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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

TechDays 2010: IT Pro Keynote – IT in a transformative time, how can we change the game

6:38 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

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2010 will definitely be the year of the cloud. During the keynote you will hear about the continuum of cloud services spanning from Iaas to Saas that Microsoft is offering and that will allow organizations to move between cloud computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing applications and services will be able to move to the private or public cloud without the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity.

In the second part of the keynote you’ll see how you can increase user productivity by implementing the Microsoft stack

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Speaker: Luc Van De Velde – DPE Director Microsoft Belgium

Guest Speakers: Tony Krijnen, Daniel Van Soest and Arlindo Alves – IT Pro Evangelists Microsoft

TechDays: New session about Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

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There was still one session in the IT Pro track that I could not disclose because the announcement was not made yet. But now that we announced the Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX capabilities in SP1 I can disclose the following session: 

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and NEW SP1 features!

In this session, we will look at Hyper-V’s progression from Windows Server 2008, to R2, and will also give you a sneak peek of the new Hyper-V features coming in SP1.  SP1 will include both Microsoft Remote-FX and Dynamic Memory. These features are designed to meet the increasing needs of our customers as they utilize virtualization in their environments with Windows Server 2008 R2.  We will investigate how Hyper-V has continued to advance and how SP1 will address critical business and technology requirements.

Speaker: Bryon Surace – Microsoft Corp

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides—Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6

12:32 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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.

Get trained with the TechNet “Get Ready” sessions

3:12 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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Get Ready Sessions are 1 day level 200-300 technical trainings given by top level speakers, generally acknowledged as experts in their field. The sessions are organized by Microsoft Partners, more specifically Certified Partners Learning Solutions (CPLS), warranting a high quality learning experience for the trainees.

The participating Microsoft Partners are Devoteam/Guidance, Global Knowledge, InfoSupport, Ordina and U2U. Below is an overview of the different topics for which each Partner is organizing Get Ready Sessions.

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Here is a list of upcoming “Get Ready” Sessions:

Feb 9

Get Ready Session: SQL Server 2008 infrastructure
The ideal start for any IT professional who wants to know everything about
managing a SQL Server 2008 infrastructure. This one day seminar is provided by the best trainers from the Microsoft Certified Learning Solutions Partners. No loose collection of topics but a solid base of information on new management functionality in SQL Server 2008.

Infosupport http://www.infosupport.com/Training/CursusInfo/GRSQL08
   

Feb 11

Get Ready Session: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
This Microsoft Get Ready session by U2U covers the new features in Exchange Server 2010 compared to Exchange Server 2007. Topics: Exchange Server 2010 design goals. Client access features. Message policy and compliance features. Unified messaging features. Federated sharing. Message transport features. Mailbox server features
U2U http://www.u2u.be/CoursePage.aspx?CODE=UEXP10
   

Feb 19

Get Ready Session: Windows 7 : The Next Generation Windows Collaborative Platform: An Opportunity To Optimize Your Desktop Service
In this demonstrations-packed session, Devoteam experts will show you how to bring your desktop service to new levels of operational excellence. DevoTeam experts will demonstrate how to integrate the latest Microsoft desktop technologies, highlighting how they really change the migration game, improve your service levels, and lower the client platform TCO

Guidance/Devoteam

TBC

   

Feb 24

Server Virtualisation: Building Your Virtualisation Infrastructure Using Hyper-V and SCVMM
Discover the benefits of the virtualization capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center. Take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008 R2. Optimize your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles using server virtualisation, efficiently run multiple different operating systems in parallel and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.
Guidance/Devoteam TBC
   

Feb 26

Get Ready Session: SharePoint 2010
This Microsoft Get Ready session by U2U gives you an overview on what is new in SharePoint 2010, for Power Users, Developers and Administrators. Topics: SharePoint 2010 Overview What’s new in the SharePoint User Interface List and Document Management Improvements Introducing SharePoint Designer 2010 The new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) What is new in InfoPath 2010 SharePoint Workspace 2010 Introducing the SharePoint Development Platform What are Sandboxed Solutions? The new Client Object Models LINQ and REST in SharePoint 2010 Building Web Parts with Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint 2010 Administration Overview
U2U http://www.u2u.be/CoursePage.aspx?CODE=UGSP10
   

March 12

Get Ready Session: Exchange 2010
Since its early conception, Exchange Server has been one of the world’s favourite email server platforms. Now with a whole new level of 64bit architecture Exchange 2010 provides a fully unified messaging and communications platform.

With world class email, voice, data and fax Exchange 2007 delivers enterprise class services with improved speed, storage growth, manageability and security. In this Get Ready Seminar you will discover what’s hot and what’s not in Exchange 2010, so make sure you sign up to this exclusive one day session!!!

