Microsoft Management Summit 2013 Day 4: Virtualization and philosophical eye openers…

25 Apr

MMS 2013 long over but here it goes anyway…

Day 4 started with a very, very useful session about Hyper-V: WS-B302 Availability Strategies for a Resilient Private Cloud

This session answered a lot of my questions regarding Microsoft’s directions about Hyper-V resiliency. The direction is simple: separate processing power and storage and you can build a resilient Hyper-V cluster easily. For storage, provision an SMB 3.0 share by deploying a Scale Out File Server (SOFS) and store all your VMs there. You can build a Hyper-V cluster without using complex networks because storage is provisioned over Ethernet. If you watch the video, around 47 minutes Elden answers my question if you can use a massive scale out strategy by using inexpensive hardware (pizzaboxes) which he finishes with the quote ‘you nailed it’. Wow, I nailed it. I can use this to provide added value to my customers: massive scale out with lots of pizzaboxes as Hyper-V hosts…

After that, a nifty little presentation from DELL regarding VDI. I asked them if VDI is also suitable for playing games. If this would work nicely, would gaming in the cloud be a possibility?

In the afternoon, I let go the technical sessions and I went for some philosophical sessions, mindsets and some numbers.

First, I attended session ‘UD-B329 Top Shops: Field Notes from IT Departments That Rock’. This is a must see, I urge you to watch this one. This was a very strong eye-opener and one of the strongest sessions I attended. In a nutshell, all current ways of doing my job are obsolete and I need to determine the new normal for tomorrow. Oh, and I need to ask myself what to do if ConfigMgr is not there anymore J

Finally, I attended session ‘DC-B305 Application Compatibility for Windows 8’ which was very entertaining to watch. I laughed my ass off to see how confronting large numbers can be. The message in a nutshell: use well-known standardized solutions and stick to the default as much as possible. Customization can really kill an organization so avoid this as much as possible.

The evening party was OK, I left after being there for less than an hour…


Posted by on 25/04/2013 in Convention, MMS2013


2 responses to “Microsoft Management Summit 2013 Day 4: Virtualization and philosophical eye openers…

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    23/05/2013 at 03:41

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your
    point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    • mwesterink

      23/05/2013 at 22:38

      Thanks for the feedback.
      I made more blogs where I don’t use videos at all to make my point.

      Feel free to check it out…


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