Demos. When everything goes wrong..

I’ve been demoing ZENworks Configuration Management to partners across Europe for two weeks with no problems at all. Mainly running a live demo from my set of servers at home.

It’s risky – I might have a power outage, WAN outage, local issues – but so far so good.

I’ve also got a fully virtualised demo on my laptop incase things go bad.

Today both failed.

Internet access was via an authenticated proxy – and for some reason I couldn’t connect to my servers at home. Then my virtual demo started to get sick. Firefox kept hanging, Windows went slow, DNS stopped working. It all pointed to a networking conflict of some sort.

Eventually the technical team opened up their firewall so I didn’t need a proxy – and the demo looks great.

Two things I’ve learned again:

  1. if something is going to fail – it will do. Big time.
  2. always have a plan C (death by powerpoint) and maybe a plan D…

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  1. Plan ‘C’

    Half a dozen Nano ITX boards built into a small flight case (smaller than normal laptop bag)

    All Network boot or boot from Compact Flash. Small raid array of either laptop drives or microdrives.

    Voila. It works a treat. Weighs less than the carry on allowance as well.

    Single power cable/network cable in. It works a treat for demos either live network or standalone.

    http://www.linitx.com – it’s the nano boards you want

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