Microsoft Ignite is quickly approaching and although I am not going to be presenting a session this year, I am going to be doing an informal presentation on May 4th in the SolarWinds booth at the exhibit hall.


My presentation will focus on the challenges of server virtualization. As we all know, server virtualization provides numerous benefits, but it also introduces a whole new set of challenges. As such, I plan to spend a bit of time talking about some of the virtualization related challenges that keep administrators up at night.


I don’t want to give away too much information about my presentation before Ignite even starts, but I will tell you that some of the challenges that I plan to talk about are related to IP address management. Microsoft has tried to make things better for its customers by introducing a feature in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 called IP Address Management (IPAM).


The Windows Server IPAM feature has its good points and it has its bad points. In some situations, Microsoft IPAM works flawlessly. In other situations, it simply is not practical to use Microsoft IPAM. Unfortunately, some administrators probably do not find out about the IPAM feature’s limitations until they have taken the time to install and configure IPAM. That being the case, I plan to spend some time talking about what you can realistically expect from Microsoft IPAM.


So if you are interested in learning more about IP address management, or if you just want to meet me in person then please feel free to stop by the SolarWinds booth (# 543) for my presentation on May 4th at 2pm.  I am expecting a big crowd, so you may want to arrive early.



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