Beat the traffic and arrive in time for a continental breakfast and some great networking time. Meet your peers. Better yet, meet the sponsors before they get busy later in the day. We have a great set of sponsors from across the industry with technical experts on hand to show you their products and answer your deep technical questions.
Opening Session and Keynote Address
|Timothy R. Mangan||Oved Lourie|
Virtualization User Group - Boston President, Tim Mangan, will welcome you and explain how the day will work. Our keynote address, "The Cloud vs. My Cloud - On and Off Premise Adoption of Cloud Architectures" will be delivered by Citrix's Oved Laurie and will immediately follow:
While server virtualization has enabled IT organizations to reduce costs and drive efficiencies it has also become the key enabler of economically viable cloud computing. Although “clouds” have existed since the internet began, the recent advances in virtualization technology and management now empower enterprises and everyday compute consumers to take advantage of the cost and operational benefits of cloud computing. The critical question is how and where should IT organizations begin to take advantage of these new concepts and architectures?
Oved Lourie, Director of Product Management for the Datacenter and Cloud Division at Citrix Systems will take us through the options, key considerations, and some of the pitfalls in cloud computing – looking specifically at where and when to utilize public and private solutions and how the future will bring the same benefits that cloud providers enjoy when operating at economies of scale.
Introduction to Virtualization.
|ItProGuru (Dan Stolts)|
One of our most popular sessions in past years, this session is a general introduction to the various virtualization technologies covered in this conference. The conference program is filled with deep technical detail, so this is the place to start if you are relatively new to virtualization. Former VirtG President Dan Stolts (ItProGuru) will bring you up to speed and map out the broad areas that we are covering.
Using the correct Hypervisor for the Job
Server virtualization has changed considerably in the past few years. It used to be that selecting the correct virtualization solution was easy; there was really only one vendor. Thankfully that has changed and today you have the ability to choose a solution that fits your workload, project scope, management framework and budget. In this session we'll explore some of the decision points to consider when selecting between the market leaders of Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, and when balancing the question of datacenter or cloud based solutions.
The Nuts and Bolts of Virtualization.
|Timothy R. Mangan|
While the Introduction to Virtualizaiton is at a higher level, this session is more for people that understand the virtualizaiton concepts but need a deeper understanding of the terminologies and technologies.
In grade school it was the "three Rs". In football, it is blocking and tackling. In hockey it is skating and checking. In soccer it is dribbling and , well, more dribbling. Virtualization has its key building blocks that Pro in "IT Pro" must also learn really well to understand not only how the technology works, but what your vendor said really means.
In this session, VirtG President Tim Mangan will take you through the key building blocks on which all of the virtualization technologies discussed today are built upon. Understand terms like layering and isolation. Hooking (not the hockey kind) and redirection. Emulation and Virtualization. Spoofing and caching and streaming. You will see how different vendors use these terms to differentiate themselves, enlighten you, or, to confuse the market while sounding cool.
Turn Your Desktop Challenges into VDI Best Practices.
VDI has gotten a bad rap for being too complex, too costly and too resource intensive to be worth the effort. But all that has changed w/ a new generation of VDI -- solutions that provide unified monitoring and management of desktops across online, offline and branch environments; high-definition multimedia support; automatic bi-directional sync for true mobility; and advanced cloud branch capabilities including disaster recovery and business continuity.
In this session, we'll review the key challenges, solution options and customer reference deployments that highlight how the right form factor for on-premises, hosted and federated deployment can deliver an unparalleled virtual desktop user experience.
Key topics to be addressed will include:
· Server allocation -- the amount and type of servers needed to ensure a good user experience
· Storage allocation -- capacity of storage, type of storage, number of spindles or drives and network I/O
· Network considerations -- bandwidth and latency for LANs and WANs
· Desktop configurations - static or stateful desktops vs dynamic desktops
· Physical resource distribution - distributed enterprise with many branches
· Display protocols and the user experience
· Choice of end-user devices: thin clients, Mac/PCs, Linux, iPad
· Offline or mobile experience
· Choice of desktops - Windows, Linux
Let's Make It Personal: Virtual Desktops for Everyone (Not Just Another Terminal Server).
IT organizations support a wide-variety of OS and application customizations in today's physical desktop world. With the advent of virtual desktops, administrators are looking to simplify and standardize images, patch levels and applications to save time and minimize complexity. End users, however, want the same, personal experience with their new virtual desktops they had with their PCs. How can we get both? New desktop layering technology – described by some analysts as workspace decomposition – provides the best of both worlds, enabling administrators to support personal desktops, but also standardize application patches and OS levels by sharing images. Desktops can be easily customized by selectively adding or removing layers from desktops independent of each other. To users, however, layers appear unique, and are stored in a shared, de-duplicated fashion to drastically reduce the virtual desktop’s storage footprint. Virtualization expert Ron Oglesby will explain how this all works, with a live demo of Unidesk’s new virtual desktop management solution as an example.
Desktops in the Cloud -- It's not Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)!
