You may have attended a TechNet Roadshow in the past, and if so, you'll know that Steve, James and the team are demo-demons when it comes to presentations. Firm believers that to really understand the benefits within a product, you need to see it, James and Steve will be doing it all over again, this time, focusing on the 2008 wave of products.
TechNet 2008 Launch Roadshow
Following the 2008 Launch event in Birmingham on 19th March, TechNet will be going out on the road. The roadshow will be heavy on demos and light on PowerPoint. We'll look at various scenarios, such as managing Windows Server 2008 and how Windows Server 2008 works alongside Windows Vista. You'll have the opportunity to meet the Microsoft Community, our user groups and Most Valued Professionals, as well as experts with top technical information and real-world scenarios.
09:00 – 09:30 Registration 09:30 – 09:45 Keynote
Consider the way you work today. Think about what’s changed in the last few years. You can be sure that there are plenty of changes along the way. How can you best position yourself to help your business make the most of change and improve your career at the same time?
During this session we well take a look at the opportunities offered by key technologies including software plus services and innovative approaches such as virtualisation and Infrastructure Optimisation. Change seems to be the only constant in our industry. Keeping ahead of the curve brings benefits to everyone. This session will help you plan for the next generation of infrastructure and your own personal development.
09:45 – 11:00 Windows Top Features
So many features. So little time. Where should you focus? This session will help you to decide where to invest your time and effort.
People’s expectations are changing. They expect to be able to work “their way”, free of the limitations of being “tied to a desk” or a particular device. Minimising the risk of security breaches while enabling flexible working can create interesting challenges. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter Network Access Protection.
Thankfully the days of one line of business application per server are numbered thanks to virtualisation. Lazy servers waste power, data centre space and maintenance charges. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter Hyper-V.
Traditionally ensuring consistent configuration of your web servers can be time consuming. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter IIS 7.
11:00 - 11:20 Break 11:20 – 12:35 How to Manage Windows Server 2008
Where should you use Windows Server Core instead of the full installation of the operating system? If you use “core” then how on Earth are you supposed to manage it? Regardless of whether you use “core” or “full” where should you use PowerShell and where does Windows Server Manager make more sense?
We’ll show you!
12:35 – 13:25 Lunch 13:25 – 14:40 How to Deploy and Manage the desktop? What’s in Vista SP1?
One desktop no cry? As anyone who’s ever managed a large number of desktops knows it’s well worth making the most of automation to ensure consistent user experiences and reduce support costs. We’ll dive into the range of operating system features available to you including WDS and WSUS plus we’ll investigate MDOP and SoftGrid’s application virtualisation.
Waiting for SP1 before deploying Vista? Wait no more! We’ll open the lid and explain exactly what’s in there.
14:40 - 15:00 Break 15:00 – 16:15 How to overcome the challenges of Small Office AND branch offices
It’s often less likely anyone would notice a server going “missing” in a small or remote branch office. These servers hold replica copies of user account credentials and your production data. Windows Server 2008’s Read Only Domain Controller features and BitLocker on the server can help!
Moving to a World where small/branch offices connect via the Internet to your main server resources can reduce both your attack surface AND expense/complexity. Windows Server 2008’s much improved Terminal Services can help!
16:15 – 17:15 Q&A with the full team of presenters throughout the day 17.15 Close
Places really are limited due to a high number of pre-registrations so register today
You can use the links above to register, or go to the Heroes Happen Here website, or call us on 0870 166 6620
If you are thinking of adopting, deploying, or testing Windows Server 2008, these guides should prove very useful indeed:
The Windows Server 2008 Reviewers Guide provides a comprehensive technical overview of the innovative features and functions that make Windows Server 2008 the next-generation Microsoft Windows Server operating system and successor to Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This guide also provides information about the benefits Windows Server 2008 offers diverse users, as well as information about different scenarios.
This document supports the release of Windows Server 2008
Included in This Document
Download it from here: Reviewers_Guide.doc
The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide provides the following benefits:
You can find more information here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264463.aspx and download the guide, here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fb8b981f-227c-4af6-a44b-b115696a80ac&displaylang=en
Some links to some great videos, taken from a selection of IT Pro events around the world:
Windows Server 2008 Event Page: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotlight/event.aspx?id=87
Links to Session Videos:
I stumbled on this site pretty much by accident (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/default.mspx) - I was looking around for information about our next generation Small Business Server, and didn't realise so much information about it had been released! Well, in fact, SBS 2008 as it's being named, is just one part of a larger 'umbrella' brand; namely Windows Essential Server Solutions. WESS as I will refer to it as, encompasses not only Small Business Server 2008, but also the new Windows Essentials Business Server, designed for the mid-market. Are you curious as to where the 2 sit, side by side? Well, I think this graphic sums it up nicely:
As you can see, anything from 5 to 50 users can harness the power of SBS, but anything above 50, and realistically, you are looking at the Windows Essentials Business Server. You can compare where the two fit together in more detail, here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/choose-solution.mspx In Part I of this 2 part series, I'm going to focus on Small Business Server 2008, and the key changes/improvements over SBS 2003.
