This Track includes video recordings of nine of our most popular Windows sessions taught by industry recognized, hands-on specialists. Topics range from Utilities to Virtualization to Azure to Office 365 ... and a whole lot in between. See Windows Track session abstracts below.
Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools
This session provides an overview of several Sysinternals tools, including Process Monitor, Process Explorer, and Autoruns, focusing on the features useful for malware analysis and removal. These utilities enable deep inspection and control of processes, file system and registry activity, and autostart execution points. You will see demos for their malware-hunting capabilities through several real-world cases that used the tools to identify and clean malware, and conclude by performing a live analysis of a Stuxnet infection’s system impact.
Using Orchestrator to Integrate with Azure IaaS
This session will guide attendees through the key steps to integrate with Azure IaaS using System Center Orchestrator. The new Azure Integration Pack for Orchestrator will be explored, including how its cascading dependency structure works. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to use Orchestrator to create and manage virtual machines in Azure IaaS. Attendees will also learn key Orchestrator skills.
What's New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
Are you a VMware professional who is looking to get more information on Microsoft virtualization and how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V works? Are you wondering how it compares with VMware vSphere? This session will introduce you to the newest version of Hyper-V virtualization. At the end of this session, you'll be more familiar with Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 virtualization, storage, and high-availability options. You'll also have a solid foundation and resources for further investigation.
A Geek's Guide to USMT 5.0
This session shows how USMT 5.0 is used as an integral part of a fully automated enterprise deployment environment. It covers advanced techniques for migrating user files and settings, including modifying and troubleshooting user state migration. You'll learn how to customize and use USMT 5.0 together with MDT 2012 Update 1 and Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. You can expect lots of tips and tricks, and live demos in this session.
Hyper-V Best Practices
This session will cover Hyper-V best practices regarding hardware, Server Core, clusters, security, performance, backup, versions, and management. Following these best practices will help ensure that your Hyper-V environment is fast, stable, and secure. Often poor performance and VM instability are directly related to not following the best practices in a virtualized environment. You'll also learn how to avoid pitfalls that can negatively affect your virtualization environment. Often with a few critical changes, even the most poorly configured virtualization environment can be transformed into a fast, stable computing platform.
Deploying Your Office in the Cloud with Office 365
Office 365 ProPlus wows us by introducing Click-to-Run installation. In this session, you'll dive into the deployment of Office 365 ProPlus. You'll also look at the Office management features to keep track of ProPlus deployment health. You'll learn how to pilot, deploy, and extend Office 365 to meet your organization's needs, no matter how complex.
The “New” Microsoft: What’s Next from the Devices and Services Company?
Microsoft is in the midst of a corporate makeover, morphing from a software company to a devices and services one. This is much more than a semantic change. The "new" Microsoft is making many development, testing and overall structural changes that are going to affect the way users try, buy, and update their Microsoft products, moving forward. Come hear Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley detail the way Microsoft is evolving to help prepare you for the next generation of devices, products, and services coming from the Redmondians.
Manage Server 2012 Like a Pro or, Better, Like an Evil Overlord!
Server 2012 comes with a real treasure trove of useful new tools, but none of those tools are of any value if you don't know how to install them, start them up, and point them where you want them to go. Setup has changed little, but then there's the "Core or not?" question. In 2012, though, the next question is "So does Server 2012 have a GUI at all?" The answer is "Sure...four GUIs in fact, counting Server Core." There's still something called Server Manager, but it's completely different from the Server Managers we've seen since Windows Server 2003 SP1.
The biggest change in server management is, however, not the all-new Server Manager. That title has to go to the tenfold increase in PowerShell tools. And from that point, there's the constant need to keep an eye on things and tweak what needs tweaking. With 2012, though, there are so many more ways to keep things running, and who better to explain those things than Windows expert and bestselling author Mark Minasi.
Using Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service as Your Data Center
Cloud Computing has taken center stage in recent years. The ability to host workloads in the cloud provides unparalleled scalability for production workloads and now – Infrastructure as a Service. Virtualization kicked off the trend of requiring less server hardware on premise. Will IaaS eliminate local servers completely? Maybe someday, but for now, we will be looking at how to connect traditional on-premise infrastructure with what we can do today in Windows Azure.