Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

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Looking for IT Camp registration links?  We've created an updated post you should visit: IT Camps... come pitch your tent with Windows Server 2012!


With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things, there is lots to hear about and lots to experience.

To that end, I’ll be keeping this blog post updated so keep coming back! I’ve even created a nice short url to help you remember and tell others: I’ll add details for what’s happening where and how to register as events get finalized. So far, I’ve got the details for the Windows Server Launch events and I have the cities that we’re looking at for the Windows Server IT Camps. Note that this doesn’t mean we won’t be in any other cities – these are just the cities I know for sure where you’ll be seeing us.

Your pre-event preparation

Windows Server 2012 Launch Events

Join presenters from Microsoft to learn about what’s new in Windows Server 2012. As an attendee, you will see what is possible with Windows Server 2012 through a business value keynote, hear about how customers are already using Windows Server 2012, see a demonstration of key features and have afternoon focused on a hands-on, scenario based, camp like experience.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote
9:30 am – 10:30 am Customer Experience Sharing – hear from customers who are using Windows Server 2012 today
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Demos – see the new and key features in Windows Server 2012
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 3:00 pm Hands-on, Technical IT Camp – experience Windows Server 2012 first hand with this interactive, guided experience

Register now for an event near you:

September 5 Toronto SOLD OUT!
September 12 Vancouver SOLD OUT!
September 20 Edmonton SOLD OUT!
September 27 Ottawa SOLD OUT!
October 3 Montreal SOLD OUT!

If you can’t make it to join us in person in Canada, you can also opt to join the online launch event hosted out of the US.

Windows Server 2012 IT Camps

IT Camps are free, full day, hands-on workshops in a classroom setting where you work through common scenarios in a lab environment. We'll be providing computers and lunch as well as funding $10 to the local user group for each attendee. Seats are limited by the number of computers and space we have so please be sure to attend if you sign up! If you can't make it - please cancel in good time to allow someone else the opportunity to take your place.

During the IT camp, we'll be covering the following material:

Section What is learned Hands-On Experience
Overview of Windows Server 2012 How Windows Server 2012 helps
optimize your infrastructure
Overview of Windows Server 2012
Hyper-V and VM Migration
How to configure and manage Hyper-V,
How Hyper-V can be scaled and Shared-
Nothing Live Migration
Enable the Hyper-V role, import virtual
machine and complete a Shared-Nothing Live Migration
Scalability How to add capacity to your infrastructure Configure virtual machine start-up
properties and configure a file share.
Storage Spaces How to configure and manage storage Create a storage pool & thin disk, create
SMB share for apps & iSCSI target, configure iSCSI access from hosts and migrate VM storage to SMB share.
High Availability How to configure and manage a cluster Verify cluster configuration, create a cluster,
configure Cluster Shared Volume and migrate VM to a Cluster Shared Volume.
Overview of System Center 2012 How System Center 2012 and Windows
Server 2012 work together and Virtual
Machine Manager.
Install SCVMM agent on cluster, Add VMM
library location, create a cloud in SCVMM
2012, and create a highly-available VM on
Windows Server 2012 Final Thoughts Hyper-V replica, QoS bandwidth, NIC
teaming, Hyper-V extensible switch,
ODX support, PowerShell, multi-
tenancy, network virtualization,
Make existing VM highly available, break
cluster & see results

As we confirm new dates and locations, the list below will get updated. Please remember - if you register, please make every effort to attend as space is limited!

October 3 Regina* Event Complete.
October 11 Montreal SOLD OUT!
October 15 Ottawa SOLD OUT!
October 31 Calgary SOLD OUT!
November 13 Mississauga SOLD OUT!
November 15 Toronto SOLD OUT!
November 16 Waterloo SOLD OUT!
November 27 Fredericton SOLD OUT!
November 30 Vancouver Register Now
December 4 Halifax Register Now
December 11 Montreal**  Link to be provided by Nov 23
TBD Winnipeg Jan/Feb
TBD Saskatoon Jan/Feb
TBD St. John's, NFLD Jan/Feb

* The Regina IT Camp is a 2 hour, bring-your-own notebook workshop in the evening. It is a guided, interactive session put on as part of the Prairie IT Pro & Developer Conference.

