December, 2007

  • Happy New Year

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  • Windows Server 2008 Roadshow

    As from January 2008, you can discover the platform for yourself! In three hours of technical presentations and demonstrations, you can be ready when the launch comes. To make it easy for all of you to attend, we’ll be on the road for a week.

    During this roadshow we are going to talk about the New Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation for your information technology (IT) infrastructure:

    • Built for the Web
    • Virtualization Built-in
    • Security
    • A Solid Foundation for Your Business Workloads

    HP ProLiant ML350 G5Another reason to come to the different events is that together wit HP we are going to give away this ML350 G5 server, one per location.

    Here is the agenda of the roadshow:

    13:30 - 14:00 Welcome coffee & registration

    14:00 – 15:00

    Windows Server 2008 Sneak Preview - Part 1

    15:00 - 15.20

    Break

    15:20 - 16:30

    Windows Server 2008 Sneak Preview - Part 2

    16:30 – 17:00

    Creating a dynamic IT infrastructure with HP and Microsoft Windows Server 2008

    17.00 - 17.30

    Drink


    Do you want to join us? It's free, Choose the date and location which fits you best and register.

    Date

    Location

    City

    Monday Jan 21

    Crown Plaza

    Antwerp

    Tuesday Jan 22

    Capitole

    Ghent

    Thursday Jan 24

    Park Inn

    Liège

    Friday Jan 25

    Crown Plaza

    Diegem

    Wednesday Jan 30

    Paul Eischen

    Luxembourg

    I'll be delivering the Antwerp, Ghent and Diegem sessions, hope to see you there.

     

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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    I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. And for the one's who wants to know the registration for the TechDays 2008 is open.


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  • Guitar Hero III experts at Dreamhack

    A few weeks ago I spent three days in Sweden to help out a fellow IT Pro Evangelist at Dreamhack. It was the first time I attended this event and I did know what to expect but once there I couldn't believe my eyes so many people playing games doing fun stuff, etc..

    What's a lot?

  • Just about 11 000 attendants
  • 40 Gb/s connection to the Internet + another 10 Gb/s backup
  • Aggregated traffic over the core switches amounts to about 53 terabit/s

  • Here are some pictures of the event: A selection of photos from Dreamhack Winter 2007

    During the second day of the event we've organized a competition around Guitar Hero III, a lot of people showed up to demonstrate their skills on the Xbox360. We started the competition around 12:00 and finished the first round around 16:00 during that timeframe almost 80 people came and played Guitar Hero. The idea was to play the final's onto the main stage, which we've done later in the evening.

    The final has been recorded and you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEXN_ZTeRRI

    Those guys are awesome, before dreamhack I've never played Guitar Hero, now I am almost addicted to it, but still not good enough to beat those guys.

    The last day of the event my colleagues Tony and Daniel continued with the competition which was  anther great success.

    Watch the results here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa0pwRSgPT4

    Anyway I hope to be there again next year.

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  • Hyper-V Demo Videos

    Just wanted to share some Demo Videos of Hyper-V in action:

     

    Hyper-V SMP Virtual Machines


    Video: Symmetric Multiprocessing with Windows Server virtualization (Hyper-V)

     

    Hyper-V Virtual Storage


    Video: Virtual storage for Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

     

    Hyper-V  Networking


    Video: Virtual networking with Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

     

  • Beta Release of the Windows Deployment Services Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. This series aims to clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, each addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario. All guides share a common structure including:

    • Definition of the technical decision flow through the planning process.
    • Listing of decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
    • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
    • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

    These guides complement product documentation by exposing and focusing on infrastructure design options.
    Accelerator Description

    Infrastructure Planning and Design: Windows Deployment Services

    Windows Deployment Services is intended for deployment specialists who are responsible for the deployment of Microsoft® Windows® operating systems in an organization. The task of deploying client computer and server images in a company has remained a complex process with few tools available to help reduce this burden. Some of the challenges when managing system images include accommodating multiple versions of the same image as well as updating images with the latest security updates.
    Windows Deployment Services enables organizations to respond to the challenge of managing images by implementing single-instance storage and compression. The purpose of this guide is to present the infrastructure planning process for Windows Deployment Services by providing a clear and concise workflow of the decisions and tasks required to plan for each method.
    This guide, when used in conjunction with product documentation, enables companies to confidently plan the Windows Deployment Services infrastructure.

