Virtual Reality: The truth about Microsoft’s Interoperable Virtualization Stack

network-data-storage[1]It started off as an idea a couple of months back. That idea was around getting the soup to nuts details on the Hyper-V / SCVMM / iSCSI solution into an entertaining session that could be delivered in person, online or by a group of individuals across Canada. Well – it’s ready. With the help of Mitch Garvis from SWMI consulting group, David Kawula from TriconTS, myself and more to come – we’ve built some great resources and engaging content to take on the road (both in the real world and online) for all those interested.

Here’s the official blurb:

There are lots of players out there in the Virtualization Market. All of them have options to help you build a highly available solution to virtualize and protect your servers all with varying costs associated with them. Did you know Microsoft has a solution that you can cut your teeth into even if you are just learning the ropes and don’t have access to high end SAN hardware? Join us for a demo intensive 90 minute session that builds a solution from scratch and gives you the skills to bring this technology into your organization or customer environments for a fraction of the cost of the competitors offerings (you know who we’re talking about). This session will cover the story of an organization looking to enhance their current infrastructure and virtualization solutions. It will start with the requirements, proceed into the build process and demonstrate all of its capabilities including post deployment management. Do you have questions to ask? Are you more familiar with “the other guys” offerings and need to have some clarity on what is actually capable with the Microsoft Virtualization offerings? This session is for you  - we’re leaving plenty of time for questions along the way.


Technologies covered:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Microsoft iSCSI Target software v 3.3
  • The free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Live Migration
  • Snapshots


  • Understand the capabilities of the Microsoft Virtualization offering
  • Install and configure a iSCSI target and create a Clustered resource
  • Configure System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage 2 virtualization hosts
  • Create a highly available virtual machine and LiveMigrate it between hosts
  • Learn where to get all the software to create your own environment

I threw out the offer on Twitter for any and all to stick up their hand for a visit and possible delivery of something like this in their neck of the woods and so far I have quite a few takers…

Halifax, Cape Bretton, Montreal, Victoria, Ottawa…

The list is growing. Are you interested in having us come out and talk “no-bs-corporate-speak-no-FUD” about Virtualization and how it can be a game changer in your organization – EVEN IF you’ve already committed $$$$ to “the other guys”? Send me an email ( or drop me a comment here on the blog. I’d love the opportunity to head out your way and see what’s possible.

This is open to any and ALL user groups or professional associations. Don’t HAVE a user group in your neck of the woods? Maybe this is an opportunity to set something up!  WE CAN HELP. Not up for a long term commitment of running a group just yet – why not help us out with this event to get your feet wet!

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Comments (8)

  1. Teg Bains says:

    Hi Rick. If you end up in Vancouver or Victoria, please let us know!

    BTW, your power talk at the last TechDays in Vancouver on Windows 2003 AD DC upgrade to 2008 R2 AD DC in less than 45 minutes was just awesome!

  2. marco_shaw says:

    Need a New Brunswick stop!  My vote is Moncton, since I'm from that area.  If not, who's in for a car pool to Halifax?

  3. @ted – thanks for the Kudos on the AD Talk. I'm doing a "part II" this year at TechEd called Get Out Of Dodge – migrating to x64 for all those other services…

    as for Vancouver… I'm reachin' out to VanTug to see if I can squeeze in there out of their regular sync. Might even make Victoria too.

  4. @marco – leaning down Moncton way. Fredericton is the other possibility. Halifax is for certain so I figure a road trip might be in order to hit Moncton. Any leanings to SaintJohn ?

  5. Peter Vitchev says:

    Hi Rick,

    It would be great if you could do a stop in Victoria! I know there are a lot of IT Pro's here who would be very interested in this topic (myself included!). Please let us know if you plan to come by our way for sure.

  6. @peter – Victoria is sounding like it will be confirmed. Blog post about the success of community sourcing of cities coming up.

  7. Robert says:

    Rick, any plans for a stop in Kelowna BC ?

  8. @Robert – you know – I think we can fit it in – provided we have a contact on the ground willing to help us out.  Are you interested in helping us get to Kelowna – maybe June 14th? send me an email –

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