Half Way Through TechDays

I did 800 miles of driving last week, most of that related to TechDays for IT Pros 2009 in Ireland.  I’d a small part in the Galway event and I was more involved in the Cork event, presenting with Dave Northey from MS Ireland on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and the new version of Hyper-V.

Note: We can only do so much in the given time slots so we’re following up TechDays with user group events, e.g. the Windows User Group event that will be a deep dive on the new version of Hyper-V.

After each TechDays event we’ve spent a good deal of time talking to attendees, answering questions, etc.  I’ve found Hyper-V, branch office solutions and Terminal Services to be popular subjects.

It’s back to a “normal” work week for the coming week.  We’re on the road again on the 23rd.  I’ll be doing the “IT Pro @ Home” sessions, speaking about Windows 7 for digital photographers.  That’ll be repeated in Belfast.  We’ll also be repeating the sessions from both Galway and Cork.  I think I’ll do the train this time to relax.

Windows User Group Ireland: Hyper-V Deep Dive Event

I’ll be speaking about Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 at a Windows User Group (Ireland) event next month.  This will be a follow up to the session we’re doing at the IT Pro TechDays events around Ireland.

At TechDays for IT Pro’s 2009 there will be some sessions on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include some information and demonstrations on the new version of Hyper-V. However, due to time constraints, we won’t have time to get into the deep details of how and why things work.

Aidan Finn (C Infinity – http://www.cinfinity.ie ) will be talking about the new technologies that will be included as part of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. This includes new functionality and improvements in performance thanks to cooperation between Microsoft and their hardware partners.

Dave Northey (Microsoft Ireland) will be doing some demonstrations of the technology in action, including the much anticipated Live Migration.


30th April, 7.30am-10am. We’re going to try a morning session to give people an alternative time for the Windows User Group events.

Who’s Speaking?

– Aidan Finn – http://joeelway.spaces.live.com and C Infinity http://www.cinfinity.ie
– Dave Northey – http://blogs.technet.com/ieitpro/


Join the user group (for free) and we’ll send you an invitation to the event.  Membership and registration are free.

Talking about Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

Hosted by:
Aidan Finn & Dave Northey

Date and time:
30 April 2009 from 07:30 to 10:00

Swift Suite 2, Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland

View this event on Windows Live

TechDays Has Kicked Off

Yesterday saw the first event of TechDays Ireland in Galway.  There was a good turnout and they got to see sessions from 3 speakers including Rhonda Layfield (deployment MVP from the USA) and Niall Flanagan (SQL MVP from Ireland).  Niall had a particularly tough challenge – how to talk about the basics of managing SQL to non-DBA’s in 40 minutes.  He did a cracking job.  There were a few nerves as laptops started acting up before the event but all fell into place in the last 10 minutes. 

I didn’t blog – I don’t want to give away the material while the sessions are ongoing.  Instead, I’ll be twittering little bits here and there with a #TechDays flag.

Afterwards a good deal of people hung around in the bar and we chatted until the wee hours.  We missed the last opportunity to order food so Enda from MS ordered in pizzas to the hotel from Domino’s.  Sweet!

I’m off to Cork today for tomorrows event – I’ve a detour to make a stop along the way.  I’ll check in and do some work from the hotel tonight.  Then it’s on to TechDays in Cork.  The agenda is different than last night with more of a focus on pure IT pro material.  Myself and Dave Northey from MS will be doing a “Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 Better Together and Hyper-V R2” session.  I’ll do the death-by-powerpoint while Dave does the demos.  We rehearsed yesterday – the demo’s look very cool.

So if you’re in the south and the agenda sounds like you’re cup of tea, register (for free) and come along.  There’s a draw for an X-Box Elite and 2 TechNet Plus subscriptions for those who attend, fill in their feedback forms and stick around for 5 minutes for the draw (the latter does help!)

