The Cluster team presented multiple exciting sessions at the sold-out TechEd Houston from May 12-15th! If you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference in-person, the sessions are now posted online so you can watch on-demand!  Here are the sessions, their descriptions, and links to the videos.

The sessions from the clustering team at TechEd Houston:

1)      DCIM-B354 Failover Clustering: What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2

This session will give the complete roadmap of the wealth of new Failover Clustering features and features which enable high availability scenarios in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you are going to attend one session at TechReady on clustering / high availability… this is it! This session will cover all the incremental feature improvements from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2 for clustering and availability.

2)      DCIM-B364 Step-by-Step to Deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2014 with Cluster Shared Volumes

SQL Server 2014 now supports deploying Failover Cluster Instances on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV). You can now leverage the same CSV storage deployment model you do for your Hyper-V and Scale-out File Server deployments, with SQL Server. This session walks through how to configure a highly available SQL Server 2014 on top of Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV). It discusses best practices and recommendations. 

3)      DCIM-B349 Software-Defined Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Regardless of whether you’re building on a private infrastructure, in a hybrid environment, or deploying to a public cloud, there are optimizations you can make in storage and availability that will improve the manageability and performance of your application and environment. Join this session to hear more about the end-to-end scale, performance, and availability improvements coming with Windows Server. We dive into deploying and managing storage using SMB shares, show the improved experience in everyday storage management such as deploying patches to the cloud, and share how to leverage faster live migration when responding to new load demands. Starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft offered a complete storage stack from the hardware up, leveraging commodity JBODs surfaced as Virtual Disks via Storage Spaces, hosted by Scale-Out File Server nodes and servicing client requests via SMB 3.0. Now, with major features added in Windows Server 2012 R2 (e.g., Storage Tiering and SMB Redirection), the story gets even better! As a critical piece in the Modern Datacenter (i.e., a Software-Defined Datacenter), SDS plays a crucial role in improving utilization and increasing cost efficiency, scalability, and elasticity. This session empowers you to architect, implement, and monitor this key capability. Come learn how to design, deploy, configure, and automate a storage solution based completely on Windows technologies, as well as how to troubleshoot and manage via the in-box stack and Microsoft System Center. Live demos galore! 

4)      FDN06 Transform the Datacenter: Making the Promise of Connected Clouds a Reality

Cloud computing continues to shift the technology landscape, but most are still working to truly harness its potential for their organizations. How can you bring cloud computing models and technologies into your datacenter? How can you implement a hybrid approach across clouds that delivers value and meets your unique needs? This foundational session is all about making it real from the ground up. Topics include new innovations spanning server virtualization and infrastructure as a service, network virtualization and connections to the cloud, ground-breaking on-premises and cloud storage technologies, business continuity, service delivery, and more. Come learn from Microsoft experts across Windows Server, System Center, and Microsoft Azure about how you can apply these technologies to bring your datacenter into the modern era!

 

Thanks!

Subhasish Bhattacharya                                                                                                               

Program Manager
                                                                                         
Clustering & High Availability                                                                                      

Microsoft