Desktop virtualization has been generating significant buzz with its promise of exponentially improving how we manage our desktops. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) may mean hosted desktops. But, contrary to conventional wisdom, it doesn’t mean those virtual desktops can be effectively hosted in the cloud. VDI and cloud-hosted desktops are very different animals. In fact, VDI goes against most cloud fundamentals. VDI requires significant upfront CAPEX, is difficult to try, is complex to implement, results in vendor-lock in, and doesn’t scale easily. Conversely, with a true cloud-hosted desktop, companies get up and running quickly with no CAPEX, no installation, and can easily adapt the environment to their changing needs. Cloud-hosted desktops provides all of the benefits of virtualized desktops without any of the hassles. This presentation will compare the two approaches to desktop virtualization including the total cost of ownership (TCO) and their implications for your business derivuse cases from real customer case studies.
Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010.
Awaiting Speaker Details: Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
How Virtualization is Changing Data Protection.
Virtualization is a very disruptive technology. Virtualization also brings with it a number of opportunities to assess how things have "always been done" and look at how "things should be done" that fully utilize the virtualization advantages and technology.
Beyond Virtualization: What is the role of Virtualization in a Cloud
|Bill Wilder||ItProGuru (Dan Stolts)|
Cloud computing is emerging as a promising IT service delivery vehicle, enabled through virtualization and automation. For IT professionals, it is crucial to recognize the opportunities and play a key role in the transformation from existing infrastructure-focused IT into a service-oriented, user-centric, and IT-as-a-service world. Are you ready for the challenge to lead and transform your IT organization? If not, you might want to consider getting knowledgeable soon. In this session Bill Wilder (Windows Azure MVP) and the ITProGuru (Dan Stolts) will share the essential information IT Professionals need to know about the cloud: the basic types of clouds (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), the key differences between public and private clouds, and the evolving role of the IT Professional in this context.
Quest vWorkSpace Deep Dive.
In this session Patrick Rouse will do a technical deep dive on how vWorkspace acheives rapid provisioning and virtual desktop life cycle management by automating and enhancing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
Improving Disk Latency and Throughput with Vmware.
VMware has stated disk latency is a measure of I/O performance and system throughput. Every I/O SCSI command that traverses the virtualization storage stack is overhead for the hypervisor. As the I/O load increases queues fill, disk response times degrade and throughput suffers. There are a variety of ways to address I/O contention on virtual platforms, but most treat the symptoms and not the cause. This presentation examines how the Windows guest systems can be the source of I/O bottlenecks that consume excessive CPU and memory resources. The relationship between the guest file system and physical storage is explained and comparative data captured with VMware’s vscsiStats utility are presented. The costs of poorly performing guest are also explained in terms of productivity, support and hardware.
VDI Connection Broker Defined.
The connection broker is the first element of VDI that your users will interface with. This session will focus on this vital role in your VDI environment. In this session, we will:
- Define what a connection broker does
- Explain the connection process from the end user to the virtual desktop
- Define Virtual desktop assignment functions of a connection broker
- Look at Free vs. Fixed seating assignments
- Investigate Monitoring capabilities
- Discuss Enhanced feature sets of a connection broker
|Lunch||Multipurpose||Timothy R. Mangan|
Grab your lunch and join us in the Multipurpose room for our lunch session. We ask our sponsors who are also speakers to keep the Marketing to a minimum in the technical sessions. So this is their big opportunity to quickly tell you about themselves. Without our sponsors an event like this would never happen, so please chew your premium sandwitch with your mouth closed so your fellow attendees can hear!
Smarter Storage and Data management for Virtual Environments.
|Richard Vining||Oren Wolf|
There is a huge transformation happening in IT organizations, migrating from single-purpose physical servers to consolidated virtual machine technologies. The benefits of virtualization are many: cutting acquisition, management and facilities costs by reducing the number of physical machines; increasing service levels through faster server provisioning; and enabling new delivery models such as cloud services. However, virtualizing servers does not reduce the amount of data that is created and stored; actually it can have the opposite affect as virtual machines are moved or de-provisioned. This presentation will describe smarter ways of managing all this data, and the infrastructure that stores it.
Case Study by an Enterprise IT: Evaluating, Choosing, and Justifying Virtualizaion Technology.
Join Webster Bank's Brian Smith as he takes you through the process and decisions his Bank went through before deploying just about all of the Virtualization technologies being talked about at this conference.
Leveraging an Enormous Technology Community: Get The Answers You Need - When You Need Them
|ItProGuru (Dan Stolts)|
Do you know who to call when you need career advice? Do you know the GURU in all technologies you work with? Do you have a strong steel like relationship with your partners, customers and peers? Do you know who to call when you get in a jam? Do you know who to call to keep yourself out of a jam in the first place? This session will teach you what you need to know to eventually be able to answer all of these questions in the affirmative. You have to learn to walk before you run so you will not as a result of this session be able to answer yes to all questions. But you will learn how you can eventually get to that point. The “IT Pro Guru” (Dan Stolts) teaches us how to get involved, grow your sphere of influence and put yourself in a position to know all the right people. If you listen closely, you may even walk away with the secret (magic bullet) to you personally becoming the person that others seek out. So, come and learn how to get the answers you want when you need them. It may just change your life!
