It's the end of the third day, and I come to it with much relief. I've passed the midway milestone of this assignment, and I can foresee that it'll be smooth sailing from here on.
Yes, I'll admit that I've been winging it. I've strayed far from the comfortable confines of the course material to explore areas of interest to me and to my students.
There were several close calls when I thought what I was going to try in the laboratory try was going to fail. But it worked all so beautifully! Case in point was Remote Deployment Manager which could detect PXE-enabled servers and automagically deploy them with your operating system of choice (Linux or Windows in all their different flavors).
When we did fail the class was quite forgiving. My software distribution example didn't quite work out the way I thought it would, but that was because of the software that I chose.
Tomorrow we tackle the BladeCenter, and I am approaching it with much confidence. Over the past year-and-a-half, I have become master of the blades and I can run the class with my eyes closed. Ha! Ha! Ha!