Dave Kawula

Dave Kawula

Co-Founder MVPDays Publishing

Dave Kawula is an Enterprise Consultant, Technology Evangelist, Best Selling Author and all around geek. He loves Microsoft Technology and is considered one of the best in his field. He holds over 50 + Microsoft Certifications and is also a Microsoft MVP. Dave is also a Veeam Vanguard and Cisco Champion

Recently he has been named as the Conference Co-Chair for Techmentor and in 2017 was a top 5 speaker in his track at Microsoft Ignite. In 2018 Dave tied for #1 top session at Microsoft Ignite.

He can be followed on twitter @davekawula

Current sessions

Mastering Storage Spaces Direct Live Build of S2D

In this session, we will walk through several build examples including building your very own Storage Spaces Direct Lab using Hyper-V and PowerShell. The key concepts covered in this session will be: Windows Failover Clustering, Storage Pools, Virtual Disks, Volumes, Resilient File System (ReFS). You will also learn how to Manage and Configure Storage Spaces Direct with Windows Admin Center. All Builds will be on Windows Server 2019 LTSC


Using PowerShell to Rock your Labs

In this session MVP Dave Kawula will show you his latest work with his BigDemo series of PowerShell Scripts. He has been using these scripts as a foundation for his latest series of books published up on www.leanpub.com. The scripts have been broken down into a series of re-usable functions that can easily spin up any environment in between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Latest work includes him building Routing, SQL Installs, System Center Installs and more.


Migrating and Upgrading to Windows Server 2019 like the Pro's

During this session attendees will learn about Dave's proven methodology for Zero Downtime Windows Server Migrations and Upgrades. Attendees will learn how to Migrate Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, File, Print, IIS to Microsoft latest flagship operating system Windows Server 2019 LTSC.


The Future of Windows Server Expert Panel

In this Panel we will discuss all things Windows Server in this Ask our Experts Anything format. Moderated by MVP's Dave Kawula, Peter De Tender, and Cristal Kawula


Mastering Storage Spaces Direct - Fundamentals

In this session, we will discuss the core components of Storage Spaces Direct. This will include reviewing the two architecture choices in aggregated (Hyper Converged) or dis-aggregated (Scale out File Server SOFS). You will also learn key concepts to correctly configure the core networking stack using some of the latest features of Windows Server 2016 like RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access).


Headless Server Management with Project Honolulu

As Microsoft released it's latest flagship operating system late last fall Windows Server 1709 without a GUI (Server Core) only. Administrators were left wondering if the GUI would be completely removed permanently from Windows. Well only time will tell for that one. What is clear is that remote server management is a must skill for all Server Administrators either with PowerShell or with remoting tools. Microsoft realizing that there is a big skill gap created Project Honolulu an HTML based replacement for Server Manager that can fully manage remote Windows Infrastructure and more.

This session will give you all the key skills necessary to management your infrastructure with Project Honolulu.


Managing Windows Server with Project Honolulu (Windows Admin Center)

As Microsoft released its latest flagship operating system late last fall Windows Server 1709 without a GUI (Server Core) only. Administrators were left wondering if the GUI would be completely removed permanently from Windows. Well only time will tell for that one. What is clear is that remote server management is a must skill for all Server Administrators either with PowerShell or with remoting tools. Microsoft realizing that there is a big skill gap created Project Honolulu (Windows Admin Center) an HTML based replacement for Server Manager that can fully manage remote Windows Infrastructure and more. This session will give you all the key skills necessary to management your infrastructure with Project Honolulu (Windows Admin Center).
You will learn:
How to manage Windows Server Core and Nano
About Microsoft's new tools for Managing Windows Server
How to become Proficient with Remote Server Management Tasks


What's New in Windows Server 2019

In this session, you will learn all about the latest features of Microsoft's Flagship Server operating system. There have been many enhancements including Microsoft bringing back Storage Spaces Direct, improvements to Failover Clustering, and new features for Containers. This session will be jam packed with demos and great resources.
You will learn:
What's new about Windows Server 2019
New features in Storage Spaces Direct
New features in Failover Clustering