A Deep-Dive into XenDesktop 5 (with demos).
An overview of Citrix virtualization and what's new in XenDesktop 5 will lead into a review of the new management consoles. An operational XenDesktop 5 environment will be used during the presentation for displaying how desktops are provisioned and managed.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Computing
In this session, James Rankin (Red Hat Virtualization Solution Architect) will discuss the KVM hypervisor, Red Hat's Enterprise Virtualization management stack, and how Red Hat plans to enable customers to deploy vendor-agnostic private and public clouds.
|B5||Tavern||Timothy R. Mangan|
Join MVP Tim Mangan as he shows what is new in the latest Sequencer for App-V. Don't be fooled that this is "just a service pack". 4.6SP1 represents the most radical rework of the Sequencer since it was created 10 years ago! Assuming the release, which is scheduled for some unspecified date in Q1, happens prior to March 11th, this will be a complete demo. If not, come watch Tim squirm and cover other aspects of App-V, and to answer your questions.
VDI versus Terminal Services Smackdown
With virtually everyone talking about VDI, have we forgotten about Terminal Server (Remote Desktop Session Host)? Let's take the gloves off and see what the plusses and minuses are of Session Host and VDI (Remote Desktop Virtualization Host) and give real world examples of where each makes sense. How do RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory factor into the equation?
10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
|ItProGuru (Dan Stolts)|
Windows Server 2008 R2 is an awesome operating system, and the real benefits are for the IT administrator. Join Dan Stolts the ITProGuru, President of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, and Sr. IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft as he covers the ten hottest topics in the world of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the IT admin's perspective. Do you know how Dynamic Memory works and how to use it? You will! How are your Hyper-V skills? We'll make them better! Ever used the graphical interface from PowerShell? We’ll show you how! What happened to Terminal services? Why is Remote Desktop so much better? We’ll show you! If you’re an IT administrator you don’t want to miss this session.
Join us for a panel discussion involving many of our most popular Famous Speakers at the conference. Hear them argue (or not) about where we are and where we are going. Moderated by VirtG President Tim Mangan, the group will examine several interesting virtualization topics. Come with your own hard questions for this group too!
VDI as Evolution, Not Revolution
While VDI is probably in your future, it can seem like a daunting undertaking, from both the financial and project perspectives. This talk will explore how to approach the task of improving the way in which you get compute cycles to your users, in many cases, starting with systems that you already own. The journey to VDI can start with a single desktop and we’ll discuss techniques for how to pick that one and then decide what to do next. A process of identifying the needs of the different communities of users in your organization and then sorting out how to meet them will be examined. There are many ways to get the job done and you’ll likely need more than one.
Backup and Data Archiving – why does this matter to you.
|Mario Brum II|
Join Mario G Brum II as he walks you through data protection strategies for your data center and help you to align specific protection methodologies that have a significant affect on your current strategy. Your data will grow whether you like it or not. But how will you handle this growth? What are backup vendors telling you? Should you trust them?
We have had Mario speak to our group in the past, and he is great at pulling out details from his experiences as a solution provider. This will be a very interactive session and he looks forward to your questions and challenges.
Achieving a Desktop SLA with Virtualization.
For most IT professionals, the notion of providing business users with a service-level agreement (SLA) on their Windows desktops is laughable. While this is potentially achievable with a locked down desktop, the reality is that in most organizations a majority of users have some degree of administrative rights for Windows. With the priorities IT administrators and end-users completely at odds, the result is a lose/lose scenario when PCs inevitably go wrong. IT teams frequently move quickly to reimaging the PC versus navigating the many troubleshooting variables of an unlocked PC. And for end-users, this means days or even weeks recreating their desired desktop environment.
Desktop virtualization introduces a new option: a multi-OS desktop model. The deployment and management advantages of virtual desktops make it possible for IT teams to provide users with more than one desktop environment with a few mouse clicks. This presents an interesting opportunity for IT with respect to administrative rights. In theory, they can provide users with a tightly-managed and highly SLA-backed corporate image alongside a second Windows desktop for which the user has complete administrative rights.
Could this be a silver bullet to finally balance the priorities of IT and end-users? Or will the added overhead and complexity of a second OS confuse users and offset any IT manageability gains? Doug Lane of Virtual Computer will review the opportunities and potential pitfalls of a multi-OS desktop deployment approach and provide a live demonstration of a corporate and personal desktop running side-by-side on a virtualized PC.
Closing Session and Raffle.
|Timothy R. Mangan|
Join us in the big room for the closing session. Be sure to visit the sponsors and enter their raffles, as well as to turn in your Deep Dive Day evaluation to enter yourself into the VirtG raffle. We have a lot of prizes to give away, but you must be present to win!