Juniper EMEA SE-Summit 2017 :: Madrid here I come

Finally the time has arrived to pack my stuff and travel to Madrid for the Juniper SE Summit EMEA 2017. The EMEA Summit is by far the greatest event I have been a part of regarding Juniper Networks. Mainly european colleagues and champions who are able to understand the special european procedures and guidelines that are sometimes very hard to understand for colleagues living outside europe – especially data protection and privacy.

Of course I will also participate in my 2 granted exams – would be a shame to waste the possibility to do them for free – however this year there’s a limitation of 2 exams per person per Summit – but I think this is more than enough – after all this Summit is for the Tech-Sessions and not for pure Certification πŸ˜‰ So this time I will try to nail the JNCIS-FWV and JNCIS-QF

I will update this post every evening – so stay tuned πŸ™‚
The Summit will happen from July 11th to July 13th 2017 in Madrid.

The Agenda can be found here:



Day 1 – Monday – arrival

This morning we (I took my wife with me so she could enjoy Madrid) went from Oekoven (my Home-Town, 9 houses, 19 cows but FTTH) to Madrid.

As always (plane leaves at 12:05) we had just enough time (arrived at 9.50) thanks to very fast * cough * security officials and baggage drop ladies just so to stand punctual at the gate at boarding time.
Arrived in madrid, I noticed the very nicely built hall of the airport.

Thanks to a great service from the hotel, a driver was ready for our pick-up.
By the way it’s somewhat funny to read the sign “Mr. Scholz”- I’m not used to that πŸ˜‰
Madrid, 33Β° C and many (unlike in Germany) brown plants (see for yourself)

When we arrived at the hotel, I immediately noticed the Juniper registration, which stood proudly at the opposite of the entrance.
My calendar for the next days is ready to rock. Equipped with my green DimensionData Shirt and Basecap we went out to explore a bit of our madrid area, to shop some cans of water and to eat something.

Madrid has really nice small Restaurants – very charming.
Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow when the game begins – after breakfast I scheduled 2 exams πŸ˜‰





Day 2 – Tuesday – plenary

Tuesday – first thing to do after Breakfast was heading to the registration. I was surprised to see that Juniper also choose green today πŸ˜›

I got a bag with my badge, a book from juniper (really nice one this time) and of course a shirt.

The next step on my “to do List” was the JNCIS-FWV since more and more of our Customers migrate from ScreenOS to JunOS or still have SSG’s in production. Therefore this certification was my next step. Thankfully I passed πŸ˜‰ I also met the Guys from the Certification Team. Again – it was a big pleasure and honor to meet you guys – thanks for making the Certification possible every year.

After the Certification it was time to meet old friends and Colleagues by the Pool – a little chill before the plenary sessions

Finally it was time for the plenary Sessions – Kireeti time πŸ˜‰ We were introduced into the strategy and what juniper will do next. This year it was really interesting since there were 2 Rooms (i was in a room where they streamed the other room) so there were not like 1000 people sitting on a bird-cage and getting the climate system to crash πŸ™‚ By the way – againΒ Β° C today – tomorrow it will be 37Β° C and for Thursday they told us, that we will reach the 39Β° C – I am afraid πŸ˜€


Another cool thing is the Juniper “Game” this year – I still am in the Lead and hopefully defend the first place πŸ˜‰
After all I’m still the No1 Fanboy, right? lol πŸ˜€

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