Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

last night i attend the Brisbane Infrastructure Group (BIG) presentation on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. It was a great session to see. While I’ve read plenty about both OS’s, it is always so much better to see it in action. This presentation was given by Jeff Alexander and like so many of his presentations was engaging and informative. However, unlike so many of his presentations, more of his demos worked than not. We saw Hyper-V Live migration, Branch Office caching work smoothly, AD Recycle Bin worked (after sorting some PowerShell oddities) so there was much rejoicing.

I was fascinated by the Branch caching, i had wondered about why you would use it but to see the PerfMon stats and the difference in downloading from the central hub file Server and the cached version were astounding. I was very impressed. Also, the Hyper-V was very good as well. As a company that is in the midst of a Hardware review and currently on 2 x (out-of-warranty )VMware ESX 2.5.4 hosts , I was definitely interested in seeing the alternative instead of blindly shelling out for the ESX 3.5 upgrade costs.

For me a great presentation. I was only disappointed that I had to quickly leave in the middle of the session to drive out of the Eagle St Pier parking and in again to get the Evening parking rates. $30 for 1.75 hours and the after 6pm, $10 for the night…Ugh. talk about highway robbery!!

For those who missed it… check out Jeff’s Blog post to get times. he mentions that there will be continuing webcasts on the topic. I highly recommend checking them out…

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