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Cluster related sessions at TechEd Berlin 2010

If you’re into clustering and high availability there are a lot of sessions at TechEd Berlin 2010, below is a list of the sessions scheduled.

I’ll be going and will be showing some demos together with Symon from the Cluster team at Microsoft. Hope to see you there!

Credits to Hans for compiling the list (I just stole it)!

VIR309 – Disaster Recovery by Stretching Hyper-V Clusters Across SitesTuesday, November 9 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Virtualization

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman, Edwin van Mierlo

As servers are consolidated into VMs, the availability of those VMs is becoming increasingly important in providing disaster tolerance and business continuance. This session covers considerations of multi-site clustering, where virtual machines can be configured on a Hyper-V Failover Cluster that reaches across sites. This session also covers conducting live migrations across datacenters, and considerations of Cluster Shared Volumes with replication software.

WSV203-IS – Failover Clustering 101: Everything you Wanted to Know but were Afraid to Ask
Thursday, November 11 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Session Type: Interactive Session

Track: Windows Server

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman

Want to learn about Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering for the first time? We will show you how to build a highly-available File Server and Hyper-V cluster in just a few simple steps, while answering any and all of your questions. We will cover planning, licensing, virtualization, support, validation, hardware, networking considerations, building a cluster, deploying workloads on a cluster, and deploying virtual machines on a cluster. No prior clustering knowledge is needed!

WSV306-IS – Failover Clustering with Hyper-V Unleashed in Windows Server 2008 R2
Wednesday, November 10 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session Type: Interactive Session

Track: Windows Server

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman & Cluster MVPs

This is a free-form session that will demo, whiteboard and discuss what’s on YOUR MIND! Share the pain you have using Failover Clustering with Hyper-V, ask difficult questions or let us know why some customers avoid clustering even when there is a need to implement a high availability solution. Get the answers you need, directly from the world’s leading clustering experts.

WSV313 – Failover Clustering in 2008 R2: What’s New in the #1 High-Availability Solution
Friday, November 12 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Windows Server

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman

Learn about what makes Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering the top Server High-Availability solution! Clustering has changed in every area since 2003, so in this technical session you will learn about Hyper-V, Live Migration, validation, flexible hardware requirements, easy deployment, migration, Cluster Shared Volumes multi-site clustering and easier management. A live demo will deploy a 2008 R2 Failover Cluster from scratch. Clustering knowledge recommended.

WSV403 – Failover Clustering & Hyper-V: Planning your Highly-Available Virtualization Environment
Wednesday, November 10 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Windows Server

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman, Joachim Nasslander

This technical session will discuss Hyper-V and Failover Clustering live migration, deployment considerations, licensing, upgrades, host clustering, guest clustering, disaster recovery, multi-site clustering, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, hardware and validation. What are the pros and cons of each virtualization solution? What’s right for my customers and their scenarios? What about combining physical and virtual machines in the same cluster? This session will include a live demo of a Hyper-V Cluster deployment and live migration.

WSV01-HOL – Implementing High Availability
Session Type: Hands-on Lab

Track: Windows Server

This top-rated lab introduces the process for creating highly available services using Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster technologies, as well as basic administration tasks with new clustering PowerShell Cmdlets.

Partner Team Events

DAT210 – Mission Critical: High Availability Overview
Tuesday, November 9 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Database Platform

More information coming soon.

DAT211 – Mission Critical: Comparing High-Availability Solutions
Tuesday, November 9 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Database Platform

More information coming soon

DAT212 – Mission Critical: Improving High-Availability
Wednesday, November 10 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Database Platform

More information coming soon.

DAT303-IS – Performance Scalability and Reliability on Mission Critical Applications with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Wednesday, November 10 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Session Type: Interactive Session

Track: Database Platform

Speaker(s): Lonnye Bower, Nitasha Chopra

Join us on a walk-through of the steps we took to improve performance of a SQL Server 2008 R2 Tier 1 Mission Critical Core Banking application by more than 30% . Learn the processes we followed that resulted in:

· A world record number of transactions per second (tps), compared to other database platforms, for an ISV Partner application (specifics about the ISV and the application will be shared in the session as the details are pending public release)

· Improving performance to push SQL Server to execute over 120,000 batches per second (YES! That’s 120K batches per second!)

