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Harold Read
Virtualization Practice ManagerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Allin Consulting of MassachusettsGetting Started with Virtualization
Everybody needs to start somewhere.  If you are new to Virtualization, or maybe just a little confused by acronyms like VDI and PC/IP, this early morning session is essential to surviving the rest of the day!
David Yashar
Managing ConsultantUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
aid.comThe Role of IT Asset Management in Virtualization Projects. Overcoming Licensing Complexity.
Straight from Technet, where this session was a hit with the audience.  "The Role of ITAM in Virtualization Project & Management"
  • Building the Business Case: Virtualization Definition, Beefits, Demand Generation
  • The Roles of ITAM Practices and Tools
  • Case Study
  • The Role of Automation of Lack Thereof
  • The Opportunity Further Defined
  • Closing Thoughts
Dan Stolts
IT Pro EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftKeynote
Virtualization 360: Building On Solid Foundation
Tim Mangan
Kahuna; Microsoft MVPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
TMurgentHands-On App-V Sequencing
This session has limited seating and requires advance signup!  You must also provide your own equipment (see below).
 
Tim Mangan will lead this Hands-On session where you will sequence an application using Microsoft App-V on your own equipment.
 
Participants must provide their own laptop with a clean virtual machine running 32 or x64 versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Server 2003 or above.  We will provide the application and sequencing software on DVD, as well as the expertise!  You will need to save a snapshot and be able to restore to that snapshot, and should be familiar enough with your virtualization software to be able to do so.
Jerry Feldman
Boston Unix and LinuxUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Algorithmics/Boston Unix Virtualization on the Desktop
While many virtualization solutions target the server, virtualization can be very useful in a desktop or laptop environment. Jerry will present virtualization solutions from the perspective of the desktop.
Brian Duckering
Sr. Product ManagerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
SymantecApplication Streaming: The key to "just-in-time" computing

There are so many ways to access a Windows desktop these days, both physical and virtual, but the varying demands of each user group make it difficult and costly to plan for all of the locations, methods and flexibility that users require today.  When application streaming is well deployed, all users can leverage a simple and common base image, yet instantly have the applications they need, when they need them, in any physical or virtual environment.  Learn how to leverage application streaming, not just for instant, on-demand delivery, but also to create proactive license management that could save money by automating the license accounting and recovery processes.

Brian Duckering
Sr. Product ManagerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
SymantecApplication Virtualization: Or how to maximize desktop stability

A huge percentage of help desk calls can be traced back to applications either behaving badly or conflicting with other apps and/or the base OS.  Application virtualization can eliminate these conflicts by containing files and registry entries in separate containers.  But isolation is not enough – apps still need to interact with each other, as designed.  Done properly, the benefits of application virtualization extend from reduced pre-deployment testing, to instant remediation, and even simplified OS migration.  Learn how to assess and implement this high ROI solution to drive down helpdesk calls.

Brian Duckering
Sr. Product ManagerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
SymantecOptimizing Roaming User Environments with a Connection Broker

A connection broker is invaluable anywhere users are constantly moving from one system to another to get their jobs done, like manufacturing, retail, and especially healthcare.  This connects each user to the right virtual desktop, regardless of login location.  These environments where users are forced to move from system to system, yet be instantly productive provides challenges, like long login times, non-ideal computing resources, remote printing, access security, etc. and a good connection broker setup is critical to optimally solve these problems.  Learn how to balance best of breed infrastructure with unified access control and virtual and physical desktop computing to optimize this challenging environment.

Blain Barton
IT Pro EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftMicrosoft XP Mode
In this session, Microsoft's own Blain Barton will explore the Windows 7 add-on feature known as "XP Mode".

 

Although this is not an official hands-on lab In this hands on lab, you may bring your Windows 7 Machine (Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate only) and Blain will walk you through the process of setting up windows XP mode and getting it working on your computer.  In order for XP-Mode to work, your computer must have hardware virtualization built in.   We will have a DVD with all the files you need so you just need to bring your Windows 7 LAPTOP.  (Laptops only please). 

 

Note: We are unable to set up tables or power in this room to support this as a "hands-on" lab.  So get here early for a seat near power, or with a full battery if you want to "do" instead of "watch".

