Registration Open: DevOps Camp 2016

In 2015, I premiered a very small, very exclusive event called DSC Camp. It was a huge hit for the ~20 people who were able to get in, and for 2016 we’re expanding the scope a tiny bit. After all, DSC is just a tool – DevOps is the real goal, and so it’s now DevOps Camp. Here’s the brochure:

DevOps-Camp-Brochure

If you’re just getting started with DSC and DevOps, this is probably not the event for you. This is designed as a 400-level event, and we’ll be hacking the crap out of the DSC technology stack to help achieve business goals that it isn’t currently designed to meet. We’ll be talking planning and infrastructure. Coding. Practices. And we’ll be sharing experiences, challenging assumptions, and inventing new best practices.

This isn’t a traditional class, either. Friday afternoon will have us retire to my house, just off Las Vegas Blvd, for a day of BBQ food, pool, and drinks. Last year, some of the most amazing DSC conversations happened right there, given the high level of expertise in both our guest presenters and the attendees. Saturday, we’ll have a full day of classroom time, but we’ll relieve that with an all-new restaurant/bar crawl of the locals-only Fremont East District, concluding at the fabulous LINQ district on the Strip.

It’s pretty amazing. Feel free to drop questions in the comments!

PowerShell DSC Camp… Coming in 2015

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?