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Advice from Alumni sharing their TechEd Schedule: Jared Shockley

4/18/2014 3:02:48 PM

In honor of TechEd being less than a month away, we here at the TechEd team decided to ask some friends and TechEd Alumni if they would be willing to share their schedules and selection methodologies with the rest of the world. We've got three posts lined up with some possible IDEAS that you can use to help pre-populate your schedule. If you haven't yet started - get over to the Content Catalogue, sign in with your ID you used to register for TechEd and start scheduling!

Next up is a Jared Shockley, Microsoft IT Sr. Service Engineer and iAmKrewe.org webmaster.

Jared is a 3 time TechEd Alumni and this year is returning as an MSFT employee and #TheKrewe supporter. He is a passionate SharePoint advocate and has been known to enjoy a few craft brews.

Jared has decided to give you some history of his experiences and lessons learned and how he will approach building his schedule this year.

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Going into TechEd 2014 in Houston, my selection process has changed for this coming TechEd due to many factors. In the past, I spent a lot of time looking through the schedule and trying to select which sessions I want to go to. To give a little bit of reference here, I have attended the last 3 TechEd North American conferences: Atlanta, Orlando, and New Orleans.

In the first year at Atlanta, I tried to get to every session at every offering. I had listed in my schedule one session per time period and spent my time running as my sessions were so spread out. If you stayed in one vertical of sessions, you didn't have to go too far. I was choosing sessions from all over. By the time I made it to many sessions, the rooms were full with no real empty seats to be found. I spent a good amount of time sitting on the floors with my back to the wall. I was shooting pictures of the slides and trying to scribble a ton of notes.

I learned many lessons from Atlanta and had a different plan of attack for Orlando. I also had the notion of taking more tests for my certifications. The sessions I went to were more focused on technologies I was investing in and I spent a lot of time in exam preps and taking exams. On top of that, I was doing more meetings in the hallways, Alumni area, and the Expo floor. I knew I was going to be able to get videos and slide decks from all the sessions when I got home. The focused sessions got me great content and I was very happy with the results of the sessions, just not of my test taking.
 
Having learned my lessons, I head into New Orleans with two thoughts in mind:

  • I wanted to focus on content of areas that really caught my interest like SharePoint, Private Cloud with System Center, and Windows 2012 R2.
  • My time in sessions was important but I didn't feel like I had to attend sessions in every block so I had time to spend chatting in the Alumni Lounge and the Expo floor.

I went through the schedule planner and blocked out the specific sessions I did not want to miss. Then, I went through finding the presenters I really like to listen to. Lastly, I filled in my schedule with other sessions that caught my interest. In my OneNote, I noted which items were "had to attend", "nice to attend", and "just filler". I used this to block out my time to meet and stroll the Expo floor. I also planned multiple sessions per time block if I couldn't get to the room due to logistics or the room being full. All in all, I was impressed with the strategy.

So, you have heard my thoughts about prior years. Now, I will let you know about this year's TechEd. I am looking at some changes again for a couple of reasons:

  • I attended SharePoint Conference earlier this year so I have learned a lot of SharePoint.
  • I am in a new role that is SharePoint focused but I need to also get more of the Microsoft Stack under my belt, like System Center, Azure IaaS, and SharePoint integration into Exchange.
  • I am using the new schedule manager to indicate which sessions I want to attend and which are my backups.

So, starting my journey to Houston, I started my session planning by finding all the presenters I want to hear. Yup, that's right, I am starting with the Speakers. I looked for sessions from Rick Claus, Joey Snow, Pierre Roman, Mark Minasi, Mark Russinovich, Jessica DeVita, and Ed Horley. Some of these are friends I want to support and have great material to present; others are presenters I want to see in person. Next, I went through by Topic/Product and pulled up items like SharePoint, IaaS, System Center, Windows Azure, and more. Once that filled up my schedule, I looked at timeframes with zero or one session. In those blocks, I looked at the specific offerings at that time. Last thing in my schedule build is the Hand On Labs. In years past, I either did not take advantage on-site or took very little advantage. This year, I might look for more HOL work to try and learn some things that way. I will be keeping my schedule flexible as well but the items marked as primary are going to get me there.

Here are some of the sessions I have selected:

OFC-B220 - Stop, Collaborate, and Listen - Jessica DeVita

Jessica is talking about how to think about collaboration even before acquiring tools to do that collaboration. As she says in the description, "Before you start down the path of selecting a tool, you have to determine your organizational readiness and understand the what, why, and how of collaboration systems." With my current job in SharePoint, this is food for thought.

DCIM-B325/326 - The Real-World Guide to Upgrading Your IT Skills AND Your Infrastructure (parts 1 & 2) - Rick Claus, Joey Snow

Are you an IT Pro scared about what "The Cloud" really means for you? As they say in their description, "Two self-proclaimed "Server Huggers" will take you along their journey of how they overcame their apprehension of Cloud technologies to level up their IT Skills. In other words bringing clarity to the role of the IT Professional in a cloud world." I am starting to see where "The Cloud" integrates into my future as an IT Pro but think more folks can get a lot out of this session.