Running Hyper–V in Production for 10 years – Notes from the Field

After running Hyper-V production environments for 10 years, you gain an incredible amount of experience. In this "Notes from the Field" session, you'll learn the skills necessary to build you own production ready Hyper-V environments. This session will also showcase the use of Nested Virtualization in Azure. If you are interested in virtualization come prepared with your questions and learn more about Hyper-V.
You will learn:
How to Deploy Hyper-V in production
How to build production Ready Windows Server farms
About the new features of Hyper-V including running Nested Virtualization in Azure


Dave Kawula's notes from the field on Storage Spaces Direct

This session looks at the field notes from production deployments of Storage Spaces Direct over the past six months. Various scenarios are covered from two-node SMB to enterprise configurations and everything in between. We look at some lessons learned for hardware configurations, firmware updates, and core network configurations. We also review some upgrade paths to the latest release of Windows Server 2019 LTSC.



This session is action packed and you should definitely come ready to learn—delivered by Hyper Converged expert MVP Dave Kawula who has deployed Storage Spaces Direct all over the world.


Go from zero to hero using Azure Site Recovery: Surviving a ransomware attack

In a real-world scenario your primary data center has just been hit with a ransomware attack and the only option is to failover to DR. Luckily you came to our session last year and opted to setup Azure Site Recovery (ASR). During this session, learn everything you need to know to recover using Azure Site Recovery. You also have a chance to ask questions from the expert MVPs presenting the session.


The case of the shrinking data: Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2019

One of the most requested features for Storage Spaces Direct was ReFS with Data Deduplication. This feature was released over a year ago, but it was only in the Semi-Annual Release which did not include support for Storage Spaces Direct. The IT community has waited patiently and the time has finally come with Windows Server 2019. This release has added full support for ReFS Data Deduplication into Storage Spaces Direct. What does this mean for you? How about more than 80% space savings on your VMs, Backups, ISO repositories, all running on Cluster Shared Volumes with Storage Spaces Direct. In this session, learn how to set up, configure, and test Data Deduplication with ReFS based on his years of knowledge working with Microsoft storage.


Headless Server Management with Project Honolulu

As Microsoft released it's latest flagship operating system late last fall Windows Server 1709 without a GUI (Server Core) only. Administrators were left wondering if the GUI would be completely removed permanently from Windows. Well only time will tell for that one. What is clear is that remote server management is a must skill for all Server Administrators either with PowerShell or with remoting tools. Microsoft realizing that there is a big skill gap created Project Honolulu an HTML based replacement for Server Manager that can fully manage remote Windows Infrastructure and more.

This session will give you all the key skills necessary to management your infrastructure with Project Honolulu.


Migrating to OneDrive for Business using Files to Go

In this session MVP's Cary Sun and Dave Kawula will show you how to quickly and easily move your Files to OneDrive for Business using Files to Go from ThinkScape http://www.thinkscape.com/SharePoint-Online-File-Migration-Tool/


Building Real World Labs in Azure

In this session MVP's Dave Kawula and Cary Sun will show you how they have moved all of their labs up to Azure. They have also written a new book on this topic and will discuss various use cases as well as a live demo for setting this up on your own.


How to Become a Community Rockstar - Learn How to Showcase Your Skills

Have you struggled to get up in front of people and talk about the amazing things you know and love about IT? Do you find it difficult to come up with ideas for speaking sessions and topics? During this session, Cristal will show you how the process works and how to up your speaking game. Also in this session, Cristal will show you how to quickly get your information out there in various channels including: Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. At the end of this session, the only question you will be left asking yourself is where is the next conference and how can I submit my sessions and become a part of this amazing IT Community.


How to rock your world with Microsoft Flow

This will be the most awesome session ever including so much stuff and thingys


10 Habits Keeping You from IT Community Super Stardom

IT Pros are poster children for continuous improvement. Our challenge to keep skills relevant requires dedication, devotion, and commitment. Collaboration and communication help evolve not only personal growth, but the growth of our peers. Never spoke at a conference? Haven’t led a user group? Didn’t find time yet for blogging? This session, a conversation with three established IT Pros well-seasoned in community involvement, will lead you through challenges faced by everyone on their way to IT Community super stardom!


Surviving a Ransomware Attack using Azure Site Recovery

This session is packed with real world experiences from multiple ransomware recoveries at clients where traditional DR failed them. We will discuss why each attack was successful, the remediation involved, and how ASR helped (or would have helped) with the remediation.


