TechEd Notes: Virtualization Goes Center Stage


If you haven’t been to Microsoft TechEd, you really should try to attend. The event is usually done extremely well, and I’ve always walked away with a positive outcome – feeling as though I learned something valuable.

Hopefully, this year is no different as Microsoft brings TechEd 2006 to Boston, MA on June 11th through June 16th. The show consists of hundreds of learning opportunities featuring Microsoft Product Managers, Developers, Programmers, IT Managers with select sessions from leading industry experts.

And this year, they have a number of tracks that relate to virtualization, such as:

  • BOF41 Creative Uses for Virtualization in the Development Lab
    Day/Time: Thursday, June 15 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
    This session will encourage discussions of the many innovative methods that sofware developers, QA testers and technical professionals have used virtualization technologies to enhance the application development lifecycle.
  • SVR003 Introduction to Virtual Server 2005 R2
    This lab will walk the user through various tasks that can be performed with Virtual Server 2005 R2 and give the user insight into the world of possibilities in a virtualized world. The objective of this lab is to guide you through the core functionality and new features in Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. After completing this lab you will have: Created a new virtual machine from an existing virtual hard disk, Configured virtual machines for virtual networking, Configured Virtual Server and virtual machine settings, Used advanced features of Virtual Server including undo & differencing disks
  • BOF21 Using Intel Virtualization Technology with Microsoft Windows
    Day/Time: Tuesday, June 13 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    The attention on virtualization as a capability on client and servers has been growing recently. With the rise of new use models and the introduction of hardware technologies such as Intel VT, the reliability and usability of the virtualized system has entered the mainstream. This session will be an open discussion on the uses for virtualization for clients and servers. Developers should come prepared to discuss ideas around potential new revenue streams using virtualization. IT Pro customers should be ready to discuss the way virtualization deployments are and will be changing the way the industry does business.
  • MGTTLC03 Virtual Machine Management with System Center
    Day/Time: Thursday, June 15 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Room: SEC, SVR, MGT & CLI Theater 2
    Speaker(s): Bill Shelton
    This chalk talk presents the opportunity for an open Q & A regarding Microsoft’s approach and tools for virtual machine management. In particular, this chalk talk provides the opportunity to learn the various tips and tricks for management of a virtual data center.
  • SVR302 Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta: Introduction
    Day/Time: Monday, June 12 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Room: 157 ABC
    Speaker(s): Rajiv Arunkundram, Peter Doulas
    This session focuses on the new features of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 such as Intel VT and AMD VT support, Volume Shadow Services support and how to use the features to provide additional solution capability. The session also covers the roadmap for virtualization technologies from Microsoft.
  • SVRTLC11 Virtual Server Solution
    Speaker(s): Allen Stewart
    Abstract pending
  • SVR335 Virtual Server Solution Scenarios
    Day/Time: Monday, June 12 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Room: 258 ABC
    Speaker(s): Robert Larson, Allen Stewart
    This session focuses on the three main solution areas for Virtual Server: Branch Office solution, high availability with clustering, disaster recovery, and test and dev environments. The session provides best practices on how to evaluate the requirements for a specific virtualization solution and some key tips and tricks for effective deployment of Virtual Server.
  • SVR216 Virtual Server: Customer Success Stories
    Day/Time: Tuesday, June 13 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Room: 259 AB
    Speaker(s): Ivar Hyngstrom, Ken Isacson, Dimitri Mundarain, Tony Taylor
    This session focuses on customer success stories of how customers evaluated and selected Virtual Server over competing technologies/vendors. This session provides you with best practices on how to evaluate a virtualization solution and an example of how a customer actually deployed virtualization in their environment.

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