Hands-On-Labs at TechEd, Virtualization at work!!!

Hands-On-Labs at TechEd, Virtualization at work!!!

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One of the fun parts of being in a team that develops Hyper-V is seeing it in action. Here at TechEd 2010 in New Orleans, Hyper-V and the System Center Suite are running the Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. Powering the labs for the 11,000 people here at TechEd are 25 x HP380G6’s. The detailed specs of each server is

·        HP DL 380G6

·        128 GB RAM

·        1.0 TB HDD

·        2 x Intel Xeon E5504, 2 Ghz

The attendees are accessing labs (running as virtual machines) from 350 workstations. There are a total of 192 labs running and on an average each lab takes just over 2 virtual machines. By the first day and a half of the conference, just over 1800 labs were launched leading to 3750 virtual machines being created and destroyed!!. By the way HOL11, Web Development in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is the most popular lab so far.

The infrastructure workloads, all running virtual machines, includes SQL Server 2008 SP1 for usage and performance statistics, Domain controller and DHCP for the lab domain, Web server for publishing the labs, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 for monitoring the health of the infrastructure, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 for compliance monitoring and running scripted actions and System Center Data Protection Manager for backing up SQL and Hyper-V configurations.

I’d encourage folks who are here at TechEd to stop by this mini datacenter in Ballroom C and chat with folks there to get more details on the setup. Below are a few pictures of the setup. Enjoy!!

That's all it takes these days:).

System Center Operations Manager, reporting at work

Vijay Tewari

Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Virtualization

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  • Dear mr Vijay Tewari,

    I'm trying to contact you by email about the HOL infrastructure,

    but you email is not working here ( virtpm@microsoft.com )

    Could you plase send me an email? (pvkerc@ferranti.be )

    thanks in advance


  • Nice setup guys, definatley has come a ways from the Orlando Lab setup :P. However seems the labs needed a little more testing cause I couldn't get into some of them. On that note, are these labs going to be available to us online? Thanks!

  • So is there any chance of exams being delivered in this way? Sounds like it would beat the hell out of Prometric.

  • @Chris: XB Velocity organized the labs at TechEd North America. Thanks for your feedback. To answer your question: currently the hands-on labs from TechEd will not become available online through the Internet. However, the breakout session content is available at TechEd Online at www.msteched.com, and the Virtual Labs at technet.microsoft.com/virtuallabs and msdn.microsoft.com/virtuallabs contain online labs for several of the same topics.

    @Pete: There are no plans that I know of to deliver exams this way. However, we did forward your suggestion with the certification team at Microsoft!

    Ronald Beekelaar

    XB Velocity

  • @Chris/@RonaldB:  I was told by the HOL guides there that you could download the manuals/ppts/guides for a few months after the show ended. (on different occasions, btw) . I have yet to find them.  Do you know where to get hold of them?  I would love to finish some that I had started or go over some of them again.  



  • Would be great if you can tell us that if the same infrastructure had to be setup, what would be the licensing requirements on the server side as well as client side.