VeeamON 2017, New Orleans Luisiana
How I got there in the first place
A while ago I recieved an email from Rasmus Haslund. Nothing special about that, we email all the time. But this time it wasn’t about some updates in the VMCE or VMCE-ADO Courseware. It was a request to teach -a- VMCE training for Veeam just before the VeeamON event.. WOW! I either did something very good, or all other trainers called in sick. We made a couple arrangements and had an online meeting a couple days before the VeeamON event would start.
“So, how many people would I have in my VMCE class, 100-200? And how are we going to run Labs?”, I said to Rasmus, on which he kindly replied; “No not that many, you are not going to teach a regular VMCE course, but i want you to do an ADO class with about 20 or something people in it”. I was a bit flabbergasted at that point and when Rasmus continued with “It’s just going to be you, me and Erich Popp” I almost chocked in my morning coffee. The bar was set and everyone who knows me, knows I always give it my full 100% each course, this time I wanted to be able to give 200%
Day 1 of the ADO course: going for 200%
Wake up, get dressed, splash some water in my face and quickly grabbed not 1 but 2 coffees and I was ready to roll!
When I entered the room, 21 people were inside a quite large room, build for conferences just like VeeamON. This meant 2 things; no noise from the other room but at the same time all the sound in my own classroom get muted as well due all the fabrics on the walls, a high ceiling and a fluffy carpet. Good thing I was about to give 200%, because I would need to raise my voice to 150% for my students to be able to hear me. Oh and if some of you guys have found my voice, please let me know it’s still gone 🙂
Just a couple minutes into the training I really started to see who were in my training (i was busy preparing before) and noticed I did recognize a couple faces. That could only mean one thing; VANGUARDS! For anyone who doesn’t know what a Vanguard is;
A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.
Not people to mess around with, if I fail the whole Veeam world will know about it. Some trainers might get a bit nervous, but for me it’s a boost to really put myself out there. This course was make it, or break it!
Soon, I noticed this was the group with the most general knowledge and experience I have had since ever. Discussions kept going and I even had to end some discussions, instead of me needing to provide and endless stream of examples and topics, what a relief. The reason why I had to stop the ongoing discussions, was that I really want to raise the knowledge of the whole group to a certain level before we start discussing certain topics. I know there we have the time for it on day 2, so “We have time for that tomorrow, just not today” was an often heard phrase together with the default VMCE-ADO answer that was on the whiteboard; “It depends ™”.
In the last part of Day 1, the group was split up in 4 and they could start designing. This was the part where I could take it easy and observe the designs created by everyone. It was great to see the creativity in design by all the groups and defending their design during the presentations.
Day 2; I wonder what will happen
While day 1 of the VMCE-ADO course is a lot about Design and Sizing, day 2 is all about optimization, Automation and troubleshooting.
In the first part of the day, I had assistance of Johan Huttinga and Joe Gremillion during various parts of the day. The second part of the day I had assistance from Cody Ault. All 3 are Veeam super hero’s in their own way and having them as extra’s made sure that no question would be unanswered.
On the first day I had to stop discussions frequently, but today was the perfect time to let my students discuss ‘freely’ and enjoy the passion that they all have in regards to Veeam. Not on the students, but also my assistants where so enthusiastic that some even did not want to take a proper break. Just a quick coffee and back to the classroom where Joe had gathered a group around the whiteboard going into detail about a couple questions that students had about their own environments.
During the 2nd Design Scenario we again split up into 4 groups. This time they had to help the same company, but with different hardware and up to date requirements for their backups and DR. Using what they have learned in the past 2 days, some very good and creative design were made. Completely different from the designs made yesterday. Not only because of the scenario, but also because they have learned some now tips and tricks. Sizing and Designing went a lot faster and there was a lot more detail in some of the designs. For me that was a clear sign that information was being picked up well and in the back of my head I started to fantasize about students passing their exam. Because to me, it means I did a good job (at least that’s what I like to think).
Finally, Cody took over for a bit during the Troubleshooting part. For those who don’t know Cody; if he cannot troubleshoot a problem no one can! He did a great job troubleshooting a customer issue ON THE SPOT and out of the blue, just so everyone could see how it should be done. After his great demo, I took over again and went over all the theory behind the logging and troubleshooting and with that, the VMCE-ADO was over and done.
And then what?
Well, then VeeamON started. A lot of updates and interesting sessions, but that would be a nice topic for another Blog.
I received some great feedback and I loved training all you guys. It was great to be there!
Oh and one last thing. Congratulations to one of my students; Patricio Cerda, Veeam Vanguard and VMCT, for passing the exam @VeeamON. Good luck my friend and promise me you are going to teach one <bleep> of an ADO course!