PubForum 2009 Dublin

Alex Yushchenko Terminal Services MVP (yes, he’s back in the fold) is busy once again organising PubForum.  The next event will be 5-7 June, 2009 in Dublin

Here’s what the event offers:

“18 Experts to Experts Sessions on Topic’s delivered by World recognized Experts, Microsoft MVP’s, Citrix CTP, Citrix internal SE’s,

  • Citrix & Microsoft Evangelists
  • Citrix XenApp 5 & Feature Pack, XenServer, XenDesktop 2.x & 3 – Troubleshooting, Planning, Infrastructure, Optimizations, Tools,
  • Upgrade and Printing
  • Citrix Virtualization, Citrix Workflow Studio, Citrix EdgeSite
  • Citrix Essentials for XenApp and Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Citrix NetScaler & Access Gateway
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Planning, Upgrading & Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Virtualization with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Hyper – V
  • Project Plannng
  • & more

Master Classes on ( 1- 3 Trainers per Class / 4 – 5 hours / just 30 EUR each) delivered by World recognized Experts, Microsoft MVP’s, Citrix CTP, Citrix internal SE’s, Citrix & Microsoft Evangelists

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services & VDI & Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Virtualization
  • RES
  • AppSense
  • XenApp & XenServer
  • XenDesktop
  • & more

1 Night out for Networking and socializing with other experts”

Attendance for this is just €99 (!!!!) if you book before March 5th.  I was there last year.  Lots of big names present and tonnes to be learned.  Considering the price, that’s a heck of a lot you can learn and it’s fantastic value.

Event 25/02/2009: Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions

The Irish Windows User Group is hosting another event in February, featuring me.

I will be talking about Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions. Businesses today face many economic challenges. The desire to compete is being challenged by the difficulties of using IT infrastructure to connect workers in different locations, whether they be in different counties, countries or even just working from home.

This presentation will look at the problems, identify the real causes of the difficulties and offer solutions from Microsoft’s current catalogue of products. We will also look into the near future to see what is coming in Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 to help with inter-office working.

Ronald Dockery (Windows Client Business Group Lead at Microsoft Ireland) will follow up this presentation by diving a bit deeper in the technologies that Windows 7 Enterprise Edition will bring to the table in just a few months to further enable Branch Office Infrastructure Solutions.

Where and When?

The event will take place at 7PM, Wednesday February 25th at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Dublin 8.

Admission will be free to members of the Windows Server 2008 User Group.  If you are already a member then you will receive an invitation via email.  If you are not a member then please sign-up for free by e-mailing the group

Thanks to …

Microsoft Ireland for sponsoring the event.

Microsoft Community Tech Days

Microsoft is working with the IT Pro Community around the country to redeliver the best bits of the Tech Ed conference, which took place in Barcelona last November. As well as local MVPs (Microsoft Valued Professionals) delivering content on the days, local Microsoft technical speakers will contribute. We are also lining up a number of high-profile international speakers, details of which will be released in the coming weeks.

A multi-topic format ensures there’ll be something for everyone and we will also host ‘Microsoft @ Home’ sessions in the evening which will look at Home Networking and Digital Photography. The agenda is set to include the following:

  • Virtualisation and Virtualisation management tools
  • Windows Client – including Vista deployment and First look @ Windows 7
  • Security
  • SQL – BI and the Accidental DBA
  • Small Business Server
  • Unified Communications & Collaboration
  • First look @ new products coming from Microsoft

Who Should Attend?

All IT Professionals: Infrastructure Specialist, DBA, App or LOB Specialist, IT Manager, Network Specialist, Desktop and End User Support.

Where and When?

Galway (10th March) – register your interest
Cork (12th March) – register your interest
Belfast (24th March) – register your interest
Dublin (26th March) – register your interest

MS Events Coming Up In Ireland

There’s a great deal of IT pro community activity taking place in the next few months in Ireland (thanks to the hard work being done by Enda Flynn).

In February there will be 1 or 2 full day events on Microsoft virtualisation technologies.  It looks like that one will be run in Belfast and the other somewhere in the southwest.

In March there will be an event that’s currently being called TechDays.  It’s going to be a full day of multiple tracks, e.g. server, desktop, virtualisation, management, etc.  It will feature the best material from the recent TechEd as well as material that’s gone public since then, presented by Ireland’s best IT Pro’s.

I’ll definitely be mentioning the events on here once I have firm details.  The Windows User Group will also get notified.  In the meantime you can keep an eye on the (free) TechNet Ireland newsletter and Enda will give more details to subscribers when he has them.