Category - TechEd

Countdown to TechEd Europe: One With Things To Do In Barcelona

Joey and I are back again and this week, they share with you our tour of some of Barcelona’s most incredible attractions. Watch the video, and see their top picks that you should add to your itinerary while you’re at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2014. From historic landmarks, museums and parks, to football and Flamenco dancing… this city has it all!

Make sure that you register so you don’t miss out on this amazing experience!

We want to hear from YOU! What are you most looking forward to at TechEd Europe? Let us know:




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What to do in Houston for TechEd 2014

I can’t believe I still get the “TechEd is in Houston? Awww, what am I going to do in Houston during TechEd?”. I was kind of in that boat, since I had never been to Houston except once for an overnight and all I saw was the airport hotel and a training center. Let me tell ya – My perception of Houston has been completely changed after shooting The Countdown Show there a couple of months back. When I inquire about their opinions a bit further – the initial comment about Houston is inevitably clarified with a secondary statement that they’ve never been there and are going on someone else’s comments OR they have been there before – but a long time ago and didn’t find Houston all that appealing. hummm… same as me. I follow up and ask them if they’ve seen the Countdown Show episodes where Joey and I take you along a tour of our new favorite places in Houston. They inevitably answer no – so I have to get them to check them out AND subscribe to The Countdown Show in order to stay up to date. I got tired of sending them to multiple spots, so here is your ONE STOP SHOP for those videos and how to subscribe to The Countdown Show.

Part One: The One With Things Not to Miss in Houston

Part Two: The One With More Things Not To Miss in Houston

Part Three:The One We Finish the Things Not to Miss in Houston Trilogy

 

And – if you are looking for the One Stop Shop for all the LOCATIONS we visited, here are their coordinates and more info.

Lets just say – I’ve discovered there are a LOT of very passionate people in Houston who are eager to share their passions for craft beer / coffee / great food and more. Just come prepared to check your pre-conceived notions at the door. I can’t WAIT for TechEd in Houston May 12th to 15th.

Have YOU registered yet? Get with it!

Getting ready to Head DownUnder in NZ and AU

I am in the final days of prep work to get ready to head down to TechEd New Zealand and TechEd Australia. I had a great time down there last year and apparently they liked my stuff enough to ask me to come back again!  I have slightly different speaking schedule for the two conferences – here’s the links to the different event schedules.

TechEd New Zealand
WS 2012 File System Enhancements: ReFS & Storage Spaces (Thursday, September 6 16:30 – 17:30 Ballroom 2)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV309

What’s New in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 (Wednesday, September 5 15:10 – 16:10 Ballroom 2)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV310

Using the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager for Remote and Multi-Server Management (Friday, September 7 13:55 – 14:55 New Zealand 3)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV311

TechEd Australia
WS2012 File System Enhancements: ReFS and Storage Spaces (Wed, 12 Sep 2012, 17:00 – 18:15)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV316

WS2012 NIC Teaming and Multichannel Solutions (Thu, 13 Sep 2012, 08:15 – 09:30)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV321

WS2012 IP Address Management (IPAM) (Thu, 13 Sep 2012, 13:45 – 15:00)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV324

and a NEW one just added – Multi-Server Management and Beyond with Server Manager
(link to be added – it’s still SECRET)

I’ll be joined by my teammate David Tesar – his first time in Australia. We are two of the hosts on The Edge Show on Channel 9. Earlier this week we decided to do a little promo trailer for our trip down to TechEd Australia. Have a peek:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V guest IOps and network portability demos

I have the good fortune of working with some great folks here at Microsoft HQ – some of which I have been following for quite some time. Last week at TechEd NorthAmerica Jeff Woolsey was on the main keynote stage demonstrating a whirlwind of functionalities and achievements of the next generation of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. I’ve pulled out two things that interest me VERY much I thought I’d share.

Specifically – the VM Guest capability of getting 3x the IO throughput via the new virtual HBA adapters then VMware guests can get.  We almost hit 1 million IOps with this demo on stage, but I swear I saw it over a million in rehearsal that morning and the night before.

Also of interest is the IP portability demo that was part of the TechEd North America and Europe “foundation” session I produced. It was called “Modernizing your Datacenter” which was well received. Taking the keyboard for the demo is my friend Michael Leworthy to show us what Windows Server 2012 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can do for scenarios like Hosters or Mergers and Acquisitions.

