Greetings from Amsterdam! The 20th annual TechEd Europe has found its way to the vibrant bustling city of Amsterdam! What's even more awesome though is that this is my first time at TechEd!

Brad Anderson delivered the day's first keynote, also mentioning that Microsoft has acquired the office social networking site Yammer last night. A lot of the main focus was on the new era of the cloud and the new Operating System - Windows Server 2012. 


With that, a demonstration was then conducted to show Hyper-V 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V performing more than a million IOPS per second on a single virtual machine. Things that were mentioned with regards to Hyper-V 3.0 and Server 2012 were amazing. 

Server 2012 supports:

  • 320 logical processors
  • 4TB of memory.

With Virtualisation, it can support:

  • 64 virtual processors
  • 1TB memory per virtual machine.

In a speed demonstration, a 10GB file was moved in seconds using Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V with a new feature that is called offloaded data transfer (ODX), which leverages native SAN capabilities within an array. That blew most of us away as the native copy was still struggling to complete even though it had a good head start!

After that, it was down to some lab work in a workshop with Wally: Migrating Configuration Manager 2007 to the new version 2012. Wally covered all the main considerations even though he had the sun in his face, and had the fire escape door alarm go off towards the end of the session. It was a pleasure to meet him in person finally! 

Attended other random seminars throughout the day and by the end of it, I was totally immersed into the whole idea of TechEd. Information sharing, networking, learning, discovering with fellow professionals.

This sums up on a high level what I've seen so far, but stay tuned for more! 

And I leave you all with this...