I kicked off a new podcast called CareerBytes for the Regular IT Guy yesterday.  In the premiere episode, Jeff Woolsey and I talked about the importance of building your skills by knowing how to work in a heterogeneous Hypervisor environment.  It is a matter of fact that virtualization is here to stay and you need to know how to manage Multiple hypervisors.  This was even backed up this week with VMware themselves finally acknowledging that there will be multiple hypervisors by opening up their ability to manage Hyper-V (although with very limited capabilities) with the release of XVP Manager plugin for vCenter.

With System Center Virtual Machine manager – we’ve been in the game of managing multiple hypervisors for quite some time now. To be blunt - we had to be – VMware has market share. That being said – things are changing. Hyper-V is rock solid, just got a MAJOR update in capabilities with Service Pack 1 (DynamicMemory and RemoteFX) and has been doing what customers needed since the R2 release (LiveMigration) from a couple of years ago. SCVMM also fits in nicely with our overall management strategy of managing physical AND virtual AND application layer with best in market System Center Operations Manager.

So what are we doing on the skills side to help out Technical Professionals worldwide to work with multiple hypervisors?

I got an email yesterday talking about a FREE THREE DAY (free as in beer, 5 hrs a day) online JumpStart session that is open to all.  I know the two main presenters (Symon and Corey) and it looks like it is a damn good jumpstart. I’ve included the details below – be sure to register for all three sessions.

If you're a VMware Admin and want to bone up on the MS virtualization stack – this is for you. 

If you’re an MS guy/gal and wanted a fast track on our virtualization stack – this is also for you.

Go register.

Don’t wait!

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start

If you’re seasoned in Windows IT management and looking to expand the way your environments leverage virtualization, this special event is for you. Following just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), this three-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft technology pros. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll cover:

  • Hyper-V Deep Dive
  • Real-world demos of SCVMM 2012 and other just-released tools
  • New automation techniques using Opalis & PowerShell
  • Private Cloud architecture and SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0
  • A full day of VDI Architecture, v-Alliance & application delivery
  • High-level outline below…

    What is a “Jump Start” Course?

Jump Start training classes are specifically designed for experienced technologists and IT leaders whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage a new Microsoft technology. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to recognize progress quickly.

Suggested Audience

Not sure you’re ready? Suggested prerequisite skills include real-world experience with Windows Server 2008 R2, virtualization and datacenter
management. This session is tailored to these types of roles:

  • IT Professional
  • IT Decision Maker
  • Network Administrators
  • Storage/Infrastructure Administrators & Architects

Who is teaching?

Symon Perriman | A Microsoft Technical Evangelist covering Virtualization, Windows Server, System Center and Private Cloud technologies, Symon is a recognized expert in high availability, failover clustering, network load balancing, storage solutions, mobile, domain and web services. Symon contributed to several technical books for clustering, virtualization and SQL, wrote technology articles for Business Today, and is the founder of Microsoft’s Failover Clustering & Network Load Balancing Blog.

Corey Hynes | An IT Infrastructure consultant with more than 15 years in the field focusing on operating system virtualization, management and deployment. Corey has been working with products such as Hyper-V, VMWare, and XEN extensively since they were introduced. Currently, Corey is working with Microsoft and Citrix to help partners design and architect enterprise class VDI implementations using XenDesktop and Hyper-V. Corey is also the owner and lead technical architect for holSystems, an online VM hosting engine for training and demo providers, which hosts thousands of VM instances in a custom thin provisioning engine, available on-demand worldwide.

Session One | “Platform” | March 29, 2011 |10am-4pm PDT
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  • 10:00am – 10:30pm Virtualization 360 Overview
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm Microsoft Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Differentiating Microsoft and VMware (terminology, etc.)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm High Availability & Clustering

Session Two | “Management” | March 30, 2011 |10am-4pm PDT
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  • 10:00am – 11:00pm System Center Suite Overview w/ focus on DPM
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 1
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 2
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm Automation with System Center Opalis & PowerShell
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM SSP 2.0

Session Three | “VDI” | March 31, 2011 |10am-4pm PDT
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  • 10:00am – 11:00pm Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 1
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 2
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm v-Alliance Solution Overview
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm Application Delivery for VDI