We are doing a series of free Microsoft Virtualization TechNet Live Meetings in May. Each Live Meeting is scheduled to run for 90 mins and the target audience is IT Pros and IT Managers.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V – Technical Overview and changes
Friday, 7 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East)
Speaker – Jeff Alexander
Event Overview
In this session we’ll begin by giving you a 360 degree view of Microsoft’s Virtualization strategy.  We will dive into Hyper-V v2 and discuss technologies such as Live Migration and hot add and removal of storage.  We’ll also discuss how we have improved performance and increased scalability through technologies such as Jumbo Frame Support, Second Level Address Translation and Core Parking.

Demonstrations in this session:

· Live Migration

· Hot add of storage

Desktop Virtualization : Microsoft and VDI
Friday, 14 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East)
Speaker – Daniel Bucherer

Event Overview
In this session we’ll discuss Desktop Virtualisation  and what it means for your business.  We’ll discuss the different options and where they fit in.  We will then talk about Microsoft’s Virtual Desktop offering and what the technology looks like now and what is coming in SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We’ll also talk about the recent changes in licensing for desktop virtualization and the options available to you.

Demonstrations in this session:

· Increasing Scalability using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Application Virtualization: What’s new in App-V 4.6
Friday, 21 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East)
Speaker – Jeff Alexander

Event Overview
The challenge many of us face today is the rigid coupling of applications to the standard operating environment or the machine and operating system. This leads to a number of issues including incompatibility between two applications installed on the same OS instance. Microsoft Application Virtualization addresses these issues de-coupling as applications from the physical environment and enabling them to be virtualized and streamed to the client.  In this session we’ll talk about the new version of Application Virtualization; App-V 4.6.  We’ll discuss the changes in this new version, including how it works better with Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Demonstrations in this Session:

· Installing and Configuring App-V 4.6

· Sequencing an Application

· Installing an application on a client

Understanding the value of deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center
Friday, 28 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East)
Speaker – Jeff Alexander

Event Overview
The session will explore how Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center enable IT savings through the use of virtualization technologies.  This includes server consolidation, improved availability of Hyper-V servers, improved management of virtual servers, and simplified deployment methods for virtual and physical machines. You will learn about the:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V features that consolidate servers. This will include:
    • Simplified deployment features and hardware support.
    • How to fail over shared cluster virtual machines to ensure servers are available 24/7 using Failover Clustering Live Migration.
    • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Accelerator to help you plan the most efficient virtual deployment
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to provision Hyper-V on physical and virtual machines.
  • Manageability enhancements in Hyper-V Manager, Server Manager, Windows Powershell cmdlets, and System Center Suite that provide seamless management experience.

Demonstrations in this session:

· Server Consolidation

· Failover Clustering Live Migration

· Reducing Deployment Costs

· Manageability Enhancements

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