Remember when I hosted a Microsoft Windows Server IT Camp with Tony Krijnen in December of 2012? Now, as part of my virtual Technical Evangelist (vTE) role within Microsoft Netherlands, I’m hosting IT Camps again.
Microsoft Netherlands has been hosting Windows Server IT Camps for several years and their approach has been widely different to the approach taken by other subsidiaries: The approach, aimed at 1-day in-person events, has been to have people reuse their laptops as Hyper-V hosts using Boot from VHD technology and join them to an Active Directory domain, install the Hyper-V role, connect them to shared storage and then create Fail-over Clusters.
These IT Camps have gathered numerous nicknames in the past years, including “Guinness Book record attempts to create the largest Hyper-V Fail-over clusters in one day”.
This time around, the IT Camps have undergone a couple of changes. In contrast to the Windows Server 2012 IT Camps, the Windows Server 2012 R2 IT Camps only span half a day. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers many improvements over Windows Server 2012 that contribute to this change, and, of course, it’s not the first time Daniel and I do IT Camps.
Another change is that these IT Camps are invitation-only.