21 June 2019 | News
A look back at E2EVC Virtualization Conference Berlin
E2EVC Virualization Conference is a non-commercial global virtualization community event. Organized by Experts for Experts in the field of virtualization! The goal is to get the best virtualization experts together to share knowledge and to make new contacts. Insign.it was again well represented. With no less than 7 Pros, we were present at this great event.
Thursday, June 6
The outward journey with Eurowings from Düsseldorf was quite exciting (thunderstorm)! With some delay we arrived in Berlin late at night! What an amazing city! Check in at the Hotel Tiergarten Berlin in Moabit.
Friday, June 7
We were received at the Novotel hotel at 10:00 a.m. Here we were welcomed by Alex Cooper with first a proposal tour incl. Limoncello and beers. The senators, grandfathers and centurions were also mentioned.
The biggest announcement was that Citrix is no longer a sponsor of the E2EVC event. Global Diamond sponsor is VMware from now on. Sponsored by VMware we were also invited to attend the Berliner Fernsehturm at a height of 207 meters, the highest virtualization conference ever held! The first day is dedicated to the sponsors of this event. They get a stage here to talk about the latest techniques / solutions.
1st Session: “Freshly baked ControlUp - traditional greeting session!
Introduction to managing virtualized user workloads and monitoring user experience. Here we were informed of the new monitoring options regarding Virtualization Infrastructures, User workloads and User Experience. AWS monitoring options (And other cloud providers in the near future). New features such as: Automation functionality, Insights and trend Analyzes. This was presented by Controle's Eugene Kalayev.
2nd Session: VMware EUC - State of the Union
Presented by Shawn Bass, an EUC expert. 20 years of consultancy experience. Shawn is now CTO End user computing at VMware. Various topics were mentioned. Such as: Adoption and the "Digital Workspace Journey". Also the focus change of VMware with the support of an extensive ecosystem. Expanding MS WVD functions with Horizon in Azure. The announcements about the Dell Technologies Unified Workspace were also mentioned. Shawn went on to describe the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) for VMware Cloud, followed by the One Workspace Intelligence including some interesting demos that showcase the possibilities. All in all, enough material to be reviewed. Shawn's tip: “Shawn Base Speed Listening”.
3rd Session: RES 2 Ivanti Workspace Manager, bridging gaps!
This session was given by Gerko van Veen. An Ivanti Workspace Control to Ivanti User Workspace Management migration tool was presented. This is a great tool for those who want to get over from IWC "RES ONE" à UWM "AppSense". This tool has been developed with the focus on Ivanti, which is more at UWM. IWC support will continue for 3 years. But now is the time to look at the possibilities.
4th Session: Scoop! The new community Book Project!
This presentation was given by Christaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam. They have presented a community book with the title: Byte Sized. The idea behind this project is actually very simple. Collect as many design methods, best practices, quotes as possible and put them in a book. Complete "Cloud provider" independent and applicable everywhere. For every "aaS": click here.
5th Session: The Modern Workplace + Windows Virtual Desktop - Best of Both Worlds!
Presented by Christiaan Brinkhoff. Christiaan is a Cloud Architect and a "Technology Evangelist" for Microsoft WVD and FSLogix team at Microsoft (ExtOps). News about Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). Small list of announcements:
- WVD will use ARM templates in GitHub
- Windows search per user
- No RDP over UDP (still) possible, only in East-US.
- WVD Partnering with Samsung DEX.
- WVD Legacy support !!! (Windows 7)
- FSLogix Application Management
- FSLogix Application Masking
- MSIX AppAttach
- Mainstream technology from Microsoft
- Legacy Win32 à MSIX
- App-V no longer has a primary focus at Microsoft.
FSLogix (full set) can be used at no extra cost in the following scenarios:
- FSLogix and WVD licensing models
- To run Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10, or Windows 7
- Microsoft 365 f1, E3, ES, AB, AB, Business
- Windows 10 Enterprise E3, E5
- Windows 10 Education A3, A5
- Windows 10 VDA per user
- To access FSLogix technology
- Microsoft 365 Fl, E3, ES, A3, AS, Business
- Windows 10 Enterprise E3, E5
- Windows 10 Education A3, A5
- Windows 10 VDA per user
- Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) (with active
- Software Assurance SA while running on Cloud)
- The entitlement changes for FSLogix offers will be coming soon. Please contact your FSLogix sales team for any questions.
