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E2EVC Hamburg 2012 Day 2

Second day of E2EVC Hamburg 2012 started with some pretty good weather, so I decided to do an walk through the city and take some photos. As it was a full long day , I stil have lots of experiences blogged on this second day.

I started the session with the presentation of Rob de Kort named Librating the user. He started the presentation with current challenges Growing Complexity, decreasing resources, increasing consumer demands, human intervention and using the right solution. Context = Location + Work Style + Time + Role according to Rob. Next he came to their Automation Manager to get things done with minizes scripting, retains operation change knowledge, removes dependencies. Rob continued with App Stores challenges (only applications offered, no qualification/no personalized, no approvals, no automatic provisioning, only self services. He continued describing the charasteristics of their IT Store. Rob explains the IT store possibilities by hiring a new employee, employe leaving the company and career change and how their IT store can take care of the corresponding activities. Next the possible clients are mentioned,followed by a demo. Unfortunate the demo failed, so Rob summarized the session adn mentioned the available RES produts. He ended with showing tthe new interface of the IT store. 

Alex announced the locations for the upcoming E2EVC event, spring 2013 will be Copenhagen, autum 2013 Rome, spring 2014 will be Stockholm and at last autumn 2014 will be Barcelona. 

Next Aidan Finn presented Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V & vSphere 5.1 comparison. He started with quickly mentioning the products, followed by explaining the license of Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012 (two virtual instances for standard and unlimted instances for data center). Aidan Finn is mentioning the charasteristics of Hyper-V, followed by user cases for Hyper-V server (VDI, Alternative Operating Systems, Older Windows Server versions). Next Aidan compares prices with VMware vSphere and offered functonalities. Reasons why servers are not virtualized was the next topic, followed by comparison of scalability (maximum resources possible). Aidan is continueing with enhanced storage capabilities in Hyper-V (virtual fiber channel, native 4k disk support, 64 TB Virtual Hard Disks, offloaded data transfer) and again compare those enhancements against vSphere features. Next topic was Enhanced Resoure Management, first the hyper-v features were discussed (dynamic memory improvements, resource metering, quality of service, data center bridging) and again comparing those with vSphere. Security and multitenancy (new security and isolation capabilities, extensible by partern) features of Hyper-V were described and logically compared again. Aidan is refering to the Big Hyper-V survey he is running and discussing the results of previous surveys. Aidan continued with Migration (quicker live migration, live storage migration, shared nothing live migration) and network flexlibility. Aidan contuended with some more topics, but I needed to do the latest preperations of my presention. 

After Aidan I presented my session Customer: Everything on Top. Hopefully the audiance enjoyed the session.

Next was Roy Textor with the session XenServer CLI: The other way. He started the session by mentioning the new features in XenServer 6.x (Single CD - installation, rolling pool upgrade,storage migration, live VDI migration, integrated Site Recovery,   4x NIC bonding, 4x GPU Pass-Through, SCVMM support, XS Conversion Manager,VM Protection/Recovery) and some small things you should know about (not certified for XenDesktop, known issues with PVS and so on). Roy is mentioning an IOS apps (UFP-Pool) for administrator XenServers and the other possibilties (SCVMM, XenCenter, XenServer console, CLI). Now Roy starts explaining the CLI: start all with xe, in total 419 commands, the line exists of commands, parameters and arguments. Roy continued showing some examples of CLI including executing some of them in a demo. You can also use the command from a Windows machine where XenCenter is installed with xe.exe (need to specify the pool master in the command). Roy is showing some pdfs where the command lines are mentioned, including PowerShell possibilities. 

Next is Carl Webster with his 10 Things in AD that can effect your desktop and application virtualization and how to fix them. Carl started with Domain and Forest Functional Levels. Maxiumum is 5000 object in Windows 2000 level and mention disadvantages using Windows Server 2003 level on a Windows 2008 AD servers. In Windows Server 2012 this level is set to Windows 2012 as a standard in stead of a lowever level as previous versions did. In Windows Server 2012 you can downgrade your level of domain and forest. Next topic was subnets not defined, Carl explains why subnets are important and how these are used. Also he shows how to troubleshshoot them. Next was Reverse Lookup Zones, starting which components are relying on this DNS part. Global  Catalog was the next topic, starting why it's used for and recommandations and the effect on the Infrastructure Master. Carl also quickly mentions some nice enhancement in Windows Server 2012 Read Only DCs. Carl continued with Connection Objects (only automatically generated, RODC connections shoud be available). Replication is a pull technology and the KCC is not arranging the replication, it only builds the replication typology. Carl continued with Duplicate DNS entries and how they occur (by humanactions or aging/scavening not enabled by default) and how you can find duplicate DNS records. Also Orphaned Domain Controller were mentioned by Carl, he started how to spot them, followed how to remove them. From 2008 this is easy, in 2003 it's a large set of activities. Carl explains  the PDCe role  and what happens if this server is not configured properly for a Time Server. Carl is referring to an article in which describes how to use Group Policy to configure the time services for a PDCe. A really important ons is DNS IP settings configuration according to Carl. He explains how DNS islands are occuring and how you should configure DNS settings. DCPromo arranges wrong Loopback DNS entries, it should be pointing to the server itself. OU layouts were discussed next, followed by referals to best practices for XenApp, XenDesktop, vWorkspace, RES Workspace Manager and VMware View. The session ended up with a summerization with 10 solutions. 

Last session was by David Hald about multi authentication. David started with explaining what authentication is and why it is needed. David made a real show of it and reacted like a comedian on some comments. But there were some good examples giving of authentication breaches and how companies responded to that. Good information was shared about causes and possible solutions and entertaining. Also the real life example of Splunk  in combination with SMS Passcode about narrowing the vulnerability of the attack surface was really interesting. David explained how SMS Passcode is thinking about this topic, but that everything is vulnarable at the end.