If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or if you’ve seen me present before, you’ll have seen me go on about this ‘Datacenter to the Desktop’ approach to Microsoft Virtualisation, and how we have pretty much all the components you’d need to build a very comprehensive virtualised infrastructure, whether it’s using Hyper-V that’s built into Windows Server 2008 or Hyper-V Server 2008 that’s just shipped, for your virtualisation layer, or whether you want to combine Terminal Services with App-V for a compelling application delivery solution.  These are just a couple of examples of where Microsoft Virtualisation can meet your needs, and don’t forget about the management.  Management is a critical element to any virtualisation implementation.  It’s plain silly to implement any type of production virtualisation without some way to control the potential virtual server sprawl that may ensue.  This is where the System Center stack of technologies come in, whether it’s backup, patching and deployment, monitoring and eventing, or virtual machine management, either way, System Center has the tools for you, and not only for your virtual infrastructure, but for your physical too.

You can check out all the bit on Microsoft’s complete virtualisation set of solutions over at the Microsoft Virtualisation homepage.

So, back to the point of the post, we’re re-running the Virtualisation Unplugged tour that we were running a month or so back.  James' O’Neill is leading the charge from a technical perspective, and he’ll be supported by a number of glamorous assistants, including myself!  We’ve also got a number of Partners involved, so you can talk to Partners who are actually out there implementing this stuff.

In terms of an agenda:

  • 8:45 am Registration
  • 9:30 am Keynote - The importance of green IT
  • 10:00 am Building your virtualised environment with Hyper-V
  • 11:00 am Break
  • 11:15 am Managing your virtualised environment with System Center
  • 12:45 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Partner Presentation - Why Microsoft Virtualisation?
  • 2:00 pm Virtualising your desktops (VDI) and applications (MDOP)
  • 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:15 pm What's new in Terminal Services 2008?
  • 4:00 pm Ask the experts
  • 4:30 pm Close

In part 1, James will be building a Hyper-V Cluster from a few bits  of kit, and I’ll (on the day’s I’m presenting) take this one step further and start looking in detail at the management of this Virtualised environment.  We’ll also look at how this interacts with non-Microsoft technologies, and also how this management spans from physical right through to virtual.  In the afternoon, we’ll start looking at Desktops and Apps, and how virtualisation is having an impact here too.  By the end of the day, you’ll have had a good overview of the Datacenter to Desktop, and I’m sure you’ll have learnt stuff you didn’t know before!

The landing page for the Unplugged Tour is here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/virtualisationunplugged/default.mspx so that’s the best place to start, but if you want to start registering for the actual events, I’d use these links: