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VDI Day Sessions online

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Last week we organized a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure day together with Citrix. We’ve published the sessions onto TechNet Edge.

Session 1: VDI Day: Citrix & Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Strategy

In this session we will guide you through the desktop virtualization strategy and show you how Citrix and Microsoft will help you reduce the costs of Managing your virtual desktop infrastructure. We will answer questions like: “Will desktop virtualization really fit every user?”

Speakers: Jurgen Van Duvel & Andreas Van Wingerden

Session 2: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 1

In this more technical session we will drill down into the Microsoft virtualization architecture of VDI and determine what key questions need to be asked and answered around required components, networking, capacity and end user experience. In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are and how to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Arlindo Alves – http://blogs.technet.com/b/aralves/

Session 3: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 2

In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are, what they add on top of the Virtualization back-end. By then end of this session you will be geared up with the knowledge to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Andreas Van Wingerden – Citrix

Belgian Best of MMS session are online

9:12 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge

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Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.

Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager
This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the ‘eureka’ configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.
Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen http://www.scug.be/blogs/

Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager
Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure.
Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke  System Center Service Manager

Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.
Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager

Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first
Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike

Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview
This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management
Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

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VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

· Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

· Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

· Virtual machine templates.

· Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

· Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

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TechNet Event: Best of Microsoft Management Summit 2010

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Best of Microsoft Management Summit 2010

Best of MMS 2010 will provide the opportunity to learn more about IT Management solutions from Microsoft and how you can adopt them in your datacenter. MMS is an annual event in Las Vegas where we deliver deep technical content on our latest management solution offering.

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. This year 5 of our Belgian Experts from the System Center User Group will attend this event and bring back all the valuable information and present them to the Belgian IT Professionals.

You have the choice to either attend this event in person or follow it by using live-meeting.

Agenda of the day

  • Overview of announcements made at MMS in Las Vegas
  • System Center Configuration Manager vNext
  • The top 20 “Must Have “ customizations in Operations Manager
  • Introduction into Opalis
  • What’s new and what changed in Data Protection Manager 2010
  • What to Expect from Service Manager
  • Technical Overview of System Center Essentials 2010

Full Agenda

Date:
May 11, 2010

Location:
Microsoft Office
Da Vincilaan 3
1935 Zaventem

Register now

Manage your Virtualized infrastructure with System Center Essentials 2010

11:08 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

I often get the question if you can use System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to manage your Virtual Infrastructure. The answer depends on how many virtual machines you want to manage today and in the future. SCE 2010 includes Virtual Machine management but only a subset of the capabilities of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Let’s have a look at the differences:

Configuration

Essentials 2010

VMM

Templates

X

X

VM Cloning

X

X

Candidate Identification

X

X

Physical to Virtual Conversion

X

X

Virtual to Virtual Conversion

X

X

Migration across physical machines

X

X

Virtualization Reports

X

X

Monitoring VMs

X

X

Physical resource optimization (PRO)

X

X

Library

X

X

Provisioning

X

X

VM configuration & properties

X

X

VM state

X

X

Checkpoints (Snapshots)

X

X

64 bit guest OS

X

X

Hardware Assisted Virtualization

X

X

Live thumbnail

X

X

Synthetic Network Support

X

X

Import VM (multiple VHD + snapshot)

 

X

Configure advanced network settings

 

X

Inspect Disk

 

X

VMWare Management

 

X

Self-service console

 

X

If you don’t need VMWare management and the self service portal you will be able to use SC2010.

There is also the licensing aspect that you need to take into consideration:

Licensing for Managed Virtual Machines in Essentials 2010
Essentials 2010 is licensed per device. Only physical computers consume server or client management licenses and are required to have a license. However, Essentials is limited to managing up to 50 server operating system environments and 500 client operating system environments. For example, you might have purchased licenses to manage 20 physical servers, are managing all 20 physical servers, and are also managing 30 virtual servers. Because you are managing 50 server operating system environments, you cannot manage any additional physical or virtual servers.

In conclusion you can manage 50 servers being Virtual or Physical and you only need to license your physical servers.

Watch the What’s New with System Center Essentials 2010 webcast for more information.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

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This IPD guide, updated for App-V 4.6, provides actionable guidance for planning your application virtualization infrastructure. With App-V, your organization can respond to the complex challenge of managing applications. This guide simplifies your App-V planning process; updates now include support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, including such features as BranchCache; support for 64-bit clients; and server-sizing data.

Strategically planning your infrastructure can help you avoid problems before they begin, allowing you to serve your customers more accurately and reliably, as well as saving you time and money.

Download the IPD Guide for App-V 4.6 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=182824.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Just Got Easy – Download Now

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Offline Virtual Machine Servicing tool 2.1

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The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 has free, tested guidance and automated tools to help customers keep their virtualized machines updated, without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure.  

The tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to automatically bring groups of virtual machines online, service them with the latest security updates, and return them to an offline state. 

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 now supports the following products:

  • Hyper-V-R2
  • VMM 2008 R2
  • SCCM 2007 SP2
  • WSUS 3.0 SP2

OVMST 2.1 also supports updates to Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 virtual machines.  

To learn more about the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1., just click here.   To download the tool, click here.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster for IT Pros.

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Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

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The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated guides, Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology and Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.

With the release of these updated guides, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series of guides further assists organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs.

To select an appropriate virtualization technology, organizations can look to the updated IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology. This guide walks the reader through the technology selection process for each workload—and is now updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

If the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology points the organization to Remote Desktop Services as a best fit for their business needs, the guide then directs the user to the updated IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, which then outlines key infrastructure planning and design guidance for a successful implementation of Remote Desktop Services. The IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services leads the reader through the nine-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the RD Session Host farms is presented in a simple, easy-to-follow process, helping the reader to design and plan centralized virtual data centers.

Used together, these updated guides provide comprehensive planning and design guidance for implementing a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure. The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology also teams with other virtualization guides in the IPD Series—to provide end-to-end planning and design guidance for a variety of virtualization technologies.

Download the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160981

Download the IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=177881

For users of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Remote Desktop Services guide is a complete replacement for the Terminal Services guide. The Remote Desktop Services guide reflects the new capabilities introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the rebranding of Terminal Services. The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services remains available at http://www.microsoft.com/IPD.