Well, it’s been a week and change since we formally launched Exchange Server 2010 at this year’s edition of TechEd Europe. The highlight of this announcement (in this humble blogger’s opinion) was the Exchange 2010 demo delivered in Stephen Elop’s keynote address to over 5,500 #TEE09 attendees.
As a quick aside, that TechEd keynote hall (Hall 25) at the Messe Berlin was HUGE!
I swear it could have been a zeppelin hanger at one point in its history.
Moving on…our Exchange product management team’s fearless leader, Julia White, was on stage with Stephen and did a bang up job landing a full range of Exchange 2010 IT Pro and user experiences. In case you haven’t had a chance to see if for yourself, you can watch the replay below (fast forward to 37:15 if you’d like to get right to it):
You can also watch it from the “The New Efficiency” Virtual Launch Experience via this link: http://vepexp.microsoft.com/thenewefficiency/?s=16828
“What was in that demo environment?” you may ask.
I’m glad you asked, because I was the proverbial “Wizard of Oz” for this gig.
Heck, I’m even from the “Emerald City”! (Yes, that was a stretch, because I’m a New Yorker).
For nearly a month prior to November 9th, I drove the process of defining and building out the demo rig Stephen and Julia showed off that faithful day (with a bunch of help from fellow Exchange TPMers Astrid “It’s All About the DAGs” McClean and Ankur “Can You Read Me Now? Good! – Voice Mail Preview” Kothari).
You may recall my previous posting that took place shortly after I surfaced from my demo build lab (a/k/a our GM’s office). That was the day we had all of the demo gear boxed up, and shipped out for Berlin.
That’s always a little rough, bidding farewell to your demo rig, because you never really, really know what will show up on the other end. That’s not to say stuff ends up in the demo builder’s equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. You just always need to have your plans B through Z at the ready. In this case, my plan Z was to hightail it to a former boss’ home outside of London, England if the previous 25 plans failed.
I did take advantage of our killer Disk2vhd utility from Sysinterals (Thank you Mr. Russinovich) to take VHD snaps of the 5 systems. That was plan C.
Here’s a little bit of detail of the “behind the scenes” for this demo.
First, here is my “high tech” architecture diagram that I put together using Visio…er… PowerPoint:
Yup, we had a nice collection of hardware backstage (and a second set running just in case we needed to failover due to demo gremlins).
It’s truly amazing to see the backstage at any of these major keynote events. It’s like a mission control, television studio, and Fry’s warehouse all wrapped into one.
The ten minute demo highlighted a ton of features around three major “New Efficiency” themes (as well as Exchange 2010 product pillars)
Flexible and Reliable
Protection and Compliance
Well, I could go on and on about the demo, but I’ll let the work stand on its own. It was HUGELY rewarding to work on this (even got to grow a beard), and how proud I am of the results.
Time to get back to digging out and getting ready for some vacation!