The last 12 months of my existence have been a steady diet of Azure. My focus at work has been on developing and delivering a set of bespoke Azure training courses aimed at our customers (MS partners) working in the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) channel. As of last week, my calendar became a lot more … reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got meetings up the hoo-hah, but I’m not under the same deadline pressure as I was. And that frees up some time for some community stuff.
I’ve got three things coming up in April and May.
Lowlands Unite (Netherlands) – April 11th
A collection of MVPs from around Europe will be here for this 2-track event. I’ll be there presenting an updated version of the session that I did at TechEd Europe and Ignite 2015, The Hidden Treasures of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V. This is a session where I like to talk and demonstrate the features in Hyper-V (and related) that don’t get the same coverage as the big ticket items, such as Storage Spaces Direct or Nano Server. And while these features don’t get those headlines, I often find that they are more useful for more customers.
Hyper-V Community (Munich) – May 3rd
This is a special pre-event day being organized by Hyper-V (Cloud & Datacenter Management) MVP, Carsten Rachfahl. Starting at midday, sessions will be presented by Ben Armstrong, Allesandro Pilotti, Didier Van Hoye, and myself. My session is a progression of the “When Disaster Strikes” session, moving into a more technical session on using Azure as a DR site for Hyper-V. I have a demo rig all set up, and am looking forward to showing it off with lots of practical advice.
Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany (Munich) May 4th/5th
I spoke at this event last year, and it was easily the best run conference I’ve been to in Europe, the one with the best speakers & content, and the event with the best food (ever & anywhere). If you’re working in the Microsoft space (Windows, Server, Azure, Office, and more) and you can speak German then this is definitely the event for you. It’s an all-star cast of speakers, encouraged to talk and demonstrate tech, over 4 tracks spanning 2 days. I will be speaking on day 2 (Friday) and doing my new The Hidden Treasures of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V session.