All our hard work seems to have paid off. Based on the conversations and survey results
we’ve received I think everything went very well.
The labs were a huge success and for the most part went off
without a hitch. There were some issues
with the SRM labs that lead me to believe that SRM doesn’t much like having
many different people connected to it at one time. Generally this won’t be a problem as SRM will
be managed by a few people who will be doing very little outside of setup and
The architecting sessions were probably the most challenging
sessions. The Architecting vSphere
session was very heavily attended, which led to some noise issues from side
conversations, and spread people out far enough that it was difficult for them
to hear. Capping the attendance for
these sessions would definitely pay off in the future.
Due to a major snowstorm in Denver, the VMware security
specialist was unable to attend. This
left a major gap in the session I was promoting the heaviest. I deeply apologize to those who came out
specifically for that session. We made do
with who we had on hand, and I hope they were able to provide something
valuable. I’m happy to report that we
are already actively working on scheduling him to come out for a future VMUG
The Architecting View session was surprisingly the least
attended of the three architecting sessions.
Based on what I’ve heard, it sounds like there were a lot of people who
were simply interested in learning about View.
A general piece of feedback we received was that these
sessions should have been more structured and maybe a bit more specific with
the topics. I have discussed a few ideas
with the VMUG leaders on how to continue this format in different ways, so keep
an eye open for more information.
The presentations seemed to be well attended, though I admit
to not having spent any time listening to them due to supporting the labs and
architecting sessions. Survey results
varied, but I attribute these variations to potentially different expectations
and skill levels. Hopefully everyone
found the content somewhat useful and relevant.
Data Center Tours
I’m happy to report that the data center tours went over
well and were way more popular than I expected.
I think CoSentry gained a lot from this offering as it seems that many
people in attendance did not know about CoSentry before the meeting.
I felt the food was excellent and well presented. Better availability of drinks would be my only
request. Other than that, I didn’t hear
The facility, I thought, was perfect. The open space didn’t provide the ideal
acoustics, but I think that was more than balanced out by the feeling of being
in a nice open area (no claustrophobia). Registration was a bit long, but was a
necessary evil. I’m glad people showed
up plenty early to sign in.
Overall, I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and found
something worthwhile. Based on the
survey results we received (about 1/3 of attendees) everyone did find the event
worthwhile and particularly enjoyed the labs and the networking aspect. This is encouraging, since the labs took the
most effort to develop and networking is one of the primary goals of the VMUG.
If you have any specific feedback, please feel free to post
it on the Omaha-Area VMUG Forum or send it to me directly here.
Thank you all for coming out!