    Infrastructure Planning & Design Beta Releases

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta Release for Windows Deployment Services is available as an open beta download.
    To download the Windows Deployment Services beta guide, please follow this link:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=14&DownloadID=7925

    Related Resources
    Windows Deployment Services on Microsoft TechNet

    Windows Server 2008 on Microsoft TechNet

    Windows Server System Reference Architecture for Windows Server 2003 on Microsoft TechNet

    Solution Accelerators on Microsoft TechNet

     

  • Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta

    It’s a big day for Microsoft virtualization! Today, we are announcing the PUBLIC RELEASE Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta! A few highlights include:

    1. Quick Migration and high availability providing solutions for planned and unplanned downtime

    2. Support for running Hyper-V with Server Core in the parent partition

    3. Import/Export of virtual machines

    4. Hyper-V now integrated with Windows Server Manager

    5. Integration components are now included in Windows Server 2008 meaning that when you install Windows Server 2008 in a Hyper-V virtual machine, Windows will automatically install the ICs.

    6. VHD Tools support (compaction, expansion and inspection)

    7. Emulated video card has changed from an S3 Trio video card to a more generic VESA compatible device. (This change resolves numerous video issues with non-Windows operating systems like Linux).

    8. Support for up to four virtual SCSI controllers per virtual machine

    9. Numerous fixes for compatibility, performance and scalability

    In addition to the Hyper-V Beta release today, we are also releasing Beta integration components for Linux, specifically SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 through connect.microsoft.com!

    Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta is publicly available here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8F22F69E-D1AF-49F0-8236-2B742B354919&displaylang=en

    Beta Integration Components for Linux available through connect.microsoft.com:

    1. Login to https://connect.microsoft.com/default.aspx

    2. Click on Available Connections in the left panel.

    3. Review the available programs and apply for the Linux Integration Components for Microsoft Hyper-V.

     

    Update: When you install, you should select English US only, otherwise you may see error 87 when the Virtual Machine Management Service (VMMS) starts. The only workaround in these instances is to start the installation again.

     

  • ProExchange UG Event: High Availability Features in Exchange 2007

    On the ProExchange site you can read that Ilse has been able to arrange an online event around High Availability features in Exchange 2007 with as speaker the well known Scott Schnoll, Principal Technical Writer Exchange Team Microsoft Redmond.

    Here is an excerpt of her post:

    Here's the short how? what? when? where?

    What?
    An Online Meeting (using Microsoft Office Communications Server, what else ;-)

    About?
    High Availability in Exchange Server 2007

    When?
      Monday, December 17th, 7pm-8pm

    Where?
    Anywhere (hey, sounds like UC...), but you can also join me in Mechelen @ Global Knowledge to join the live meeting

    Who?
    Scott Schnoll, great speaker (IT Forum, Exchange Connections), author (Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled, and so many more), blogger, and senior technical writer (have a look at the SCR videos here)

    I'll post the link to join the meeting ASAP! If you want to come to Global Knowledge Mechelen to join the live meeting, send me an email (ilse.vancriekinge@globalknowledge.be), hope to see you there!

  • TechNet Chopsticks Launched

    Today we are officially launching TechNet Chopsticks.

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    What's TechNet Chopsticks? It's something that has been developed by the MSDN/TechNet team in Belgium and is our new on demand webcast platform. The webcast player is based on silverlight and gives you the ability to take the content from the site and share it onto your blog. We will be posting lot's of (deep) technical video's, from local Microsoft employees, from the community, MVP, UG and of course our TechNet Events like the TechNet evenings and our TechDays. Did you create a great demo and you want us to publish it? Send me a mail and I will look what I can do to get it online.

    As you can see on the screenshot above we have Premium and non Premium content, what does this mean? If you want to see the premium content, rate a session, download the slide deck or download additional resources then we will ask you to login using your live id. All the non premium content can be viewed without a login, however here again when you want to rate or download you will have to login.

    Here you can see an example of me sharing content from the TechNet Chopsticks site, if you read my blog than you might have noticed some other videos that come from TechNet Chopsticks.

    You can find all the sessions posted so far on http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx

     

    Oh and I almost forget to tell you that we have the same site for our developers, check out http://www.microsoft.com/belux/msdn/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx

  • Windows Server 2008 RC1 released

    For those who are testing Windows 2008 already they will now that this new OS will be a great improvement for their environment. The development team has been really busy to still improve the product and that work leads to a Windows Server 2008 RC1 release.

    One of the new features included in RC1 is Group Policy preferences, Kurt Roggen blogged about this a few weeks ago check out his blogpost to know more about that.

    RC1 is available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx

    Choose one of the options above or download a different edition for a 30-day evaluation:

    Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 (x86 and x64)

    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise RC1 (x86 and x64)

    Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RC1 (x86 and x64)

    Windows Web Server 2008 RC1 (x86 and x64)

    Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems RC1

    Enjoy testing :)