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VMWorld 2007 – Day 2

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So technically, this is Day 1 of the conference. Yesterday was the training day, where you could go and get some hands-on training with some pre-eminent VMware engineers and trainers. Yesterday’s classes were really good; I’m just sorry that I could only take two of them 11 or so that were offered.

Today’s a bit of a mashup in terms of the breakout sessions that I’ll be attending.

  • 8am – 9:30am | Keynote Address, what they’re calling the “General Session”
  • 10am – 11am | VMware HA Guidelines and Best Practices
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | VMware Infrastructure 3 Resource Management and DRS – Performance Use Cases
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm | Going Green – IBM’s Comprehensive Approach to an Energy Efficient Data Center
  • 2pm – 3pm | Microsoft Application Best Practices Forum
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | IT Service Management – A Technical Overview
  • 5pm – 6pm | Breaking Down Barriers to VMware Technology Adoption

Again, for my non-technical readers, a Geek-to-English translation of today’s schedule.

  • 8am – 9:30am | Some girl (or guy….i guess) who makes tons more money than you speaking for an hour
  • 10am – 11am | How to protect yourself from hardware failures
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | How to do more with lots lots less
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm | Going Green – Save the Planet by buying IBM’s products
  • 2pm – 3pm | Why Microsoft doesn’t play nice with VMware
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Consultant-speak, Consultant-speak, Consultant-speak
  • 5pm – 6pm | How to win people over with the AWESOME POWER OF VMWARE…and look good doing it, too!

There you have it! I’m looking forward to seeing what IBM has up its sleeve and whether it’s “greenwashing” or actual “greening”, and of course, the last session, which I think I could probably run because, hello, I did actually use in a presentation sometime last year:

VMware [and virtualization] is the SEXIEST THING in I.T.

UPDATE: The IT Service Management session was actually quite awesome; the Program Manager from VMware was truly well-spoken, and also quite energetic about the topic. The subject sounded dry but actually gave me a few ideas for some stuff to do back in Philly.

In contrast, the Microsoft Application Best Practices Forum was full of so much Consultant-speak, I left about 15 minutes into it. Luckily…they were serving ice-cream novelties in the main hallways. A real pick-me-up!

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VMWorld 2007 – Day 1 First Impressions

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The conference is totally awesome. – Joe
Geek nirvana, eh? Enjoy! – Boyfriend

So, I’m still being plagued by the timezone differences. I had planned on waking up at 630am, Pacific, but unfortunately, all the task reminders in Exchange are stamped with Eastern Time. So guess what happened at 5am? Yep…all the tasks that I normally get reminded for at 8am in Philly, woke me up in San Fran! Boyfriend wasn’t very happy, but you know…the mattress is a little lumpy, so it’s not like we were getting quality sleep anyway.

Anyway, I just wanted to point out some first impressions of the conference.

First off, it was extremely easy to get to via a quick hop on the San Francisco MUNI (read: subway, trolley), only a couple of stops away from the station entrance that is literally outside the door of the BnB.

I’ve never been to a big tech conference, so forgive me if I’m being a little be n00bie about it, but I couldn’t help but be impressed by all the HUGE signs that said, “hey this is VMWorld 2007…check yourself before you wreck yourself!”

Since I was up early, I arrived early to the event, so there was absolutely no line to get registered (in contrast to when Mike arrived 35 minutes later…the line was out the door). I grabbed my conference badge and picked up the “complimentary” marketing materials from VMware and their various conference sponsors.

The quick run-through the line was great because I was terribly hungry and wanted to spend some time getting acclimated and get some of the continental breakfast that was being served.

To my complete and utter glee, I was presented with the largest indoor recycling bin installation I have ever witnessed.

Reading a little bit more in the conference materials, there’s a whole page in the Conference Highlights section about the “Environmental Considerations at VMworld 2007”.

    We made a commitment this year to reduce the amount of printed materials and waste generated and recycle as much as possible at VMworld 2007.

It’s good thing, too, because you know what? They got full-rack installations of server and storage hardware running in at least three of the hands-on training classes. I noticed 60 Amp 208V connections, so assuming that they’re using, at minimum, 50% of the draw from those connections in each training class:

    60A * 208V * 0.5 = 6.240kVA = 6.2 kW * 3 installations = 18.720kW

Assuming these guys are going to be running at least for the duration of the conference:

     18.720kW * 96 hours = 1797.12kWh

So, not for nothing, VMware is reducing waste, but consuming some crazy energy resources!

VMWorld 2007 – Day 0

So, who’s the bigger geek?  The one who arrive in SFO a day early to be well rested for her VMware Training Labs the following day?  Or the one who refers to said day as “Day Zero”?

Anyone who really knows me knows that I am a *wreck* when it comes to travelling.  I have a huge aversion to the travelling part, but once I make it to my destination, I am pretty okay.  So, flying out to San Fracisco today, bright and early, with Boyfriend in tow, was a total………dream!  The cab was on time, the plane was on time, we didn’t forget anything (that we remember…hah!), and 12 hours later, we haven’t killed one another.

