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.