We few we happy few, we band of brothers.

June 11, 2014

Late last night I returned home after two magic and exhausting days in Barcelona. As you might know I were there for the TechEd Europe Roundtable discussions.

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During the discussions we shared experiences and thoughts in and around TechEd and especially the TechEd Europe conference that returns to at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. In October 28-31 Microsoft and a variety of industry experts will give all of us another great conference and awesome memories.

One of the discussions that are close to my heart is the community. A great conference as TechEd Europe isn’t just the great lectures, opportunity to get your hands on the technology and direct access to Microsoft employees and other technology experts. It’s the hallway discussions, the interaction during lunch the great joke in the evenings while sharing a beverage of your choice with good friends.

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In my previous post I talked about a community called theKrewe and I already knew just about half of  roundtable members from just that community and seeing them again was priceless. But to get to know the other members was even better be course seeing them again will be just as awesome. Erik, Golnaz, Dieter, Sean, Aidan and Alan it was a pleasure meeting you and I already look forward to the next time we meet. Denise it was awesome to finally meet you. Ler

Beverly and Corey I haven’t forgotten about you but we still have to meet in person. ;)

It is always with mixed emotions I leave conferences and this Roundtable meeting wasn’t different. I had the opportunity to meet some good old friends and made new ones.

On my flights home this came in to my mind.

Shakespeare’s Henry V, 1598:

KING HENRY V:
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

I do hope to see you in Barcelona if you haven’t registered yet, go ahead and do it today and save 300 €

You will learn a lot and return home with a lot of professional knowledge and some new friends.

Stay tuned for more information about TechEd Europe. If you have any questions feel free to comment of start a thread in the TechEd Europe Forum


TechEd Europe Roundtable Scouting trip Day 1

June 8, 2014

If you have attended any conference or traveled for work you know that it can be some quite boring evenings in hotel rooms, dining alone.

In 2011 I attended my first TechEd in Atlanta. During my preparations for the trip I noticed that there was a group of IT professionals called the Krewe of Teched. They had a Meet’n Greet party in the back pocket of a sports bar the day before the conference start.

You might wonder why I start off writing about TechEd Atlanta and the Krewe. Well my friends it is really easy. When I go on conferences or business trips nowadays I don’t have boring evenings in the hotel room and I don’t have to dine alone. The Krewe is more then just a Technological community around the TechEd conference, it’s more like family.

Bright and early this morning I boarded a plane to Copenhagen to meet one of my good friends. He has invited me to his house and I will accompany him and his wife to a family picnic.

Tomorrow morning we will travel to Barcelona and join a few more of the European Krewe family that also are invited to the TechEd Round table discussions.

I cant wait…


My blog 2.0

May 29, 2014

HomeLab I powerful lab doesn’t have to be expensive.

The reason I started blogging was that I wanted to help a friend of mine getting started with a lab setup and it turns out that that post has been one of the more popular ones. I have decided to be more active on my blog and share the things I find.

What would be better then start off the 2.0 version of the blog where I once started.

Building your own Azure in the living room

In a series of articles I will build a home lab complete with operations system, management software and virtual machines. I will use Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2. I will use evaluation software downloaded from TechNet Evaluation Center More on that in the next part of the series

Part 1: The hardware

I wanted two machines so that I could build a cluster. I got the hardware for the lab little over a year ago and have complemented the purchases since then. Each of the machines are equipped with a Intel i5 processor, 32 GB RAM and three hard drives, one mechanic large drive for more static content, ISO, templates and such and two blistering fast SSDs.

Some of the hardware is a little bit old at the moment so you might need to get some newer parts if you want to build the machines. On the other hand used parts are now a bit cheaper and the speed of this rig is pretty awesome so that might be a cheaper way to go.

I wanted to get some relative small form factor and decided to go with the Shuttle XPC Barebone PC.
The integrated motherboard and the ability toadd up to 32 GB RAM and the necessary expansion slots/functions needed for the lab. Based on my experience you can never get enough RAM so to lower the cost of the rig I decided to go for the i5 processor and get all the RAM at once.

The components I complemented the PCs with are listed below.

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2320 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I52320 (EOL)

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 — 32GB DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Memory Kit

Storage:
OCZ Agility 3 – SATA III 2.5″120 GB (EOL)
INTEL 530 240GB SATA SSD MLC
WD Green WD20EARX 64MB 2TB

I use the smaller SSD drive for the OS and the Intel SSD for the VM:s as mentioned before the 2 TB spinning disk are used to store images and tools and less intensive VMs

Stay tuned for the next part in the Building your own Azure in the living room series.

Part 2: The Windows 2012 R2 installation

By the way my wife approves of keeping the machines in the living room.


Study guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

May 20, 2014

Veeam are providing a “Free Study Guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

The guide is a 150 page pdf document that covers the exam objectives in 8 chapters.

You will learn about:

  • Virtual Machine Settings
  • Virtual machine storage
  • Hyper-V Virtual Networks and virtualization networking
  • Implementing virtual machines
  • Managing Virtualization Hosts and Infrastructure
  • Hyper-V Failover Clustering and Failover Clustering Roles
  • Virtual Machine Movement
  • Monitoring and disaster recovery

TechEd Europe 2014 – Travel and Accomodation

May 18, 2014

Check out the conference hotels!

