thing.  If you're not here yet, you'll see why.

             

            Why?

             

            Walk up to the entrance of the VMware store, stop, turn around 180 degrees, then look up.  That's mine.

             

             

             

             






            [i]Jason Boche[/i]

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            Minneapolis Area VMware User Group Leader

            • 3. Re: Vmworld 2008 first impressions?
              ejward Master

              I saw it.  Loks good !!!

              • 4. Re: Vmworld 2008 first impressions?
                khughes Virtuoso
                ejward wrote:

                I saw it. Loks good !http://communities.vmware.com/!!

                 

                Might have been even better looking than the real picture

                 

                 

                • Kyle

                 

                • 5. Re: Vmworld 2008 first impressions?
                  jasonboche Champion
                  vExpert
                  khughes wrote:
                  ejward wrote:

                  I saw it. Loks good !http://communities.vmware.com/!!

                   

                  Might have been even better looking than the real picture

                   

                   

                  • Kyle

                   

                   

                  You're killin me!

                   

                  Jas

                   

                   






                  [i]Jason Boche[/i]

                  [VMware Communities User Moderator|http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-2444][/i]

                  Minneapolis Area VMware User Group Leader