Global Knowledge http://www.globalknowledge.be/Default.aspx?page=461&coursecode=GKEXCH2010

More to come as soon as we have launched the official TechNet “Get Ready” site.

Architect Forum: Connecting your Business Objectives with IT initiatives

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As Infrastructure Architects, you obviously are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in IT infrastructure technology and want to keep in touch with the upcoming technology trends.
Evenly important, and increasingly important in these crisis period, is that you need to clearly connect business objectives with IT initiatives, in order to make sure that business understands the value of the IT platform and hence will free up those critical budgets for your initiatives. Below you can find the links towards the different sessions.














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Connecting IT to Your Business Objectives: A conversation about the Microsoft Optimization Models


Is it possible to connect business objectives with IT initiatives? Haven’t we tried too many times just to find that it is too hard? Well, in this session we will go through a proven process to asses you current Infrastructure and Business Productivity capabilities using the Microsoft Optimization Models, and proceed to demonstrate the new Infrastructure Capabilities Integration business solution catalogue for horizontal and industry solutions, which are the latest addition to the Microsoft Optimization Framework then we will go through a practical example of how to bridge a set of example business objectives to with their corresponding IT initiatives.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1486


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Are you designing your User Experiences? How does Dynamic IT feel in the real world?… a proven CIO conversation


Can you say that you design the experience your user has on the IT environment they use day to day? Since 2003 Microsoft has been promoting the Dynamic IT initiative and producing software that delivers on this vision. The Dynamic IT vision promotes a virtual infrastructure, an Infrastructure that is designed for operations, a model based management tool set, and best practices such as ITIL, all of these to enhance the quality, reach and operational tempo of an IT organization, and by doing such, also enhance the end users experience. In this session we will go over several scenarios where we will compare current real world scenarios such as new en user desktop deployment, developers environment management, web service monitoring, and remote branch deployment to highlight not only the difference but with demonstrations how does it actually look and feel to have a Dynamic IT working for you and your end users.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1487


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Microsoft Software Roadmap: Portfolio Strategy For IT


As the role of IT continues the shift from cost cutting and efficiency to business strategy and people enablement, you need partners who are well positioned across the depth and breadth of technologies.  Technologies which enable you to implement a Dynamic IT environment. Technologies that fit within your plans for a Services Oriented Architecture and fit well with the future promise of Software Plus Services.  Technologies that you can trust to provide the best reliability and security.  Technologies that work together to amplify the impact of the people in your organization.  In this workshop you will have a chance to see and discuss Microsoft’s Software Roadmap of enterprise class technologies for delivering a People Ready Business from infrastructure to productivity applications.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1488


TechNet: Join us at the Server and Client Virtualization day to learn more about Microsoft’s virtualization technology.

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TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

Using products that span the desktop to the data center, you can bring capacities online in real-time, as needed; streamline and provision applications, services and data on-demand; accelerate backup and recovery, and enhance availability so that your users are well protected against system failure and service interruptions.

This event will consist out of two tracks one for Data Center Virtualization and one for Desktop Virtualization.

Following technologies will be covered:

 

  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

     

  • Application Virtualization

     

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

     

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V

     

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager

     

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TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

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TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

Using products that span the desktop to the data center, you can bring capacities online in real-time, as needed; streamline and provision applications, services and data on-demand; accelerate backup and recovery, and enhance availability so that your users are well protected against system failure and service interruptions.
This event will consist out of two tracks one for Data Center Virtualization and one for Desktop Virtualization.

 

Following technologies will be covered:

  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
  • Application Virtualization
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
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Server Virtualization Track:


Storage and Hyper-V: The Choices You Can Make and the Things You Need to Know

Storage and virtualization are two of the hottest technologies in IT right now — and they’re even better together. Microsoft is delivering new products into both spaces. , and Understanding the impacts that storage has on a server virtualization design is key to understanding and successfully building a virtual infrastructure. This session talks about where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. We give you the information you need to know to make the right storage decisions in this new virtual world.

Security Architecture and Best Practices for Hyper-V
It is critical to ensure that your virtualization infrastructure is secured and protected against malicious intent. This session will outline the security architecture of Hyper-V and provide guidelines and best practices from a security viewpoint.

Disaster Recovery and Failover Clustering:
As Windows Server operating systems become increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations on how you can build a complete solution with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to achieve not only High Availability, but also Disaster Recovery.