So, what's the new SBS all about? Well, I'll be honest, I'm writing this before I've had chance to get my hands on any builds, so I'll no doubt adapt my views after this point, but, hey-ho, I'll carry on anyway! For those of you not familiar, the aim of SBS has always been to provide, almost like an office in a box. Rather than providing people with just the Windows Server platform, and asking them to bolt on their mail servers, firewall, security etc on top, SBS typically shipped with all that cool stuff built in, and made it easy (although timely) to install and configure. Once complete, you were left with a network infrastructure, with a mail system (Exchange), a database system, (SQL 2005 Workgroup Edition), separate firewall (ISA 2004), an Intranet (SharePoint Services) and more. All in all, this was a great solution for the smaller businesses, and gave them a great solution on which to base their business and drive forward. The concept for SBS 2008 is effectively the same - bring together a number of established technologies and create a solution in a box for the small business world out there. So, what's in there?
I'd say that sums it up nicely. Well, kind of. Firstly, the great thing is, SBS2008 is built on Server 2008 technology, which means you get to take advantage of the re-written networking and SMB stack, for optimal file and data transfers, self-healing NTFS, improved Server Manager, PowerShell support, modular IIS7 Web Server, reduced patching, and more. On top of that, you receive the new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, for your intranet, along with Exchange 2007, Forefront Security for Exchange (1 year trial), OneCare Security (1 year trial) for the Server itself, and strong integration with the Office Live platform, for providing a web presence for your business. So, all that's in the Standard edition. Now, important point here. The Core Server, I.e the one on the left, has to be x64. I know. I'm sorry. Trust me, it'll be worth it, and besides, it's Exchange that's driving that change! The 2nd Server shown above, is available with the Premium version of SBS 2008. Now, this server can be x64 or x86. So, before you throw away that x86 box because you can't install the Core Server on there, you can install the 2nd copy of Windows Server 2008 on there, and then SQL 2008 Standard, and run your LOB app's on there. So, to summarise. Standard = 1 server and 1 server only, providing security, intranet, updates, mail and Office Live integration. Premium = 2 servers. 1st one as in Standard, 2nd is for your LOB App's.
Interestingly enough, both of the servers (should you choose x64 for both) will support Hyper-V, the next generation Hypervisor based virtualisation, built into Windows Server 2008. Now, if I were to buy a license of Windows Server 2008 Standard on it's own, and install the x64 version on a box, and enable Hyper-V, the licensing of Server Standard in 2008 allows me to run one instance of Server Standard 2008 (or downgraded, I.e. 2003, 2000) in a virtual machine, for free. Now I'm not sure how this license would apply to SBS 2008 - something I'm sure will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
So, I've talked about what's in SBS 2008, but what are the key pillars? What is it aiming to provide? Well, it centred around 3 key areas:
Read more on that, here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/sbs/overview.mspx
So, hopefully that's whetted the appetite as to what's coming in SBS 2008, and there are already testimonials online from those on the early adopter programs (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/essential/sbs/testimonials.mspx)
Don't forget to get in touch if you have any questions.
Not my words - Jon Honeyball's words, over at PC Pro, in his review of Windows Server 2008 :-)
You don't need to wait for SP1 anyway Jon (as you state, later in the article), it already ships as SP1 to bring it inline with Vista SP1 :-)
"Fortunately for Microsoft, and in contrast to Vista, Server 2008 excels in just about every area. It doesn't matter which pieces of the functionality you use, you'll find it faster, easier to deploy, much more sensible in its defaults, and requires less work for more output."
You can read the full article, here: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/172530/microsoft-windows-server-2008.html
Other articles of interest include:
OK, it's not native USB support, but, this piece of equipment will allow you to access USB devices from within your virtual machines, running on Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 etc
There is an argument as to why you really need to give your servers access to any USB devices, but, I guess it's nice to have the option.
"AnywhereUSB is a network-enabled USB hub. It is the first remote networking solution to utilize RealPort® USB, Digi's patented USB Over IP® technology, making it easy to connect USB devices anywhere on a wired or wireless LAN, while eliminating the need for locally-attached host PCs."
Sounds useful to me, and at just over 300 EURO, it's not ridiculously expensive, and chances are, you may only need 1...
Again, something that's been sitting in a folder in my mailbox for a while is this link to an article by Edwin Yuen, a Technical Product Manager based in the US, who covers System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Published in January, it's still pretty fresh, and very relevant, as virtualisation becomes more and more mainstream, and management becomes more and more important.
Edwin goes through aspects such as the Admin Console, Intelligent Placement, V2V, P2V and more. He even throws in a bit of PowerShell for good measure :-)
I've had this sitting in my inbox for a while now, so I thought I would share it:
"This topic discusses how SAN transfers work in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and how to configure your system for VMM to work in a SAN environment. You can deploy VMM in an environment that has either a Fibre Channel or an iSCSI storage area network (SAN) and perform SAN transfers within VMM"
Check out the full lowdown here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740748.aspx