Headed to Tech-Ed 2008

Well, it’s official—I’m headed to Tech-Ed 2008 in Orlando, Florida, in early June! Microsoft was kind enough to offer me a complimentary “Press Pass” to attend, and since I was going to be in Orlando around that time anyway on vacation, I shuffled some things around to make it happen. I plan on using the time to gather as much information as possible about Hyper-V, SCVMM 2008, and related technologies. Rest assured that as much of that information as possible will find its way here.

The free “Press Pass” from Microsoft must mean a couple of things:

  1. Prominent bloggers are apparently considered members of the press.
  2. I must be a prominent blogger. (Woo hoo!)

This will mark my second conference of the year; the first was VMware Partner Exchange 2008 in San Diego last week (my summary of the event is found here). Of course, then we have the “big daddy” of virtualization events later in the year in Las Vegas: VMworld 2008. I haven’t registered yet—I know, I really should register. But since Microsoft was kind enough to provide a free Press Pass to their event, I was kind of hoping VMware would offer a free Press Pass to VMworld as well. So, VMware, what do you think?

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  1. steve’s avatar


    Have you, or do you plan on testing any of Sun Microsystem’s new virtualization products? I’m waiting for xVM Server to come out as well as the open source version of X Ops Center 2.0. I’ll be interested in the performance (specifically of Xen’s paravirtualization) and manageability since Sun has stated that these products were the answer to ESX server. Thanks…

  2. slowe’s avatar


    As of yet, I have not had the opportunity to do any testing with xVM. I’m hoping to have that opportunity, but I can’t say for certain that it will actually happen.

  3. Vinf’s avatar

    I vote for Scott to get a free pass to VMWorld (and for me also! :))

    I’m hoping to do some work in the next couple of months (time permitting) with Sun’s virtualisation offerings, hopefully comparing Hyper-V/ESX and Xen/xVM side by side.

    Almost got the kit signed off to do it…

  4. Patrick’s avatar

    Scott – Not sure I’ll be in Orlando. But Jeff Woolsey will attend TechEd. You met him at VMworld in Sept and have seen 1 or 2 blog posts from him. Shoot him an email to set up time in Orlando to talk Hyper-V.

  5. slowe’s avatar


    If you do get the chance to do some side-by-side comparisons, I’d love to hear the results. I would assume we should expect to see them on your site? :-)


    Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll see if I still have Jeff’s e-mail address and if I can’t find it, I’ll hit you up. Sorry you won’t be able to make it to sunny Orlando!

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