Windows Server 2012 Canadian Launch Tour and IT Camp Events

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With Windows Server 2012 becoming generally available September 4, we want to make sure you get some hands on experience with this latest server offering. With new advances in virtualization, networking, storage and automation among other things, there is lots to hear about and lots to experience.

To that end, I’ll be keeping this blog post updated so keep coming back! I’ve even created a nice short url to help you remember and tell . I’ll add details for what’s happening where and how to register as events get finalized. So far, I’ve got the details for the Windows Server Launch events and I have the cities that we’re looking at for the Windows Server IT Camps. Note that this doesn’t mean we won’t be in any other cities – these are just the cities I know for sure where you’ll be seeing us.

Your pre-event preparation

Windows Server 2012 Launch Events

Join presenters from Microsoft to learn about what’s new in Windows Server 2012. As an attendee, you will see what is possible with Windows Server 2012 through a business value keynote, hear about how customers are already using Windows Server 2012, see a demonstration of key features and have afternoon focused on a hands-on, scenario based, camp like experience.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote
9:30 am – 10:30 am Customer Experience Sharing – hear from customers who are using Windows Server 2012 today
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Demos – see the new and key features in Windows Server 2012
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 3:00 pm Hands-on, Technical IT Camp – experience Windows Server 2012 first hand with this interactive, guided experience

Register now for an event near you:

September 5 Toronto SOLD OUT!
September 12 Vancouver SOLD OUT!
September 20 Edmonton SOLD OUT!
September 27 Ottawa SOLD OUT!
October 3 Montreal SOLD OUT!

If you can’t make it to join us in person in Canada, you can also opt to join the online launch event hosted out of the US.

Windows Server 2012 IT Camps

IT Camps are free, full day, hands-on workshops in a classroom setting where you work through common scenarios in a lab environment. We'll be providing computers and lunch as well as funding $10 to the local user group for each attendee. Seats are limited by the number of computers and space we have so please be sure to attend if you sign up! If you can't make it - please cancel in good time to allow someone else the opportunity to take your place.

During the IT camp, we'll be covering the following material:

Section What is learned Hands-On Experience
Overview of Windows Server 2012 How Windows Server 2012 helps optimize your infrastructure N/A
Overview of Windows Server 2012Hyper-V and VM Migration How to configure and manage Hyper-V, How Hyper-V can be scaled and Shared-Nothing Live Migration Enable the Hyper-V role, import virtualmachine and complete a Shared-Nothing Live Migration
Scalability How to add capacity to your infrastructure Configure virtual machine start-up properties and configure a file share.
Storage Spaces How to configure and manage storage Create a storage pool & thin disk, createSMB share for apps & iSCSI target, configure iSCSI access from hosts and migrate VM storage to SMB share.
High Availability How to configure and manage a cluster Verify cluster configuration, create a cluster,configure Cluster Shared Volume and migrate VM to a Cluster Shared Volume.
Overview of System Center 2012 How System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 work together and VirtualMachine Manager. Install SCVMM agent on cluster, Add VMM library location, create a cloud in SCVMM2012, and create a highly-available VM on cloud.
Windows Server 2012 Final Thoughts Hyper-V replica, QoS bandwidth, NICteaming, Hyper-V extensible switch,ODX support, PowerShell, multi-tenancy, network virtualization, metering. Make existing VM highly available, break cluster & see results

As we confirm new dates and locations, the list below will get updated. Please remember - if you register, please make every effort to attend as space is limited!

October 3 Regina* Event Complete.
October 11 Montreal SOLD OUT!
October 15 Ottawa SOLD OUT!
October 31 Calgary SOLD OUT!
November 13 Mississauga SOLD OUT!
November 15 Toronto SOLD OUT!
November 16 Waterloo SOLD OUT!
November 27 Fredericton SOLD OUT!
November 30 Vancouver Register Now
December 4 Halifax Register Now
December 11 Montreal**  Link to be provided by Nov 23
TBD Winnipeg Jan/Feb
TBD Saskatoon Jan/Feb
TBD St. John's, NFLD Jan/Feb

* The Regina IT Camp is a 2 hour, bring-your-own notebook workshop in the evening. It is a guided, interactive session put on as part of the Prairie IT Pro & Developer Conference.

** The Montreal IT Camp on December 11 is a 2 hour, bring-your-own notebook workshop in the evening. It is a guided, interactive session put on as part of the DevTeach Montreal 2012 Conference.

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