EMC World Session: EMC Unified Storage Hyper-V Performance & Best Practices

With EMC World a short 9 days away, I wanted to highlight a breakout session that will be presented by one of our top Microsoft engineers at EMC. Unified Storage – Next Generation Hyper-V Performance and Best Practices will provide a technical overview of Microsoft virtualization concepts and design considerations for deploying virtual machines on EMC VNX arrays. This includes looking at how Microsoft virtualization architecture works, features of Hyper-V, an overview of EMC's VNX product line and specific features that compliment Microsoft Hyper-V. Best practices such as storage sizing, VM placement, performance considerations and Hyper-V provisioning will also be covered.

Dave "Butch" Butchart is a senior manager in EMC Unified Storage partner engineering team working directly with Microsoft so he has extensive experience with these technologies so you won't want to miss this one. The session will be repeated so you can catch it on Wednesday May 11th at 11:30AM or Thursday May 12th at 1PM.

See you there!


Mission-Critical Hyper-V: Applications, Storage & The Cloud – (Event Series)

This morning kicked off the “Mission-Critical Hyper-V: Applications, Storage and the Cloud” event series.  

Virtualization has become a critical component in all sizes of IT infrastructures.  The second phase of the journey to the cloud is virtualizing mission-critical applications.  Traditionally, this has been a struggle for some organizations, just not ready to move that Exchange or SQL server to a virtual server.  That is no longer the case, the time is now to take the steps to virtualize all applications.  Today’s event is all about that application journey to the cloud.

The event agenda included an impressive list:


 “Windows IT Pro – Building and Managing your IT Infrastructure from Virtualization to the Cloud” – Presented by Michael Otey, Technical Director for Windows IT Pro Magazine. 

The focus was increasing ROI via server consolidation, business continuity and dynamic IT operations.  Michael also covered the latest enhancements in Microsoft’s Hyper-V, The Challenges virtualization brings and how Microsoft System Center suite can help manage both physical and virtual environments.  Mike also covered how storage and network infrastructure can be leveraged to bridge virtualization and the cloud.

Session 2

“Virtualizing Mission-Critical Applications" – Presented by Microsoft (Michael Boldezar)

Microsoft covered how to successfully deploy Hyper-V for mission critical SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint, including migration from physical applications to virtual, while considering both performance and availability.  Microsoft also covered System Center and managing both on-premise and cloud based applications.

Session 3

“Optimizing Your Virtual and Private Cloud Infrastructure” – Presented by EMC (Dominick Dequarto).

In the session EMC demonstrated essential IT infrastructure to make Hyper-V Enterprise ready.  EMC storage is fully integrated with Hyper-V, there are more than 100 integration points.  EMC Demonstrated SAN snapshots for DR, how to create geographically dispersed clusters and Live-Migration over distance.  EMC also presented customer case studies to highlight real-world solutions for implementing highly scalable and highly available mission-critical applications.

Today’s event is being hosted in the Boston Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) additional events are scheduled for Mountain View, CA (6/21/11), Chicago (6/23/11) and New York City (6/30/11). 

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Detailed Windows I/O: Process Monitor

In previous posts I outlined performance counters that can be used to view windows I/O: http://sqlvelocity.typepad.com/blog/2010/08/windows-performance-counters-for-windows.html Perfmon is a great tool for analyzing how busy a given system is. Unfortunately Perfmon needs to sample data over time and by necessity performs data smoothing. If a tool only captures data every…

Webcast: SharePoint 2010 Migration Tips and Tricks

Please sign up for what will be a great EMC Live Webcast:

Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Upgrade and Migration Tips & Tricks

Attend this webcast and learn how you can:

  • Assess your current SharePoint environment and learn how EMC’s upgrade decision tool helps you decide on the optimal upgrade path.
  • Employ best practices to minimize risk by identifying dependencies and using a tried and trusted methodology.
  • Ensure users are prepared and trained to maximize the benefit you gain from upgrading to SharePoint 2010.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011
9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET / 17:00 BST

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Microsoft @ EMC World (My Session Agenda)

Cloud Meets Big Data!   EMC World 2011 - May 9-12 (@ the Venetian).   I've been looking at that magnet on my office door for almost 6 months now...   We are now T-13 days!  

As usual, my first course of planning for EMC World is to track down the Microsoft Application related breakouts. 

 I was able to find 16 breakouts worth exploring in more detail: including Microsoft’s Session:  Microsoft Corporation: Private Cloud with Microsoft Virtualization.   

Only problem, there are 17 breakout slots all week.  So getting to all of them, while still hitting the highlights of the rest of the show, that’s a challenge.   (Backup, Recovery and Archiving, Big Data, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Applications, Federation, Mainframe Platforms, Momentum/Information Intelligence, Partner Solutions, Security and Compliance, Storage and IT Management, Technology Directions and Innovation, Tiered Storage and Automation, Virtualization).