6th Session: MDM (Mobile device management) State of the Union - 2019 Edition
Presented by Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP and founder of GPAnswers.com and PolicyPak Software. Zooming in on PolicyPak. Nice tooling with full integration in GP and MDM (Intune). Nice examples of the application of PolicyPak in real life situations demonstrated. Hybrid config issues that can be bypassed through smart config. E.g. the combination of traditional Group policy and MDM policies. Who will win now? This cannot normally be controlled. Microsoft has released a Policy CSP.
7th Session: Amazon AWS - Putting a Face on Digital Experience
Andrew Wood gave a very nice insight into AWS Sumerian. With this you can create Augmented reality, virtual reality and 3d applications without the hiring of special programming or 3d expertise. Fully compatible with the usual VR applications: click here.
8th Session: Der Berliner Fernsehturm in 207m Höhe
As previously announced, we were invited by VMWare to attend the final session of the day at a height of 207m, followed by dinner including "Horizon" cocktails and beers !! That last session was about ... the dream of Alex Cooper, organizing an E2EVC dinner in the Berliner Fernsehturm at a height of 207m. Thanks to Shawn Bass!
Saturday, June 8
The sessions were split into 3 and spread over 3 rooms. The sessions started at 10:30 a.m.
Session 1: Storage Space Direct and Storage Replica on Azure
Presented by Samuel Legrand and Arnoud Pain. Here a presentation was given about the implementation of Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica on server 2019 incl. A “Cloud Witness” in Azure. A great way to build a "Failover cluster" with local storage and Azure Quorum witness. Completely based on Microsoft technology: click here.
Session 2: Conditional Access - Zero Trust - Contextual Access today and tomorrow with device TRUST for any remoting technologies with no infrastructure!
Presented by Sascha Göckel, Sascha is CTO of the DeviceTrust company. Contextual Access policy! This is the way DeviceTrust granted access to resources. Granting access based on the contextual dynamic information of the endpoint, the network and the location. If one of the criteria is not met, then no access is granted to, for example, a published app. A popup will then appear stating that the requirements set for starting the application are not being met: click here or here.
Session 3 room 3: Using Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon AppStream
Presented by Andrew Wood. This session focused on moving the workloads to Amazon Workspace and using AppStream 2.0. The possibilities of the Desktops and Appstream services were discussed in more detail. AWS also offers a possibility to offer an elastic scale model of desktops and apps (Streaming) via brokering in a hosted environment: click here or here.
Session 3 room 1: Going Cloud? It's where Citrix ADC has a role
This session was presented by Thorsten Rood. Move your environment to the cloud? Do you think AzureAD will be your future authentication strategy? You may still need access to certain local resources that will not get over it quickly or others that work outside of pure Microsoft features such as Amazon (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Citrix ADC bridges the gap between clouds. In this session it was presented how remaining data center resources can be integrated while maintaining the user experience. True hybrid cloud infrastructure. 90% of the "legacy" apps are still there in 4 years! Automation is the key! Orchestrate à Automate à Integrate.
Session 4: Automating with Azure and using a DevOps mindset
Presented by Chris Twiest and Jaap de Koning. Chris is known for this website. Automation and standardization! That is the main focus! Use the product that matches the situation! Automation, Azure and DevOps were discussed in this presentation. Starting with Azure DevOps, this is the replacement for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). This platform provides the right tooling to manage Scripts, Code and Development processes.
Azure DevOps: Workspace as a Product> re-deployable.
- Azure Boards: Agile / Scrum approach! KANBAN
- Azure Repos: GitPlane integration, integrate GitHub directly into your project. Save it online immediately. Can also be integrated with Azure Boards. This is free to use! Max 5 users
- Azure Pipeline: Plan Infrastructure as Code! Pipeline is an agnostic platform, multiple integrations are possible. Such as Ansible. It is also completely based on YAML.
A demo was given with the emphasis on integration on, for example, Desired State Config and Automation. Also the Application of Azure Repos that you can use as Azure Vaults. In general, these tools help with integration and collaboration with other developers within your organization.
