Session 1: Architectural Principles for Software+Services (Miha Kralj)
The opening keynote was entirely devoted to Software+Services and the differences between on-premises, hosted and cloud computing.
Session 2: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Virtualisation (Ilse van Criekinge & Arlindo Alves)
Arlindo kicked off the presentation with an overview of the Hyper-V architecture. Afterwards Ilse discussed Microsoft policy for virtualising Exchange Server (basically E2K7SP1 on W2K8 only).
Afterwards we we’re give a number of practical considerations:
- Performance: use passthrough disks, used fixed disks, monitor guest performance (not only the host), do not use differencing disks.
- Design: make your design as if it were a physical setup. Exchange is not “Hyper-V aware”
- Setup: setup is identical to a physical install
- Root config: separate LUNs, no snapshotting, no oversubscribing CPUs above 2:1 (virtual:physical), only install management tools in the parent partition and nothing else
- Guest config: don’t forget about the disk space needed for dumping the guests memory to disk
- Exchange Storage Config
- Backup: from within the guest
- HA & DR: either cluster the guest or the host, but not both!
After a demo of Live Migrating an exchange server (why not play a multimedia file from within a mailbox for this demonstration rather than using xcopy?) we were presented with a number of scenarios were MS believes virtualising exchange might come in handy.
More info on TechNet: Should You Virtualize Exchange 2007 SP1?
Session 3: Windows 7 Overview (Tony Krijnen & Daniel Van Soest)
I guess it’s not the first time Tony and Daniel present something together. Their brought us a very dynamic session which consisted almost entirely of demos showcasing the new features in Windows 7:
- UI improvements (shake it baby!)
- Security Improvements: User Account Control, IE8 Inprivate Browsing, Applocker, Bitlocker To Go, Network Access Protection
- Recovery Environment
Session 4: Take your Exchange Database anywhere (Ilse van Criekinge)
Yet another Exchange related session I was looking forward to. This time Ilse covered the Exchange 2007 Database Portability feature. She started off by refreshing the Exchange Database technology and continued with a bit of a comparison between the various continuous replication solutions available with E2K7SP1.
Using a real life scenario of dismounted store Isle ran us through the different options (Dialtone recovery) and tools (eseutil, isinteg) available. The demo ended with recovering the database file in a new exchange org.
Session 5: What’s new in R2 for network engineers (Corey Hynes)
Over to Corey again who showcased us the new features in Windows Server 2008 R2:
- Hyper-V Live Migration
- Management & Operations: PowerShell V2, Server Manager improvements and Best Practice Analyzers
- Active Directory: ADAC (Active Directory Administration Center), Recycle Bin, Offline Domain Join
- Server Core: DISM, ocsetup, .net & asp.net
Session 6: Virtualisation Security (Kai Axford)
Kai Axford got us thinking out loud about how to secure a virtual infrastructure.
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