TechEd Europe 2005: The Party – Studio 7

That was the coolest Microsoft presented party I’ve taken part in. The live band was great: Scissor Sisters. Man that was an awesome show. So I took some pictures of the location which was calles “Studio 7” – Actually it was Hall 7 of the RAI Conference Center…but see for yourself how it looked:



that’s what I saw when I came into the hall


Well sine there were no refreshments we relied on the fact that there would be proper food at the party. And there was. At about 7 locations inside the hall you could grab Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fishburgers and Stuff.



So. I don’t want to bore you with food pictures and blahblah about the organisation… here are the Scissor Sisters!



a short video…it’s shaky but it gives a feeling.




sorry for the bad quality…it’s just my little cam.



that’s a guy up there…controlling the spotlight.



that’s no genetically modified vaccine or something…it’s just alkohol B-). Hmm.. I don’t drink it actually…it’s just for educational purposes.

Codetuning on a 32-way Itanium 2 SGI Altix machine

So this morning we played with these nifty dual Itanium 2 HP Servers…and now this: After a short talk with Intel my colleague Matej got access to an SGI Altix 3000 Supercomputer.



they look like that… nice ain’t it?


And because we’re just playing with that machine and there’s no benchmarking or anything like that done until now here are some “juicy facts” straigt from bash:



and the CPU Info of one CPU…:



does anyone know why the BogoMIPS are that low?
Itanium 2 32 Bit CPU Emulation?


oh and there’s some storage space:



More on that … later ;)


Source: http://www.sgi.com/products/servers/altix/

TechEd Europe 2005: 2nd Keynote “The Future of Software”

So there was the second Keynote “The Future of Software” held by the Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer for Business Platform of Microsoft David Vaskevitch.


As it was a great keynote it was also a inspiring keynote. I mean: the bottom line of the keynote was: It’ll all be automated. It’ll all be connected and wired together.



Well that’s a great vision. In the first place. Until there came the example: A big company has about 17.000 Employees working in support. And when the vision becomes reality those 17.000 employees won’t be have a job anymore. Anyway: From the shareholders standpoint this is great. But what about the social duties a big company that employs 17.000 people has? Okay, I really missed that point in the keynote. But nevertheless the future will be bright and shiny…



Oh and there was news on WinFS. Well actually it wasn’t news as David Vaskevitch stated it’ll be not shipped within Longhorn. Although there’s a release and shipping plan.


The graphic you can see in the picture above shows the vision the keynote wanted to transport. Try to read it several times… as I did B-)

When you are on many different Networks with your Notebook this is for you: Mobile Net Switch

I am often asked if I know an application that helps to manage a client machine like a notebook which is in many different networks – like wireless networks.


The last time I was asked I remembered I heard of such an application but I couldn’t remember the name. So here it is:


“Mobile Net Switch enables you to use your computer on more than one network with the click of a button. Mobile Net Switch allows you to automatically select the correct drive mappings, printer settings, IP settings and much more! “



Source: http://www.mobilenetswitch.com/

TechEd Europe 2005: Holistic Security

As I am a true fan of the sessions of Rafal Lukawiecki. And the fact that he is talking about really interesting subjects leads me directly to his todays session “Holistic Security”.


“You know all the security technologies, but are you secure? How much should security cost? The tough realities of today make security of enterprise systems one of the highest priorities on most IT Professionals’ agenda. This conceptual, rather than technical, session will overview security from a holistic, process-oriented perspective. While still uncommon, this approach seems to best model the threats that affect our installations. This way of looking at security is based on risk assessment and worries about all aspects of the system equally: we do not want to be building bullet-proof steel doors in a house made of paper walls. After discussing the main challenges that make achieving optimal security difficult, we will concentrate on three process-based holistic approaches: OCTAVE, Simplified Security Risk Analysis, and Threat Modelling.”



This panoramic view is in my opinion by far the best I’ve made this week. Enjoy.

TechEd Europe 2005: Refreshments & magic fridges

There’s (almost) no Microsoft event without Refreshments and magic fridges. So there’s almost no conference blogging without blogging about those life-improving features.



(this picture has nothing to do with this article ™)



refilling the refreshment



yummy


So this year there’s almost the same service as it was last year. Great and tasty! Always refreshing. But where’s Pepsi? ;)

TechEd Europe 2005: Hands-on-Lab “Migration 32 Bit SQL Server to 64 Bit SQL Server on Itanium 2 Platform”

The day started with a “Hands-on-Lab” Session. And of course: A Hands-on-Lab is the best way to get into the technologies.


In this session I migrated a 32 Bit SQL Server Database to a 64 Bit SQL Server Database (all SQL Server 2005)…it went flawlessly with the help of Visual Studio 2005. ;)



Dual-Itanium 2…my new notebook


“The purpose of this Hands-on Lab is to install SQL Server 2005 on HP Integrity Server (Itanium II based system). Once SQL Server installed, the attendee will migrate an application database (tables, store procedures and logins) from SQL Server 2000 using Integration Services to the 64 bit platform. Then, using Visual Studio 2005, the attendee will convert one of the stored procedures of the application to the Common Language Runtime.”