Microsoft Ignite 2016 sessions dealing with what we do

In the Fall of 2016, Microsoft held it’s Ignite Conference (formally known as TechEd) in Atlanta, Georgia.  There was a lot of new things coming out with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and I wanted to provide you some of the sessions that deal specifically with what our Core Group supports (Failover Clustering, Storage, Hyper-V, and Deployment).  There were tons more sessions regarding all other aspects of Microsoft Azure, Applications (such as SQL, Exchange, Office 365), SCVMM, Security, etc, but I wanted to pull out these specific sessions since they deal with what we deal with.

Give it a look and see how the next version of Windows could be for you.  Each full session is approx 60 minutes in length.

To see the full list of all sessions from Microsoft Ignite, please visit our Channel 9 site.

Failover Clustering / Storage

Keep the lights on with Windows Server 2016 Failover Clustering
This session will give the complete roadmap of the wealth of new Failover Clustering features and features which enable high availability scenarios in Microsoft Windows Server 2016. If you are going to attend one session on clustering / high availability... this is it! This session covers all the incremental feature improvements from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 for clustering, as well as other features which increase availability of your cluster solutions.

Discover Storage Spaces Direct, the ultimate software-defined storage for Hyper-V
Use industry-standard, cloud-inspired hardware to build highly performant, capacity efficient, and fault tolerant software-defined storage for Hyper-V and private clouds. Storage Spaces Direct enables scale-out Hyper-Converged or disaggregated Scale-Out File Server (SoFS) deployments. Its a key building block of the Microsoft Azure Stack architecture, and heres the best part – its included at zero additional cost in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.

Optimize your software-defined storage investment with Windows Server 2016
Explore the Microsoft software-defined storage stack in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and how it gives you the ideal return on investment for datacenter workloads, efficiency, and disaster protection. Scalable, high-performance private cloud storage no longer means a multi-million dollar SAN. Flexible and reliable hyper-convergence no longer means hoping a start-up still answers the phone next month.

Drill into Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016
Delivering business continuity involves more than just high means disaster preparedness. In this session, we discuss the new Storage Replica feature, including scenarios, architecture, best practices, requirements, and demos. And I have swag!

Hack Hyper-V: how to protect your Microsoft private cloud
Hear the tips and tricks to protect Hyper-V datacenters of all sizes by fixing numerous security holes that you are already exposed to, but never even knew about. Join 5nines virtualization expert Symon Perriman (former Microsoft worldwide virtualization lead) to learn the best practices for protection and compliance for Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and Microsoft Azure Pack (WAP).

Unravel and harness Windows Server 2016 for private and hybrid cloud solutions
Learnings from the real world, take the hybrid datacentre to the next level with the capability of Windows Server 2016. With a focus on end-to-end design, unravel and harness the vast array of capabilities within Server 2016 to drive up scale and drive down cost on your private and hybrid cloud systems, delivered from a speaker who builds their business on the technology. Gain the real-world insight and understanding required to obtain maximum benefit from the new generation of software defined storage, networking and compute. Beyond the base fabric, see how significant enhancements in remote desktop services light up a broad new range of capabilities and how the break through shielded VM solution redefines the way to think about IaaS.
Shielded Virtual Machines

Discover Shielded VMs and learn about real world deployments
Learn what a Shielded VM is, what security assurances they offer and whats required to deploy them. We walk you through what is possibly the world's first production-ready Hoster deployment of a guarded fabric (one that runs Shielded VMs). You'll leave with an understanding of the hardware and software requirements, any of the not-so-obvious gotchas that were encountered, any physical security measures that were adopted in support of the enhanced security offered by Shielded VMs, how the service is being offered, any scale requirements and/or capacity differences and much more. If you're considering deploying a guarded fabric or are curious to see how the technology works in the real word then this session is for you.

