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VMworld 2009: Hey VMware / Moscone WTF?!? My Rant

First off, I want to say that this is my first time in San Fransisco. It seems to be a great city, but I don’t have time to do any site-seeing. The Moscone Center, although small compared to the Las Vegas venues, seems to be able to accommodate all of the sessions. Somehow, the Labs ended up a couple blocks away at the Mariott instead of around the corner in Moscone West.

So, now for my rant, and I will repeat this on the overall survey when I get the email:

Hey Food Service – How about some coffee at 7:00am ?!? I found five coffee urns that were empty. WHat the hell is up with that? When I get my “breakfast” (Well discuss this next) I like coffee!

How about “breakfast”?  Little donuts and muffins do not cut it. Last year, we had hot breakfast, cereal, yogurt, etc. SOme protien is nice to start a big day of walking miles back and forth in the Moscone Center.

Did you get some lunch on Tuesday? I went to the Moscone meal area at about 12:45 and they only had a few veggie meals. I had to find this little building about a block away only to find veggie meals. On to the Mariott – found a Rainbow Beef and Rubber Cheese sammich. All the freaking soda was diet!

Then there was the rumbling mob of fat geeks fighting over the candy bars in the afternoon. Coffee urns were empty again.

So, I stop into the View Design Session and there are cookies and soda in the back of the room. Slightly nice touch. But don’t clean it up in the middle of the session and shut up! I find it very distracting listening to ten conversations and a VMware Engineer trying to teach me something.

It is a damn shame. The Moscone Center is nice, the sessions are excellent, the attendees and most of the staff are great. These few little things can ruin a good experience for some…

UPDATE: I thought Moscone was reforming its ways with the food. Everything was a little better on Wednesday. At least there was coffee in the morning and the lunch was OK for a box lunch…BUT today, they “ran out of juice” at breakfast. There was none. I was maybe the 100th person in line. Hey VMware, if you’re going to cut costs, maybe we can have a few local cover bands instead of Foreigner, which is really a bunch of old dudes (like me) and a guys who is trying to be like Lou Graham in his heyday.


Monday was my first day at VMworld. I didn’t attend any sessions, but I did defend a design for my VCDX and I took the VCP4 Certification test. After that, I tried to attend the View Advanced Config and Troubleshooting Lab, but the line was huge, even for registered users. The one nice thing about being a registered VMworld attendee is that all of the materials eventually make it to the VMworld site and I can download the LAB and do it on my own time. So someone on the wait list probably took my spot.

Ok, on to the VCDX Design Defense. First off, its pricey, so make sure you are serious. The defense is the final step in the process for VCDX. I reported to the VMware San Fransisco office at the appointed time Monday morning. My facilitator came out to greet me and explain the process. Then I met the Uber Geeks (I mean that in a good way) from VMware. These guys were the first to recieve the VCDX certification and they really know their stuff. They regularly host the more advanced sessions at VMworld and Partner Exchange. The first part is to spend 15 minutes giving an executive presentation about your design, then you spend about an hour “defending” that design. Once that is done, there is a hypothetical design scenario and a hypothetical troubleshooting scenario. They guys were great and it was a really good experience. Hopefully, I will hear the results in a few weeks.

The VCP4 Test was similar to the VCP3. Questions were added for new features and the new maximum configurations were in there. I glanced at the blueprint last week and it seems to be a pretty good indication of what you will need to know to pass. The systems were slow as hell on Monday. Usually with multiple guess tests, I rifle through the questions and answer them using my gut. I will mark a few as I go along if I am unsure weather my gut is giving me an answer or if it is just gas. It took about a minute for each question to load after I hit the next button. So it took over an hour for me to get through it instead of the usual 15-30 minutes. Very frustrating, but hey, no I are one!

VMworld 2009 – Blogging, Tweets and the "Ask a vExpert" Booth

Well, VMworld 2009 is almost upon us! I have an ungodly schedule for next week. I start the S&M with a nice refreshing VCDX Design Defense bright and early Monday morning at the VMware San Fransisco office. Then, its off to the SF Mariott for a relaxing sit by the VCP 4.0 Exam engine. Of course, I’ll round that off with a healthy dose of VMware View in the Advanced Configuration Lab.

I will try to add notes from the sessions throughout the week. Most will be techie notes from the breakout sessions, but if I hear anything that I deem noteworthy from any of the keynotes or from the floor, I will be sure to post that as well. I have loaded heavily on the VMware View sessions this year to try to force feed myself on the Desktop Virtualization part of the Cloud. I have always resisted this part of it because it brings back those lovely times where I lived in the times of hearing the whiners saying: “I can’t print!” or “I forgot my password!”. Anyway, resistance IS futile and I WILL be assimilated. If you’re looking to meet up, I posted a shared Google Calendar along with a screen shot of my VMworld Schedule below.

John Troyer from VMware has been hard at work arranging for things to happen for the VMware vExperts. One of the biggest benefits for non-vExperts is the inclusion of a “Ask the vExpert” Booth this year at VMworld. The booth will be manned by at least one vExpert most of the time. So stop by and ask a question. Fellow vExpert Jase McCarty has posted a partial list of vExperts manning the booth.

One of the other things John started was a nice list of everyone that will be blogging and/or tweeting at VMworld. This list makes a great reference for finding everyone who has a blog that is VMware related.

My VMworld 2009 Schedule:

VMworld 2009 Schedule

Behind the Scenes Photos of VMworld Data Center

Two words: Holy Crap!