Microsoft Tech-Ed 2008 (Day 1)

Posted: November 3, 2008 in Computer and Internet

After a bumpy flight yesterday evening and a fast drive in a cab we’ve reached to hotel. I’ve been the a number of Microsoft events before but this will be my first Tech-Ed. My 2 colleagues Jean-Marc and Jo have been to Tech-Ed before.

After a quick run along the coast and a shower we had breakfast and went to the event. The registration went fast, probably because we we’re quiet early :-). First things first, getting internet access. All over the venue a wireless network is available to be able to go online, even connection to the corporate VPN was successful. At the registration we received a bag with a paper schedule of over 230 breakout sessions, 90 Interactive sessions and 30 Instructor Led Labs. I made a selection last week on the Tech-Ed portal but it still easier to get a overview on paper, so I probably make some changes along the way.

After scouting the conference locations we went up the the second floor were there are hands on labs, but all the spots (System Center) were already taken. DAMN! This will be my first priority when coming to the conference tomorrow.

The opening keynote which was given by Brad Anderson, General Manager of Management and Services Division at Microsoft was mainly about how Microsoft is growing in virtualization, Dynamic and Green IT. The first technical session was Building your Next Generation Infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
One of the big items was that Terminal Services is renamed to Remote Desktop Services. You can read more about this on the Windows Server Blog.
Another topic was that in Windows Server 2008 R2 a new feature is added, Branch Cache. As the name points out, this can be used to cache files on a server in the branch office that are located in the main office of a corporation. The first time a file is opened in the branch office a hash is created by the server in the branch office. From that moment on the file is a candidate for Branch Caching. The second time this file is opened over the WAN in the branch office the file will be cached on the branch office server. The third time a user opens this file it is opened from the cache on the branch office server.
Also worth mentioning is that Windows Server Core 2008 R2 will have Power Shell installed natively.

The second technical session today was Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Security and Best Practices. Unfortunately the speaker forseen for this session didn’t show up and the session was give by two other speakers. They did a very good job at of it convincing the crowd with best practices mainly about taking snapshots in VM’s and explaining the consequences of deleting snapshot(s). Main thing to keep in mind was not to use snapshots in production environment.

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