F5 Load Balancer Training Course : Day 1

As I suspected, I’m the only person on the course that doesn’t know what a network is. :) If I had not been tinkering with the reverse proxies over the last year I would have been pretty much lost.

The course itself is well structured and the teacher is good. The fact I’ve not flounced out in a huff is testament to that. :) The pattern will be quite familiar to anyone who has been on a hands-on course before. Discuss a topic with slides, then do a hands-on lab that works through that stuff.

It takes a while to get into the swing of things and I’ve proved to myself I am incapable of reading other people’s instructions, so it’s a good job I usually write my own. Now I’m starting to get used to the interface and command line, I’m hoping today will be a bit easier.

From a brief discussion, what I need from the load balancers seems *drastically* different to most of the other people in the room. I think this is going to be quite a long and arduous road when I start having to apply some of this to real situations. I sense a lot of external consultancy… :)

It is interesting coming from a different background to the others in the room and seeing how we approach things from different angles, and with different emphasis. I’ll write a blog post about this when I’ve finished the course, because it’s been something that has been brewing in my mind for a while…

As you will probably already know, I followed the day with a visit to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

I’ve been swimming this morning and now I have to log on to work to fix some stuff before starting day 2 of the course.

Cheers

Tim…