The “on-campus” Microsoft platform adoption labs have been a perennial favorite event for Microsoft Partner software developers.   Unfortunately, many developers are now under travel and expense budget constraints and unable to attend such events.   Hence, the Microsoft Platform Evangelism team is offering a new approach with many of the benefits of on-campus labs and without corresponding travel expenses.

image This offering is designed for Software Vendors participating in the Microsoft Metro “early adopter” program.   For details about Metro including how to become a registered participant, please speak with your local Microsoft representative or send me an emailAs with other events and programs associated with pre-release products, an event non-disclosure or corporate non-disclosure agreement is required. 

While registration is currently depending on your participation in the above mentioned Metro program, feel free to contact us for more details about the virtual labs. We have reserved a few spots for non-Metro ISVs.

A “Virtual Lab” is a new evangelism program offering intended to enable a low-cost but still highly productive product development team engagement.   Logistically, the “online” event can accommodate a number of small partner teams consisting of technical leads with deep solution knowledge.   Your team would work directly with Microsoft product development engineers and solution architects, entirely within an online collaboration and communications environment.

The virtual lab collaboration infrastructure enables attendees to join the event using Microsoft LiveMeeting along with a variety of additional online collaboration and communications services.   Attendees may “bring their code” to the event by hosting a development configuration at their location.   Attendees are provided a “Virtual Lab Attendee Kit” prior to the event. The kit contains pre-recorded presentations, tools and other information relevant to the respective event.

Microsoft technology experts provide depth discussions and even assist with solution projects entirely within a remote collaboration infrastructure.

A Virtual Lab event is conducted within “Virtual Rooms”.   Virtual Rooms are independent LiveMeeting sessions accessible within a specific schedule.   The Main Room is where all attendees gather for keynote presentations and open-forum discussions.   The Lab Room is where attendees may obtain guidance related to optional Hands-on-Labs.  The Chalk-Talk Room is where attendees interact directly with Microsoft Product Team members and Subject Matter Experts.   The Project Room is where attendee teams independently develop, build, and test their Windows Server 2008 R2 solution.

Near-term, Microsoft has 2 lab events scheduled.  Logistically, it is advantageous to focus upon specific integrated solution scenarios as indicated via the event titles below. However, any Windows Server 2008 R2 solution scenario is considered and nominations will be accepted pending availability of expert resources.  

The scheduled lab dates are as follows:

  • April 21-23, “Server Core Solutions” on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • May 19-21, “Enterprise Network Solutions” on Windows Server 2008 R2

The April event agenda includes morning topical presentations followed by self-paced hands-on-labs and then virtual “chalk-talk” sessions each afternoon. Attendees have the choice of several hands-on-lab topics including:

  • Server Core Application Development
  • New NUMA APIs
  • PowerShell V2
  • Windows Web Services API
  • SCM, Services and Tasks
  • Application Instrumentation

The lab is intended to focus on architectural issues, scenario white-boarding and application development. In order to be considered for any 0f the virtual events, solutions must leverage new features of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Note that this is not a traditional training event.  There are a limited number of presentations, and hands-on-lab exercises are optional.   Attendees are expected to have a working knowledge of Microsoft Server technologies.  Microsoft provides complementary preparatory materials, aka. Virtual Lab Attendee Kit. 

Interested?   Tell us more about your Windows Server 2008 R2 solution.  Use the Contact Form on this blog to request more information.