Lee Benjamin
Advisor; Microsoft MVPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Exchange Guy ConsultingExchange Virtualization
Lee Benjamin, internationally known as "The Exchange Guy",  will demonstrate how you can virtualize Microsoft Exchange Server.  He will be using the Exchange 2010 RTM, which would be a cool enough demonstration itself, but focusing on the good and bad of virtualizing the oh-so-important piece of software.
Clyde Johnson
President, BAWSUGUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Microsoft Server 2008 R2 in Hyper-V via VHD
This session has limited seating and requires advance signup!  You must bring your own backed-up laptop with Hyper-V or Windows Vistaor above (No XP), with at least 30GB of free disk space.
 
In this hands on lab, bring your Hyper-V or Vista/Windows 7 Laptop  and we will walk you through the process of setting up a VHD and getting it working on your computer.   We will have a DVD with all the files you need so you just need to bring your LAPTOP.  (Laptops only please)
Ryan Tacy
Enterprise Account Executive – New EnglandUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
AvePointIntelligent SharePoint Architecture and Storage Optimization Strategies
Proper architecture design and intelligent storage management are critical to a successful SharePoint implementation.  During this session, we will first discuss how to build an efficient and scalable SharePoint architecture based upon your organization’s unique business objectives, usage patterns, and deployment size and distribution.  We will then review strategies for ensuring top platform performance, by expanding SharePoint’s SQL storage infrastructure through intelligent archiving, efficient BLOB content management, and migration-free SharePoint management of legacy data stores such as file shares.
Bob Nolan
CEO and PresidentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
PerfectDiskThe Impact of Logical and Physical Fragmentation in a Virtual Environment
Fragmentation is a normal byproduct of the Windows file system, but there is a great deal of misunderstanding with respect to what it really is and its impact. This presentation debunks the myths, describes the differences between logical and physical fragmentation,  and explains the impact both have on real and virtual system performance. We examine the implications of fragmentation in a virtual environment where there is competition for finite resources between guests, and between the guests and the host. The presentation addresses issues with both ESX and Hyper-V virtualization platforms and offers solutions to minimizing the potential for conflicts and maximizing virtual I/O throughput.
Tim Mangan
Kahuna, Microsoft MVPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
TMurgentPerceived Performance in a Virtual World
Tim Mangan created the concept of "Perceived Performance" in his ground-breaking whitepaper of the same name in 2003.  That work, which looked at the impact, causes, and measurement of performance in a remote world (then Terminal Services/Citrix) is now updated to include the effects of Virtualization and new technology.
 
In this session, you will learn how performance issues affect users perception of performance in ways that the "traditional texts" on performance do not address.
Doug Lane
Sr. DirectorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Virtual ComputerThe Economics of Desktop Virtualization

Based on work with IDC, Join Senior Director Doug Lane of Virtual Computer as he dives into the art of cost and savings analysis when it comes to Virtualization projects.

Organizations of all sizes are now realizing the many cost-saving benefits of server virtualization, but for many the business case for desktop virtualization is less clear.  The total cost of ownership (TCO) advantages of desktop virtualization versus traditional approaches are very real, but it unlike server virtualization it has little to do with hardware costs and everything to do with operational efficiencies and improved security posture.  In "The Economics of Desktop Virtualization," Doug Lane of Virtual Computer will discuss the key TCO considerations when exploring a desktop virtualization initiative, including an in-depth review of the traditional PC management approaches, server-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) models, and emerging client-side desktop virtualization technologies.

Chris Chesley
Sr. System EngineerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
VKernelHow to resolve capacity bottlenecks and optimize your virtual environment
Chris Chesley, from VKernel, will use his experiences to help you understand how to identify performance bottlenecks in virtualized environments, and create opportunities for optimization to solve them.
Patrick Rouse
Systems Consultant, MVPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Quest SoftwareOptimizing Windows 7 VM Images
In this session Quest's Patrick Rouse, will show you how to streamline your Virtual Desktop OS Images (no matteer who's technology you use) to drive down the costs of virtualizing the desktop.
 
• Dramatically reduce guest VM Memory and CPU requirements (vs. out of the box installation)
• Increase the CPU Core to Guest VM ratio (number of VMs one can host on a given server)
• Reduce the amount of storage required to maintain your VM library.
• Eliminate User profile, printing and tedious maintenance issues.
Blain Barton
IT Pro EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftWindows Server 2008 R2

With Hyper-V, it's easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008 R2. Optimize your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine, efficiently run multiple different operating systems in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.  In this session we will look at Hyper-V and some of the real world way to organize your Hyper-V implementation.  We will take a look at the interface and see some of the many, many ways Hyper-V can be used to reduce cost and increase efficiency.

