|My work area|
I'll find out the results of the qual lab sometime next week (fingers crossed). I did find out that I passed the written exam that was given the day before, so that was a relief!
During my three weeks here in Redmond my schedule was pretty much the same every day. I would arrive about 7:30AM and review notes or work on labs until instruction began at 8:00AM. Instructors would teach until usually about 6:00PM, but nights went as late as 8:30PM. After instruction we would work on hands-on labs until about 11:00PM (one night we worked until 2:30AM), and then we'd head back to inn for some sleep, a quick shower, and start all over again. For 20 days straight - no weekends or time off. It was quite intense.
|Microsoft Building 40|
We each had a host computer with two nice size monitors connected side-by-side with a fully articulated arm. For labs you would use one monitor for the decks or lab materials, and the other for access to your virtual lab environment. Each of us had our own forests and domains, and both the host machine and labs had Internet access through TMG so we could do real world access testing.
|One of the many drink coolers in Building 40|
|My best friend|
The entire experience was quite humbling. I thought I knew Exchange pretty well, having worked on all versions since MS Mail. I think I've increased my knowledge of Exchange by orders of magnitude. I've met new friends and have a new community to bounce ideas off of.
|Microsoft gardeners replaced some trees with these pretty pink ones overnight early this week|
My plane is here, so it's time to back away from the computer for a while.