DCIM-B359 - TWC: Pass-the-Hash: How Attackers Spread and How to Stop Them - Mark Russinovich, Nathan Ide

I have heard about this presentation as it was given at the RSA Conference earlier and want to see it myself. Security is a theme for IT Pros in the future, regardless of The Cloud or on-prem. Mark's talks at TechEd always give you the best insights to Security.

WIN-B354 - Case of the Unexplained: Troubleshooting with Mark Russinovich

This session is always full! This session is always fun! I got to attend my first year in Atlanta and Mark returns every year with new cases of the unexplained. He goes through, showing how SysInternals tools were used to find either bugs in products or malware hidden away on user systems. While it is a full house every year, try and get into this one or watch it later.

OFC-B333 - Microsoft SharePoint on Microsoft Azure VM and Virtual Networks: How the Cloud (IaaS) Changed the Way I Work and Improved Customer Productivity - Patrick Heyde

At the same time Mark has his Case of the Unexplained, Patrick is giving his session on SharePoint on Azure IaaS. Knowing that Mark's session will be full, I am giving major consideration on passing it this year for listening to Patrick talk about this topic. As a SharePoint Engineer, I need to understand this as an option for hosting SharePoint to a group/company in an isolated space while the servers are in the cloud.

DCIM-B373 - How IPv6 Impacts Private Cloud - Ed Horley

Sign up for this session now! Go on ... go put it in your schedule. IPv6 is coming for all of us and Ed is here to help all Windows Systems Admins understand its impact on us. Ed has written the book on IPv6 for Windows Systems Admins. This is going to be coming sooner than you might imagine so pop in and learn all you can.

Those are a few of my selected sessions. How are you planning your schedule for TechEd in Houston this year? Looking forward to seeing everyone there? I sure am. See you in Houston!

Advice from Alumni sharing their TechEd Schedule: Michael Bender

4/17/2014 3:02:33 PM

In honor of TechEd being less than a month away, we here at the TechEd team decided to ask some friends and TechEd Alumni if they would be willing to share their schedules and selection methodologies with the rest of the world. We've got three posts lined up with some possible IDEAS that you can use to help pre-populate your schedule. If you haven't yet started - get over to the Content Catalogue, sign in with your ID you used to register for TechEd and start scheduling!

Next up is Michael Bender,Microsoft MVP, MCT, MCSE, MCTS, VCP4/5, Instructor, Information Technology, Madison College

 

"Bender" is a passionate networker and community builder. He is a founding member of one of TechEds many social communities #TheKrewe and can usually be found connecting with IT Professionals while enjoying a local craft brew.

Before "Bender" gets into his schedule, he decided to share some thoughts about his selection process:

So I built my schedule for TechEd based on a few tenets...

  • I support my friends and industry colleagues 120% in everything they do so I try to attend their sessions whenever possible. Unfortunately, I have one timeslot double booked so I'll have to choose...

  • I have the time after TechEd to watch the stuff I NEED to know so I make sure to fill in sessions by my favorite speakers like Don Jones, Rick Claus, Joey Snow, Mark Minasi, Jeffrey Snover and Mark Russinovich. They always bring it during their sessions and it's great to see all of them live.

  • I am building a PowerShell course so I've got a few sessions on that from Don Jones and Jeffrey Snover.

  • I need to learn SQL so I'm checking out Mr. Denny's (a.k.a. Denny Cherry) session on SQL for non-DBAs.

  • I need to get more "cloudy" so I've built in sessions on Public/Hybrid/Private cloud and the infrastructure related to them.

  • I'm going to try some instructor led labs...Past experience with this has been OK.

  • I'm planning to work on my MCSE in the coming months so I'm attending an exam prep for 70-413 & 70-414.

  • I ALWAYS reserve the right to bail out to a Hallway session at any time. If I have a chance to meet with friends, vendors, or Microsoft peeps, I'll take those opportunities over a session anytime.

  • I revise my schedule daily depending on what I'm interested in at the time.

  • I double and triple booked some time frames in case I need a backup...