Jose Castro
Network ArchitectUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
St. Francis HospitalMicrosoft’s VDI using Remote Desktop Services on Windows Server 2008 R2
This session has limited seating and requires advance signup!  You must bring your own laptop with a wired ethernet port and RDP capability.
 

Windows Server 2008 R2 has updated and expanded Remote Desktop Services (new name for Terminal Services) to include the ability to create Virtual Desktop Pools.  This provides a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution using tools native to the Windows Operating System.   In this session, we will cover how to setup the different components of RDS on Windows Servers running on Microsoft’s Hyper-V.   At the end of the session, we should be able to browse to the RDS Broker and connect to one of the virtual desktops running in the host.    Bring your laptop to experience it live.

Kevin Amorin
Adjunct Professor @ NortheasternUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Virtual ComputerStaying Secure When Going Virtual

For many organizations, improved endpoint security is a key business driver for deploying desktop virtualization solutions.  Virtualization technology opens the door to a variety of advanced security techniques that simply aren't possible using traditional operating system deployment methods.  At the same time, care must be taken to avoid disturbing the effective operation of existing desktop security measures such as antivirus agents, which were not developed with today's one-to-many virtual desktop deployment models in mind.  Kevin Amorin of Virtual Computer will explore optimal approaches for deploying existing desktop security technologies in virtual desktop environments, highlight some of the new advanced security capabilities that desktop virtualization enables, and outline the steps that virtualization vendors must take to avoid introducing new points of vulnerability in the virtualization layer.

Tim Mangan
Kahuna; Microsoft MVPUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
TMurgent TechnologiesWhat's New in Application Virtualization for TS
In this session Tim Mangan, a Microsoft MVP for App-V will cover Application Virtualization for Terminal Servers, two ways. 
 
First, he will introduce the audience into with the concepts of Application Virtualization including all of the major players that have products in this space.
 
Then he will show how to use App-V on Terminal Servers, including deployment and publishing issues.  In particular, he will show a new technique using App-V in stand-alone mode with only a file share at the back end, yet retaining the ability to deploy virtual applications with "active updates".
Jose Castro
Network ArchitectUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
St. Francis HospitalRemote App
This session has limited seating and requires advance signup!
 
Jose Castro will lead this Experience-On session where you will try out the "in the box" capabilities of Microsoft Remote App Feature.  Remote App provides a Web based portal interface for a "seemless" application running on a terminal server (remote session host) but with the display and interface natively integrated with the client desktop.
 
You must bring a Windows laptop to use in the sesssion.
Bob Familiar
Architect EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftMigrating .Net Applications to Windows Azure and SQL Azure

Now that Windows Azure is released, many of you will be evaluating Microsoft’s cloud platform as a migration target for currently deployed ASP.NET and SQL Server solutions.  Bob Familiar recently took his own web site which was based on SQL Server 2005, ADO.NET, WCF SOAP Services and Silverlight 2 and migrated the code base to Windows Azure, SQL Azure, WCF RESTful services and Silverlight 3 using Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Expression Blend 3. In this session Bob will cover what he learned about this process and define a process by which you can take existing applications and re-deploy them to the cloud.

Dan Stolts
IT Pro EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftSCVMM

No virtualization training is complete without a conversation about management. When it comes to managing virtual infrastructures, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) is the best of the best. This member of the System Center family of system management products provides a straightforward, cost-effective solution for unified management of physical and virtual machines.   We will take a look at the interface and talk about some of the more advanced features available in the latest and greatest version of the product. 

Dan Stolts
IT Pro EvangelistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
MicrosoftVirtualization 2020: The Future of Virtualization
Close out the last session with a look into the possible future of virtualization.  Where might we be 10 years from now?  Dan Stolts and Paul Thurrott will consult the stars and tell us our fortune.
Paul Thurrott
Technical AnalyistUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Penton MediaVirtualization 2020
Close out the last session with a look into the possible future of virtualization.  Where might we be 10 years from now?  Dan Stolts and Paul Thurrott will consult the stars and tell us our fortune.