TechEd Foundation Session: Modernizing Your Datacenter resources

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As the curator of the TechEd Modernizing Your Datacenter foundational session, I have compiled a one stop resource to complementary sessions about the technologies we demonstrated during the event.  You can click on the links to view the session details in schedule builder.

If you are coming across this post AFTER TechEd 2012 has come and gone – don’t worry – there are recordings of each of these sessions you should be able to watch online.

Thanks for stopping by – keep coming back if you are a Windows Server 2012 geek like me.

Rick

Section One: Build and scale your infrastructure

VIR308 – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 1

Speaker(s): Jeff Woolsey
Monday, June 11 at 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM in S310A

This two-part session overviews the new and updated features for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, including Multitenancy, High Availability, flexibility infrastructure, and Scale and Density. Over the two sessions, it provides a complete summary of why Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is the best virtualization platform for server consolidation, key workload support and VDI, as well as the ideal platform for Infrastructure as a Service, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Public Cloud. #TEVIR308

VIR309 – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 2

Speaker(s): Jeff Woolsey
Monday, June 11 at 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM in S310A

Building on Part 1, the second part of What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V continues to show a complete summary of why Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is the best virtualization platform for server consolidation, key workload support and VDI, as well as the ideal platform for Infrastructure as a Service, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Public Cloud. #TEVIR309

VIR305 – Hyper-V Network Virtualization for Scalable Multi-Tenancy in Windows

Speaker(s): Sandeep Singhal
Thursday, June 14 at 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM in S320A

“Any service at any server in any cloud.” Next generation data centers should allow dynamic resource allocation and consolidation across large resource pools. The topological constrains of today’s data center networks limit how services can be assigned to servers. Windows Server 2012 enables you to create an agile, multi-tenant cloud on top of your existing infrastructure by virtualizing the network. Network virtualization decouples server configuration from network configuration to provide a virtual dedicated network to each tenant. This allows seamless migration of workloads, while continuing to provide security isolation between tenants. Partners have the opportunity to become multi-tenancy aware and provide the next generation of services, devices, appliances, both physical and virtual, to augment and complete the Windows offering to build secure, scalable, multi-tenant public and private clouds. #TEVIR305

Section Two: Deploy applications and services

WSV332 – What’s New with Internet Information Services (IIS) 8: Performance, Scalability, and Security

Speaker(s): Robert McMurray
Thursday, June 14 at 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM in N310

The session focuses on the new performance, scalability, and security features that are available in IIS 8, including how IIS scales on modern hardware, offers additional security via dynamic rules, and manages the end-user expectations on the age old question, “why does the first request take a long time on IIS?” #TEWSV332

WSV42-HOL – Exploring Application Scale and Management Enhancements in IIS 8

All week in Hands On Labs area in S. Hall B

The lab steps through the key SSL investments in next version of IIS. Learn about how to configure SNI (Server Name Indication) and manage the certificate quickly and securely by keeping them in a central location. This lab is particularly relevant for those who manage many secure sites in a server farm.

MGT304 – Cloud? It’s All about the App!

Speaker(s): Maarten Goet
Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM in N220A

The applications to empower our businesses are what we should focus on. We should choose the platform to host the application that best meets the needs, whether it’s a public cloud (Windows Azure) or a private cloud (Hyper-V). In this session Maarten Goet, five-year Microsoft System Center MVP, shows how System Center can help you make those choices and provides integrated management for all cloud worlds. He demonstrates Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and System Center App Controller 2012 with Azure and provides you with a practical approach to embracing the right cloud for your application. #TEMGT304

Section Three: Manage  and maintain availability

WSV205 – Windows Server 2012 Overview

Speaker(s): Michael Leworthy
Monday, June 11 at 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM in N320A

Windows Server 2012 brings Microsoft’s experience building and operating public clouds to the server operating system, making it a dynamic, highly available, and cost-effective platform for private clouds and on-premise datacenters. It can take you Beyond Virtualization while offering The Power of Many Servers, and the Simplicity of One. It helps with Every App, Any Cloud, and offers to help Enable the Modern Work Style. Learn what we mean by all that and furthermore, experience this in a number of demos showing exciting new features and scenarios. #TEWSV205