See you in Houston! - Michael Bender

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TechEd 2014 Session Builder

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Monday May 12th

8:30 AM

Keynote Session, Hall B3 KEY01 TechEd Keynote , Room: Hall B3

11:00 AM

  • FDN06 Transform the Datacenter: Making the Promise of Connected Clouds a Reality , Speaker(s): Jeffrey Snover, Matt McSpirit, Elden Christensen, Jeff Woolsey

1:15 PM

  • DCIM-B210 How to Develop a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy , Speaker(s): Eduardo Kassner
  • OFC-B210 Microsoft SharePoint Overview , Speaker(s): Cyrielle Simeone
  • PCIT-B311 What's New in Enterprise Management with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune , Speaker(s): Dave Randall, Craig Morris
  • DCIM-B318 Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover , Speaker(s): Jeffrey Snover

3:00 PM

  • OFC-B220 Stop, Collaborate, and Listen , Speaker(s): Jessica DeVita
  • DCIM-B325 The Real-World Guide to Upgrading Your IT Skills AND Your Infrastructure (part 1) , Speaker(s): Joey Snow, Rick Claus
  • PCIT-B312 What's New in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Infrastructure , Speaker (s): Jim Dempsey

4:45 PM

  • DCIM-B326 The Real-World Guide to Upgrading Your IT Skills AND Your Infrastructure (part 2) , Speaker(s): Joey Snow, Rick Claus
  • PCIT-B211 TWC: Surviving in the New IT Reality , Speaker(s): Ruud van Velsen, Janwillem Kok

6:30 PM

  • TechExpo Welcome Reception , Halls CD

Tuesday May 13th

8:30 AM

  • DCIM-B315 Cloud Optimized Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 , Speaker(s): Bob Combs, Ravi Rao
  • DCIM-B379 Competing with VMware vSphere: Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals with Virtualization , Speaker(s): Matt McSpirit, Jeff Woolsey
  • DCIM-B411 Datacenter Integration Using Service Management Automation in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator , Speaker(s): Joe Levy, Chris Sanders
  • DCIM-B412 Effortless Migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V , Speaker(s): Maarten Goet, Marc van Eijk

10:15 AM

  • DCIM-IL304 Introducing Windows Azure Pack , Room: Hall E ILL Room 2 , Speaker(s): Michael Leworthy
  • DBI-B214 Introduction to SQL Server Management for the Non-DBA , Speaker(s): Denny Cherry

1:30 PM

  • DCIM-IL308-R Windows Server 2012 R2: Introduction to Failover Clustering with Hyper-V Room: Hall E ILL Room 1 , Speaker(s): Symon Perriman

3:15 PM

  • DCIM-B417 A Practical Overview of Desired State Configuration , Speaker(s): Don Jones
  • DCIM-B341 TWC: Live Demonstration: Hacker Tools You Should Know and Worry about in 2014 , Speaker (s): Marcus Murray, Hasain Alshakarti

5:00 PM

  • PCIT-IL305 Basic Software Distribution with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager , Room: Hall E ILL Room 3 , Speaker(s): Wally Mead
  • DCIM-B340 TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition , Speaker(s): Aaron Margosis

6:30 PM

  • Ask the Experts, Halls AB

9:00 PM

  • Jam Sessions, House of Blues

Wednesday May 14th

10:15 AM

  • EXM10 Exam Prep: 70-413 and 70-414 - MCSE: Server Infrastructure , Room: Hilton L2 Ballrm F

1:30 PM

  • DCIM-IL300 Configuring Networking with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager , Room: Hall E ILL Room 1 , Speaker(s): Matt McSpirit
  • DCIM-B359 TWC: Pass-the-Hash: How Attackers Spread and How to Stop Them , Speaker(s): Nathan Ide, Mark Russinovich

3:15 PM

  • DCIM-B372 TWC: How You Can Hack-Proof Your Clients and Servers in a Day , Speaker(s): Marcus Murray, Hasain Alshakarti
  • DCIM-B418 Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious , Speaker(s): Don Jones

5:00 PM

  • DCIM-B380 What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V , Speaker(s): Jeff Woolsey 1

Thursday May 15th

8:30 AM

  • WIN-B356 Modern Applications for IT Pros , Speaker(s): Mark Minasi

10:15 AM

  • DCIM-B368 TWC: Malware Hunting with Mark Russinovich and the Sysinternals Tools , Speaker(s): Nathan Ide, Mark Russinovich

1:00 PM

  • DCIM-B373 How IPv6 Impacts Private Cloud Deployments , Speaker(s): Edward Horley
  • PCIT-B335 Windows Server Work Folders: A Deep Dive into the New Windows Server Data Sync Solution , Speaker(s): Fabian Uhse, Roiy Zysman

7:30 PM

  • Attendee Closing Party

Advice from Alumni sharing their TechEd Schedule: Harjit Dhaliwal

4/16/2014 3:02:22 PM

In honor of TechEd being less than a month away, we here at the TechEd team decided to ask some friends and TechEd Alumni if they would be willing to share their schedules and selection methodologies with the rest of the world. We've got three posts lined up with some possible IDEAS that you can use to help pre-populate your schedule. If you haven't yet started - get over to the Content Catalogue, sign in with your ID you used to register for TechEd and start scheduling!

