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TechEd Preview – Virtualization

As Bostonians cast their eyes toward New York and the 4-game series against the Yankees, I’ll once again cast my eyes toward TechEd in Boston. This time around it’s the three virtualization breakout sessions within the Windows Server Infrastructure track.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 has been available for about a month now. The sexy item here is the support for virtualized hardware-assist technology from AMD and Intel; this simplifies the virtual machine monitor, the lowest layer of Virtual Server. We’ll have two betas of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Beta 1, available today, supports Intel VT and other features.  Beta 2, which will be available in Q4, supports the features of Beta 1, as well as AMD Virtualization and other new features. To learn more see Monday’s session at 9am.

Monday’s other virtualization session is a pragmatic look at the top scenarios for Virtual Server, while Tuesday’s session looks at how customers implemented those scenarios.

So set aside time early in the week for the education sessions, or they’ll be over before you know it.


SVR302 – Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta: Introduction
Monday, June 12 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM, 157 ABC
Speaker(s): Rajiv Arunkundram, Jeff Woolsey
This session focuses on the new features of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 such as Intel VT and AMD VT support, Volume Shadow Services support and how to use the features to provide additional solution capability. The session also covers the roadmap for virtualization technologies from Microsoft.
Session Level(s): 300
SVR335 – Virtual Server Solution Scenarios
Monday, June 12 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM, 258 ABC
Speaker(s): Robert Larson, Allen Stewart
This session focuses on the three main solution areas for Virtual Server: Branch Office solution, high availability with clustering, disaster recovery, and test and dev environments. The session provides best practices on how to evaluate the requirements for a specific virtualization solution and some key tips and tricks for effective deployment of Virtual Server.
Session Level(s): 300
SVR216 – Virtual Server: Customer Success Stories
Tuesday, June 13 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM, 259 AB
Speaker(s): Jeff Ding, Ivar Hyngstrom, Ken Isacson, Dimitri Mundarain, Tony Tayler
This session focuses on customer success stories of how customers evaluated and selected Virtual Server over competing technologies/vendors. This session provides you with best practices on how to evaluate a virtualization solution and an example of how a customer actually deployed virtualization in their environment.
Session Level(s): 200


Patrick O’Rourke