WSV306 – Inside Windows Server 2012 Multi-Server Management Capabilities

Speaker(s): Erin Chapple, Jeffrey Snover
Tuesday, June 12 at 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM in N310

Windows Server 2012 will offer excellent total cost of ownership as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multicomputer manageability. Two areas in which Windows Server 2012 improves multicomputer management are Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0. Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 helps you efficiently deploy and manage roles and features on the local server, on remote servers, and on both online and offline virtual hard disks. It also provides a multiserver experience where you can centralize your Windows Server management in a single view, and streamlined your server configuration and deployment from the same window. Windows PowerShell 3.0 provides an extensive platform to help you manage server roles and automate management tasks. With access to over 2300 commandlets (a tenfold increase from the previous version), Windows PowerShell 3.0 offers comprehensive management across your datacenter. This session overviews these subjects in detail and prepares you for enhancing your management capability. #TEWSV306

WSV322 – Update Management in Windows Server 2012: Revealing Cluster-Aware Updating and the New Generation of WSUS

Speaker(s): Erin Chapple, Mallikarjun Chadalapaka
Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM in S230E

Today, patch management is a required component of any security strategy. In Windows Server 2012, the new Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) feature delivers Continuous Availability through automated self-updating of failover clusters. In Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has evolved to become a Server Role with exciting new capabilities. This session introduces CAU with a discussion of its GUI, cmdlets, remote-updating and self-updating capabilities. And then we proceed to highlight the main functionalities of WSUS in Windows Server 2012 including the security enhancements, patch deployment automation, and new Windows PowerShell cmdlets to perform maintenance, manage and deploy updates. #TEWSV322

Section Four: Securely Deliver Services to Devices

SIA207 – Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Overview

Speaker(s): Gunjan Jain, Nir Ben Zvi
Monday, June 11 at 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM in N320E

This session provides an overview of the new Dynamic Access Control capabilities built into Windows Server 2012 and how it can best be leveraged for Compliance and Data Leakage Prevention to enable Data Governance. Administrators now have greater control over file server data by leveraging Active Directory claims, a more robust ACL model, Active Directory centralized authorization/auditing policy, and data classification. This session provides an overview of the principal Dynamic Access Control scenarios, showcases the data classification toolkit and integrated partner solutions, and provides a foundation for the Dynamic Access Control breakout sessions. #TESIA207

SIA341 – Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Deep Dive for Active Directory and Central Authorization Policies

Speaker(s): Siddharth Bhai
Tuesday, June 12 at 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM in N220A

How does Dynamic Access Control affect Active Directory Domain Services? Come to this session and find out how it works! This session provides a technical deep-dive on Dynamic Access Control specifically targeted to the AD Administrator. Topics include the mechanics of Active Directory claims, central access policies, new authentication and authorization capabilities, the latest guidance on AD token bloat, and more. #TESIA405

SIA21-HOL – Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data in Windows Server 2012

Available all week in Hands On Labs area in S. Hall B

In this lab, explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. Learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as how to utilize the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

TechEd 2012 Countdown–Certification News T-6

Part of this new gig at Microsoft at Corp is helping out drum up information and excitement around big scale events like TechEd.  My partner in crime Joey Snow and I record these TechEd Countdown shows and publish them once a week.  It’s a hoot! This time we have Melissa Bathum from Microsoft Learning (MCT Readiness and certification) joining us to talk about certification benefits and offers at TechEd NA.

Get Out Of Dodge–Migration Resources

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As part of the TechEd Session I did at TechEd NorthAmerica with all of its video Switcher issues AND to keep the resources flowing on this topic – I have put together this resource blog post including embedded video screencasts of each of the demos. The original presentation pace was fast (too fast) – so here you can grab a Pint / Coffee and watch the demos at your leisure.

TechEd New Zealand and TechEd Australia – here’s dome demo love for you too.

SlideShow on SlideShare.Net

Demo 1 – Migration Tools install

Demo 2 – Active Directory Migration (link to AD Migration Session)

Demo 3 – DHCP Migration

Demo 4 – Print Server Migration

Demo 5 – File Server Migration

Demo 6 – Certificate Server Migration

Additional Resource Links to Migration Guides.