First up is Harjit Dhaliwal, Systems Administrator at University of Vermont

Harjit

Harjit is an awesome photographer and has a preference for Client focused sessions. You can catch up with Harjit online at one of the following properties:

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TechEd 2014 Session Builder

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Monday, May 12, 2014

8:30-10:30AM

KEY01 TechEd Keynote

  • New Microsoft technologies, product updates, and breaking news is announced here. Good pep talks to motivate and to get a running start for a great week filled with technology learning and knowledge.

 

11:00-12:00PM

FDN03 Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows and Microsoft Office 365

  • Mobile devices are actively used and more prevalent in the Enterprise environment. More and more users want the ability to connect to Enterprise resources with their mobile devices in order to be productive, engaged, and connected. IT needs to embrace this new era of mobile devices and learn to make them work efficiently and securely to protect Enterprise data and resources.

 

1:15-2:30PM

OFC-B210 Microsoft SharePoint Overview

  • A good start to get some SharePoint knowledge.

DCIM-B318 Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover

  • PowerShell is the way of life these days, so any training, info, or guidance will be beneficial for my IT career.

 

3:00-4:15PM

WIN-B316 Managing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 Using Mobile Device Management

  • Michael Niehaus mentions, "Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 include a new mobile device management (MDM) capability that provides functionality for deploying apps, managing settings, configuring VPN and wireless, deploying certs and more." - I would like to learn how this works.

 PCIT-B312 What's New in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Infrastructure

  • As the CM Administrator at my organization, I'm interested to know what is new or if there are any hidden tricks to make my IT life more efficient.

 

4:45-6:00PM

PCIT-B410 Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

  • This is a great opportunity to learn, discuss, and collaborate with the world's leading ConfigMgr experts.

 DCIM-B329 Building Highly Effective Dashboards in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

  • Mildly curious on how Dashboards could be effective in SCOM 2012.

 

6:30PM

Tech Expo Welcome Reception

  • Great time to meet vendors and ask questions, and hang out with some fellow geeks.

 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

DCIM-B328 TWC: CSI: Windows - Techniques for Finding the Cause of the Unexpected System Takeovers

  • Interesting session for troubleshooting.

 WIN-B320 Internet Explorer App Compat

  • Internet Explorer application compatibility is a daily challenge for IT Professionals to assist end users who need to run older applications in the organization.

 

10:15-11:30AM

DBI-B214 Introduction to SQL Server Management for the Non-DBA

  • For someone like me who is not too familiar with SQL Server and how to manage it, this would be a good session to get the lowdown.

 PCIT-IL306 Implementing Endpoint Protection in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Interested to learn about SCEP reporting and malware detection.

 WIN-B323 Deploying Windows 8.1 in the Enterprise

  • As a Systems Administrator who manages computer imaging, I'm interested to know how to leverage ConfigMgr 2012 for this task.

 

1:30-2:45PM

PCIT-IL307 Managing Microsoft Software Updates in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Software Updates deployment is my responsibility at my organization. There are several ways of deploying Software Updates with ConfigMgr 2012, however, I'm interested to learn some best practices.

 WIN-B328 Group Policy: Notes from the Field - Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

  • We use Group Policies extensively at my organization and I sometimes have to troubleshoot why some Group Policies have issues or don't work as intended. This session would help me learn some tips and tricks as well as some troubleshooting techniques.

 

3:15-4:30PM

WIN-B330 Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Microsoft Office 2013 App-V Deployment

  • Application delivery and deployment to the end users has become a little more challenging. Leveraging App-V for large applications such as Microsoft Office 2013 could be highly effective.

 DCIM-B341 TWC: Live Demonstration: Hacker Tools You Should Know and Worry about in 2014

  • A fun session to learn how the "bad guys" do bad stuff and to help protect systems from this knowledge.

 

5:00-6:15PM

PCIT-IL305 Basic Software Distribution with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Software Updates deployment is my responsibility at my organization. There are several ways of deploying Software Updates with ConfigMgr 2012, however, I'm interested to learn some best practices.

 PCIT-B320 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Community Jewels

  • ConfigMgr 2012 is a complex management tool which if used well, it can be very effective in managing systems. There are many third party tools and scripts used to enhance the ConfigMgr 2012 experience, and therefore I'm interested to know what they are and how to use them.

 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

WIN-IL200-R Creating a Windows 8.1 Reference Image

  • To learn Windows 8.1 Image management.

 PCIT-B323 Application Management with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune

  • To further learn how to manage applications with ConfigMgr.

 

10:15-11:30AM

WIN-B351 Hacker Tools for Ethical Hackers to Protect Windows Clients

  • A fun session to learn how the "bad guys" do bad stuff and to help protect systems from this knowledge.

 WIN-B413 Windows Performance Deep Dive Troubleshooting

  • Interested to learn how to troubleshoot Windows performance issues to enhance end user experience.

 PCIT-B322 Deploying and Managing Work Folders

  • More and more users are bringing their own devices to the workplace and want to use Enterprise resources. This session may provide info on managing network home folder sync for BYOD users.