· Overcoming the issues we encountered during the exercise

You will garner tips and tricks used by Microsoft’s SQL Performance Group and SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) to optimize mission critical customer applications. You will also be able to review the different hardware architectures (based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series) involved in the exercise and the limits that were pushed by each. At the end of this session, you will receive several simple takeaways to help you obtain better levels of performance out of your enterprise implementations.

MGT201-LNC – Managing Your Virtual Environments
Thursday, November 11 | 1:20 PM – 2:05 PM

Session Type: Lunchtime Session

Track: Management

Speaker(s): Kenon Owens, Michael Michael

Grab your lunch and bring your questions. Join Management and Virtualization Experts for a ‘No Holds Barred’ Question and Answer Session on how Microsoft can help you manage your virtualization environment in the datacenter. This session will highlight some of the new capabilities of System Center and Windows Server 2008 as we answer your questions candidly on topics including: Disaster Recovery and Availability; Virtual Machine Sprawl; how Virtualization can assist in my Service Oriented World; Server Application Virtualization; and Transitioning to Private and Public Clouds.

PRC05 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 High Availability and Disaster Recovery – Be Prepared
Monday, November 8 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Session Type: Pre-Conference Seminar

Track: Unified Communications

Speaker(s): Vladimir Meloski

Microsoft Exchange Server is a business-critical system for many organizations. This workshop will provide you with knowledge on how to respond to the challenges of managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 high availability, and how to address any disaster recovery scenario. You will also learn about deploying healthy and performance optimized Exchange Organization.

The topics will include:

· Planning for high available network and site environment

· Planning for hardware and storage technologies

· Planning Active Directory for Exchange Organization

· Planning and deploying high availability for mailbox server roles, using Database Availability Groups

· Planning and deploying high availability for non-mailbox server roles, using software or hardware Network Load Balancing and Client Access Arrays for Client Access Server role, as well as strategies for Hub Transport, Edge and Unified Messaging server roles

· Planning for site resilience, and the steps needed to switchover successfully to an alternative disaster recovery site

You will find out how to implement efficient backup and restore strategies, for both mailbox and non-mailbox server roles, using Windows Server Backup and Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, but also discover how you might choose to run backup-less Exchange Organization and use raid-less and JBOD storage technologies for mailbox server roles. You will learn about the techniques on how to test and verify your high availability and disaster recovery strategies, including scenarios from disk to site failure. After completing this workshop you will know best practices for implementing high availability, and for providing healthy, reliable and optimized Exchange Organization.

UNC303 – Microsoft Lync Server 2010 : Voice Architecture and Planning for High Availability
Thursday, November 11 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Unified Communications

Speaker(s): Jamie Stark, Sundereshwaran Raman

The Lync Server team has made a significant investment in high availability with the upcoming release. In this session we review the new Survivable Branch Appliance offering for branch office resiliency, the new features for data center-based multi-site failover, and intra-site architecture for high availability.

UNC321-IS – Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 High Availability: Ask The Experts
Thursday, November 11 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Session Type: Interactive Session

Track: Unified Communications

Speaker(s): Ross Smith IV, Scott Schnoll

Do you have questions about high availability or site resilience in Exchange Server 2010 SP1? Ross Smith IV, Principal Program Manager, and Scott Schnoll, Principal Technical Writer, will be on hand to answer your questions.

Curious about design considerations? Wondering about networking requirements? Thinking about deployment options? This session is intended to be highly interactive and completely Q&A driven, so bring your questions and join in the fun.

UNC401 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Deep Dive (including changes introduced by SP1)
Thursday, November 11 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Unified Communications

Speaker(s): Scott Schnoll

Go beyond the basics of Exchange high availability and gain a solid understanding of what’s going on under the hood in an Exchange 2010 database availability group. This session dives deep into the inner workings of continuous replication, Active Manager, best copy selection, quorum and witness, lagged copies, DAG networks, DAC mode and built-in monitoring and management scripts.

