TechEd Swag

Well, wireless is better, but now the problem is that there aren’t
many outlets, so geeks’ computers aren’t getting recharged very often.

We made a run through the vendor area and picked up the typical
corporate swag: pens, notepads, T-shirts, desktop toys, etc. There are
also drawings for iPods (touch), a Macbook, etc. Why no drawings for
Windows notebooks?

Spent a few minutes at the HP booth picking an engineer’s brain about
power consumption on the C7000 and C3000 blade chassis. I have a
couple of the former and have considered shifting to the C3000 because
it’s smaller. Oddly, in our environment, this would be an improvement
as we have our C7000s populated with only 10 bays (out of 16) where
the 3000 is an 8-bay device. Blade for blade, it requires less power.

It’s curious that I happened to ask a couple of vendors about
compatibility of their hardware/software solutions with Unix (well, I
AM the Unix admin). Even after the MS Keynote where they’re pushing
interoperability with other OS platforms (unix/linux/mac/etc) and I
was still met by dumbfounded looks from vendors… and in one case, a
guy said, “You might get jumped if you ask about that.”


Off to seminars.

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Looks like, after about an hour and a half, attendees are tiring of
the keynote session — it’s almost like they want to cram all of tech
ed into the entire keynote. We’re giving up for now and going out to
check out the rest of the happenings.

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Just a brief intermission here.

Of course, I said that Tech Ed is in Orlando this year and I’m really
grateful to be able to attend (that my employer has picked up the bill
for the conference, hotel, airline, etc).

But what else is in Orlando? Well, it is a tourist city. It’s not just
Orlando, though. There’s the space center; Universal Studios (we’re
going Thursday evening); and Disney World.

Saturday, Daisy and I are taking Nick to Epcot Center at Disney World
— really looking forward to that. But Daisy will be taking Nick to
another one of the Disney parks on Friday while I’m in conferences.
Working in a mini vacation after the conference.

Last night, Brian, JD and I went over to Downtown Disney for a quick
walkthrough and dinner at Planet Hollywood restaurant. The food was
pretty good but they also have costumes and props from various movies.

The Jenny (shrimp boat) from Forrest Gump: sitting in a pond outside
the restaurant.

Dorothy Gale’s dress from The Wizard of Oz: on display right next to
our table.

As far as Downtown Disney itself, it’s free to check out all the
shops, but there’s a lot there. Pubs, clubs, shopping, snacks, shows,
Cirque, boat rentals.

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MS Services

They’re offering application services as well: they demonstrate a
remote Outlook interface as a demo. Nice idea. If you don’t have the
budget to have your own Outlook/Exchange service in your environment,
you can rent the service from them from their datacenters. Nice.
‘Course, it calls into question the issue of reliability, ownership,
and responsibility.

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Virtualization: Applications

So far, virtualization seems like the biggest part of the Keynote —
about 30 minutes so far and we’ve only gone over Server virtualization.

Application Virtualization

Allows us to run older apps remotely. Pretty straightforward concept.
If you have a bus app that’s not compatible with Vista, you can
virtualize it.

The Management Console lets us virtualize an app to the users’
desktops by group. But we can also specify other features: copy/paste
ability, etc.

In the demo, we see as an example that we can whitelist/blacklist web
sites. They have an app that was written for XP only and virtualized
to the Vista presentation box. There’s also the ability to give a
visual queue to the users that the app is virtualized.

On the demo, there was a policy in place to demonstrate the admin-
defined copy/paste restriction. Gives a popup to the user that it’s
not allowed.

They defined through a whitelist/blacklist that a particular site is
IE6 only. They’ve virtualized IE6 so it would take control of that
site. Handy.

Will be included in the Desktop Optimization pack which will come out
next year.

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