 

1:30-2:45PM

WIN-B342 Windows To Go: Deployment, Support for BYOD, and What IT Pros Need to Know

  • Information packed session for learning about Windows To Go and how to support BYOD users.

 

3:15-4:30PM

WIN-B345 Windows 8.1: Black Belt Troubleshooting

  • Great Windows 8.1 troubleshooting session.

 DCIM-B418 Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious

  • PowerShell is the way of life for IT Professionals and it's never enough to learn more of this important tool.

 

5:00-6:15PM

WIN-B338 Top OS Deployment Issues with Answers from Experts

  • Good session to learn the pain points of OS deployments and how to work around them.

 PCIT-B340 Deploying and Managing Windows 8 and 8.1 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 and System Center Configuration Manager

  • This session covers an important part of my daily Systems Administrator role at my organization.

 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

DCIM-B366 TWC: Hacker's Perspective on Your Windows Infrastructure: Mandatory Check List

  • Any info to help secure my Windows environment is a plus.

 WIN-B356 Modern Applications for IT Pros

  • Interested to learn more about applications with Windows 8.1 and sideloading.

 

10:15-11:30AM

WIN-B362 Project Virtual Reality Check: Microsoft App-V 5 Performance, Tuning, and Optimization (App-V PTO)

  • This session may give me a good start in implementing App-V in my organization which we are looking to do very soon.

 DCIM-B368 TWC: Malware Hunting with Mark Russinovich and the Sysinternals Tools

  • Attending a Mark Russinovich session is a must. He does a great session on how to use the Sysinternals tools which he helped develop.

 

1:00-2:15PM

WIN-B354 Case of the Unexplained: Troubleshooting with Mark Russinovich

  • Attending a Mark Russinovich session is a must. Great to see how Mark troubleshoot computer issues.

 WIN-B355 The Circle of Life for an App-V 5.0 Package: From Sequence to Termination

  • Learning how App-V applications come together will be helpful in understand how they work and where to troubleshoot if there are any issues with their performance.

 

2:45-4:00PM

WIN-B410 Advanced Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Customizations: Dueling MDT Enhancements

  • Advanced Windows 8.1 deployment for the Enterprise.

 WIN-B359 2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?

  • Good session to learn how to troubleshoot Windows startup issues.

 WIN-B360 Sizing App-V 5: Planning and Designing a Highly Available, Scalable, and Resilient Management and Delivery System

  • May be a handy session to help implement App-V in my organization.

 

7:30PM

Closing Party

  • Can't miss it. A good way to celebrate with friends and to end a good knowledge filled week. Thank you TechEd.

TechEd Countdown Show The One About Newbies

4/14/2014 3:05:15 PM

Its that time again - Rick and Joey's favorite episode of The Countdown Show - All sorts of information for TechEd Newbies (and alumni alike).

If you are new to the TechEd experience or perhaps even a seasoned attendee, Joey and Rick cover off some of the most frequently asked questions including:

  • What should I do before I arrive?
  • When should I arrive and register?
  • What should I bring with me?
  • How do I keep up with my normal routine (fitness)?
  • Exporting my schedule
  • Hallway sessions/networking
  • TechEd 101 what is it and should I attend?
  • AND MORE!

Watch the video here.

Stay tuned to the blog for the rest of the week. We've got a number of Alumni who will be sharing their schedule building approach and actual schedules.

Of course you will also be sure you catch the rest of our Countdown Shows that we have done for this years event.

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Start Your Week at TechEd 2014 with Foundational Sessions

4/9/2014 11:52:27 AM

While planning your session agenda for TechEd 2014, don't overlook the value of Foundation Sessions, held on Monday, May 12, 11:00am – Noon, following the Keynote.

Foundational Sessions help you make the best use of your time at TechEd, by providing key insights that will allow you to get more out of the sessions you attend. Heavy on demos and presented by Microsoft product experts, Foundational Sessions dive deeper into themes presented during the keynote, providing practical solutions to solve important technical and business issues your company faces today.

Check out The Countdown Show #15 where Rick and Joey cover off all things regarding the Foundation Sessions and more. Watch the video here.

 

Attending a one-hour Foundational Session on Monday will pay off throughout the week. Check the Content Catalog for Foundational Session descriptions and speakers, and add one to your personal conference schedule with Schedule Builder.

Direct links to details of each Foundation session:

Don't miss out on the unprecedented learning opportunities at TechEd 2014.  Register today!

Discover the Best of TechEd and Vote for Attendees’ Pick!

3/27/2014 11:15:37 PM

The Best of TechEd (BOTE) North America 2014 Awards, produced by Windows IT Pro, recognize the innovative products and services showcased at the conference. A panel of editors from Windows IT Pro will select a winner from each product award category and TechEd North America 2014 attendees (that's you!) will select the winner of the Attendees' Pick Award by voting for their favorite product.

