Chicago – July 2014

In July of 2014, Project Leadership Associates held the very first Technology Tuesday and we are proud to say that it was a great success! View last year’s agenda below. If you’re interested in viewing the full presentations from the day, you may click one of the three following links:


Chicago, 2014 Agenda

9:00 – 9:30     AM      Registration, Networking and Breakfast

9:40 – 10:30  AM

Azure Track: Automating Microsoft Azure as IaaS using PowerShell

Learn to streamline management of the Microsoft Azure platform through automation in Windows PowerShell! Develop customized, reusable scripts that can provide a rapid return on investment through time savings and reduced infrastructure costs.

Datacenter Track:   Using Windows Azure Pack to Bring the Cloud On-Premises

Windows Azure Pack provides businesses with the ability to setup their own on-premise web-hosting cloud infrastructure, which opens the door to building enterprise-class line-of-business web applications that seamlessly integrate with the corporate environment.

Client Track: Application Management and Self Service
Sponsored by Flexera Software

Application Management Lifecycle. The session will cover application rationalization, compatibility testing, packaging and management. Also Flexera will discuss AdminStudio solution for application management / workflow and App Portal to allow users to request through a self-service portal.

10:40 – 11:30 AM

Azure Track : Azure Networking: What’s new

This session provides an overview of networking technologies in Azure with a special focus on newer networking features that have been added to the platform. Topics covered include Azure Virtual Networks, high-speed dedicated connectivity, connectivity solutions for developers, and test-dev scenarios, among others.

Datacenter Track:   Extending Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
Sponsored by Savision

This session covers how Operations Manager as a platform has been extended with System Center Advisor to provide Operational Intelligence about customers’ environments by capturing their operational/machine data into a big data store in Azure. Come see how easy it is to collect logs, explore them in real-time and visualize the results. On top of that come learn about the built-in add-ons that deliver intelligence for Capacity Planning, System Updates and Malware Protection.

Client Track:  Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

MDOP virtualization technologies help personalize the user experience, simplify application deployment, and improve application compatibility with the Windows operating system (UE-V/App-V/MED-V). Additionally, MDOP helps you manage and secure your device, enabling monitoring, and deployment of key Windows features (MBAM/AGPM). Using MDOP shifts desktop repair from reactive to proactive, saving time and removing challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures (DaRT).

11:30-11:45 PM        Networking Break

11:45 – 12:45 PM     Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Azure Track: How to Develop a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy

We have talked to hundreds of IT professionals in the top enterprise IT organizations in the world who are either planning to build or are deploying a private, public, or hybrid cloud. This session shares what was learned, including the common requirements, roles and processes required to have a successful, comprehensive hybrid cloud strategy. We discuss the problems and roadblocks that an IT organization faces on their journey to provide an efficient, automated, elastic and self-service set of business relevant services. Finally, we explain at the conceptual level, the strategy of using the Microsoft offerings of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and Microsoft Azure to build a private and/or hybrid cloud.

Datacenter Track: Windows Server 2003 End of Support – What are you doing to prepare?
Sponsored by AppZero

Windows Server 2003 End of Extended Support is one year away – migrate your applications from Server 2003 to 2012 quickly and cost effectively.

Client Track: PowerShell Workflow
Sponsored by Project Leadership Associates

Learn the pros and cons to using PowerShell Workflow to build your automation scripts. Use Workflow to parallelize operations in your scripts, and centrally deploy automated tasks to your entire environment!

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Azure Track: Reducing your storage costs with StorSimple

With the complexity and growth of storage in enterprise datacenters, the need for simplified storage infrastructure and management while reducing costs is essential. Join this session to learn how StorSimple can enable the use of Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage for enterprise workloads, delivering the benefits of cloud economics, and a simplified storage architecture by automatically tiering large amounts of data to the Azure cloud.

Datacenter Track: Effortless Migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Sponsored by Vision Solutions

So you’ve deployed Hyper-V 2012 R2 and want to move your virtual machines over, but how do you do that without interrupting service delivery? Do you know what steps to take? And how do you safely roll back if problems occur? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Join us for this hands-on session on zero-touch migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. A session no VMware admin should miss!

Client Track: Helpdesk Automation Service Manager & Orchestrator
Sponsored by Cireson

  • How the System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator and Service Manager components enable you to deploy, automate, update, and manage service offerings within your IT organization.
  • Microsoft’s approach to self-service delivery will be discussed, and how System Center responds to end-user service requests.
  • We will cover methods to challenging operational issues, and how using Orchestrator and Service Manager can allow the IT Pro to automate, standardize and offer self-service IT processes.

3:00 – 3:50 PM

Azure Track: SQL Server 2014 Private and Hybrid Cloud Features

Come to this session to learn about new features in SQL Server 2014 geared towards private and hybrid cloud. This session is demo-heavy and you will walk away with great understanding on how the product team bake cloud features directly into SQL Server 2014.

Datacenter Track: Taking Your Environment to the Next Level with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
If you are an Operations Manager administrator or want to be, this is the session you have been looking for. This is not a history lesson on Operations Manager but rather a “lessons learned in the field” presentation that will allow you to take Operations Manager to the next level. Topics include maintenance, integration, dashboards, and what is new above and beyond System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.

Client Track: Unified Device Management
Sponsored by Secunia

System Center Configuration Manager with Windows Intune – better together, you can extend your device management to the cloud by integrating System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune to manage corporate-connected Windows PCs, Macs and Unix/Linux Servers on premises along with cloud-based mobile devices running Windows, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Android, for a complete comprehensive management solution through a single administrative console, infrastructure, and reporting system. During this session we will also cover, patching or updating 3rd party software including Java, Adobe, Mozilla, and thousands more through System Center Configuration Manager.

4:00 – 4:50 PM

Azure Track: Hybrid Identity- Extending Active Directory to the Cloud

Today, people want to work anywhere on any device. How do you enable this, yet retain control and meet compliance requirements in both on-premises and cloud environments? Join us to learn more on the Microsoft hybrid identity story, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server 2012 R2 improvements and Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

Datacenter Track: Violin Memory, Storage at the Speed of Memory
Sponsored by Violin Memory

Today, we’ve seen speed and capacity improvements in CPU, Memory and Networking and until very recently storage. Flash has revolutionized storage and Violin Memory has been at the forefront of this revolution. Violin Memory products allow your Servers, Infrastructure (SAN, NFS, Direct), Virtualization, Cloud, DataBases, HA and development environments to perform 3x-10x faster with a fraction of the DataCenter footprint your current spinning media and SSDs require. Additionally, with the collaboration of Microsoft and Violin Memory, a new product has been introduced, the Windows Flash Array which runs the Windows 2012 Storage Server OS directly on the storage appliance in a 2 node-cluster. With these products Violin Memory can satisfy all the diverse storage requirements of a modern DataCenter and across the entire Microsoft Stack and doing so at the Speed of Memory.

Client Track:  Rapid Operating System Migration
Sponsored by Adaptiva and AppSense

Whether you are still migrating from XP to Windows 7 or looking to move from Windows 7 to 8.1, we will show you the tools and techniques to make the migrations simpler, faster, while exceeding user expectations and lowering downtime.
- Configuration Manager best practices around OSD
- AppSense personalization and application rights management

 5:00 – 6:00 pm                      Happy Hour & Networking

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