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Pre-Cons to have hands-on labs or no?

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    dtzar

    It appears the general theme for all pre-cons this year is to have NO hands-on lab exercises.  What do you think?

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    dtzar

    FYI - it's a ONE question survey and will take you 5 seconds to answer.  We've only got ONE response so far - looking forward to seeing more people chime in.

    If there are hand-on labs at any of the pre-cons, they would be using your own laptop in the room...

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    AdamMachanic

    It is not typical for single-day seminars to have hands on exercises. A full day sounds like a lot of time, but in reality it's only 6.5 active hours (8 hours, minus two 15 minute breaks, minus 60 minutes for lunch). That's not much time, and it's difficult to get much breadth if you slice off an additional hour or two for labs. Add to that the fact that labs require equipment, setup time, potential debugging, etc. It's really tough to pull off.

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    dtzar

    @AdamMachanic:I agree that 6.5 hours is not much time and realize that having HOLs in the pre-con is not the norm.  I was really curious if all attendees feel this way (like they'd rather have a presenter present more content at the cost of more breadth being covered).  DevOps could be a fairly interesting one considering you do plenty of labs in the cloud using VSO and Windows Azure.

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    khaos13

    Never been able to do the pre-cons.  But having done Tech Ed 6 times and other training with hands on I think they'd be nice but not at the loss of speaking time.  Maybe some tightly related hands on labs in the regular labs area.  The last training I did with hands on was 5 days.  The machines were provided limiting tech issues but they still existed.  And with the longer training time that could be overcome.

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