VMworld Europe: Dag 1

Goede avond, gisteren ben ik samen met mijn collega Mark Schoonderbeek aangekomen in Cannes om daar VMworld Europe 2009 bij te wonen. Beide waren we verrast door het mooie weer hier in Cannes, de enige vrije middag die we hier hebben hebben we dan ook maar gevuld op het strand onder het genot van een verfrissend biertje.

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Op dinsdag begon dan daad werkelijk VMworld Europe 2009. Na het ontbijt in het hotel zijn we vertrokken richting Palais des Festivals et des Congres voor de eerste sessie van deze week. 

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De eerste sessie was een algemene gegeven door Paul Maritz (President van VMware). In deze sessie gaf Paul aan wat de huidige positie van VMware is en wat de roadmap voor de toekomst is. Hier heb ik niet veel nieuwe dingen gehoord. Grappig was dat Paul zijn VMware NDA heeft geschonden door de naam van het toekomstige VDC-OS vrij te geven; VMware vSphere… Leuk was om te zien dat 80% van de aanwezige niet zaten te wachten op een verhaal van SAP en daadwerkelijk daarom ook 50% de zaal heeft verlaten, waaronder wijzelf.

Om 11:00 ben ik de sessie van Thin Print gaan volgen; “VMware View – The Printing Session”. Thin Print heeft samen met VMware een software compressie systeem ontwikkeld voor de VMware View technologie. Jammer was dat tijdens de demo e.e.a. mis ging en we hier niets van hebben kunnen zien. Wel denk ik dat het een goede aanvulling is voor VMware View, ook gebaseerd op mijn huidige ervaringen met de producten van Thin Print.

Ik had voor 12:15 de sessie “Performance Best Practices” op mijn agenda staan. Helaas heb ik deze niet kunnen bijwonen aangezien de belangstelling zo groot was dat niet alle attendees in de zaal pasten. Vervolgens ben ik maar een kijkje gaan nemen op de Solution Exchange.

Na een lekkere lunch heb ik eindelijk nog een kaartje kunnen bemachtigen voor de VMware Benelux party van vanavond.

De laatste sessie van vandaag was van Brian Madden; “VDI versus Tdsc07961erminal Services”. Ik had al eens gehoord en gelezen over de presentatie skils van Brian maar dit had ik niet verwacht. Het was een leuke interessante sessie waarin hij VDI vergeleek met TS. Naast de leuke, ludieke manier waarop hij presenteerde was ook de inhoud van zijn presentatie erg goed. Een van de statements die hij maakte is dat zowel VDI als TS SBC oplossingen zijn en dus ook veelal dezelfde problemen kennen. Echter gaf Brian aan het einde van de sessie aan te verwachten dat VDI nog ver zal doorontwikkelen en uiteindelijk de SBC problemen zal oplossen.

Zo… Dat was dag 1. Een leuke maar ook erg vermoeiende dag. We trekken ons nu even terug op de hotelkamers voor een powernap om vervolgens van de partij te zijn op de VMware Benelux Party.

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VMworld: Nog 1 week te gaan…

Met nog 1 week te gaan tot VMworld Europe 2009 heb ik mijn agenda opgesteld van sessies, hieronder mijn persoonlijke programma;

Dinsdag

11:00 DV22 – VMware View – The Printing Session

Within the framework of a technology partnership with ThinPrint, VMware has integrated the basic characteristics of .print technology into VMware View, thus making it possible to print easily in virtual desktop environments. Which characteristics offer an integrated print solution in VMware view environments and how do they work? There are inevitable challenges when printing from complex environments. The focus is as well on the integration of Thin Clients via the introduction of central print servers. The submission gives you an overview of how you can extend and combine the integrated print solution in order to make printing possible and enable its optimal installation in every foreseeable environment. It will explain where and how the print tasks are generated, the printer queues are managed and the spool processes are handled. Controller functions such as, for example, connection-related broadband control, print data compression with virtually no loss of quality and reliable and convenient printer mapping shall be presented in detail and explained in a practical way. The outsourcing of print processes to a print server results in a significant increase in stability and performance and enables the efficient administration of print drivers from a central position. With the virtualisation of a central print server you will create additional hardware independence in your environment. Furthermore, experts envisage a best practice concept on the integration of print servers in VMware View environments, which shows you how physical print servers can effectively be introduced as virtual print servers.

