This past April, I travelled to Sin City (for the first time in my life) to attend the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). Being my first trip to Vegas I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and of course I was not let down by the pure extravagance of everything. People, food, entertainment, gambling…I swear this place was designed by a group of people with the worst forms of ADHD. The fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) part was that I was there for a tech conference, so my experience was a little less overwhelming.
For those who attended MMS, I’m sure you’re familiar with arguably the coolest part of the event, the hands-on and instructor-led labs. You can sit down and test out a number of Microsoft management technologies in your very own virtualized environment at your own pace. The best part? Who cares if you break something, because you can just start over! The setup this year had 650 different lab stations and let me tell you, the seats were rarely empty. People were getting kicked out late at night because the event team needed to get some sleep. Each lab consisted of numerous VMs with specific amounts of memory, processing power, storage, and network resources. For example, even the fairly simple Service Delivery and Automation Lab used four VMs, 15GB of RAM, 15 virtual processors, 280GB of storage, and two virtual networks.