“Really? My town?”
Well.. okay. Not everyone’s town. But our schedule of live, free events in the US for IT Pros is done and live and available for you to see now on the TechNet Events site.
“What are you guys covering this time around?”
I’m so glad you asked! Here is the event summary and session details from the site:
Join your local TechNet Events team for a lively tour of the latest tools and resources for IT Pros. We’ll start with an overview of Windows Azure, and explore how you can use this high-performance hosted platform to build customer-facing applications and add horsepower to your computing infrastructure. Next, we’ll look at all the tools and techniques available for building virtual environments in Hyper-V version 2.0 and finish the day by demonstrating how to simplify your Windows 7 deployments. TechNet Events are free, live learning sessions packed with hands-on technical content. Register today!
SESSION 1: The Next Wave: Windows Azure
The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, hosted computing has arrived with Windows Azure. In this session, we’ll demonstrate the basics of the Azure online service computing platform and how you can leverage it in your work. You’ll see real-world case studies, learn how to use Azure in your applications, and we’ll touch on the future of this exciting new platform.
SESSION 2: Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V version 2.0 provide a powerful base for building a highly realistic test bed for servers, clients and networks. This session will demonstrate how to leverage valuable resources including a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 20008R2, Hyper-V and Disk2vhd. You’ll learn how to work with snapshots, create a virtual machine from a running physical machine, and apply all the tools and techniques available for building a great virtual environment in Hyper-V.
SESSION 3: Automating Your Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010
Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010. In this session, we’ll drill down into the MDT Workbench and explore how the MDT process uses reference images to ease deployment to target computers. You’ll also learn how to configure the deployment environment, add operating systems, applications and language packs, and create a task-sequenced deployment to a target computer.
I’m really excited about these sessions. I think the timing of getting this information out is just perfect, considering all of the exciting things happening in Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure platform, Virtualization and Hyper-V as a platform for testing and training, as well as real useful tools for doing Windows 7 deployments.
“When and where will we see you delivering these, Kevin?”
I’ll be presenting these sessions at following TechNet Events from 8:30am-12:00pm (click the link to register):
- Tues, Feb 2, 2010 – St. Louis (Creve Coeur), MO
- Tues, Feb 9, 2010 – Eden Prairie, MN
- Tues, Feb 23, 2010 – Overland Park, KS
- Thurs, Feb 25, 2010 – Omaha, NE
- Thurs, Mar 11, 2010 – Des Moines, IA
Registration is open now, and these may fill up fast, so register soon!
AND FOR DEVELOPERS: On the very same day and location, from 1:00pm-5:00pm we are holding our MSDN Events. Make sure you check out the MDSN Events web site for details, and register for those as well.
“And what’s the strange photo on the right, Kevin? Who are those people?”
That is (those are) “The Monkees”. The last line of their TV show theme song inspired the subject for this blog post.