12:15 TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell

Are you vexed by VMs? Drowning in datastores? Scared of snapshots? Do you ever feel like your Virtual Infrastructure is out of control and nothing can help? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve got a problem that only automation can solve and VMware’s free VI Toolkit (for Windows) is the best tool for the job. In this session, learn how the VI Toolkit’s powerful commands and strong community will help you get your Virtual Infrastructure under control in virtually no time.

14:00 TA08 – Patching your virtual Datacenter using Update Manager

With the explosive growth in VMware Infrastructure deployments, there is an acute need for a scalable and automated way to patch large numbers of ESX Server hosts and their virtual machines. We will discuss the new features and enhancements made to vCenter Update Manager that will allow administrators to define desired patch configurations, monitor the compliance of hosts and virtual machines, and easily remediate any non-compliance in a highly efficient manner.

15:15 DV10 – VMware Protocol Directions: Remote User Experience

This session will discuss the directions for VMware View in terms of remote desktop experience. The session will cover our partner solutions as well as a deep dive into the PCoIP solution to developed between VMware and Teradici.

16:30 DC07 – VDI versus Terminal Services

Companies have been delivering desktops via Terminal Services for over a decade. When Microsoft added the remote desktop capability to Windows XP seven years ago, people said, “Hey, now we can connect to remote Windows XP single user sessions instead of Terminal Server!” And just like that, VDI was born. VDI and Terminal Server share a lot of common traits—both are classified as server-based computing solutions, and both have very, um, “passionate” supporters. So what’s the deal today? Is the world about VDI “versus” Terminal Server? Is it VDI “and” Terminal Server? In this session, Brian Madden will take a no-nonsense look at VDI and Terminal Server technologies. He’ll discuss what’s real and not real today, and he’ll explore where each technology is appropriate. Most importantly, he’ll look ahead to the Windows 7 timeframe. Will Terminal Server desktops still dominate? Will Windows 7 be a VDI world? Find out here!

Woensdag

11:00 TA06 – VMware VMFS Deep Dive and Best Practices

The session describes the VMFS structure; explain the option to use RDM from performance and management prospective. Discuss on VMFS best practices from LUN Size, Block size, backup, etc…

12:15 DC13 – Unifying the internal cloud while maintaining network trust separation for security and privacy with VMware vShield Zones

Today’s organizations in the Internet era are increasingly inter-connected for efficiency and productivity, while needing to maintain varying levels of separation and trust that reflect the complexity of their users, data, applications, and regulations. As virtualization permeates growing portions of the datacenter, network security devices require physical chokepoints that fragment shared resource pools and disrupt the vision of a seamless internal cloud. This session will discuss current and emerging options for partitioning a VMware deployment into logical organization or trusted network zones for security, privacy, and compliance. An overview of the new VMware vShield Zones will be presented, and several use cases will be given to collapse an Internet-facing virtualized DMZ (de-militarized zone), meet Payment Card Industry (PCI) firewall standards for cardholder privacy, or to isolate multiple tenants in the cloud. We will also look forward at how emerging innovations such as VMsafe and OVF can deliver “better-than-physical” network security in future VMware and third-party solutions to fulfill the vision of a self-configuring, self-securing virtual datacenter.

14:00 TP22 – Microsoft’s Virtualization Strategy, Products and Solutions for the New Economy

Learn about Microsoft’s virtualization from the datacenter to the desktop to the cloud – and how it will help you cut costs and build value. At this session we will review and demonstrate Microsoft’s virtualization products and discuss how you can use them to solve today’s IT issues (cost cutting, consolidation, business continuity, green IT), develop new computing solutions (VDI) and build a foundation for a more dynamic IT environment, including cloud computing. The session will review all of Microsoft’s latest virtualization products, including Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server, as well as System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

15:15 DC18 – Introduction to VMware vCenter ConfigControl

Join the VMware ConfigControl team as they describe how this product will enable VI Admin to automate and manage configuration change.

