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Aug 31 2010   1:50AM GMT

VMworld – Day -2, -1 and 0

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, arrived here on Saturday. And my mate, Geoff picked me up from the hotel. He lives up at Half Moon Bay, outside of San Francisco. After a quick shower and brush up – we headed out to meet up with John Troyer, and his partner Kathleen – at a little Mexican in HMB. My pal has only lived there for a short while, and John has been there for a while – so it was really good to hook up with him, and have some great food and just chill-out before madness of VMworld proper kicked off…

On Sunday I went Kayaking in HMB… It was my first time such a vessel. I’ve been in a canoe before when I was about 12 on some outward-bound week in the Lake District of the UK. So I was a bit tentative for a while, but so got into swing off it. I picked a kayak less prone to being “tippy” whereas Geoff got stuck with a more racing kayak called the “Eliminator”. Reassuring or wot. We called it the exterminate by the end of the day!

We grabbed some pasta in the town, and then Geoff took into the city. Checked into my hotel, and then gave some friends a call. I hooked with Charlie from the North Carolina User Summit, and managed to gate crash the “Extra Mile” party that VMware was running at Jillians (just across the way from the Moscone…). Later on I was able to catch-up with a British friend of mine living out here. I’d ordered some SRM books to give away for my session on Monday (today). 5 boxes of books, and taxi later I managed to get them into my room…

So this morning. First thing, I grabbed a cab with 3 of the boxes for the Moscone. Registered PDQ, and hauled my ass down the Speaker Lounge. Where I dumped the books into a corner cos they were just to heavy lug around all day. Scribbled my name and number on them, and said I would be back to collect them at 11.30am – 30 mins before my session started!

I spent the morning at the W. Hotel at the VCI (VMware Certified Instructor) day. Increasingly, I feel like I’m leaving my instructor/trainer life away, but I still wanted to show up – and find out what was new, and say hi to my fellow VCIs. I had duck out at 11am to get over to the Moscone, to register as a speaker and check out my powerpoints – and pick up those books..

Anyway, I got to my session. And thru door I could see this big big crowd. The room was full. I figured a session must be close to coming to and end. BUT, no – those people were there to see me! YIKEES. I was told by VMware that my session probably wouldn’t be that popular and not to expect too many folks. Perhaps they were trying to lower my expectations.

So the plan of letting the first 25 folks have a copy of the book didn’t really pan out as I expected. So I dumped the books at the microphone stands, and said anyone asking a question could have a copy of the book. Whilst I was assailed by people after the session with questions, we didn’t have up-to-the-microphone questions. So once the session was thru, I could spy through the corner of my eye a bit of scrum as people tried to get a copy of the book!

All in all I was pleased with my first solo session at VMworld. People seemed laugh and engage with what I had to say – which is the main thing…

After that I could relax. I took time out to pick up the VMworld Bag… freshen up at the hotel (I’d busted a gut lugging those books!) and then headed back for the remainder of the day. We had session on View 4.5 and the vCloud Director – so it was good to ask a few pointed questions before the proper announcements tomorrow…

Anyway, as I write this I’ve got an hour to go before I meet up with some managers from VMware – who work closely with SRM. My flight out gave me the time to put some “musings” about SRM/vCenter together. Not sure whether we will talk much shop at the meal, and probably won’t be able to report here what’s discussed if we do…

Tomorrow… Judging for TechTarget for the Best in Show – my category is cloud

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