Dive into Shielded VMs with Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V:
Maintaining strong separation between Hyper-V administrators and sensitive VM-workloads is highly desirableseparation that today isnt achievable. However, we know that customers virtualize sensitive workloads anywayrunning content servers and even domain controllers in VMs is now commonplace. In doing so, additional attack vectors are exposed and the overall security of the workload is weakened. Hosters want to assure their customers that they can protect tenant VMs + data from the hosters datacenter administrators while allowing tenants to continue to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Shielded VMs provide a first-of-its-kind solution that does just that!
Nano Server

Manage Nano Server and Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and the Nano Server deployment are predicted to quickly become the most popular Hyper-V platform, and here is your chance to see the different tools and techniques that businesses of all sizes are using to manage their virtual infrastructure. Join Symon Perriman (ex-Microsoft evangelist and Hyper-V MVP) to hear best practices for deploying and managing Nano Server, Hyper-V and Failover Clusters.

Deploy, configure, and remotely manage Nano Server
Hear about important transformations in Microsoft Windows Server - the new installation option called Nano Server. Nano Server is a deep rethink of the server architecture. The result is a new, lean cloud fabric host and application development platform, resulting in 20x smaller than Server Core and a reduction in security attack service surface and reboots! We cover everything you need to know in order to create a Nano Server image, deploy the image, how to configure as part of deployment, as well as remotely configuring and managing post deployment.

Get notes from the field: implementing Nano Server in production around the world
Hear how, what and why customers around the world has embraced the latest Server technology from Microsoft: Nano Server. We go over designs, deployment and operational capabilities as well as some of the challenges faced during the implementation of Nano Server.

Walk the path to containerization – transforming workloads into containers
Containers, micro-services and Docker are all the rage but what workloads are they used for? And how can you take advantage of these transformative new technologies? Hear from a user that has succeeded in taking their existing .Net application and migrated it into Windows containers proving them the agility and flexibility to further transform the application. But where do I start with containers? We will further cover concepts and best practices for identifying and migrating applications from existing deployments into containers and how to start down the path to microservice architectures.

Develop, debug and deploy containerized applications with Docker
You want to develop, build and deploy your app in containers, but where do you start? What development workflows would you use? What if you want to target Linux and/or Windows? In this talk, we demo Microsoft Visual Studio Code from a Mac, Visual Studio Code from Windows and Visual Studio as a local development environment targeting both Windows Containers and Linux. We demo the inner loop, developing in a container, continuous integration and deployment with Visual Studio Team Services, and deployed to the Azure Container Service. This will be an all demo session showing the workflows for you to get started today.

Accelerate application delivery with Docker Containers and Windows Server 2016
Applications are changing and Docker is driving the containerization movement to deliver new microservices applications or provide a new construct to package legacy applications. Attend this session to learn how the combination of Docker, Linux, Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Azure technologies together deliver an application platform for hybrid cloud apps. Accelerate your app delivery and gain freedom to use any stack across a secure software supply chain.
Windows 10

Deploy Windows 10 for business - the future is closer than you think
Digital transformation has changed the face of enterprise computing, and the time for Windows 10 is now. Rob Lefferts from the Windows Devices Group dives into what Windows 10 is delivering for businesses and how it makes deployment easier than ever. Rob will also discuss the latest Windows enhancements in management, security, and productivity and how they are changing what is possible today, and are continuously improving for tomorrow. Along the way Rob shares stories of real world Windows 10 deployments. Plus demos!

Master Windows 10 Deployments – Expert Level
Join us for a live demo on how to build a Microsoft Windows deployment solution, based on Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. In the session we take OS Deployment in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and System Center Configuration Manager to its outer limits. Deployment tips, tricks, and hard core debugging in a single session. You can expect a lot of live demos in this session.

Discover Windows 10 Internals
In this session Sami Laiho shows what's really new below the surface of Windows 10. People are talking about the start menu mostly, but we talk about Secure Kernel, Memory Compression, Skylake enhancements, Device Driver protection, Active Memory dumps and so on.

