TechStravaganza 2011 - Atlanta



TechStravaganza 2011


Presented By:


Atlanta Active Directory User Group l Atlanta SBS User Group

Atlanta SMS User Group l Atlanta PowerShell User Group


Mark Minasi sessions on

Cloud Computing and IPv6


12 Sessions in 3 Tracks

Windows Server, PowerShell, Cloud Computing, Deployment, and more




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Session Details

Keynote Speaker: Mark Minasi



Cloud Computing: A (lapsed) Economist's View

For the past few years, we've all heard about "the cloud" and how it'll either save us a billion dollars and make our IT infrastructure more "agile," or that it's a scam and the end of the world for IT pros... so which is it? For the answer, join veteran IT industry watcher Mark Minasi as he dusts off his decades-old microeconomic analysis skills from his 80's stint as a senior economist in Washington and helps you get a handle on clouds. Did you know that a bit of simple math shows that cloud costs should drop significantly in the next ten years? Or that cloud computing might mean the end for some large organizations, but might make great sense for others? Or how about the fact that even though there are three major kinds of cloud vendors, none of those types are named "cumulus," "stratus," or "cirrus," despite the fact that the most catchy name for a cloud-to-cloud communications backbone would have to be "nimBUS?" Come to this talk and discover Mark's Nine Cloudy Conclusions... and have a few laughs in the process!

Concluding Speaker: Mark Minasi

IPv6 for the Reluctant: What To Know Before You Turn It Off

IPv6 is never gonna happen," right? For good or ill, that's not true. At our current rate -- assuming no growth in demand for IPv4 addresses -- we will exhaust IPv4 addresses by the end of 2012. That's right... by New Years 2013, there won't be an IPv4 address to be had for love or money. (And IPv6 is an essential part of Windows Server 2008 R2's nifty DirectAccess "invisible VPN... but that's a story for another day.)

We get IPv6 in-the-box with Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Your first reaction when you see an IPv6 address like "fe80::5efe:" might be: "Hmmm... that's a lotta colons, and I KNOW what comes out of colons!" But is that the RIGHT reaction? Join veteran Windows explainer Mark Minasi in a look at the latest version of IPv6… and whether you'll want to leave it on or turn it off. In this whirlwind tour, Mark explains the motivation for IPv6 and the technologies behind its implementation (which saves you from having to read 30 RFCs), adding useful notes on the Microsoft-specific aspects of Windows' IPv6 implementation. Attendees to Microsoft's Management Summit (MMS) 2010 ranked this talk #1 above 130 other talks... come attend and see why!


Featured Speakers:

  • Ed Wilson, One of the "Microsoft Scripting Guys", author of many PS books

  • John Baker, Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist

  • Yung Chou, Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist

  • Phil Bartholomew, Director of the Identity and Access Management Practice, InfraScience, Inc.

  • Jeff Stokes, Microsoft PFE, Performance expert

  • Greg Cameron, Sr. Microsoft Datacenter Technology Specialist



Session Schedule:

Session Title



Track 1: Cloud Computing and Deployment

Private Cloud: What, Why, and How

Yung Chou (Microsoft)

Cloud computing with attributes like pooled computing resources, automated management, scalability, on-demand provisioning, etc. is a very opportunity to transform enterprise IT from a device-dependent and infrastructure-focused deployment structure into a customer-centric service-oriented delivery vehicle. For enterprise, the roadmap of IT as a Service is via a common management framework and private cloud. This session presents the criteria, examines strategies, and walks through the processes of assessing and constructing private cloud. The presentation also demonstrates delivering and managing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in an enterprise setting.

Cloud Computing Essentials for IT Pros

Yung Chou (Microsoft)

While cloud computing is emerging as a main delivery vehicle for IT services, there is however much confusion of this platform on what it is and how it works. This session examines the facts and common knowledge of IT and builds a concise and structured body of industrial knowledge on cloud computing. The discussion will include the 5-3-2 principles of cloud computing, where the opportunities are and how IT professionals can play an enabling role in transforming an existing IT establishment into a cloud-friendly, cloud-ready environment.

Getting Started with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

John Baker (Microsoft)

Learn how to quickly and cost effectively deploy Windows 7. Through a targeted demo and Q&A with the experts, see how Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) can ease your deployment process by updating Deployment Workbench, a tool administrators use to build and manage multiple operating system configurations. MDT helps generate ISO and Windows Imaging Format (WIM) images by using Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). MDT alleviates many of the scripting requirements of earlier versions of Business Desktop Deployment by incorporating a stand-alone task sequencer derived from Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007. Learn to get the most out of this solution accelerator.

