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Microsoft Ignite 2018 recap

9:26 am in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Ignite 2018, Orlando, Windows, Windows 10, Windows Admin Center by Wim Matthyssen

Last week I visited the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando with some colleagues. 10,000 km of walking later and sitting back her at home thinking about the past exciting week. I tought it’s a good time to write a recap, quietly hoping the writing will help battling jet lag. :)


After a long flight and a stopover at Dulles International Airport in Washington it was really nice that we could pick up our badge directly at the airport which spared us the morning line before the start of the event. I planned almost all my sessions I wanted to follow before the event and the MS Events app really came in handy to check my schedule, get event notifications, messages and to fill in all evaluations. The navigation function in the app also came in really handy telling me how to get from one session to another. You should know that the venue of Ignite was the OCCC, a huge complex on International Drive in Orlando, combining two conference centers and the Hyatt Regency connected together by a Skybridge.


The thing I was really happy about was that I wore comfortable shoes and clothes, because I did a lot of walking, really a lot of walking. I would advise if you’re ever planning to go to Ignite wear shoes were you can at least walk 10 km a day in, otherwise do not do Ignite in them! Orlando itself is a beautiful city, with a lot of theme parks like Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which hosted the Ignite Celebration on Thursday evening. If you ever have the chance to go there, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly magical.


It was my first time at Ignite and my main focus was to learn as much as possible and get note of all announcements and changes around Azure, and I must say I got lots of that. Next to all Azure related sessions, I also followed a few of them around Windows Admin Center and Windows 10. For the most part, the quality of all sessions I followed was excellent only the rooms were sometimes a bit cold due to the airco.


Below you can find some announcements, I gathered during the technical breakout and theater room sessions I followed:

  • Microsoft partners with Adobe and SAP for new Open Data Initiative.
  • Microsoft Teams Screen Sharing which allows you to screenshare in Teams without needing to escalate to a meeting first.
  • SQL Server 2019 preview announced.
  • Windows Server 2019 general availability (GA) in October, together with Windows Server version 1809.
  • Azure Firewall a stateful firewall as a service GA.
  • Windows Virtual Desktop a virtual desktop experience which lets you run Windows 10 in the cloud, available in Preview.
  • Announcement of Microsoft Learn, a new learning platform to optimise your Microsoft skills.
  • Azure SQL Database Managed Instance a new deployment model of Azure SQL Database GA.
  • Azure Blueprints in Preview, which let you define user access, policies and resources in Azure.
  • Azure Management Groups available to organise and governance all your resources between all your subscriptions.
  • Azure Resource Graph GA which allow you to easily query, explore and analyse all your Azure cloud resources at scale.
  • Azure Migrate now also supports Hyper-V.
  • Azure Monitor now includes Log Analytics and Application Insights for collecting and analysing telemetry of your cloud and on-premises resources and applications.
  • There will be 2 models of the Surface Hub 2, the Surface Hub2S coming Q2 2019 and theSurface Hub 2X coming in 2020.
  • Azure Data box, Microsoft’s heavy-duty data transfer appliance is now GA.
  • Announcement of Azure Sphere, a Linux-based operating system created by Microsoft for Internet of Things applications.

If you’re interested in getting an overview of all announcements Microsoft did at Ignite, be sure to check out this Book of News.

Session Overview

Below you can find a few sessions I followed in person and I recommend to take a look at (click the link to get to the YouTube video):

I had a lot of sessions planned in my schedule that I did not manage to attend but I will take time to watch the recordings and slides. Like every year you can catch up the session recordings that are available on YouTube or the Microsoft Tech Community, but if you’re interested you can also download all Ignite content locally with the following PowerShell script from MVP Michel de Rooij (@mderooij):


For everyone who could not attend Ignite in person and still want to get the chance to follow some sessions live and explore the latest cloud technologies, Microsoft has announced, Microsoft Ignite | The Tour. which takes place in a lot of cities all around the world. You can check out the schedule over here:

I want to end this blog post with saying that Microsoft Ignite rocked! It doesn’t matter if you’re an ITPro or DevOps, if you ever have the change to go there, you shouldn’t hesitate because it’s really a great and fantastic experience. In my opinion, there’s not much that Microsoft can do to improve Ignite, everything was handled like it should for such hugh event and the content was great and will keep my busy absorbing in the next few weeks. Hope to be back again in Orlando in November next year

Quick overview of Channel 9 Ignite sessions about Hyper-V and Private Cloud

6:15 pm in Azure, Hyper-V, Microsoft Ignite, Private Cloud, scvmm by Wim Matthyssen

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Hi all,

Like you probably all know Microsoft Ignite 2015 was held in Chicago last week. During this event, Microsoft made several new announcements, such as the Microsoft Azure Stack, Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and Windows Update for Business. Besides all that, Technical Preview (TP) 2 for both Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 were released.