Azure Stack HCI Must Have PowerShell Reports

Now your are beyond the proof of concept and are in operations mode with Azure Stack HCI. During this session you will learn about Dave’s must-have PowerShell Operational support scripts. This includes some of his daily health check reporting scripts for ReFS, Data Integrity, Cluster, Volumes, Deduplication and more. You will also learn how you can easily build your own as-built documentation with community scripts. If you haven’t already make sure you join the slack community for Azure Stack HCI at http://slack.storagespacesdirect.com


Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2019 - the good the bad and fantastic

Storage Spaces Direct is without a douth the infrastructure star in the Microsoft on-Premises world. Now the second release is available, and it is time to talk about the new exciting possibilities you have with Storage Spaces Direct and Windows Server 2019. Come and join Carsten in this session where he shares his learnings and best practices with Storage Spaces Direct Version 2.


Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Stack HCI

Are you an Azure Stack HCI Fan? Well this session is for you as Dave will show how you can actively protect both your Host Servers and VM's with the extended security provided by Azure Security Center and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Servers


Demofest - Surviving Ransomware with Azure Site Recovery and Defender ATP for Servers

In this demo only Session Dave and his special guest will show you how easy it is to compromise infrastructure with Ransomware. It will start by attacking a Domain Controller and then recovering it using Azure Site Recovery. The second part of the demo will focus on proactive security and remediation using Windows Defender ATP for Servers.


Protect you A$$ with Azure Security Center

In this session you will learn how to setup and onboard your critical infrastructure into Azure Security Center. As developers protecting the servers that drive our code is critical. This session will focus on onboarding Windows Server infrastructure both on-prem and in the cloud. Security will be the most significant topic of 2020, and this session cannot be missed.


Past and future events

MVPDays "Azure Security Center and Windows Defender ATP" Day

15 Jan 2020

Live! 360 Orlando 2019

17 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
Orlando, Florida, United States

Techmentor Orlando

17 Nov 2019 - 22 Nov 2019
Orlando, Florida, United States

Microsoft Ignite

3 Nov 2019 - 8 Nov 2019
Orlando, Florida, United States

NetApp Insight 2019

28 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

MVPDays "Azure Stack / Azure Stack HCI" Day Online

23 Oct 2019

Veeam Vanguard Summit

14 Oct 2019 - 17 Oct 2019
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

SpiceWorld

23 Sep 2019 - 25 Sep 2019
Austin, Texas, United States

TechMentor Microsoft HQ 2019

5 Aug 2019 - 9 Aug 2019
Redmond, Washington, United States

Techmentor Redmond

5 Aug 2019 - 9 Aug 2019
Redmond, Washington, United States

MVPDays Windows Admin Center Online

17 Jul 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany 2019

20 May 2019 - 21 May 2019
Hanau am Main, Hesse, Germany

Techorama Belgium 2019

19 May 2019 - 21 May 2019
Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium

MVPDays Azure Day Online

15 May 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MMS MOA 2019

5 May 2019 - 9 May 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Azure Bootcamp IT Pro and Security Tracks

27 Apr 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MVPDays Hawaii

17 Apr 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

MVP Summit 2019

17 Mar 2019 - 22 Mar 2019
Redmond, Washington, United States

MVPDays Storage Spaces Direct Online

13 Feb 2019

MVPDays Publishing Author Summit 2019

31 Jan 2019 - 5 Feb 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

MVPDays Online January 2019

30 Jan 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MVPDays Online

30 Jan 2019

Citrix Summit 2019

7 Jan 2019 - 9 Jan 2019
Orlando, Florida, United States

MVPDays Flow Conference Online

12 Dec 2018

TechMentor Orlando 2018

2 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
Orlando, Florida, United States

MVPDays Online

30 Nov 2018

MVPDays Online November 2018

28 Nov 2018
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MVPDays Online October 2018

30 Oct 2018
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

MVPDays Online

30 Oct 2018

NetApp Insight 2018

22 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Veeam Vanguard Summit

15 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czechia

Microsoft Ignite 2018

24 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Orlando, Florida, United States

TechMentor Redmond 2018

6 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
Redmond, Washington, United States

MVPDays Online

18 Jul 2018

MVPDays Online

13 Jun 2018

MVPDays Online

23 May 2018

MVPDays Online

18 Apr 2018

MVPDays Online

14 Mar 2018

MVPDays Online

21 Feb 2018