TechEd Europe 2005: playing with Windows Server 2003 R2

So I installed the Beta of Windows Server 2003 R2 which is:

“Try Windows Server 2003 R2, the update version of the award-winning Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), that extends your connectivity and control. “

…nothing new in the west – just an updated 2003 Server + several Resourcekits that ship with it.


TechEd Europe 2005: Introducing Windows Server 2003, Computer Cluster Edition

Since I am mainly with Matej and my Session turned out to be not very good I decided to go with Matejs session choice which is: “Introducing Windows Server 2003, Computer Cluster Edition”. The Senior Product Manager of the Computer Cluster Edition gave an overview of the newly member of the Windows Server 2003 family. After stating what it’s not, he talked about Microsofts vision behind the Computer Cluster Edition and where it’s going to develop in the future…

“Applications and scenarios for High Performance Computing are increasing in automation, speed and ease of use. The future of HPC lies in integrated workflows, where server clusters and desktops will seamlessly process complex parallel, distributed, and data-driven computations across a large network of solutions. The user will be able to utilize best-of-breed computational models to create complex, multi-stage simulations residing anywhere within an enterprise or the Internet. Microsoft will be delivering their first step in making that environment a reality — Windows Server 2003, Compute Cluster Edition. The product (still in pre-beta stage) is designed to create a “personal supercomputing” solution — a great out-of-the-box experience — surrounded by a wide ecosystem of partners, products, and services to maximize business value. This session discusses product plans and roadmaps, scenarios it is addressing, the competitive landscape and challenges, and highlights the value proposition of the solution. The session will also give some early views of the product via step-by-step screen shots to highlight the ease and straightforward deployment and management of the solution.”


TechEd Europe 2005: Microsoft and Opensource Chalk and Talk

We attended the Chalk and Talk Session “Microsoft and Opensource” today… Actually a very interesting session, but I spare any comment on it here, just not to annoy anyone (which would otherwise be possible).

Many customers have questions about Microsoft’s view of Open Source and its ability to coexist and interoperate in a Microsoft environment. The session aims to answer your questions about Open Source and provide information and guidance on Microsoft’s position on open Source. “

TechEd Europe 2005: the TechEd for Students

There is a huge number of side-events at TechEd Europe 2005 – like every year. But this year there’s something special: The TechEd for Students. A one-day event especially for students. It’s just a 10 minute walk away from the RAI Conference Center – so nothing to complain about. Directly after the TechEd Europe 2005 Keynote we went to the “Hotel Okura Amsterdam”.

when you look closely you can see Mathias Raacke who is
blogging here about TechEd Europe 2005 here

And after a quite good brunch there were some quite good sessions, for example Rafal Lukawiecki talked about the Future of IT.


the session room

Rafal Lukawiecki

So there will be a fun-event this evening – a tour to the Heineken Brewery here in Amsterdam. As you may know I do not drink beer – so it’s not really interesting for me to see how something is made that I don’t use. So we’ll see what to do this evening ;)

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How Microsoft is oversleeping TechEd Europe 2005

I was at TechEd Europe 2004 – and there was a site called ““. My colleague and friend Andreas Heil and myself blogged the whole event. And we even had some of the top-positions in the TechEdBloggers Ranking.

So I thought: Hey, this years is going to be great: Back in the Ranking: Schrankmonster!

But when I look at the site there’s just nothing but the TechEd 2005 Orlando. It’s just impossible to register my blog to tell the world that I am blogging about TechEd Europe 2005. What’s going on there? I’ve even wrote them an eMail to fix that, but nothing happened so far. Damn!