Virtual Server and Beyond Operations Day

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On June 14th @ Thames Valley Park in the United Kingdom we are holding an Virtual Server and Beyond Operations Day. There are still places available for this event. However there are some restrictions. You need to be a Microsoft Premier Customer to be eligible to attend. Please speak to your Technical Account Manager if you are interested. We will be holding open bookings until the day before.

Microsoft runs a global virtualized deployment.The “Virtual Server and Beyond ...” day is aimed at Premier customers who want to understand Microsoft Virtualization. Be among the first in the UK to experience Windows Server 2008 Virtualization, with live demos on the latest hardware from AMD and HP. Understand the benefits of application virtualization with Softgrid and see how it can ease the pain of application migration. Find out how System Center Virtual Machine Manager can ease virtualization management, and plug into your existing management infrastructure. Hear from the inventor of the Microsoft Virtual Labs Program and how Microsoft runs a global virtualized deployment.


The “Virtual Server and Beyond ...” day provides Premier customers with 3 key take-aways:

  • How to use Microsoft Virtual Server in key scenarios.

  • See Windows Server 2008 Virtualization in action.

  • Understand how Softgrid can ease migration and deployment.

Interact with the presenters, Microsoft field professionals and Microsoft Virtualization solution specialists. Find out everything you wanted to know about Microsoft Virtualization; don’t be afraid to ask.

Key Features

The “Virtual Server and Beyond ..” day provides participants with an understanding and an appreciation of the following:

  • Virtual Server in action.

  • How Microsoft runs a global Virtual Server deployment.

  • Application Virtualization with SoftGrid.

  • Managing your virtual environment with System Center.

  • Windows Server 2008 Virtualization technologies.

  • Partner stands from AMD, HP and Netapp.

Target Audience

The day is aimed at IT Professionals who want to learn about the benefits of Microsoft Virtualization technologies for their organisation. If you want to learn about how this technology works from the hardware up and see some cutting edge demos of new technology on the latest hardware, then this event is for you.


Agenda (subject to confirmation)

9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome

9:45 Virtual Server – What’s all the fuss about?

10:45 Break

11:00 Virtual Server – Where would I really use this?

12:00 Lunch

12:45 SoftGrid – What the heck is that?

13:45 Break

14:00 MSIT – How Microsoft puts its money where its mouth is

15:00 The future’s bright it’s Virtualized

16:00 Q & A


Anthony Tsim

Title: Lead Marketing Manager, US Business Marketing Organization, Microsoft Corporation (Redmond)

Anthony is a Lead Marketing Manager in Microsoft Business Marketing Organization in Redmond, Washington, USA.  Anthony specializes in virtualization technology, application, protocols, architecture and performance optimization.  He invented the successful Microsoft Virtual Labs program three years ago.  When not evangelizing the benefits of Microsoft virtualization technology, he spends time with customers to better understand their virtualization challenges and shares his best practices.  Besides submerging himself in the virtual world, he enjoys soccer, fine dining, clubbing, autocross and spending time with his wife and friends in his yet another new home otherwise known as Seattle, Washington.

Ben Caird - Ben is a Senior Premier Field Engineer working in Microsoft Services (UK) where he specialises in high availability and clustering. Ben's background derives from the support arena where he joined Microsoft in 2001 as an engineer.  Since then Ben has worked in PSS, Supportability Services & OEM before moving back to what is now Premier Field Engineering.Ben has worked with many of our Premier enterprise customers cluster solutions in one way or another in government, retail and financial sectors on both short and longer term engagements.


Lee Marsden - Lee is a Senior Premier Field engineer working within Microsoft Services in the UK. He specialises in Active Directory and Virtualisation. Lee joined Microsoft in 2001 working in the GTSC networking and Domains teams. In 2002, Lee moved into the UK Supportability Services team working with a variety of Microsoft’s Premier corporate and enterprise customers across many industry sectors.


Ben Pearce - Ben is a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft.  He has worked in IT for over 10 years in a variety of different roles.  These include Security Administrator, Support Specialist, and Critical Problem Resolution engineer.  Primarily Ben focuses on High Availability, PowerShell and Virtualisation technologies and has worked with many enterprise customers in all of these areas.



Duane Thomas - Duane is a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft Services. He is responsible for providing technical guidance to customers on Virtualization solutions.  He also specialises in Live Communication Servers, Windows, and has been known to dabble with Exchange, SQL, and Office System solutions.  In previous roles at Microsoft he was a Technical Lead for multiple Windows specialties, a Beta Engineer for LCS, Office Communicator, and Windows x64. Duane has been with Microsoft 10+ years and moved to the UK 2 years ago for work for Microsoft Ltd.


Justin Zarb and Andrew Bennett  - Justin is a Project Premier Field Engineer and Andrew is an Enterprise Strategy Consultant

Justin and Andrew have been spearheading the use of software virtualisation to help deliver and develop rapid deployments and upgrades for Microsoft customers.

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