2015 Microsoft Virtual MVP Conference – Session Highlight #4

Another session by Marcos and Dave that you shouldn’t miss.  Focusing on Best Practices for virtualizing and managing Sharepoint 2013, it will also bring overall best practices for virtualizing with Hyper-V and using System Center 2012 R2.  These guys have years of experience deploying these types of solutions.  It’s worth a listen to collect the tips and tricks they have amassed.

 

Check out the session detail below and many of the other sessions given in the IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer tracks here: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

Best Practices for Virtualizing and Managing SharePoint 2013 with System Center Windows Server 2012

 

Speaker: Marcos Nogueira

 

Moderator: Dave Kawula

SharePoint 2013 is now a company standard, but what is supported, sensible, or even practicable? How do we go about monitoring and managing SharePoint? In this session, we discuss the virtualization path and best practices using Hyper-V for high availability and why virtualization makes sense. With the foundations in place we take a deep dive on how we can monitor SharePoint Farms, the availability of each role and how we can profit from a combination of the Health Service within SharePoint 2013 and the wealth of what System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 can offer to make the management experience an easier one. We also look at advancements we can make outside of the box by directly integrating the Hive for exceptions. What will we learn? How to effectively manage and monitor our SharePoint farms of any size. Why not make a complex task fun, with measurable results.

 

MVP15_MicrosoftMVP_VC_WebBanner_920x400pxThe MVP Virtual Conference is coming on May 14th and May 15th.  Over 5000 people have already registered for the event with content driven by Microsoft MVPs in three main tracks, IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer.  For the next week I will highlight some of my favorite sessions.  If you want to register for this free online event, just go to this link:  http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

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2015 Microsoft Virtual MVP Conference – Session Highlight #3

The System Center stack has come a long way and has even more great improvements coming down the pipe in 2016.  Pete has been doing working with the System Center suite for a long time and knows his stuff about how to make it all come together.  This is a can’t miss session if you are looking at how to best utilize System Center 2012 R2 within your environment.

Check out the session detail below and many of the other sessions given in the IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer tracks here: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

Automating Service Delivery with System Center 2012 R2

Speaker: Pete J. Zerger

Moderator: Chris Ross

In this session targeted to IT decision makers and IT Pros new to System Center, learn about the capabilities Microsoft System Center brings to the service delivery lifecycle in heterogeneous and hybrid cloud environments. Key topics will include: Server, Client and Application Management, Automated Deployment and Self-Service Automation, Integration with 3rd party management platforms, Monitoring, Security and Data Protection. For organizations that already own System Center, learn the “Why not System Center?” method to identifying where System Center fits in your environment.

 

MVP15_MicrosoftMVP_VC_WebBanner_920x400pxThe MVP Virtual Conference is coming on May 14th and May 15th.  Over 5000 people have already registered for the event with content driven by Microsoft MVPs in three main tracks, IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer.  For the next week I will highlight some of my favorite sessions.  If you want to register for this free online event, just go to this link:  http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

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2015 Microsoft Virtual MVP Conference – Session Highlight #2

Another great session given by two very active and energetic MVPs.  This is more likely to be more like a comedy session.  With any technology there are issues you will run into, adjustments that can be made to increase performance and best practices for success.  Dave and Marcos bring lots of experience to the table.  Don’t miss this session if you are using or interested in pursuing Hyper-V.

Check out the session detail below and many of the other sessions given in the IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer tracks here: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

 

Troubleshooting Hyper-V Performance Issues – Black Belt Notes from the field

Speaker: Dave Kawula

Moderator: Marcos Nogueira

In this session we will cover common techniques for troubleshooting Hyper-V Performance issues. These ticks, tricks and techniques have all been used in the field and will be of immense value. Dave has developed a great approach to troubleshooting from the ground up with Hyper-V, and this demo-centric session will deal with common questions like “Why is my server so slow?” During the performance troubleshooting process, we first look at the Host Server, Network Configuration, Storage, and Operating System, followed by troubleshooting the actual guests (VM’s). This unique presentation will showcase PowerShell scripts that will be used to break the environment and simulate real world scenarios for active participation and troubleshooting. At the end of this session you will be on the road to getting your very own Black Belt in Hyper-V Performance Troubleshooting.

 

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The MVP Virtual Conference is coming on May 14th and May 15th.  Over 5000 people have already registered for the event with content driven by Microsoft MVPs in three main tracks, IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer.  For the next week I will highlight some of my favorite sessions.  If you want to register for this free online event, just go to this link:  http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

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2015 Microsoft Virtual MVP Conference–Session Highlight #1

 

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The MVP Virtual Conference is coming on May 14th and May 15th.  Over 5000 people have already registered for the event with content driven by Microsoft MVPs in three main tracks, IT Pro, Developer, and Consumer.  For the next week I will highlight some of my favorite sessions.  If you want to register for this free online event, just go to this link:  http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

I may be a little biased on this one since I am moderating it for Andy Syrewicze, but it hits on a very relevant topic as Hyper-V/System Center continue to grow in popularity based on its maturity, stability and broad feature set at a fraction of the cost of the vSphere stack.

Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for VMware Professionals

Speaker: Andrew Syrewicze

Moderator: Rob McShinsky

Many IT Pros in the industry have begun their virtualization training with VMware, but as the market shifts in other directions, a lot of administrators are finding themselves managing multi-hypervisor environments. Many businesses are now in the process of migrating some or all of their virtual workloads to the Microsoft Hyper-V platform for a number of reasons including, cost savings, scalability, and ease of management. While managing a Hyper-V cluster is somewhat similar in concept to ESXi, there are some fundamental differences. This session will cover Hyper-V clustering, management differences, and the migration of VMs from ESXi to Hyper-V. The entire session will be geared towards VMware administrators who are looking to broaden their horizons by adding Hyper-V know-how to their toolbox.

 

Hope to see you at the Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference.  Costs nothing to attend with great content from some most motivated and top technical community contributors.

http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx

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2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

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The MVP Virtual Conference is set to kick off for a two day event starting May 14th and 15th.  All content is delivered by MVPs passionate in their areas of expertise.  You do not have to be an MVP to view however.  Stay for the whole day or look at the schedule and see which ones excite you.  The MVP Virtual Conference is a great way to network with Microsoft MVPs and learn from those with deep knowledge of technology.

I will be moderating a great presented by Andrew Syrewicze on “Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V for VMware Professionals”

I will be highlighting some of my favorite sessions over the next few weeks.  Hope to see you there.

Here is the call to the conference information from Microsoft.  

Hi All – I wanted to let you know about a great free event that Microsoft and the MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Join Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region as they share their knowledge and real-world expertise during a free event, the MVP Virtual Conference.

The MVP Virtual Conference will showcase 95 sessions of content for IT Pros, Developers and Consumer experts designed to help you navigate life in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.  Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform, Steve Guggenheimer, will be on hand to deliver the opening Key Note Address.

Why attend MVP V-Conf? The conference will have 5 tracks, IT Pro English, Dev English, Consumer English, Portuguese mixed sessions & Spanish mixed sessions, there is something for everyone! Learn from the best and brightest MVPs in the tech world today and develop some great skills!

Be sure to register quickly to hold your spot and tell your friends & colleagues.

The conference will be widely covered on social media, you can join the conversation by following @MVPAward and using the hashtag #MVPvConf.

Register now and feel the power of community!

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Architecting Hyper-V for EPIC Systems Session– March 25th Washington D.C.

imageThere is still time to signup for the March 25th FREE workshop at the Microsoft office in Chevy Chase, MD (Just outside D.C).  There have been a lot great news coming out of Epic Systems regarding running Epic workloads on Hyper-V.  We will look at Hyper-V from its base features, to architectural design, to how Azure can play a part now and as a easy logical pathway to utilizing public cloud resources.  Again, I do not work for Microsoft myself and have worked with both Epic workloads on hardware, Hyper-V and VMware.  I am looking forward to meeting all the folks that have signed up and educating as well as learning more about your interest in moving your Epic workloads to Hyper-V.

 

Hope To See You There.

To Sign-Up Click HERE

-Rob

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Recent Article: Keeping Your Tech Skills Current!

The SearchServerVirtualization.com Advisory Board was asked to give our views on what we do to stay current.  This is a question that I get asked quite often.  Here are my go to resources as well as resources others on the Advisory Board turn to.

If you are working in technology, you cannot be afraid of change! Your job right now will be completely different in 10 years. You may still work for the same company, but the technology will change dramatically. You will be left behind and possibly out of a job is you do not keep you skills fresh. Here is how I try to stay current.

Home lab:  I have spent countless hours building, rebuilding, upgrading, and testing new technologies and software in my home lab.  Without this flexible playground, based on virtualized servers, I would be lost.   If you don’t have one, get one.

Conferences:  You were probably told this as you were growing up, but it isn’t always what you know, it is who you know.  From my experience, you do not build technical skills at conferences that you can take back and directly apply.  For me, conferences are my opportunity to network with others.  You and your peers may move between companies and will be great resources for new career opportunities.

Classroom training:  After you have picked the right provider and level of training, then it is better to do offsite training, in my opinion.  I have tried many times to do training online from the office.  It never works.   There will always be some distraction.  If you can, go someplace so you can concentrate.

Certifications:  Being in a technology field, you will probably change jobs more than once.  Investing some time to obtain certifications should be a priority.  They are a differentiator to other candidates with similar experience.  If you can afford it, boot camps are also a way to focus on these certifications.  They will not teach all the details you need for the technology, but they do help you laser focus on the tests.  It’s still up to you to know how to do your job.

Quick list of resources:

See what others on the Advisory Board do to stay on top of their game.

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