Wednesday, April 10, 2013

MMS 2013 - Day 2

It was another excellent day at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2013 yesterday (Tuesday). This year for me, the conference is truly showing its value in terms of networking and meeting up with other members of the System Center community.

So far this week, I've resisted the urge to go crazy in Las Vegas partying and instead have been up bright and early each morning to attend the first sessions of the day which kick off at 08:30 (wonder how long that'll last....)

The Sessions

First up was a session titled "WS-B321 Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track v3: Private Cloud Reference Architecture Based on Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1". This session delved into the Microsoft Fast Track program and went through the private cloud reference architecture and where it fits in with Windows Server 2012.

You can check out the session on Channel 9 here:

The next session of the day for me was "WS-B329 Getting Started with Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks" which was delivered by Microsoft's David Aiken. The challenge for the presenter here was that the internet connection kept dropping off and when you're trying to demo a cloud based Azure solution, that's kind of important! To be fair though, he quickly changed over to his 'Plan B' internet and ran the demo from his phone hotspot! Once he got going, the session went into deploying VM's into Azure and was quite interesting.

Download and take a look at the session here:

The last session before lunch that I attended was another Azure one titled "WS-B331 Windows Azure and Active Directory".

Microsoft's David Tesar presented this one and promised that it wasn't going to be a Level 100 overview of Azure. He stayed true to his word and went into his slide deck and internet based demo's in great detail. I enjoyed this one for sure.

Have a look at it here:

Inside Podcast Network

After lunch, I was due to attend two sessions on "How to Design and Configure Networking in VMM and Hyper-V" with my Irish sidekick John McCabe (Microsoft Ireland Senior PFE), but ended up getting asked by my MVP colleague Christian Booth to talk with himself, Marcus Oh and Dan Kregor on the Inside Podcast Network about our experiences of MMS so far. This for me is by far the highlight of MMS as I regularly listen to Dan and his cronies (guests) on their monthly podcast.

I've had a chance to take a quick listen to some of the podcast and it sounds excellent and that's a credit to Dan (and big thanks to Rod Trent of for making it happen at this years event.

If you've got some time and want to listen to us talk tech, check out the Podcast here:

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