** The Montreal IT Camp on December 11 is a 2 hour, bring-your-own notebook workshop in the evening. It is a guided, interactive session put on as part of the DevTeach Montreal 2012 Conference.

Don’t forget to come back often for my updates.  Let your friends and colleagues know – the short url is

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  • why is Winnipeg Left out

  • Interested in Calgary!

  • What happened to events in Atlantic Canada.

  • Hi rkato,

    Thanks for your comment.

    We always have a tough choice to make when it comes to launch tours.  Unfortunately we only have so many resources to put towards larger scale events and we need to drive a higher level of attendance to justify that outlay.  

    What's great about events like IT Camps, User Group events and 3rd Party Association Sponsorships is we don't need a huge number of people.  We can run a camp with as few as 30.  We've been to Winnipeg in the past with camps and if there's enough interest for another round of camps in Winnipeg, we'd absolutely do our best to run some.

    Incidentally, we posted a poll on our LinkedIn group to gather more feedback on IT Camp locations.  Feel free to vote or add your comments here:


  • That's great to hear Steve, thanks for your feedback.


  • Hi Mike,

    Similar to my reply to rkato, we made a tough call on the launch tour.  

    We'd really like to make our way to Atlantic Canada.  We're looking at events in Halifax and we'd be open to other locations if the demand was there (per Ruth's post above).  Feel free to comment or vote in our poll (link in my reply to rkato), or comment on the discussion posted in the Halifax IT Pro LinkedIn group here:



  • Just got my email from about these event but they are already booked up in Ottawa and Mtl ? Was there other ways to find out sooner about it that I missed ? otherwise marketing came in late for me.

    bummed out.

  • Hi Marc,

    sorry to hear you weren't able to register for Ottawa or Montreal.  We've seen a huge response to this launch tour, much more than expected.  We haven't really even ramped up all of our communications (we were just starting) so we've hand to pull back a lot to make sure we weren't promoting a sold out event!

    That said, plans are in the works to move our Montreal venue so we can DOUBLE the capacity.  As soon as we get the go ahead, we'll open up more spots today and update the venue on the page sometime next week.

    Thanks for your feedback.


  • No Winnipeg for either event? Are you guys trying to "alienate" the comunity here? Microsoft used to have events here and there was always a good turn out but now there is nothing. Very disappointed.

  • interested in Calgary for sure. Thanks.

  • Hi James and Ross, thanks very much for your feedback.

    James, I completely understand your frustration with the cities we've chosen.  We always have a tough call to make on which cities we visit when it comes to bigger tours like this.  That's exactly why we're also focusing on the camp format.  We can do more of these, in more cities.  And to your point, we've run them in Winnipeg and had some great success.  We'll be planning to do more camps in Winnipeg in the near future, either as part of the ones Ruth has noted in her post or other camps we have planned for Windows 8 and separately for the Private Cloud.

    In addition to the multiple camp evens we'll be running, we'll also be taking the same approach as last year and sponsoring several associations in order to present at their events and we'll also be working with the 15 or so user groups across the country to get out to more events.

    I guess the theme here is we've heard everyone loud and clear and with our new approach to in person events, we'll be delivering more in person events, in more cities this year than we have in the past few years!

    Please feel free to also comment in our LinkedIn group about where we should go for IT Camps, or start your own discussion.



  • Hi,

    Quick update, we've added more spots to Montreal, if you're interested, please register asap as the seats are filling up very quickly.  While we doubled the capacity, it won't last long!



  • Windows Server 2012 Launch Events -- Full--- - Pity that did not get an opportunity even to register in this event!!

    Will definitely be interested in participating in either or both

    Windows Server 2012 Launch Events

    Windows Server 2012 IT Camps

  • Thanks for your comment Mohindar.  We have had a huge response to the launch events for Windows Server 2012, much more than expected.

    Glad to hear you're interested in other events, including the IT Camps we have planned.  We'll be sure to post that information here on the blog and include in our newsletters.



  • Why was this big event held at a small location? Didn't check the other cities but the Montreal even is held at the MS office. I've been there. Maybe it holds 30-40 people [unless you start moving out any tables].