Partners recognized are truly best-in-show—and we encourage you to check out the 2013 winners and watch for this year's nominees! Entries are judged based on things like strategic importance, competitive advantage, and customer value, so you know these are Partners you'll want to visit in the TechExpo! Learn more at http://northamerica.msteched.com/BestOfTechEd.

Your vote counts! Be sure to stop by the Penton Lounge onsite at TechEd, to select your favorite product/solution for the Attendees' Pick category.

The TechExpo will be packed with the latest products, solutions, and resources. Don't miss it!  Register today!

TechEd Countdown Show - The One about the Bag and Restaurants

3/26/2014 3:19:42 PM

It's lucky episode 13 of the TechEd Countdown show and we are just 7 weeks away from TechEd North America in Houston May 12-15th. This weeks show kicks off with another visit to the forums where Joey and Rick discuss the question asking "When should I arrive and depart Houston?"  

Next up Joey has absconded with the sample of the TechEd 2014 attendee bag! This is the place to get a sneak peek at this years backpack and all of the great design features!

Take a moment to watch the video for the Full details.

Make sure to get registered? This year at TechEd is going to be a great one!

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Houston Eats! Check out some of the best dining while you're at TechEd

3/24/2014 8:54:03 PM

While planning your trip to Houston for Microsoft TechEd North America 2014, you'll want to check out the food scene in Houston—this city has good EATS! We've put together a brief dining guide to help you find the snacks, drinks, or serious steaks you're looking for. Don't miss out (your taste-buds will never forgive you).  In case you missed some of the early CountDown shows, Rick and Joey personally visit a number of great locations to get some insider details (check out Rick's blog post to capture them all in one spot).

What are our recommendations? Read on and start your meal-planning early!

TechEd Eats in Houston

Below is a sampling of our favorite choices for eating out while you're at TechEd. Download the complete list, including more restaurants, hours, proximity to GRBCC, and what we tasted!

Breakfast:

Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis
http://thebreakfastklub.com/
(Catfish & grits, wings & waffles, green eggs & ham... you get it.)

Craft Coffee:

Blacksmith
1018 Westheimer Road
https://www.facebook.com/blacksmithhouston
(Pro-level craft coffee prepared with skill, technique, and taste!)

Do-Nuts:

Shipley Do-Nuts
1001 McKinney 713-651-3033
http://www.shipleydonuts.ws/
(Fresh, hot do-nuts since the 1930's... this is where the locals eat.)

Lunch & Dinner:

Corner Table
2736 Virginia Street
http://cornertablehouston.com/

House of Blues
1204 Caroline Street
http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/houston
(Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez developed the menu!)

Rudy's BBQ
20806 I-45 @ Louetta
281-288-0916
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/locations/find/houston
(Great Texas BBQ, in four locations.)

Sambuca
909 Texas Avenue
http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/houston-lunch-dinner.php
(Business lunches, grilled seafood & steaks, small plates, live music.) 

Underbelly
1100 Westheimer Road
http://underbellyhouston.com/
(Celebrates the cultural diversity of Houston, menu changes daily.)

Beer & Bar Food:

Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer
http://www.haymerchant.com/
(Craft Beer and insanely good bar food, with 80 beers on tap.)

Okra Charity Bar
924 Congress
http://friedokra.org/okra-charity-saloon
(Have a beer and give back to the community at the same time! Profits go to charities selected monthly by patrons!)

You may need to stay a few extra days just to eat at all of them! If you're not hungry by now... you will be when you get to Houston! See you there!

Don't miss out on the unprecedented learning and networking experience that is TechEd. Register today!

TechEd Alumni Share the Love in Recent #IHeartTechEd Contest

3/17/2014 3:00:25 PM

More than 100 entries were submitted for TechEd in-person and online alumni. Each told us what they love best about TechEd in our February #IHeartTechEd contest. Answers ranged from content and learning opportunities to networking, exploring the Expo Hall, and onsite Microsoft Certification, and more. If you haven't registered for TechEd 2014, read on, and learn why you don't want to miss out!

 IHeartTechEd because it's where I can...

 Learn: "Because of the 'ah-ha' moment I get in every session."

"Learning new technology often brings a new viewpoint to projects. |I'm just starting out in the IT field with no experience, and this will help grow and strengthen my skills! | It expands my knowledge of Windows 2012 and the future of Server OS. | You quickly learn about current Microsoft technology and catch up with colleagues from around the globe. | I always learn something new that I can apply and help my company. | The amount learned in the time at TechEd is priceless and indescribable...networking there is mind-blowing. | You get to learn from the best of the best. | There is no other place where you can learn so much so fast. | I get a closet full of free T-shirts and a brain oozing with technical knowledge."

Connect: "It's the BEST place for IT people to network with others from the community."

