Clustering is coming to TechEd!

Clustering is coming to TechEd!

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Hi cluster fans,

 

From June 9th – 13th the cluster team will be at IP Pro TechEd in Orlando, Florida.  Windows Server 2008 has been our biggest release to date and a quorum of our program managers, marketing team, and cluster MVPs will be there to educate and answer all your questions.  We will be staffing a clustering booth throughout the week.

 

TechEd site: https://www.msteched.com/

 

 

Here’s our schedule of clustering and high-availability events:

 

Monday June 9th

 

PRC18 High Availability Planning with Windows Server 2008

Speaker(s): Russ Kaufmann and Rod Fournier

This pre-conference seminar is designed to help you build a highly available infrastructure for all your organizational needs. We cover the deep technical issues to be addressed and all the possible issues you could run into when designing a Messaging, Database, Virtualized, Web, and File/Print infrastructure.

 

 

Wednesday June 11th

 

SVR52-TLC Top Ten Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering Enhancements over Windows Server 2003 Clustering, Based on Best Practices

Wednesday, June 11 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM, Blue Theater 2 

Speaker(s): Elden Christensen, Ahmed Bisht and Symon Perriman

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Interactive Theaters

Does the word cluster leave a sour taste in your mouth? Does it strike fear into your heart? Come learn about how simple Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering is and how you can now be successful. Come and share the pain you have with clustering today or reasons you don’t deploy them even when you have a need to implement a high availability solution. Come to this session and learn about how you can use the enhancements; be ready to ask tough questions and get answers.

 

 

SVR372 Bringing Clustering to the Masses with Windows Server 2008

Wednesday, June 11 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, S210 E 

Speaker(s): John Savill

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

Microsoft made great technical improvements to Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008. Enhancements included new SCSI-3 storage communication removing the hated "SCSI Bus reset," a brand new quorum model removing dependence on components that could be a single point of failure, and most of all, an interface that makes validating an infrastructure for cluster support, deploying a cluster, and managing a cluster a far more intuitive experience. The end result is to finally bring clustering as a viable option for mortals to use and manage. This session looks at the ways clustering can be deployed, including new IP and geographically dispersed options, supported configurations via the new validation tool and the death of the cluster hardware certification, supported storage, a.k.a. RIP parallel SCSI, quorum options including witness disk and file share witness, and most of all the improved interface—allowing administrators to concentrate more on making services and applications highly available, and less on the underlying cluster structure.

Microsoft made great technical improvements to Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008. Enhancements included new SCSI-3 storage communication removing the hated "SCSI Bus reset," a brand new quorum model removing dependence on components that could be a single point of failure, and most of all, an interface that makes validating an infrastructure for cluster support, deploying a cluster, and managing a cluster a far more intuitive experience. The end result is to finally bring clustering as a viable option for mortals to use and manage. This session looks at the ways clustering can be deployed, including new IP and geographically dispersed options, supported configurations via the new validation tool and the death of the cluster hardware certification, supported storage, a.k.a. RIP parallel SCSI, quorum options including witness disk and file share witness, and most of all the improved interface—allowing administrators to concentrate more on making services and applications highly available, and less on the underlying cluster structure.

 

 

Thursday June 12th

 

SVR361 Advanced Overview on Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Storage and Understanding Quorum

Thursday, June 12 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, S220 C (ITPRO) 

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman and Elden Christensen

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

This is a nuts-and-bolts session that covers the new cluster storage architecture and how the new quorum model works in Windows Server 2008. The session covers the new way that shared storage is managed, how clustering is now totally SAN friendly, how Failover Clusters arbitrate for disks to determine what to do when things go wrong, and the improvements that make deploying Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters a key win to your SAN infrastructure.

 

 

A Consolidated Identity and Access (IDA) Solution with Active Directory Technologies

Thursday, June 12 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker(s): Nelson Ruest

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: BOF

With the release of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has consolidated its identity and access technologies under a single banner: Active Directory (AD). There are now five different AD technologies: Domain Services, Lightweight Directory Services, Certificate Services, Rights Management Services and Federation Services. Each provides a building block for a complete IDA, one that extends your organization's authority beyond the borders of your internal network without turning the firewall into Swiss cheese. This BOF discusses which role each AD technology plays in the design of your IDA and ideas for best practices for deployment and will discuss a Highly Available Identity and Authentication Solution.

 

 

Friday June 13th

 

SPC355 Advanced Overview: Windows HPC Server 2008 (Formerly Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003)

Friday, June 13 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM, S330 C 

Speaker(s): Manish Kalra

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

The motivating theme of WHPC 2008 is enablement of integrated solutions leveraging broad Microsoft platform technologies. Learn about new features that enable SOA type solutions on massive computational scale. Demonstrations include scheduler capabilities illustrating intelligent policy management, greater application awareness, dynamic capacity algorithms, and NUMA CPU architecture counter-measures.

 

 

SVR374 Building High Availability Infrastructures with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering

Friday, June 13 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, S220 E 

Speaker(s): Symon Perriman and Manish Kalra

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

Discover how Failover Clustering with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise enables you to build a highly available infrastructure. We give you an overview of the new and improved clustering architecture, describe new tools migration strategies, and demonstrate the improved features. Attend this session to hear how the completely redesigned advanced clustering capabilities in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise offer high availability in case of a hardware failure.

 

 

SVR376 Failover Cluster Validation and Troubleshooting with Windows Server 2008

Friday, June 13 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, S220 C (ITPRO) 

Speaker(s): Elden Christensen

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

Having nightmares about the Windows HCL and trying to find the right solution? Do you know what to do when your mission critical Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server solution breaks? Well, those days are gone. This session drills deep into the new Cluster Validation tools included with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, that solve the challenges presented with the HCL and provide you the tools to troubleshoot your infrastructure.

 

 

SVR352 Multi Site Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

Friday, June 13 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM, S310 E (ITPRO) 

Speaker(s): Ahmed Bisht and Elden Christensen

Level: 300 - Advanced

Session Type: Breakout Session

As Windows Server operating systems become increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations on how you can build a complete High Availability solution with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Failover Clustering to ensure that there is no single point of failure. 

 

 

Hands on Labs (available all week)

 

SVR53-HOL Windows Server 2008: High Availability

No timeslot assigned.

Session Type: Hands-on Lab

This lab offers an overview of the new capabilities in Windows Server 2008 that will provide you with High Availability.

 

 

SVR69-HOL High Availability with Windows Server 2008 Network Load Balancing

No timeslot assigned.

Session Type: Hands-on Lab

With this lab discover how Network Load Balancing with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise enables you to easily build a highly available IIS7 Infrastructure.

 

 

UNC54-HOL Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication

No timeslot assigned.

Session Type: Hands-on Lab

In this lab, learn how to use Exchange Server 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication. Gain hands-on experience by configuring Windows Server 2003 Cluster Services Exercise, installing and configuring Active and Passive Exchange Server 2007, and moving Exchange Server 2007 resources between cluster nodes.

 

 

We hope to see you there!

-Clustering and High Availability Team

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