Microsoft’s Builds the Foundation for your Private Cloud

Learn about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Infrastructure offering and find out how the latest technologies, tools and resources which are enabling the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure. Learn about the two extensible FREE Dynamic Data Center Toolkits; Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosters (available now!) that enables hosting partners to offer managed

 

Client Virtualization Track:


Desktop Virtualization: Providing You with Clear Guidance

This business value session will review the different desktop virtualization solutions available and provide you with the context you need to create a meaningful and actionable plan to leverage Desktop Virtualization technologies to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.  You will learn about VDI, App-V, MED-V, and other virtualization options in the context of selecting the "right tool for the right job" for your business needs.

Desktop Virtualization – The App-V side
App-V explained, what it is, how it works, what is the relation to Desktop Virtualization and how can App-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. We will discuss deployment options and show an App-V Sequence and Deployment demo.

MED-V Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization
Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization – How can MED-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. The difference between managed and unmanaged XP mode and we will show a MED-V demo.

 

Speakers:

Isaac Roybal – Product Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

Isaac Roybal is a Product Manager in Microsoft’s Virtualization Marketing team. His responsibilities cover the Cloud Computing Infrastructure Initiative from a private cloud perspective, Dynamic Datacenter Toolkits for both hosters and enterprises and the Dynamic Datacenter Alliance.  Isaac’s career started in Systems and Network Engineering working with Windows Server since NT 3.51. Prior to his current role, Isaac managed Microsoft’s Hyper-V and IIS product marketing efforts. He has been involved in IT for over 13 years (8 with Microsoft), received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and has his MCSE certification in NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and 2003.

 

Vijay Tewari – Program Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

Vijay Tewari is a Principal Program Manager with the Windows Server Virtualization team at Microsoft. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has authored multiple specifications relating to systems management such as WS-Management. He owns the development of the Hyper-V role and the Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

 

Alexander Rublowsky – Group Manager, Desktop Virtualization for Windows Commercial – Microsoft Corporation

Alexander Rublowsky is responsible for leading Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization Sales Strategy for Windows Client. Responsibilities include the sales management of  Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and Desktop Virtualization technologies like Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Application Virtualization (App-V) and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V).

Prior to managing Client Virtualization Sales Strategy, Rublowsky managed the Enterprise Partner Ecosystem for Windows Client including the development of the Application Compatibility Factory and led the Windows Client Deployment Team. Prior to joining Windows Client Rublowsky held Product Management, Product Marketing positions for product with revenue over $2.5 Billion and developed a unique demand based pricing strategy for Hardware Systems.  Rublowsky holds a Master Degree from the George Washington University’s GSPM and an undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

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Now that Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are released to manufacturing you could need some help to deploy those operating systems.Get a head start with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0. Over 690,000 Microsoft customers and partners including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental Airlines, and Banque de Luxembourg have already downloaded and used this toolkit to date.

Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory and workgroup environments. It performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and generation of actionable, environment-specific IT proposals for migration to most major Microsoft technologies.

What’s New with v4.0?

Version 4.0 of this toolkit has the following new features:

  • Windows 7 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V R2 Server Consolidation
  • Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Calculator
  • Inventory of VMware Server Hosts and Guests
  • User Interface and Proposal Customization for Partner co-branding
  • Enhanced Usability and Improved Inventory Performance

Additional Features

In addition, most of the features from version 3.2 have also been carried over to version 4.0:

  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V Server Consolidation
  • Windows Vista Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Readiness Assessment
  • SQL Server Instance Discovery
  • Desktop Security Assessment for Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs Installation
  • Forefront Client Security/NAP Readiness Assessment
  • App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
  • Power Savings “Green IT” Proposal

Next Steps–How can I get Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0?

Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

Learn more about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit on TechNet

Get the latest news from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Team Blog

Microsoft Virtualization User Group Meeting – May 28th

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The Belgian Microsoft Virtualization User Group organizes their second get together on May 28th and will talk about following topics:


Hyper-V scripting (Part2) – PowerShell
So, you want to Script Hyper-V ? After the April session where we discussed WMI and Hyper-v,
you can come to this session and you will discover how to use the James O’Neill’s created library: PSHyperv.

What’s new Hyper-V R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2


What are the new features of Hyper-V R2 and VMM 2008 R2 ? Come to this session and we will explain them for you.
Some of the features we will cover will be:



  • Live Migration

  • Hot addition/removal of Storage

  • New optimized networking technologies

  • Enhanced storage and cluster support

  • SAN migration into and out of clustered hosts

  • Expanded Support for iSCSI SANs

XP Mode and VPC 7 Demo
There will be a short demo of all the new features of Virtual PC 7 and XP Mode.


Timing:


17:30 – 18:00 Arrivals 


21:30 End of meeting


Location:


BDC SNACK – 1st Floor – Buro & Design Center
Heysel Esplanade B62
1020 Brussels
Belgium


MAP: http://www.bdc.trademart.be/map.html

Please register by sending an email to:anders@mvug.be