Windows Server 2012 Installfest Nov 16, Cambridge MA

We are pleased to announce that the Boston Area Windows Server User Group will be providing an Installfest and Full day of training on Windows Server 2012. The Event will be held November 16th 2012 at the Microsoft offices at 1 Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.  On the MIT map it is listed as NE18 

Registration starts at 8:00 am. The Installfest will be from 9 am to 4 pm. The location is the 1 Cambridge Center at the Microsoft Offices, where the Boston Area Windows Server User Group has their regular meetings. The standard price will be 45.00 with a 5.00 discount and first availability option for premium members.  All proceeds will pay for the costs associated with the event (printed manuals, food, swag, etc.)

You must RSVP and pay at the following link

Please download at least the VHD from you might want to bring the ISO too.


Leave work for the Day and learn how to deploy and use Windows 2012. Both Boot to VHD and bare metal installs will be happening.  You are welcome to bring your server and get it ready to drop into your work environment.  If you would rather just get it running on your laptop, that is ok too.  We will start the day with lecture while you get everything setup and ready to build.  We then jump into Hands-On-Labs and walk you (step-by-step) through the installation process.  We will have experts on hand to answer your questions on Windows Server 2012.   You will need to bring your own media.   If you want to use evaluation software, please download it from  To get the most out of the labs, download the VHD and the ISO.  We will use the VHD for Boot2VHD and for getting some Hyper-V guests setup and communicating with each other.   If you have the time, you might want to also download System Center 2012 and we will help you get your private cloud deployment started.

Please bring hardware compatible with Windows Server 2012.  Also, if bringing a server or desktop, bring everything you will need to work on it (keyboard, mouse, monitor, power cords, DVD drive, etc)

  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB preferred)
  • At least 60 GB of free disk space (75 GB preferred)
  • x64 compatible processor with hardware assisted virtualization (Intel VT or AMD-V technology)
  • Installed OS of Windows Server 2012 (Preferred), Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 8
  • NO Drive encryption technology (Bitlocker or 3rd party)
  • One Network Patch Cable [optional]
  • Download Windows Server 2012 Trial (VHD and ISO) [Optional: production media if you like.]
  • Power Strip

Download required Windows Server 2012 VHD from here (You will need the VHD!!!!)



The presentations will be put on by volunteer steering committee members and local technology leaders Clyde Johnson, President of Windows Server User Group and Dan Stolts, IT Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation.
Recommended Audiences: Technology Executives, IT Managers, IT Professionals, CIO, CTO, IT Directors, Solution Architects, Software Developers, Technical Decision Makers, Developers.

From Dan Stolts: Please download the VHD from If you want to do a clean install from ISO, you will need to download the ISO and bring a DVD. I will have a few ISO’s and USB sticks for those that have problems but not enough for everyone.

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