All these great sessions were recorded  and published on Channel 9 where they are ready for download or streaming. But even with all those recordings available, it’s quit hard to find the links to all topics you’re interested in.

That’s why below I summarized most of the sessions concerning Hyper-V and Private Cloud in general. Each link gives you direct access to the Channel 9 page where you can find the video recording and the slide deck.

Code Title
KEY01 Microsoft Ignite Keynote
BRK3461 What’s New in Windows Server Hyper-V
C9-45 Hyper-V Next
BRK3492 Deploying Hyper-V Network Virtualization
BRK3504 Hyper-V Storage Performance with Storage Quality of Service
BRK3506 The Hidden Treasures of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V?
BRK2463 Hyper-V Network Virtualization: 100+ Customer Service Provider Deployments
BRK3493 Migrating to Microsoft: VMware to Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure
BRK3453 Virtualizing Linux and FreeBSD Workloads on Windows Server Hyper-V
BRK3457 Harden the Fabric: Protecting Tenant Secrets in Hyper-V
BRK2466 Platform Vision & Strategy (2 of 7): Server Virtualization Overview
BRK3575 Veeam Software: Availability Strategies for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V, A Deep Dive
BRK2473 Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Technical Overview and Roadmap
BRK3502 Managing and Securing the Fabric with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
BRK3498 Managing Storage with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: A Deep Dive
BRK3477 Datacenter Integration Using Automation in Microsoft System Center Orchestrator
BRK1454 Hybrid Partnerships: Enabling On-Premises Scenarios in Microsoft Azure
BRK3904 Exam Prep Session for Exam 70-246 and Exam 70-24: Private Cloud (Part 1)
BRK3903 Exam Prep Session for Exam 70-246 and Exam 70-24: Private Cloud (Part 2)
BRK2493 Microsoft’s New Windows Server Containers
BRK3853 An Insider’s Guide to Desktop Virtualization
BRK3483 Taking advantage of Identity capabilities in the Azure Pack
BRK3466 Extending Virtual Machines in the Windows Azure Pack
BRK2468 NetApp, Inc.: Datacenter Transformation, Head into the Cloud While Keeping Your Feet on the Ground
BRK2469 The Power of the Windows Server Software Defined Datacenter in Action
BRK3337 Sysinternals Primer: Ignite 2015 Edition
BRK3489 Exploring Storage Replica in Windows Server vNext
BRK3474 Enabling Private Cloud Storage Using Servers with Local Disks
BRK3496 Deploying Private Cloud Storage with Dell Servers and Windows Server vNext
BRK3484 Upgrading Your Private Cloud to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Beyond!
BRK3503 Best Practices for Deploying Disaster Recovery Services with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery
BRK2479 Cloud Integrated Backup with Microsoft System Center and Azure Backup
BRK3119 Turning the Infrastructure Inside Out and IT Practices Upside Down: Microsoft IT’s Cloud Adoption
BRK2472 Overview of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System
FND1451 Windows Server & System Center Futures—Bring Azure to your Datacenter (Platform Vision & Strategy)
C9-31 The Microsoft Azure Stack
BRK2461 Nano Server: The Future of Windows Server Starts Now
THR0480 Nano Server
THR0488 Datacenter Management from the Microsoft Point of View
C9-03 Jeff Woolsey on the Microsoft Datacenter Platform vNext
C9-41 Availability on Demand – Site Recovery
C9-40 Availability on Demand – Backup
C9-20 Microsoft’s Storage Strategy & Capabilities in Datacenter vNext
C9-21 Microsoft’s Networking Strategy & Capabilities in vNext
C9-13 Microsoft’s Security and Assurance strategy in vNext

Before I close off, some quick tips.

For those interested in reading all about OMS, just read the quick start guide from my fellow SCUG member and MVP Dieter Wijckmans:

People who are interested in downloading all the Ignite sessions (and also from other events like TechEd), I can recommend using the PowerShell script from MVP Michel de Rooij, which you can find over here:

To end up, I share you the download links for Windows Server 2016 TP 2 and System Center 2012 TP 2:

Have fun watching and I’ll be back soon.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)