"I've made a massive network of skilled IT pro/devs I can reach out to when needed. | I get to meet, learn from, and befriend some of the best and brightest IT pros in the world | It's a chance to connect with Microsoft Product groups and ask questions. | I get to meet some of the greatest tech minds in the world.I can get up to speed on current tech, learn what's next, and connect with old tech friends | It's the perfect place to connect with the 3 P's: partners, prospects, and people who are passionate about Tech! "

Explore: "Because of the large variety of new technologies it exposes you to every year."

"Exploring TechExpo and being able to talk to the venders about products you are using, and plan to implement. | There are great labs to try out the software. | I get to see what is new, hands-on, from the professionals who built it. | It's the best resource for an MS admin and just way too fun to miss. | The experts and developers of tools I use are all in one place and I can get info straight from the horse's mouth. | I can take my technical questions directly to the product teams and get the answers I need.| I get a week to geek out, learn from experts, and connect w/ other IT pros about stuff I do every day."

Thanks to everyone who contributed. See you in Houston!

 3 Sweepstakes winners were chosen by random drawing, and received a gift certificate to dine at Underbelly, Corner Table or Sambuca, all on the list of top local restaurants in Houston.

Don't miss out on the unprecedented learning and networking experience that is TechEd. Register today!

TechEd 2014 Closing Party: Big. Bold. Texas-Style

3/13/2014 6:00:07 PM

We are excited to announce the party we look forward to all year—the TechEd 2014 closing party! This year we are taking you to one of Houston's gems, Minute Maid Park, an award-winning major league sports facility in the heart of downtown.

Joey and Rick have the details from inside MinuteMaid Park on The CountDown Show special feature - play it below:

 

TechEd attendees will have exclusive access to the entire park—and with many places to explore inside and out, this venue will surprise you at every turn. We'll have a variety of great music, games, activities, and grub.  This isn't just another stadium party! This is your all-access pass, behind-the-scenes tour of this award-winning, innovative ballpark. Join us and see how we throw a stadium party Texas style! It's big. It's bold. It's non-stop fun! See you there!

Mark your calendar! 

TechEd 2014 Closing Party

Thursday, May 15, 7:30pm – 11:30pm, Minute Maid Park

Still not registered? You don't want to miss this year at TechEd... the sessions, the keynote, the labs, the Expo...OR the party! Register today!

Stay connected and stay informed.

 




TechEd Countdown Show #11 The One with lots of odds and ends

3/11/2014 3:05:29 PM

We are only 9 weeks out from TechEd in Houston May 12th to the 15th. In the continuing Countdown Show series, Rick and Joey have a Texas sized variety of odds and ends to cover off.  A question came up on "technical depth" in the Forums, so we decided to hit head on.  As a result - get a behind the scenes look at how content is vetted by the various content teams at TechEd.

Next up Rick and Joey introduce you to the individual track discussions that are new to the forums. These forums are "THE" place to have a voice on the session content in each track - the speakers are listening. Here are the quick links to the topics:

We mentioned there was a lot in this episode, we haven't even covered Brad Anderson's AMA on Reddit, Social networking, online interaction, in person networking, a little thing called #TheKrewe and even more - too much to see here. Watch the video instead!

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If you have been waiting to register it's time to get signed up and ready for Houston! And please make sure that you are following us on:




Content Catalog is Live! Start Planning Your TechEd Agenda.

3/4/2014 4:00:59 PM

The TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog is LIVE with more than 600 Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs and Instructor-led Labs covering this year's hot topics, delivered by industry experts. Explore the Catalog to see what you could take away from your TechEd experience, and use Schedule Builder to create your ideal conference agenda.

Not yet registered? Use the Content Catalog to convince your boss that TechEd is a great investment. Then, register to begin planning your personalized session schedule with Schedule Builder!

Check out The Countdown Show #10:  The One with the Content Catalog and Session Builder.  In this Episode Rick and Joey fill you in on all the details about the content catalog as well as new changes to Schedule Builder.

 

If you have registered, use Schedule Builder to create your ideal conference agenda. We have made some fantastic changes to the Schedule Builder that allows you to set priority on sessions if you choose to select multiple for the same time slot. Please get those sessions added to your schedule to assist us with room selection!

NOTE: This year at TechEd, registered attendees can pre-reserve a seat in Instructor-led Labs (ILL). While adding Breakout Sessions and Hands-on Labs to your schedule does not reserve a seat (those sessions are on a first-come, first-seated basis), pre-registration at ILLs is required to reserve a seat.  For the optimal TechEd experience, it is strongly recommended that you reserve your seat in the ILLs that most interest you.

The Catalog will continue to grow until TechEd, so check back often for new content and speaker bios.

We'd love to hear which sessions top your agenda for TechEd 2014!   Of course you should make sure that you are following us on:




Coutdown Show #9: The One with Dress Code and Pre Conference Sessions

2/25/2014 3:56:29 PM

Pssssst! Before we talk about the next countdown show - Did you know that keynote speaker Brad Anderson (@InTheCloudMSFT) is going to be participating in a Reddit Ask Me Anything?! The AMA will be held on Thursday February 27th at 11AM PST. Be sure to follow Brad's Twitter account for the link to the AMA.

