Life at SharePoint Training

SPTrianingThings are going really well here in Peoria, IL.  The SharePoint training is only half the reason this training is so valuable.  Equally as important and valuable has been the connections and friendships made, during breaks and evenings, with the other Church IT folks here.  There are 36 – 40 church IT people here that all bring something to offer here at the training.  I have learned from each person I have spoken to.  Thank you to Jason Lee and the staff of Northwoods Community Church for hosting this event, and to all who had a hand in putting this together, as well as to Bill English for conducting the training for us.  This group is an invaluable resource both to each and everyone in the group, and also for those in Church IT that haven’t had a chance to get connected with other IT professionals.

Tonight was a “light bulb” night for me.  I’ve been listening and talking to people about virtualization and how it works.  I’ve heard about VMWare and Microsoft Virtal Server, but tonight the light bulb went off exactly how a virtual server works, and the value of virtualization.  I didn’t realize, or register, before that it’s as easy as an image (or a few files) that make up the virtual server.  By having these few files backed up and easily able to get to, one could have a server that is down backup on another machine in a matter of 15 minutes.  This is very powerful, and I am excited to go back and start testing virtual servers and begin rolling them out.  And… this is just one example.

Here are a few pictures of most of us at dinner tonight…

Life at SharePoint Training  Life at SharePoint Training

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