Windows Server 2012 Launch event

Windows Server

October 3

Join us and celebrate the arrival of Windows Server 2012.

Learn more about amazing new capabilities in the areas of:

  • - Virtualization
  • - Storage
  • - Networking
  • - Management
  • - Private Cloud computing

During this full day event you will also have the possibility to discover how Windows Azure can extend your on premises infrastructure by deploying Virtual Machines in the cloud. Check out the Windows Azure Agenda.

By the end of this day you will have learned more about Windows Server 2012, Private Cloud and Windows Azure Virtual Machines. We will also provide you a memory stick with the resources needed to get you started.

This is a free event. Register today as seats are limited!

9:00 – 9:30
Welcome and Registration

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:00
Architecting Private Clouds Using Windows Server 2012 - Mike Resseler

Architecting a private cloud presents many complex design decisions and technology tradeoffs. These decisions touch areas such as network topologies, storage architecture selection, performance, reliability, security, dynamic virtual machine deployment, and interoperability with existing architecture. This talk presents a few canonical architectures that highlight interesting design decisions of a private cloud that are new in Windows Server 2012.

11:00 – 12:15
Deploying Windows Server 2012: From bare metal, Server Core, Minimal Server Interface and more - Ruben Nauwelaers

What’s the best way to deploy Windows Server 2012? This session will overview new deployment options for Windows Server 2012 from bare metal deployments to choosing full GUI, Server Core or Minimal Server Interface installations. Server feature deployment on multiple servers and more will be covered with practical ways to design your deployment.

12:15 – 13:00
Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30
Sponsor Session

13:30 – 15:00
Hyper-V over SMB: Remote File Storage Support in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V - Didier Van Hoye

In this session, we cover the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V support for remote file storage using SMB 3.0. This introduces a new first-class storage option for Hyper-V that is a flexible, easy to use and cost-effective alternative to block storage. We detail the basic requirements for Hyper-V over SMB and outline the specific enhancements to SMB 3.0 to support server application storage, including SMB Transparent Failover, SMB Scale-Out, SMB Multichannel, SMB Direct (SMB over RDMA), SMB Encryption, SMB PowerShell, SMB performance counters and VSS for SMB File Shares. We conclude with a few suggested configurations for Hyper-V over SMB, including both standalone and clustered options.

15:00 – 15:20

15:20 – 16:35
Active Directory Virtualization Safeguards and Domain Controller Cloning with Windows Server 2012 - Paul Loonen

Virtualization is a key technology underpinning and enabling both private- and public-cloud deployments. In this session, we will discuss the technical details surrounding domain controller virtualization safeguards in Windows Server 2012 that prevent certain Hypervisor capabilities (when used with virtualized domain controllers) from disrupting the Active Directory system and potentially introducing a permanently divergent state. Beyond simply making virtualized domain controllers safer, Windows Server 2012 also more fully exploits the capabilities of Hypervisors by enabling the rapid deployment of replica DCs through virtual disk cloning—cloning largely requiring only a simple file-copy of the virtual domain controller’s virtual disk file (VHD) and the creation of basic configuration instructions. The ability to clone virtual domain controllers takes Active Directory’s support for virtualization to the next level enabling rapid deployment of greenfield Active Directory environments and significantly reducing scale-out and disaster recovery time.

16:35 – 17:50
Session 5


Networking and Drink