In fact, There are over 300 Sessions on the public session catalog. https://www.emcworldonline.com/2011/scheduler/public.jsp

Here are the Abstracts for the Microsoft sessions I plan to check out:   Follow me on Twitter @EMCMSFT  



Maximizing Microsoft SharePoint with Intelligent Enterprise Capture



Microsoft SharePoint is exploding and so are the ways that organizations are using Microsoft's document management system. But as you consider managing documents within SharePoint, there are several things to consider to improve the efficiency of your business and drive down costs. EMC Captiva intelligent enterprise capture systems offer significant advantages over basic scanning and imaging systems. In this session, we'll identify the top five considerations when scanning documents into SharePoint and examine real-world implementations that take advantage of advanced capture capabilities.




Deep Dive: EMC SourceOne for Microsoft SharePoint



This session provides a deep technical dive into the workings of the EMC SourceOne  for Microsoft SharePoint solution that provides storage optimization for active  SharePoint content  and governance to inactive or archived SharePoint content of all kinds - including team sites, documents, wikis, lists, libraries, etc. Attendees will review best-practices organizations should understand regarding SharePoint in terms of content archival, as well as a review of the features and functions the solution provides and how it is configured through a product demonstration.




Customizing and Enhancing Microsoft SharePoint Interoperability with EMC Documentum ECM




This session will explain how developers, partners and customers can further enhance the interoperability between SharepPoint and Documentum leveraging EMC integration products and services. Topics will include how to best utilize existing tools along with the EMC SharePoint Development Framework as well as how to further extend business processes to include SharePoint users and content.




EMC NetWorker Best Practices for Microsoft




This session discusses the latest NetWorker capabilities for protecting Microsoft applications including new features for Exchange, SharePoint and more. See how NetWorker leverage Microsoft's best practices for protecting these business critical applications.




Instant "DVR-like" Recovery for SQL Server in VMware Environments with EMC RecoverPoint




Attend this session to review the test results of the EMC Proven Solution that uses RecoverPoint continuous local and remote replication for immediate recovery of Microsoft SQL Server databases. Learn how to automate RecoverPoint bookmarks through point-n-click automation made easy with Replication Manager. Gain greater visibility into recovery points with Data Protection Advisor for Replication Analysis to prove protection policy compliance.




VNXe: Simple Wizard-based Management for Departments and SMB




This session is an intermediate level discussion focused on the VNXe's automated set-up and provisioning Wizards for Microsoft Exchange, Shared Folders, VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and generic iSCSI storage. The session highlights the application “best practices” within these wizards, setting up data protection from within the wizards, show how you can gain instant access to EMC support for troubleshooting, discuss replication, and showcase VNXe integration with VMware and Hyper-V.




Protect and Scale Microsoft SQL Server Using Symmetrix Replication Technology




Learn how to utilize the read only database features in Microsoft SQL Server to enable scale out Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence systems. Also learn how to integrate Microsoft SQL Server and failover stretch clustering with Symmetrix SRDF and Cluster Enabler to create a robust business continuance and disaster recovery environment.




Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Deployment and Solutions with EMC Symmetrix




This session provides an overview and examples of deploying Hyper-V on the Symmetrix platform. The applications aiding in deployments such as EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) for Hyper-V for storage resource mapping, unused storage space reclamation for virtual environments using storreclaim for virtual provisioning efficiency, and SRDF/CE for disaster recovery is also discussed.




Microsoft Exchange: Storage Best Practices




Deploying Exchange Server 2010 brings many new design considerations from both a storage and virtualization aspect to optimize your environment and derive the greatest value of your investment. This session discusses Exchange 2010 solution design, focusing on best practices for Exchange storage planning, building blocks and virtualizing Exchange 2010. Key solution design best practices are presented by EMC experts who create EMC Proven Solutions with Exchange Server from both Symmetrix and Unified platforms




A Proven Methodology for Success: Implementing ECM and Microsoft SharePoint




Learn how to make your ECM and SharePoint deployments more successful by leveraging a proven methodology for aligning business requirements with implementation strategies and technologies. In this session we will outline a proven methodology that can help you in assessing your current project status and plan next steps to ensure you are delivering on the best value possible for you organization.




Microsoft Corporation: Private Cloud with Microsoft Virtualization




Learn about Microsoft Private Cloud architectures and solutions that focus on private cloud principals and how a private cloud reference architecture developed by Microsoft with EMC Storage can help you to build, deploy and operate Private Clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V and System Center products.




EMC Documentum SharePoint Integration in Engineering & Construction Projects




EMC SharePoint Documentum Framework (SDF) allows Shaw to combine the usability of Microsoft SharePoint with the business rules and process engine of EMC Documentum. This enables Shaw to provide secure access to our project repositories for customers and vendors. This session will consist of a technical overview of SDF. We will show usage in a project based SharePoint site. Specifically we will cover: custom attributes, workflows, and web part usage in project SharePoint sites.




VNXe - Hands-on Workshop



This hands on workshop has you use the set-up and provisioning Wizards to take a VNXe from out-of-the-box to fully deployed for application use within a matter of minutes. This lab also uses the application wizards to provision storage for Microsoft Exchange, Shared Folders, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware. Plus see how to manage the VMware designated storage pool from a vCenter console.

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