This is late, because the fact is that I have not ‘just’ sat the workshop, it was almost a month ago. It is funny how time gets away with you when you are enjoying yourself :S Simon Bodecott know what I am talking about LOL. But seriously I digress, on with the subject at hand.
As I have said, I recently attended the VMware vSphere Design Workshop. the course was provided by Global Knowledge at their Wakefield site. Yes I know ‘Yorkshire’. well I made sure that I all my inoculations were up to date before I travelled over the Hill into forbidden territory (this is a UK joke – that has gone on for centuries)
So what did I think of the course? on the whole it was worth while, the instructor, well that is not really the term to use for this course, Facilitator would be a better term, as the course format is more of a here are the principles now discuss this situation and provide a design, than the traditional Death by Powerpoint.
Our Facilitator Chris Culpin was one of those VCI’s that actually has a real job too, 😉 just pulling your leg Scott. LOL. what I mean by that is that he also did Consultancy as well as presenting training courses, what this gave to the group was an instructor with real world experience of the issues and design decisions that you as a VMware designer would come across.
With all that said, the course could have been a day or two longer. we did not have the time to really deep dive into the reason for making a particular design decision. but conversely if we had not had such a vocal group of delegates the course could have been a disaster and I think that really sums up the course. this is one of those rare courses where the instructor is not the important one. it is the delegates.
They make or brake the course. if you get a bunch of shrinking violets who will not interact, you will not get any benefit out it. you really need to be vocal and discuss your decisions and get a bit of a technical argument going, this will push your boundaries.
So was this beneficial to me? Yes I think it was. It gets you thinking about how your decisions affect the overall design. As training for the vCAP DCD yes it is useful, however personally I think it will be more useful for it if I ever get to sit a VCDX defense.