After a $75 in cab fares to and from the respective city airports, we made it to the Willows Inn Bed & Breakfast in the Castro District of San Francisco.  The accomodations are quaint (it not gargantuan), and the area is quite lively with “culture”.  😉

I’m going to miss the morning Breakfast (I know right?  Bed & Breakfast, and I miss Breakfast!) because each of the VMWorld Events/sessions starts at 5am.

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Oh yeah?  Did I mention that I imported my VMWorld 2007 Schedule into my Exchange calendar?  I remember exclaiming to myself, “Self? This is a really nifty feature of the “Online Scheduler” application, even though they are only using an *.ics file, I didn’t realize you could do that whole thing with a simple ICS file?”

And they’re all stamped with the Eastern timezone!  I know, I know.  Those of you following my Twitter-stream know that already, but I’m just disappointed that the Calendar experience wasn’t a bit more seamless.  So, I’ll just be performing the old “add-three-hours-to-the current-time” to figure out when i’m supposed to be where.

I’m hoping they’ll have a copy of my schedule (in Pacific Time, thank you very much) when I get to the conference.

First up, tomorrow?

5:00 am – 7:00 am | Lab 08: Troubleshooting VMWare Virtual Infrastructure 3

7:30 am – 9:30 am | Lab 03: Building a dynamic Data Center with Multi-Site DR using VMware Infrastructure 3

In other words:

8:00 am – 10:00 am | Lab 08: Making VMware do what you want it to do when it doesn’t want to

10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Lab 03: Saving your butt with VMware

Riveting!

VMWorld 2007 Next week

VMWare’s (now) annual event for all things…well…umm…VMWare, is next week in San Francisco. I will be headed out there on Sunday (with Boyfriend in tow….he’s not going to the conference, he’s just enjoying the gaaaaaaayness that is SFO), and then back to Philly on Phriday. Scott and Mike will also be there.

There’s a huge number of presentations and talks and panel discussions, also some instructor-led labs on the first day. I will be totally getting my VMWare-virtual-freak-on! Plus, I’ve never been to San Francisco, so I’m doubly-excited!

I’m planning on posting about some of the sessions that I’ll be attending, so stay-tuned.

If anyone reading this wants to meet up and…damn…I did just mention getting my virtual-freak-on…need to go back and change that to something less salacious…anyway, if you want to meet up and “network”, give me a shout!

Pay Dell to set Boot Options in Windows

A while back, I posted about how you can pay Dell to remove Windows Components for you when you configure.

They’re at it again! This time, while I was browsing and configuring a new Desktop Computer for our Publications Group, I ran across these settings that Dell will so graciously do for you when they build your workstation.

Save time by establishing the preferred medium the system will default to when booting.
{ } None
{ } Boot to Floppy Drive [ Add $8.30 ]
{ } Boot to Hard Disk Drive [ Add $8.30 ]
{ } Boot to Optical Device [ Add $8.30 ]
{ } Boot to Network [ Add $8.30 ]

So, I tested this on a desktop nearby, and it took 35 seconds to set this setting. So, assume it takes me a full 2 minutes to change this setting on one computer and go to the next computer and change that setting, too. If that were my full-time job, and assuming that there were enough computers (62,400 of them) for me to do this on, and I was paid $8.30/computer, that’s about 30 computers every hour, or $249/hour, which given the average work week, is about $507,960/year.

Half a million dollars a year! I need to go work for Dell!

UPDATE: In Dell’s defense, they do have “Energy Smart” options for their desktops. Here’s what they have to say about that:

Save Energy, Save Costs
The Energy Star-compliant OptiPlex 745 is extremely energy efficient. With the new Energy Smart configuration, OptiPlex default power settings exceed the worldwide mutually recognized Energy Star standard, which means that each desktop is designed to further reduce power consumption and energy costs, right out of the box. This high level of power management, combined with Power Factor Correcting power supplies, flat panel displays, Intel Core 2 Duo processors and thermally efficient BTX chassis designs, means that the OptiPlex 745 uses up to 70% less power than previous generations of OptiPlex desktops1, so it helps you conserve your resources and the earth’s resources at the same time.

8 Random Things about Me

So, thanks to Kurtopia, Blankbaby, and Stellargirl, I have been tagged THREE times with this meme. I must respond to this opening salvo, apparently.

Here is the Meme’s Signature (think of it as a PGP signature…only more nefarious, and less cool.)

  1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules.
  4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.

And now, 8 random facts about me:

  1. I have eight tattoos on my body (the most visible of which are on my left forearm). Every one of them has significant meaning to me, personally. I’ll tell you about them if you ask.
  2. I used to have my tongue, my nipples, and my lower-lip pierced.
  3. I have been in love once, and in limerence innumerably.
  4. Madonna was my muse in high school.
  5. I feel like I’m at my most creative when I’m supremely depressed.
  6. I am a cancer survivor.
  7. I had a terrible tendency to get violently angry when I was a teenager (I blame the hormones).
  8. The toilet paper roll has to be positioned such that the paper rolls off the front rather than from the back.

And now, I choose not to tag anyone else, for fear of Meme-tribution!

Weigh-in: 292.2

This’ll be quick ’cause work is like busier than it’s ever been, with all the Hardware installs and the like.

I’m down to 292.2! That’s almost two-thirds of the way done with Phase 1, and I couldn’t be happier!

Phase 1:

Pounds: 19.9 / 31.2 (64%)


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