For the past three days I was at the Microsoft Launch Event Germany, the first and as we were told biggest (by the number of attendees) Launch for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. I did three presentations:
- Active Directory-Domänendienste in Windows Server 2008
(Active Directory-Domainservices in WS2k8)
- Erfahrungen eines Directory Services-Experten mit Sicherheit und Delegation im Active Directory
(A Directory Services-Geek's View on Access Control Entries)
- Erfahrungen eines Directory Services-Experten mit Active Directory-Recovery mit Windows Server 2008
(A Directory Services Geek's View on Active Directory-Recovery in Windows Server 2008)
The event was very good and very successful as far as I can see. There were minor issues, e.g. on the first day it wasn't that clear which sessions are in which rooms, and the acoustic was pretty bad in some of the rooms since you were able to hear the other speakers of the other rooms as well (luckily two of my presentations were in the good rooms), but over all I was very satisfied. A lot of good and experienced speakers, interested and interesting attendees with good questions and suggestion, a great event. Overall there were about 7500 people in Frankfurt attending this event.
I've also got a view good ideas for some new blog-posts, so stay tuned.
And now it's time to get ready for the Directory Experts Conference 2008 in Chicago in the first week of March. I'll also present there the "Directory Services Geek's View on Active Directory-Recovery in Windows Server 2008" session.
I cannot state it any better: the best Windows Server release ever has been released to manufacturing - Windows Server 2008 is finished.
Windows Server 2008 is very stable and very well-done for production use. As I wrote before we at Computacenter are using it since October 2007 in Production, and I have a customer where we already run a full shop only on Vista and 2k8 since September (on Beta 3).
And we've also done a lot of things, to quickly recap just what we've done with customers was a 10-city Roadshow in Germany (half-day sessions on WS2k8, last one will be in Berlin next week), countless presentations at customer or trade shows / events, countless sessions to make sure our staff is ready to sell and deliver WS2k8-Solutions, one press-release in October, and a couple references which will be published shortly.We will be with many people at the German Launchevent, are partner there with a booth, and I'll deliver 3 sessions plus a interactive one, created many flyers and solutions around the product, … just being ready to deliver.
I'm very excited about the new product - let's start deploying more of it!
And here are the blogs which will give you a feeling how it was at Microsoft in the last couple hours:
Windows Server 2008 - RTM!!!
Windows Server 2008 – A time to sit back, remember and party!