VIR302-IS – Understanding How Microsoft Virtualization Compares to VMware
Thursday, November 11 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Session Type: Interactive Session

Track: Virtualization

Speaker(s): David Greschler, Edwin Yuen

This is a must-see session for anyone who is comparing VMware with Microsoft’s virtualization offerings. We will review Microsoft’s technology compared to VMware, focusing on what differentiates the two technologies. The session will also cover effective strategies for integrating Microsoft virtualization into datacenter environments, and review one company’s experience with implementing Microsoft virtualization. If you need to know how the Microsoft virtualization stack compares to VMware’s, this is the session for you!

VIR321 – Advanced Storage Infrastructure Best Practices to Enable Ultimate Hyper-V Scalability
Tuesday, November 9 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session Type: Breakout Session

Track: Sponsor Sessions

Speaker(s): Txomin Barturen

This session will address how Microsoft and EMC technologies work together to deliver scalable and reliable enterprise deployments of Microsoft virtualization. Working together, Microsoft and EMC tested the scalability of up to 16 node Hyper-V clusters on the EMC Symmetrix storage platform. Topics to be covered include optimization and characterization of Microsoft Hyper-V for large scale highly-available deployments, as well as performance and optimization of the EMC Symmetrix. Technical details and lessons learned from the tested solution will be covered.

Preflight – TechEd North America 2010

Nothing is like the calm when you’re done with your presentation, the demo is working (just gotta decide which demo to run) and I’ve packed. Now I’ll hang on the balcony with a beer and a whisky and watch some episodes of Fringe and Mad Men, waiting for the wife to come home.

It’ll be interesting to see New Orleans and how much they’ve restored after Katrina. Have a great list over bars and clubs to visit, and it’ll be fun to meet my old colleagues again. I fear Howl At The Moon already!

Leaving tomorrow morning for Chicago / New Orleans and will post pictures and observations throughout the week.

Are you going? Tweet / email me and I’ll meet you there!

Speakers Corner

Since we’re still waiting for spring to arrive here in Sweden, it’s snowing today again, I’m having a coffee and looking over the schedule for this spring/summer.

It’s a lot happening this spring, starting with TechDays 23/24:th of March. This event happens in Örebro and has a lot of good speakers lined up: Martin Lidholm, Björn Axell, Hasain Alshakarti, Anders Bengtsson, Daniel Bugday, Elisabeth Stjernstoft, Eva Fors and a lot more. I have a session on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Live Migration and clustering.

Then in June, 7 – 10:th it’s time for TechEd North America which this year takes place in New Orleans. I’ve been given my first “real” breakout session this time, after having had numerous product demonstrations. A PD takes place during lunch, so one might say that attendance has been “so so”. Hope for some more people this time, and I’m looking forward to it!

Presentations

At each event I promise to make the presentations available on the internet. Usually I seem to forget this until someone emails me and wonder what happened with the pptx. Nothing unusual about this time either, except that the guy that emailed me wondered about my presentations from three (3!) sessions. These are now available under downloads, just for you R!

Auf wiedersehen Berlin!

Packed, checked out, came home and had a great weekend with the family. The last days of TechEd 2009 in Berlin were just as great as the first ones. The days were spent in the TLC-area answering clustering questions. This year we had a lot of questions on CSV and geo-clustering, live migration over geo-clusters seemed to be of great interest also.

Wednesday was the Swedish country party which was sponsored by Knowledge Factory and SpecOps together with Microsoft. Had a great time, met a lot of interesting people but gave up around 00.15 to get some sleep before my session. Slept for as long as possible Thursday morning before breakfast, ironing the shirt and packing my four laptops, switch, powerstrip and USB-sticks into my bag. Arrived at 11.00 to have some time for a coffee and just preparing mentally.

12:05 the guy before me finished in the room so I rushed in to get everything setup before 12:20. Of course my laptop refused to show any picture on the projector. The video guy wanted a reboot so he got one, the result was picture and a DC in recovery mode. The time was 12:17 so I didn’t have time to do anything about it, I chose to reset it and hope for the best. It came up fine after that so I delivered my session without any more flaws. When practicing the time has been 40-45 minutes, it took 36 now so I guess I got a little nervous from the trouble in the beginning.

