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Countdown to TechEd 2009

The build-up for TechEd happens over a short period and each year it is pretty much the same – a group of enthusiastic Intergenites put their hands up to be part of the TechEd team for the year, working tirelessly to ensure the labs run and virtual machines match, a small group work on the infrastructure and interfaces, someone themes the Intergen stand, and of course there is always someone overseeing the whole operation. To give you an insight into the work required as a lab tester there is a total of 209 VMs to run through and verify, a similar number of lab scripts to review, and then each lab needs to be run through from end to end. For most this work happens on top of normal project work. It is coordinated out of Wellington and everyone from around the country is brought together via OCS – (Office Communications Server).

The HOLs this year will again be run on some of the latest and greatest kit provided by HP. On the client side, there will be a thin client which will spin up the virtual images sitting on a total of eight blade servers, with a total of 512GB of RAM and over 4TB of disk space. I’m not going to steal any further thunder on this topic as the team working on this aspect are also very keen to share, so expect something soon on that front!

For those going to TechEd this year, I recommend you get along to the presentations by our very own Andrew Tokeley, Chris Auld, Jian Sun, and Mark Orange, and get in early to check out the HOLs. They get very busy later in the week. There’s a lab for everyone – to get there, just look for the 7th Heaven Intergen banners as part of our stand, or follow the team of Intergenites on offer as proctors for the HOL sessions (trust me, you won’t be able to miss us!).

Look forward to seeing you there.

Posted by: Hamish Hill, Business Analyst | 07 September 2009

Tags: OCS, TechEd, Office Communications Server

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