Forward, positively..

September 28, 2007


Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 7:37 am

…is that special hormone which emanates when a group of geeks get together at a technical event. Earnest-face suits rub shoulders with the pierced and bearded, shiny leather shoes shuffle next to trainers and chrome-accessorised platform boots. The Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel reeked of geektosterone yesterday.

This was a Microsoft Technet event on Virtualisation – but an event with a big difference. Minimal PPT (from Steve’s blog), maximum hands-on demo. James and Steve are like Morcambe and Wise crossed with the Chuckle Brothers.

But the combination of real in-your-face doing-it-on-the-fly techno show supported with deep knowledge delivered with rapid-fire (if contrived but slick) presentation made it like a day-long, 300 level, on-demand webcast played at 1.5x speed without a pause button. The content was excellent, kind of ‘everything you need to know to start messing with Windows Deployment Services, virtualisation and some baby-steps clustering thrown in for good measure’. Great stuff.

They can now do us a big favour by providing a suite of VMs a la Demo Showcase with what they showed pre-configured for us to play with. Given how fast they showed it being out together, this shouldn’t be a big task. Thanks in advance guys 😉

Given what they provided in content it could be a bit mean-spirited to bitch about the logistics – not enough places to sit during the breaks, not getting back into the presentation room to sit down during the breaks (I can live with the brown bag lunch).



  1. Hi Frank, some of the work I’m doing round the Windows Server 2008 launch means there will indeed have a suite of VMs to take away. We’re working on doing this for as many of the tech-ed events as possible.

    We wanted to let you in to see us playing Halo3 during the breaks. Someone decided that were doing that unwind and you should be kept out … Sometimes we need to keep the room empty while stressed presenters try to fix something, but this wasn’t one of them, just plain old fashioned cock-up.

    Liked the review: I’ve pointed some people to it 🙂

    Comment by James O'Neill — October 2, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

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