ISV Workshop: Upgrade Your Apps to Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014

ISV Upgrade Workshops - December 2014The software industry is changing.

Many companies that have historically bought packaged software solutions are evaluating cloud-backed software solutions to replace their legacy software.

This new cloud market presents tremendous opportunity for established software vendors. But capturing that opportunity brings not just technical changes, but fundamental shifts to your company's business model.

Learn, test, and move forward

If you have a solution running on older versions of Windows Server and think an upgrade is right for you, please join us at this event to use the expertise of local experts who can answer your questions. You and your industry peers will get a taste of the latest features in Windows Server 2012R2 (including Hyper-V) and SQL Server 2014, and see how upgrading can optimize your performance now, and accelerate your move to the cloud when it makes sense for your business.

We are providing a virtual machine sandbox environment that will let you be very specific about your issues and questions. Rather than just talk in generalities, we want you to leave this session fully satisfied that your apps will run well.

This is a technical learning event with a lab environment for development and test, so we will help you make the most of your precious time. Send a dev team, bring great questions, and you will walk away with a valuable jump-start on your upgrade process.


Day 1 – Windows Server Day 2 – SQL Server

Benefits of Migration to Windows 2012 R2 (includes Microsoft Azure)

Windows Server 2012 features for the ISV

Drilldown on ISV upgrade paths for migration, based on ISV workloads identified as hot topics.

Each module covers what’s new and upgrade path options.

  • Application platforms
  • Middleware platforms
  • Web server platforms
  • Collaboration platforms
  • System management

Benefits of Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014

Windows Server 2012 R2 features for the ISV

Data platform features for the ISV

In-Memory OLTP with hands-on lab

Catered lunch Catered lunch
Assess the upgrade: judging effort and expertise

LAB: Application upgrades – specific problems and workarounds

  • Using the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool
  • Hands-on labs
  • Sandbox environment to test your own code using Azure passes provided

Testing and Tuning – Windows Server 2012 performance dimensions and their use

In-Memory Columnstore with hands-on lab

Introduction to Distributed Replay with hands-on lab

Upgrade to SQL Server 2014 considerations

Introduction to Microsoft Azure SQL Database with Migration hands-on lab

Database migration lab *or* time to import and test your code in a private sandbox using a provided Azure pass

Event schedule and registration information

United States events



Registration link

December 4 and 5

Chicago, Illinois


December 15 and 16

Dallas, Texas


December 16 and 17

Atlanta, Georgia


Events previously scheduled for January in the United States have been canceled. If you have questions about upgrade options for your applications, contact by email for assistance. 

International events

Date City

Registration link

December 15 and 16

Mumbai, India


December 18 and 19 (focused on SQL Server and Azure)

Paris, France


December 18 and 19

Bangalore, India


January 13 and 14

Chennai, India


January 27 (Windows Server) and January 28 (SQL Server)

Reading, United Kingdom

REGISTER for Windows Server REGISTER for SQL Server

TBD in January Istanbul, Turkey Email to inquire about registration for this event