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Will you attend TechEd Europe?
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You know I will…


Complete TechEd 2014 LiveStream Details

May 12, 2014

Channel9 has a complete schedule of all the LiveStream details.

http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/TechEd/TechEd-2014-LiveStream-Details#fbid=

All times are

Monday May 12th, 2014

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Keynote: Brad Anderson, CVP, Windows Server and System Center

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Final TechED Countdown Show

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Cloud for IT Pros

12:45 PM- 1:15 PM

Wally Mead: Wally Mead – then and now

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Client Development Q&A

3:00 PM- 4:15 PM

RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD

4:15 PM- 4:45 PM

Brian Harry on Visual Studio Online, TFS, DevOps, and More…

4:45 PM- 6:00 PM

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

8:30 AM- 9:45 AM

INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server

9:45 AM- 10:15 AM

Live Recording: The Edge Show

10:15 AM- 11:30 AM

DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server

11:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Windows Azure Pack Automation

12:00 PM- 12:45 PM

ASP.NET Developer Q&A with Scott Hunter & Scott Hanselman

12:45 PM- 1:30 PM

Brad McCabe and Ben Hunter: Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for Enterprise

1:30 PM- 2:45 PM

Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

2:45 PM- 3:15 PM

The Differentiated IT Pro – Jeffrey Snover

3:15 PM- 4:30 PM

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session

4:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Azure with Mark Russinovich

5:00 PM- 6:15 PM

TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition

Wednesday May14th, 2014

8:30 AM- 9:45 AM

Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack

9:45 AM- 10:15 AM

Hybrid identity with Adam Hall

10:15 AM- 11:30 AM

Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing

11:30 AM- 12:15 PM

Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery

12:15 PM- 12:45 PM

DevOps for IT Pros

12:45 PM- 1:10 PM

Defrag Tools Live – Paula Januszkiewicz

1:10 PM- 1:30 PM

Defrag Tools Live – Mark Russsinovich

1:30 PM- 2:45 PM

Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6

2:45 PM- 3:15 PM

Visual Studio Toolbox Live: Developing for Windows Phone 8.1

3:15 PM- 4:30 PM

Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious

4:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Run As Radio with Richard Campbell

5:00 PM- 6:15 PM

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Thursday May 15th, 2014

8:30 AM- 9:45 AM

Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment: Notes from the Field

9:45 AM- 10:15 AM

Cloud for Developers Q&A

10:15 AM- 11:30 AM

Async Best Practices for C# and Visual Basic

11:30 AM- 12:15 PM

The Patch & Switch Show Live

12:15 PM- 1:00 PM

.NET Framework Q&A

1:00 PM- 2:15 PM

VDI Deployment Walkthrough

2:15 PM- 2:45 PM

Yin Yang Bang

2:45 PM- 4:00 PM

2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?

4:00 PM- 4:20 PM

CH9 Live Closing


Attend TechEd 2014 in Houston, online!

May 8, 2014

TechEd Online

 
Yes you read it. This year it is possible to attend  Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers online. Well to some extent, as a trusted subscriber of the TechEd Insider Newsletter I just recived information that the following sessions will be Live streamed.

So come on what are you waiting for Register today and plan to join me for the LIVE stream May 12–15, 2014.

This is a perfect preperation for all the good stuff to come at TechEd Europe, 28-31 October in Barcelona, Spain.

I will be on twitter so lets connect and discuss the session during and afterwards, hashtag #msTechEdOnline

I will use the twitter hashtag mentioned below until other information is provided by TechEd staff.

Update from TechEd official blog:
TechEd 2014 LiveStream Details

Time Session ID
May 12 at 11-12 noon FDN02 Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server
May 12 at 1:15-2:30pm DCIM-B318 Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover
May 12 at 3-4:15pm PCIT-B342 RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD
May 12 at 4:45-6pm PCIT-B410 Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel
May 13 at 8:30-9:45am DEV-B385 INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server
May 13 at 10:15-11:30am DEV-B411 DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server
May 13 at 1:30-2:45pm WIN-B328 Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
May 13 at 3:15-4:30pm PCIT-B318 Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session
May 13 at 5-6:15pm DCIM-B340 TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition
May 14 at 8:30-9:45am WIN-B335 Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack
May 14 at 10:15-11:30am DCIM-B386 Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing
May 14 at 1:30-2:45pm DEV-B417 Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6
May 14 at 3:15-4:30pm DCIM-B418 Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious
May 14 at 5-6:15pm DCIM-B380 What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
May 15 at 8:30-9:45am WIN-B358 Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment Notes from the Field
May 15 at 10:15-11:30am DEV-B362 Async Best Practices for C# #msTechEdOnlineand Visual Basic
May 15 at 1-2:15pm PCIT-B329 VDI Deployment Walkthrough
May 15 at 2:45-4pm WIN-B359 2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?

You know I be there…


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