Don Jones

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Yeah, I know it’s a ways, ways off, but these things take planning and prep, and I have to plan my life 12-18 months out. So…

The idea is to have a “DSC Camp.” It won’t be a literal camp, you’ll fly out to Vegas and stay in an off-Strip hotel right near my house. I’m thinking July 2015, right now – it fits with my schedule as it’s shaping up, and it’s not a bad time to be in Vegas. Yeah, it’s hot. I have a great swimming pool with lots of shade :).

You’ll get there, say, Thursday sometime (dates/days not yet decided). Thursday evening, we’ll have a little get-together at my house (we’ll get a shuttle bus or something to do the transit, so you won’t need a car).

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning we’ll do 4-5 hour classroom sessions at the hotel. Bring your own laptop, because we’ll be digging DEEP into DSC. Everything from composite configuration creation to custom resource design and authoring, including diagnostics, pull server planning, and even management tooling considerations. Everything.

We’ll adjourn midafternoon before the brains all fill up and die, but class won’t be over. Friday and Saturday, for example, we might head back to the house and enjoy the pool, where we can talk more informally about DSC strategy, digest some of the finer points, and enjoy a cooling beverage or three.

In the evenings, we’ll hit a local legendary restaurant, have pizza at the house (along with billiards or something), and hang. We might hit someplace fun, like the nearby Linq project on the Strip, or the local brewpub across the street.

You’ll take off Sunday afternoon or evening, unless you want to stay longer and enjoy some “me” time.

The idea is to combine some serious classroom learning with more informal discussion, group decision-making, and some fun.

This won’t be the cheapest weekend in the universe. I need to sort out costs and whatnot, but $1500-$2000 might be where it all settles out. That’ll include a lot of your meals, though, so you’ll just have to cover an off-Strip business-class hotel and your airfare, for the most part. All told, you might be looking at $3000-$3500, I’m guessing, for the entire trip.

And it’ll be limited to just 20 people. Oh, we’ll try and have some special celebrity guests, too, but you’ll be part of a very small, very select group. If it works out, we might make this an annual event and might even move it to other locations from time to time.

Anyway… it’s all kind of in “blue sky” thinking-about stage right now, so I’d love your comments, feedback, and ideas. We wouldn’t start selling this until the first half of 2015, so we’ve got some time to refine the concept.

So, whatcha think?

8 thoughts on “PowerShell DSC Camp… Coming in 2015

  1. Anthony says:

    Twenty people… I guess your chances are five times better than getting invited to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

    1. Anthony says:

      D’oh, 4 times better, I’m good at maths.

  2. Omar says:

    I’m in !

  3. utahdave1 says:

    Sounds great! Sign me up!

  4. Annette Ciotola says:

    How about an all expense paid trip and the class for the poor (me) and unemployed (also me) and sadly the unemployable (again me, due to my health.) I do so want to keep up with what I’ve learned.

    1. Don Jones says:

      Sure, just find someone to pay! 🙂 I’m not employed either!

  5. Gael says:

    Wicked!
    On the downside the company I work for does not like having Training and Vegas in the same line, so I might have to pay for it myself…
    What the selection process will be like? Is committing to a 10h flight to get there enough? 😉

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