TechNet Events for Azure, Hyper-V, and Windows 7

Whether you are a customer, partner, or competitor to Microsoft, if you are in the IT business, you could probably learn something by attending a Microsoft TechNet in-person event in the US.  The next round of these well run events will focus on Windows 7, Hyper-V, and Azure.

I just signed up for the March 24th event to learn more about Hyper-V and Microsoft’s cloud strategy.  I’ll be there in person in Waltham MA.

(by the way, the best way to find out about these is to either have a connection to someone at Microsoft, or better, subscribe to a custom RSS feed that will show you when an event will take place in your state)

Event Overview
Join your local TechNet Events team for a lively tour of the latest tools and resources for IT Pros. We’ll start with an overview of Windows Azure, and explore how you can use this high-performance hosted platform to build customer-facing applications and add horsepower to your computing infrastructure. Next, we’ll look at all the tools and techniques available for building virtual environments in Hyper-V version 2.0 and finish the day by demonstrating how to simplify your Windows 7 deployments. TechNet Events are free, live learning sessions packed with hands-on technical content. Register today!

SESSION 1: The Next Wave: Windows Azure

The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, hosted computing has arrived with Windows Azure. In this session, we’ll demonstrate the basics of the Azure online service computing platform and how you can leverage it in your work. You’ll see real-world case studies, learn how to use Azure in your applications, and we’ll touch on the future of this exciting new platform.

SESSION 2:  Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V version 2.0 provide a powerful base for building a highly realistic test bed for servers, clients and networks. This session will demonstrate how to leverage valuable resources including a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 20008R2, Hyper-V and Disk2vhd. You’ll learn how to work with snapshots, create a virtual machine from a running physical machine, and apply all the tools and techniques available for building a great virtual environment in Hyper-V.

SESSION 3: Automating Your Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010

Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010. In this session, we’ll drill down into the MDT Workbench and explore how the MDT process uses reference images to ease deployment to target computers. You’ll also learn how to configure the deployment environment, add operating systems, applications and language packs, and create a task-sequenced deployment to a target computer.

Again, that link is

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