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Webcast Event: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and VMM 2008 R2

August 17, 2009 Comments off

With Windows Server 2008 R2 comes a new version of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s enterprise hypervisor virtualisation solution.  It brings new performance gains, better power management, Cluster Shared Volumes to allow many hosts to run many virtual machines on a single drive and, of course, the much anticipated Live Migration.

With a new version of Hyper-V comes a new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), 2008 R2.  Still in release candidate stage, VMM 2008 R2 takes advantage of the new features in Hyper-V and brings some added improvements.

This quick session will run through the new scalability improvements and features of Hyper-V and VMM 2008 R2.

There’s no charge. All you’ll need to do is install the free Live Meeting client and join us when we start the session. The session URL is: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=W2008R2Hyper-v&role=attend 

When and Where?

This is an online only event.  It will be on September 9th at 20:00 (8PM) GMT.  That’s 21:00 CET and 15:00 EST.

We expect the session to run for around 45-60 minutes.

About the Speaker

Aidan Finn has been working in IT since 1996.  He has worked as a consultant and administrator for the likes of Amdahl DMR, Fujitsu, Barclays and Hypo Real Estate Bank International where he dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures.  More recently Aidan has been working in the server hosting and outsourcing industry in Ireland where he has focused on server management and virtualisation.  Currently he is working for C Infinity (http://www.cinfinity.ie/), an outsourcing services company in Ireland, where he is the Systems and Infrastructure Manager.  Here he has been working with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center as part of an advanced server deployment and management infrastructure.  Aidan is the leader of the Windows User Group in Ireland.  Aidan was award an MVP status in 2008 with the Configuration Manager expertise. In 2009 he was re-awarded the MVP status with an expertise in Virtualisation: Systems Management. Aidan is an active blogger (http://joeelway.spaces.live.com/).  When Aidan isn’t at work he’s out and about with camera in hand trying to be a photographer (http://www.aidanfinnphoto.com/).

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Webcast Event: Unattended Installs Of Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

August 17, 2009 Comments off

The webcast was recorded and is available here.  It’s around 47 minutes long.

With the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 it’s time to consider our deployment options. Whether you’re building a virtual lab environment on your PC or deploying a new desktop build to hundreds of thousands of PC’s, you don’t want to become a “progress bar engineer”. Using an answer file you can run unattended installations to eliminate those questions during an installation. You can also use these answer files to customise more advanced installation offerings from Microsoft.

This quick webcast will go through:

  • Some of the theory behind installing Windows
  • Creating an answer file for an unattended setup
  • A demonstration
  • Advanced deployment options

At the end of the session, you’ll even get a complete unattended answer file for deploying Windows 7.  Everything we show in this session will also be applicable to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

There’s no charge. All you’ll need to do is install the free Live Meeting client and join us when we start the session. The session URL is: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=KQ28W8&role=attend&pw=d%23Cx2w%5C%23q

When and Where?

This is an online only event.  It will be on September 2nd at 20:00 (8PM) GMT.  That’s 21:00 CET and 15:00 EST.

We expect the session to run for around 45 minutes.

About the Speaker

Aidan Finn has been working in IT since 1996.  He has worked as a consultant and administrator for the likes of Amdahl DMR, Fujitsu, Barclays and Hypo Real Estate Bank International where he dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures.  More recently Aidan has been working in the server hosting and outsourcing industry in Ireland where he has focused on server management and virtualisation.  Currently he is working for C Infinity (http://www.cinfinity.ie/), an outsourcing services company in Ireland, where he is the Systems and Infrastructure Manager.  Here he has been working with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center as part of an advanced server deployment and management infrastructure.  Aidan is the leader of the Windows User Group in Ireland.  Aidan was award an MVP status in 2008 with the Configuration Manager expertise. In 2009 he was re-awarded the MVP status with an expertise in Virtualisation: Systems Management. Aidan is an active blogger (http://joeelway.spaces.live.com/).  When Aidan isn’t at work he’s out and about with camera in hand trying to be a photographer (http://www.aidanfinnphoto.com/).

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