Ask us almost anything about Windows 10
Do you have questions on how to deploy, secure, or manage Windows 10 in your organization? Here's your chance to ask the experts. Join the conversation with members of the Windows team, hosted by Mark Minasi, and get your questions answered.

Upgrade to Windows 10: in depth
With Windows 10, we are encouraging everyone, including organizations, to upgrade from their existing OS (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1). This upgrade process is easy and reliable, but how exactly does it work? In this session, we dig deep and explore how the process works to ensure that everything (apps, settings, data, drivers) is preserved.

Troubleshoot Windows 10 deployment: top 10 tips and tricks
Need help with troubleshooting Windows deployment issues? Johan and Mikael share lessons learned around handling device drivers in the deployment process, common deployment issues and their workarounds, parsing log files, WinPE and PXE troubleshooting, UEFI deployments. As a foundation, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager will be used. You can expect a lot of live demos, tips, and tricks in this session.

Enhance Windows 10 deployment: what's new with Windows 10 deployment?
We continue to invest in new capabilities to make Windows deployment easier. In this session, we provide an overview of the latest enhancements for Windows 10 deployment.

Ask the experts - Windows10 deployment, servicing, and provisioning
Windows 10 impacts the way you deploy, service, and provision PCs. In this interactive session, we try to answer all of your questions related to these aspects of Windows 10, with engineering team experts from Microsoft on hand.

Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade! Say goodbye to clean installs of Windows 10
For years, the perceived wisdom was always to perform a clean install of Windows. With Windows 10, that all changed. Learn why it doesnt make sense to seek the holy grail of a gold image any more.

Windows 2016

Learn the top 10 reasons why you'll like Windows Server 2016
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 brings a huge number of new capabilities and after a year of discussions in the Microsoft Technology Center there are certain features that resonate the best with customers. In this session we go through those top ten including virtualization, storage, networking, management and more. A core theme throughout all the areas will be security with a focus on some game-changing capabilities that finally enable the protection of workloads even from the administrator.

Discover Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with Windows Server 2016
Discover how Windows Server 2016 brings you hyper-converged solutions. We heard your feedback - you asked for the ability to run software-defined storage with local disks on Hyper-V clusters. We demonstrate how Storage Spaces Direct and Hyper-V on the same cluster provides streamlines deployments and management with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).

Introduce Windows Server 2016 into your environment!
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 brings a host of new technologies for infrastructure (software defined compute/networking/storage) and for the application platform (Containers, Nano Server). Its both the server you know and the bridge to the cloud. We've heard you are eager to understand what Windows Server can bring to your organization and want to know how you can incorporate into your organization. In this session, we dive into deployments, upgrades, monitoring and more, so you can quickly onboard Windows Server 2016!

Explore Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 wave represents a tectonic shift in the industry with Software Defined Compute, Storage, Networking, Nano Server, Containers, Next Generation Assurance and more. If you are an IT Pro or an Ops person, then this session is for you. Learn how Windows Server 2016 SDDC is delivering new layers of security, cloud scale, disruptive cost economics, flexibility for private clouds, enterprises and much more.

Build and operate a software-defined datacenter
In this session you re guided through the design and implementation process of a software-defined datacenter:_
- Requirements / Components
- What are the challenges
- If all is SW defined, which role play the HW / vendors
- Organizational aspects (teams, know how, processes)

Meet Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016!
Join us in this demo-heavy presentation for the unveiling of the brand new Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016. Drive business transformation in the cloud-first world - Windows Server and System Center have evolved to meet this changing world. To accelerate value and stay ahead of competition, you need infrastructure that unleashes application innovation and you need your IT to meet increasingly demanding business requirements. Learn about Windows Servers enhanced security capabilities, software define datacenter technologies and application features to build cloud-native applications, and how System Center 2016 streamlines management across your datacenter.

We hope that you enjoy the sessions and hope to see you in Orlando, FL for Ignite 2017.