16:30 AP05 – SQL Server Performance on VMware: Best Practices, Recommendations, Tuning and Troubleshooting

Microsoft SQL Server’s wide deployment through the enterprise has made it a frequent target of consolidation projects onto VI3. But its mission-critical role in resource-intensive environments has resulted in strict performance requirements. VMware has conducted intensive research on SQL Server performance and in this presentation will show the findings of this investigation and the results of performance experiments designed to test SQL Server in the most strenuous of environments. Attendees will learn the specifics of configuring SQL Server on VI3 and will see the performance impact of a variety of configuration options. Recommendations for tuning and optimizing SQL Server performance will be presented as well as guidance for setting up proof-of-concept experiments and troubleshooting problems.

Donderdag

9:00 DC07 – Tech Preview: vCenter Server

As datacenters standardize on virtualization, virtualization management requirements become very critical. In this session, we will provide a sneak peek into VMware vCenter product directions that enable large scale management and monitoring of virtual environments. Learn how VMware vCenter Server, the central access point for the VMware vCenter family of solutions, simplifies day-to-day IT operations management and makes your virtual environment easy to control and administer. This session will include a deep-dive into VMware vCenter Linked Mode and other exciting new management capabilities.

10:15 TA02 – Unattended Deployment of VMware Infrastructure 3

An unattended deployment of VMware infrastructure 3 reduces the time needed for installation and configuration of your VMware ESX and vCenter server(s). It also reduces the risk misconfiguration. Unattended deployment of these products will gain you a consistent configuration. 

At Xpert Training Group, an indepedent VMware Authorized Training Centre from The Netherlands, unattended deployments of VI-3 are used on a regular basis. In this session you will learn 
how to automatically deploy your ESX servers and how to connect these fresh installed ESX servers to a vCenter server. 

After the introduction of a step-by-step plan for unattended deployment, this session will focus on some useful scripting techniques used in a unattended deployment scenario. Expect some bash and powershell scripting in this session.

11:30 TA07 – Understanding “Host” and “Guest” Memory Usage and Other Memory Management Concepts

Have you ever been confused by the “host” and “guest” memory usage metrics in VMware Infrastructure 3? Have you ever wondered why “host” memory usage can be greater than “guest” memory usage? In this session, we will define the “host” and “guest” memory terms and answer some common questions related to them. Along the way, we will discuss a variety of memory management concepts, such as virtual memory, memory pressure, and memory reclamation techniques. This will give you the background to better understand how memory usage patterns and interactions on the ESX Server host can affect the “host” and “guest” memory usage values you see in VirtualCenter. Finally, we will provide you with some best practices around memory management to keep your data center running smoothly and efficiently.

13:00 TA18 – Breaking the physical boundaries with VMotion; A Technology Dive

Real world datacenters consist of a variety of different servers from different vendors and CPU’s. With Enhanced VMotion, clusters of different servers can be combined into a single resource pool within which you can live migrate your virtual machines without restrictions. This enables you to offer a much more flexible and robust service offering with less hassle. This session will discuss the process flow of a virtual machine migration, its performance and compatibility issues as well as discussing the risks and methods used to ensure a safe and stable migration.

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VMworld: Hands on Labs bekend gemaakt

Nadat ik gisteren aangaf (VMworld Europe: Nieuwe sessies bekend gemaakt) dat er nieuwe sessies bekend zijn gemaakt voor VMworld viel het mij vandaag op dat in deze lijst ook de LAB sessies genoemd worden;

https://www.vmworldeurope09.com/scheduler/eventguide/publicScheduleByType.jsp?SES_TYPE_ID=1000

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VMworld Europe: Nieuwe sessies bekend gemaakt

Ik wil vanavond gaan kijken welke sessie’s ik ga volgen op VMworld Europe in Cannes en toen ik net de lijst met sessies openende (https://www.vmworldeurope09.com/scheduler/eventguide/publicScheduleByType.jsp?ts=1232705849942) viel het mij op dat er weer een aantal waren toegevoegd.

Hou deze lijst dus goed in de gaten, hij is nog niet definitief!