Take a gander – the MMS 2008 DVD set is safely in my hands

The MMS 2008 DVD set was sitting in my mailbox today.  As the saying goes: “if there’s no pictures, it didn’t happen” so here’s my pictures:

Outside Front Cover Outside Back Cover

Check it out…someone actually got the myITforum.com spelling correct (i.e., capital “IT” and everything else lower-case)…

myITforum.com Address

Inside Open Inside Open with DVDs

DVD 1 of 2 DVD 2 of 2

Sadly, the MMS 2008 DVD package image is still not updated on the MS Store (though you can still order it sight-unseen).  Maybe, I should send them my photos to use.  🙂



The MMS 2008 DVDs are on their way!

Dear MMS 2008 Attendee,

This e-mail serves as confirmation that your MMS 2008 DVD set has been shipped and you should be receiving it within 1-2 weeks (International locations may take longer).  The DVD set has been sent via the U.S. Postal Service to the address included with your registration information.  

If you do not receive your DVD set within the specified time, please e-mail MMS2008DVD@paragongroup.com for further assistance.

For more information about the MMS 2008 DVD set, including how you can order additional copies, please access http://mms-2008.com

Thanks again for your participation in MMS 2008!



Sadly, the MS Store image hasn’t been updated yet…



MMS 2008 Fun Facts

Registration by the numbers

  • 22,500: The number of miles roundtrip 6 attendees flew to be at MMS 2008
  • 1,309: The number of attendees who have previously attended an MMS
  • 1,100: The number of attendees checked in within the first hour of registration opening
  • 61: The number of countries represented
  • 50: The number of US states represented
  • 6: The number of US states with representation in the triple digits – CA, CO, IL, MA, TX, WA
  • Top countries other than the US with the highest representation:  Denmark, Canada, Sweden

Session Content

  • 126 breakouts, 11 BOF sessions, 71 ILL lab sessions and 56 different self-paced lab topics
  • The total disk space of all the hands-on labs disk images was 532Gb
  • A total of 55,481 session bookings were received on CommNet
  • The Cross-platform keynote demo included 110Gb of VHD files: 1 physical Solaris box and 7 virtual machines
  • The Cross-platform keynote demo was repeated the same day at an Interop keynote, and the following day in Seattle


Get ready for MMS 2009!


Something really neat I did this past week – attended my first-ever Virtual User Conference

Stephen Wynkoop (remember him?  he’s almost like a big brother to myITforum.com) has put together an amazing set of technologies that allow for a real-time virtual user conference.  Stephen has captured the ability to give the the same look and feel as a real-world conference, but you get to attend in the comfort of your office and at your desk.

Stephen contacted me last week to give me the opportunity to attend the vConference.  I was amazed.  I’m still amazed.

Here’s a page with a video demo:


…and, here’s a page with all the rest of the details:


If you get a chance to attend one of his conferences, I highly recommend it.

I have a con-call with Stephen this next week to work on putting together a myITforum.com vConference very soon.  I’m really sold on this idea, and particularly how Stephen has put it all together.  The experience is flawless.  You even get to “mingle” with other attendees in the lobby, talk with presenters, and even take a look at vendors’ products in the Expo.  The only things not included is the after-hours get-togethers, the provided meals, the SWAG grab, or the mad rush for the myITforum.com party button.

We’ll see how it all shakes out, but this has definite possibilities and it will be great to work with Stephen again.