Chris presented Azure Automation + integration with Ivanti Automation. A comparison was also made between the 2 solutions.
Azure Automation has "Desired State Config - DSC". The concept is that a "discription of the desired state" is created, which then enforces compliance against the script that controls the "desired state". Azure Automation is a tool with which you can deploy these desired states. In practice you will have an azure object to which you then link a DSC template. If the "Desired State" of the object changes, this automatically means that the object is no longer "compliant". Auto-remediation (when enabled) will take effect. Scripting then ensures that the object becomes compliant again. This is done, for example, by d.m.v. a reconfigure of the object.
With Azure Automation it is also possible to create "runbooks". Python and Powershell based. Is quite cumbersome, eg when pushing a REGKey. In this case, people use Powershell to push that regkey. The solution for this is to combine these techniques.
The combination of Azure Automation and Ivanti Automation is a good solution! The coupling is possible by means of the Ivanti Automation API. This API makes it possible to create an Azure Runbook. integration with Choco Packages is also possible. Bottomline, Use the right tool for the right job! Click here or here.
Session 5: What is End-User Experience - Going Beyond Performance Counters
Presented by Dr. Benny Tritsch and Jim Moyle, masters in remoting protocols! Recently joined the Microsoft family through the acquisition of FSLogix: click here or here.
This presentation was about the actual User Experience when using Remoting protocols and the reporting that is given from tooling when complaints come in. The results do not match. The actual experience is bad! While the monitoring tooling paints a completely different picture. Lossy vs. Lossless etc. Jim and Benny have developed a framework that creates the possibility to measure the actual UX. Google Stadia is the ultimate example of the possibilities that exist with regard to Graphics / user experience in combination with. Remoting protocols anno 2019. HDR Video 4K, 60fps and dolby 5.1 sound at a max of 35Mbps !!!
Session 6: Beyond IAAS and PAAS the Future of Cloud
Presented by Adnan Hendricks. This presentation was about the shift from IaaS / Paas to Micro-Services in the cloud. Make smart use of Logical Apps, AI, Functions and Machine Learning. This is indeed the future (and the present)! When using Micro Services, the TCO of IT infrastructures is drastically reduced! There are enough options to set up hybrid scenarios. Build HA and scalable solutions within Azure for the fraction of the costs that such an application would traditionally cost. Azure offers a wealth of options for this: click here.
Sunday, June 9
This is the last day of this great event!
Session 1: Client Hypervisors
Presented by Rachel Berry. Rachel takes us into the world of client hypervisiors. For those who still know XenClient. XenClient is a Type-1 hypervisior client. Citrix no longer sells this product today. It was a great product to easily deploy golden images in large numbers. Nowadays, alternatives have appeared on the market that offer a similar product. Hysolate (Israeli-made), Bromium, Qubes OS and SecureView. Apparently there is still a demand for such solutions.
Session 2: Containerization for the masses!
Presented by Helmut Hauser and Ton de Vreede. Helmut and Ton take us into the world of "Containerization". also use containers for infrastructure to deploy software! Standardize!
Container-V will soon be available as a ROL within Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Release date will be Q2 / Q3 2019. CNAB was also discussed. CNAB is "A spec for packaging distributed apps". CNABS facilitates bundling, installing and managing container-native apps and the linked services. Duffle is a simple CL tool with which you can package and unpack "distributed apps"!
Microsoft is entering into a partnership with CNAB. This is greatly appreciated by the community!
Insign.it has again received confirmation that we are all on the right track!
- Containers (Docker)
- Automation (Ansible)
- Standardization (Azure ARM / DSC)
- Micro Services (Azure)
- Modern Workplace (InWorkspace, Office365)
- App Management (InPackage)
- Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google)
- Windows Virtual Desktop (VDI)
- MDM (Intune)
- Governance and Security solutions
What does this offer me as a customer?
The right partner for the job! We unburden, we think and we implement! We are on top of the very latest techniques. We have the power to translate the functional wish into a solution that offers added value to the organization. From C-Level to engineer. We guide organizations in change processes, implement the right tooling and manage IT infrastructures.
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