This week the blog comes from rainy München, or Moosfeld to be more accurate, where in-depth Cheetah training for tech support is taking place. The same training is being simultaneously delivered in Singapore; next week the show will move to London and Sydney, and on to Lenexa, Kansas two weeks later.
One nice feature of the training material is that everyone gets a VMWARE image with the software, IDS instances, scripts and exercises required for the training. This environment means attendees can use their own laptops, and have a reference implementation of IDS 11.10 set up, with instructions for all new features, which will serve as a ready-to-use environment both during the class and for later testing. I'm just wishing I'd bought a GB of extra memory for my laptop.
Later in the week I hope to update the blog with an inspiring photo of some rain.
Cheetah available for Electronic Delivery
Last week's news is that IDS 11.10.xC1 is now officially available for download. See Fernando's blog for the scoop.
Server Studio and Sentinel 6.1 Announced
Last week Server Studio 6.1 was announced. This is the Server Studio version designed for IDS 11.10. I was fortunate enough to get a preview of 6.1 from Anatole Vishon at the last IDUG conference, and was impressed with some of the new features, including version snapshots of schema and configuration changes. If you haven't looked at Server Studio in a while it's worth a test drive. The 6.0 release that supported IDS 10.0 had a huge list of enhancements, my favourite being the Entity Relationship diagram feature of the Schema Manager, which provides an intuitive graphical interface to even the most complicated schemas. Integrated with this is a redesigned Dependancy Analyzer. The enhancements in the last two releases are too many to list here. I can't find the release notes online but if you install a free test drive take a look at them to get an idea of how much development has gone into recent versions.