Pop Quiz - what could make a 9.5 hour flight from Dallas to Paris feel longer?
Answer - A 3-hour delay before take-off, sitting in the aircraft. Yes, as an omen of all the good things that will come this week, we pulled away from the gate, tried to rev the engines and came back to the terminal. Three hours, a new radio and some repairs to the inflight power system, and we were off. Of course, that meant missing my connection in Paris and eventually getting to Barcelona 17 hours after beginning my trip.
DPM DEMO STAGING
Today is about staging demo's of DPM - yes, I am using VPC's everywhere, but it still takes time. And considering all of this work on the Sabbath - not sure if my set-ups will be blessed as error free or punished with extra Murphy's Law.
What makes a DPM demo complicated?
It takes 2 physical and 8 virtual servers to fully appreciate the uber-coolness of DPM 2007:
Host 1 - Windows Server 2003 sp2 with Virtual Server 2005 R2 sp1 - not in a domain (3Ghz / 2 GB RAM / fast disk)
Host 2 - Windows Server 2003 sp2 with Virtual Server 2005 R2 sp1 - in the Contoso domain (same specs)
The first host cannot be in the domain because the DC isn't running yet (it will run on this host). The second host has to be in the domain, so that we can show DPM 2007 protecting a Virtual Server with a non-Windows guest like Linux. Unfortunately, you can't run Virtual Server 2005 inside a virtual machine, so you can't carry it in a VPC. It always has to be set up new with the host each time you set up a show.
Oh, and one more thing - for executive keynotes, we duplicate everything.
One of my old managers once said "You should have a standard demo that is always ready. If your demo is all VPC's - it's easy. You can just load them up and boot."
This is a manager who had never done live demo before. For the record, I packed up my most current VPC's (that have been giving me flawless demo's for several weeks) to a harddrive and a spare, and left for the airport.
Even with a good amount of preparation and working VPC's, I have had a few challenges --
Final score for Day-0:
Which Synthetic Tape are you using for the Demos?
FIRESTREAMER - a very cool utility. Essentially, it lets me take any disk space and present it as a tape device to Windows OS (which then DPM can use).
DPM 2007 can natively use disk that appears as fixed-local storage to the underlying OS (DASD, iSCSI or SAN/fc) - as well as tape.
Firestreamer lets me use external USB HD's, flash-USB or in my case, a directory within my VHD, so that I can demo DPM's tape capabilities without carrying a physical tape drive.
Thanks Jason I was using a demo of the Cofio Vistor when I did demos of DPM 2006 and 2007 to my User Group here in Canberra, but I needed to run a Linux VM and connect via iSCSI of course the cool part was having a Timberwolf on my laptop. It was also good for NetBAckup SSO Demos.
The FIRESTREAMER looks to be a way nicer option for Demos in both price and that it will run on Windows so no linux box to emulate tape. Thanks I will look into this.