Advanced Deployment Scenarios with MDT 2010

John Baker (Microsoft)

Automate your Windows 7 deployment with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. in this session we'll see how we can leverage the configuration database to allow methodological automation of deployment configurations based on a number of criteria, allowing you to configure the automatic assignment of properties based on the target computer location, make and model, and computer values. You can also assign Roles to those methods that contain further configurations

Track 2: Windows Server

Windows Internals – Memory Management

Jeff Stokes (Microsoft)

Understanding how Windows manages memory pages and how the pagefile is implemented is key to understanding performance and the question every admin wants to know "Do I need more memory for better performance. Microsoft performance expert, Jeff Stokes will explain the terms and process used in Windows memory management and provide tips on how to determine if a problem really is memory related.

Performance Analysis: Xperf tool for client and server analysis

Jeff Stokes (Microsoft)

Windows Performance expert, Jeff Stokes explains some advanced techniques in Windows performance analysis using PerfMon and the Xperf tool. Xperf is a very powerful tool that can be used to pinpoint performance issues to a particular driver or similar component. This session will raise your performance IQ!

Deep Dive: Windows Authentication: What every Windows Admin should know

Gary Olsen

(Microsoft MVP)

Active Directory is the core component of many infrastructures and handles authentication for a variety of applications and non-Windows clients. Windows Admins must be familiar with how authentication works using Kerberos. This session will describe the basics of Kerberos, and how these principles apply to applications as well as Linux and Unix clients. Troubleshooting tips for resolving authentication issues will also be covered.

Using HyperV in a test Environment

Don McCall (HP)

Using Hyper-V as a Diagnostic test Environment Standalone hardware is more and more difficult to justify and acquire. This session will present a case study and some methodology for implementing a flexible test environment for problem reproduction using Hyper V.

System Center 2012: What's New?

Greg Cameron


The buzz of the cloud is everywhere, but what does it mean and how can I manage it with System Center 2012? This session will focus on explaining the Cloud and Cloud services as well as how System Center 2012 can help you deliver a Private cloud. We will explore the new features of SCVMM 2012 and its expanded Hypervisor support to help drive your Private Cloud. We will also look at a new product called Project "Concero" that can help deliver the Azure and SCVMM Clouds in a single end-user web-based console.

Enterprise Identity Management with Forefront Identity Manager

Phil Bartholomew (InfraScience co-founder)

This presentation and demonstration will feature the use of FIM 2010 for managing user and group identities across SQL, SharePoint Lists, Active Directory, and ADLDS among other systems. Closer looks will be taken into auto provisioning and deprovisioning, criteria based group management, approval based group membership, self-service password reset, and user proxy objects using a combination of traditional rules extensions and FIM synchronization rules.

Track 3: PowerShell



PowerShell Dirty Dozen

Aaron Nelson

You've heard it said, "If you have to do it twice, automate it." Cut the learning curve and get a real handle on this powerful automation tool. This session walks you through a dozen scripts to simplify and easily automate time-consuming and tedious elements of your day to day job. This isn't stuff you'll use SOMEDAY, these are scripts you can use when you get home tonight. Harness the power of Power Shell to easily find Servers short on space. Script out tables and constraints across all of your databases at once. Backup databases and restore them to a different environment. These tricks and many others will allow PowerShell to simplify your job like no other tool.


PowerShell Best Practices (2 hr session)

Ed Wilson

(Microsoft Scripting Guy)

Apply best practices for automating system administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0 and optimize your operational efficiency and results. This guide captures the field-tested tips, real-world lessons, and candid advice of practitioners across the range of business and technical scenarios and across the scripting life cycle. Discover how to:Take advantage of new features and cmdlets in Windows PowerShell 2.0Plan scripting usage scenarios and define standards Deploy Windows PowerShell 2.0 to desktops and serversConfigure scripting environmentsOptimize remote scripting capabilitiesWork with Active Directory(r) and WMIDesign functions and modulesOptimize input and outputHandle errorsDocument scriptsTest and troubleshoot scriptsAvoid scripting pitfalls

Show-UI -- building graphical user interfaces in PowerShell

Joel Bennett (MVP)

Show-UI is a merger of the WPK and PowerBoots modules to create a single framework for building graphical user interfaces in PowerShell, and Joel will showcase the power of data-binding and UI templates in Show-UI as he walks us through from a simple user-input dialog to complex self-updating user interfaces for data displays and more