Thursday night was the Dutch country party. Me, some Swedish friends and two of my colleagues went and had a great time. The Dutch really know how to party! By 2 am the bar was out of everything except dark beer and red wine. I gave up and went home somewhere around here…

I’ve received some emails, some new Twitter-followers, Linked In-connections and the stats here went up quite a lot afterwards. The map is two hours after my session! Most visitors seems to search for Hyper-V on USB, check out the guide if you haven’t done so already!

Here are a few pics (taken by my colleague Christian and one by Sander Berkouwers colleague whos name I’ve forgotten and will change immediately as soon as I find out).

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Today was a good day!

To quote Ice Cube and the Nike commercial.

I got the news today that I’ve been chosen as one of the three finalists as IT-consultant of the year by IT24 in Sweden.

Yesterday we spent the night at the Springboard party here in Berlin. It was a good time, gave up around midnight. Some of my former colleagues came home around 7 the rumour says. Tonight Knowledge Factory, SpecOps and Microsoft are having the Swedish country party at Solar here in Berlin. It’ll be fun, but I’ll be the responsible one and go home early tonight also. My session is tomorrow at 12.20, will I see you there?

Here are some pictures from Berlin!

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TechEd Berlin 2009 – Monday

Spent the weekend in Berlin as we arrived Saturday around lunch. We’ve done some sightseeing and managed to see Berlins museum of contemporary art (http://worldvisitguide.com/musee/M0289.html) on Saturday afternoon. Sunday we went to the Mauer Museum (http://www.mauer-museum.com) which was very interesting. We were supposed to have dinner in the TV-tower but due to the foggy weather we cancelled it since you couldn’t see the top of it.

Sunday afternoon we went out to get our passes at the Messe. This place is huge and makes Barcelonas venue seem really small.

Monday was spent fixing my laptops and the final touch of my presentation. Now I’m all set!

Today (Tuesday) I’m gonna watch some sessions and then spend a few hours in the Clustering TLC-booth. If you have any questions, come by and say hi!

T – 2 days

As we’re getting closer to TechEd in Berlin I’m actually prepared quite good this time. My presentation came out great and I turned it in on time. That doesn’t happen every time, let me tell you.

There are a lot of Swedes presenting this time, I’m doing my best to cram them all into the schedule. I’ve found some other sessions I’ll be visiting also. Looking forward to meeting some old friends too, and hopefully make some new ones. My friend Sander Berkouwer (more about him in the next post) will be there, and a lot of people from Sweden and USA that I usually just meet at gatherings like this.

On Monday night Berlin celebrates 20 years since the wall came down. This will most likely be one heck of a partynight. Tuesday is the Springboard-party with MVP’s, MCT’s, other knowledgeable persons and a bunch of Microsoft employees. (I’m not saying they’re not knowledgeable!)

Wednesday SpecOps and Knowledge Factory are hosting the Swedish country party together with Microsoft. Be sure to register on Microsofts site to be sure to get in! (URL provided in email by Microsoft)

Are you going? You could contact me through the form, by email, or call me when you get there!

In preparation

Windows 7 Tour finished with its last date yesterday in Karlskrona. A very good audience, lots of questions and the best lunch on the whole tour. After a VERY long drive home and too little sleep I’m at least up and about. Chasing Microsoft, finishing off my PPT for TechEd in Berlin, answering questions both here and by mail.

In a few weeks time it’s time to pack the bags again and head off to Berlin for TechEd 2009. I’m holding a product demonstration on how to build a Hyper-V cluster with Live Migration based on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. My demo is tested, the PPT almost done so I feel confident. If you already now have any questions on the subject, comment here or send me an email!

TechEd Berlin

Just got word from Arlindo Alves that my product demonstration is approved for TechEd Berlin. I always seem to hit the launch years, and being effective in the server-track isn’t that easy when the product teams get a hold of the session slots. But Arlindo nicely enough let me submit a product demo instead so I massaged my grey matter between the ears and came up with a PD that will get you both virtualized and highly available for (almost) free. More information to come when we get closer to the event.

Read more about the event here: http://www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/