I'll be at the Hyatt Rosemont (near the airport) all day on Thursday presenting on Virtualization and Consolidation for SQL Server environments. Several other experts will be joining me, including fellow SQLblogger John Paul Cook. There's lots of great content and the training session lasts all day. There's even a free lunch too! And you know what they say about a free lunch, don't you? In all honesty, it really is a free lunch and free training. Eighty percent of the day is spent on SQL Server content with the other 10% spent on lunch and a demo of the Quest tools - which I promise will be worth your while.
Register at now: http://info.quest.com/kkblog-DayWithTheExpertsUnplugged-Chicago-May29.
Here's all the official verbiage about the event:
Virtualization and Consolidation for Your SQL Server Environment
Location: Chicago, IL - Hyatt Rosemont
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
*Complimentary lunch and refreshments included.
Gain valuable insight into SQL Server virtualization and consolidation -- the next generation of data management -- from four of the industry's greatest SQL Server and Virtualization authorities: SQL Server MVP Kevin Kline, Virtualization MVP John Paul Cook, Director of Global Sales Engineers George Pradel with VisionCore and Solutions Architect Jason Hall with Quest Software.
Once a company has decided to go down the path of server consolidation, the task of converting their physical servers to virtual machines becomes the barrier to realizing the benefits of virtualization. George will discuss the technical and political ramifications of such a move and provide the attendee with effective strategies to achieve their virtualization goals. He will also answer the questions, which servers should you virtualize? How do you get the internal teams to adopt virtualization? These strategies have come from George’s work with customers as a VMWare SE and now as the Director of SE’s at Vizioncore. This session will save you time and money in your virtualization efforts.
Up until recently, virtualization of SQL Server was primarily found in development and testing environments. However, with the improvements made to Microsoft’s Hyper-V and the introduction of the new System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 management tool, production use is becoming more and more common. John Paul Cook's presentation will focus on the inherent differences between virtualization in dev/test and production environments including how to ensure that data privacy concerns are addressed. He will also explore the ins and outs of monitoring virtual assets and the different strategies to consider when monitoring a virtualized production environment.
Presenters will cover virtualization and consolidation, and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of virtualizing SQL Server applications. In addition to helping you plan an effective virtualization strategy, the seminar also covers alternatives for consolidating servers that are not good candidates for virtualization.
Space is limited. Registration will close at 200. All others will be placed on a waiting list.