It’s come around pretty quickly, but already the 2nd meeting of the Microsoft Virtualisation User Group is upon us, and it’s looking like a cracking line-up already.  The previous session went down really well, and the feedback from that session has already started to be incorporated into the upcoming session.  So, what’s this session going to be about?  Well, 2 strands:

  • Planning your Virtualisation Infrastructure
  • Protecting your Virtualisation Infrastructure

For the planning part, the guys have managed to snag Baldwin Ng, who writes the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator blog, and is one of the Senior Product Managers for MAP at Microsoft Corp.  Baldwin’s time in the UK is very limited, and in my opinion, there is no bigger and more passionate advocate for the potential of the MAP tool than Baldwin, so if you can get some free time, it will definitely be worth coming along for.  The MAP tool itself is a fantastic tool, and you can read all about it in one of my previous posts.  There is also a MAP v3.2 on the way, and you can get all the details for that over at Baldwin’s blog.

So, the 2nd half of the session is dedicated to protection of your virtual assets, but not just the virtual assets – don’t forget about the physical too!  Thankfully, Data Protection Manager 2007 handles both physical, and virtual workloads, from a backup and protection perspective.  Andrew Driver, from my team, is going to take an hour or so to go through DPM, how it works, and what the key benefits are of the technology.  Before the event, try and have a quick watch of this flash video, as it will give you a good overview of what DPM is all about.

In terms of the structure of Meeting #2:

Location - Microsoft, Reading, UK - Building 3, First Floor, Memphis Meeting Room

Date and Time - Monday 10th November 2008, 1800 – 2130


  • 1800-1830 - Arrivals
  • 1830-1930 - Baldwin Ng:
    Virtualization Solution Accelerators – how these tools can jump-start your Hyper-V and App-V project
    Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 – multi-product tool for assessment and planning (DEMO)
  • 1930-2000 - Food
  • 2000-2100 - Andrew Driver:
    Introduction to SCDPM 2007
    SCDPM 2007 Architecture
    Using SCDPM 2007 with Hyper-V
    SCDPM 2007 Best Practices
  • 2100-2130 - Question and Answers