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Windows Server 2012 Loadfest

  • May 31, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Windows Server 2012 Load and Lab - Primary Focus on installing and Managing, with a dose of Hyper-V


This is an all-day training event for the North East US (New England) Region.

The Boston Area Windows Server User Group (www.WindowsBoston.org) is providing a training class for their members and to the local technology community.

Sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and Bluefin Technical Services.

The topic will be how to install Windows 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0. The primary focus will be on Windows Server 2012.

The presentation will be put on by volunteer steering committee members and local technology leaders Clyde Johnson, President of Windows Server User Group and Dan Stolts, IT Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation.

Leave work for the Day and learn how to deploy and use Windows 2012. Both Boot to VHD and bare metal installs will be happening.  You are welcome to bring your server and get it ready to drop into your work environment.  If you would rather just get it running on your laptop, that is ok too.

We will start the day with lecture while you get everything setup and ready to build.  We then jump into Hands-On-Labs and walk you (step-by-step) through the installation process.

We will have experts on hand to answer your questions on Windows Server 2012.  You can perform the labs on Windows Azure (free account from http://aka.ms/IaaS) or bring hardware running Windows 8/ Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V

You will need to bring your own media.   If you want to use evaluation software, please download it from http://aka.ms/getwin2012 .

To get the most out of the labs, download the VHD and the ISO.  We will use the VHD for Boot2VHD and for getting some Hyper-V guests setup and communicating with each other.

If you have the time, you might want to also download System Center 2012 http://aka.ms/SC2012Eval and we will help you get your private cloud deployment started.

  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • At least 60 GB of free disk space (75 GB preferred)
  • x64 compatible processor with hardware assisted virtualization (Intel VT or AMD-V technology)
  • Installed OS of Windows Server 2012 (Preferred), Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 8
  • NO Drive encryption technology (Bitlocker or 3rd party) if installing Windows Server 2012 on the host
  • One Network Patch Cable [optional]
  • Download Windows Server 2012 Trial http://aka.ms/getwin2012iso (ISO)http://aka.ms/getwin2012vhd (VHD)
  • [Optional: production media if you like.]
  • Power Strip
    Download required Windows Server 2012 VHD from the link above (You will need the VHD!!!!)

If you do not have the hardware needed to run all the labs, you can use Windows Azure.  You cannot do the Hyper-V labs on Azure but all the rest you can.

You will also need to bring your Live ID (Microsoft Account) credentials.  If you do not have one, please create it in advance.  Don't have a Microsoft account? Sign up now http://aka.ms/GetLiveID!

You will also need a Windows Azure account.  If you do not already have one you can sign-up for a free account from http://aka.ms/IaaS.  Please note that this requires a credit card.  You will not be charged unless and until you switch over to a pay-as-you-go account at some time in the future.

Great Prizes for the raffle ... Xbox Console, books, Xbox games, Xbox Points, Xbox Gold Cards, USB Drives, and lots more great stuff

Recommended Audiences: Technology Executives, IT Managers, IT Professionals, CIO, CTO, IT Directors, Solution Architects, Software Developers, Technical Decision Makers, Developers.

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  • Rob R.

    Very informative and worthwhile. Good tips on W2K12 and introduction to Windows Azure. Thanks for the session!

    June 3, 2013

  • Amir M.

    It was great,

    June 2, 2013

  • Alan J.

    Really excellent. It helped me make some decisions for moving my clients towards the cloud and opened up some new possibilities for serverless offices.

    May 31, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    This was my first meet up and I thought it went well. I Learned quite a bit from the labs and speakers and it was a good experience for me.

    May 31, 2013

  • Roland

    I have an emergency at work with network outage and will be unable to attend. I'm sorry for such a short notice and I home you offer this type of opportunity again.

    May 31, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I can't make it tomorrow. Will the training material (labs) be available for download? I see that I can download the ISO's and VHD's, but figure the lab material would be a great supplement for me to do the testing in my office.

    May 30, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Sorry, can't make it!

    May 30, 2013

  • Brandi G.

    Is there an agenda for tomorrow, by chance? More specifically, are there blocks of time meant for lecture-only in the morning, or is it more casual/free-form? I've never attended a Loadfest and am trying to decide if I should come after all, since I'm less interested in the loading part and more interested in the talking part.

    May 30, 2013

    • Clyde J.

      I have not posted one. This loadfest will be 80% talk in the morning. 95% hands on labs in the afternoon.

      May 30, 2013

    • Brandi G.

      Thanks! I work two buildings away so will probably come by for the morning session still.

      May 30, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Cleaning out my swag closet. Hope you don't mind if I bring a bunch of extra stuff to give away :)

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Kenneth O.

    Will be there

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, can't make it anymore due to schedule and meetings constraints this week.

    May 28, 2013

  • John

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    May 27, 2013

  • Dan S.

    If you do not have the hardware needed to run all the labs, you can use Windows Azure. You cannot do the Hyper-V labs on Azure but all the rest you can. You will also need to bring your Live ID (Microsoft Account) credentials. If you do not have one, please create it in advance. Don't have a Microsoft account? Sign up now http://aka.ms/GetLiveID! You will also need a Windows Azure account. If you do not already have one you can sign-up for a free account from http://aka.ms/IaaS. Please note that this requires a credit card. You will not be charged unless and until you switch over to a pay-as-you-go account at some time in the future.

    May 16, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    I can't wait. Thanks for making this available

    May 10, 2013

  • Harold H.

    Thought I could but...

    April 1, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Greetings All,
    We are hoping that Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service will launch prior to this event. We will have some Windows Azure labs too so if you want to take get hands on, this will be a great opportunity! If you do not already have Windows Azure account, you can start one for free at http://aka.ms/IaaS

    April 1, 2013

  • O. Walter O.

    Bringing a guest- new member

    March 25, 2013

  • O. Walter O.

    Yes will be there

    March 25, 2013

  • Vladimir F.

    Looking forward to it.

    March 22, 2013

  • Brandi G.

    Probably coming to just the morning session.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only Jay will be attending. Thank you for organizing this!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good to me! Thanks!

    March 20, 2013

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