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