In this episode, we're T-11 weeks with Rick and Joey are hitting the Forums once again to answer your questions! This week it's all about the dress code! What should I wear or not wear while in Houston?

Finally, it's a focus on the Pre-Conference Sessions. Have you registered for yours yet? If you are registered for TechEd it's not too late to add a Pre-Conference session to your registration.

Want the full details? Go watch the video to get the whole scoop:

 

As always we have a few things that you need to make sure you do:




Countdown to TechEd #8: The One with Pre-TechEd MVA goodness

2/18/2014 3:55:45 PM

We're in the T-12 week mark this week and we find Rick and Joey reminding you about the forums as they introduce you to great resources you can use to "prime your pump" with learning knowledge before you arrive at TechEd.

Check out some of the courses around the technologies important to you at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com to get a head start. If you are more of a hands on individual - you can also check out the TechNet vLabs for on-demand sand boxes of guided labs available online.

Want the full details? Go watch the video to get the whole scoop.

Remember, if you have questions you'd like answered on the Countdown Show, you can comment on this video or post in C9 TechEd Forums.

As always we have a few things that you need to make sure you do:




Countdown to Teched #7: The One with Jam Session News

2/11/2014 3:55:00 PM

That's it! we're hitting a weekly cadence now! The countdown to TechEd North America hits the T-13 week mark this week and we find Rick and Joey taking your questions from the forums and making another visit to the House of Blues in Houston to talk about a TechEd tradition: Jam Sessions.

Rick and Joey kick off this episode with a discussion on the two airports in Houston. Houston Hobby (HOU) and George Bush Intercontinental (IAH). Their conclusion? There is no wrong airport to fly into!

Wait a minute - did we say Jam Sessions? Join us May 13th from 9pm to 1am at the House of Blues Houston. We give you a complete sound and lighting system, instruments, sheet music, and lyrics -you just need to bring your musical talents! You don't want to miss this unique home-grown concert, where anyone can take to the stage and make great music.

Want the full details? Go watch the video to get the whole scoop.

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Remember, if you have questions you'd like answered on the Countdown Show, you can comment on this video or post in C9 TechEd Forums.

As always we have a few things that you need to make sure you do:




Partners Share Top Reasons for Participating at TechEd

2/11/2014 1:03:21 AM

TechEd North America continues to deliver strong ROI for partners who participate. We asked TechEd 2013 partners to share their top reasons for investing in TechEd, and what brings them back year after year. Watch the video to hear the full story.

 Here's a sampling of what they had to say:

"TechEd offers the perfect mix of our customers and Microsoft's customers." – Jeffrey, F5.

"It's an exercise in relationship building with our customers—to show them how broad we really are. I think it's always worth it, especially for the crowd you typically get...and the depth of knowledge...from the speakers to the attendees. It's a top-class event." – John, AvePoint

"Great representation from industry leaders and big names." – Eric, ExtraHop Networks

"Our customers expect us to be here." – Andrew, NetIQ

By combining TechEd and MMS into one event—TechEd North America 2014 makes it easier than ever for partners to engage with the best of both audiences. One investment increases your network and influence with those most interested in hearing about your products and services.

Need more information? Download the TechEd 2014 Partner Prospectus to learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Check out the current list of sponsors and exhibitors.

Add your company name to the impressive list of partners who will join us May 12-15, in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Contact Partner Sales Manager Chris Kurtz at +1.206.734.8110 or email TENAExpo@microsoft.com and Register today!

TechEd Attendees Share the Top Benefits of Attending

2/6/2014 8:44:01 PM

We asked TechEd North America 2013 attendees what was most beneficial for them in attending, and they shared their feedback on camera. Watch the video to hear what they had to say.

We've often heard from TechEd alumni that what keeps them coming back is the networking, access to Microsoft and industry experts, and broad learning opportunities—and these attendees had similar stories to tell, plus a few new ones. Here's a sampling:

"My favorite thing about TechEd is... getting to network with other professionals in the industry." – Matt, Apparatus

"It has cut down my need for weeks and weeks of training because I'm able to touch so many different technologies all at once." – Jen, Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank, LLP

"You come to find out what the latest technology activities are and... make sure you're aware of what's happening in the industry. You might find answers to questions you didn't even know that you should be asking." – John, Texas Medical Assoc

"It's the whole thing. You've got it from end to end. I'm an IT Pro, but I can go into a dev session and learn stuff. This is my third TechEd. You've got me hooked." – Fredrik, Lumagate

Check out the full video to hear more, and don't miss out on the opportunity to experience all that TechEd has to offer. Register today!

Countdown to Teched #6: The One We Finish the Things Not to Miss in Houston Trilogy

2/4/2014 6:01:00 AM

What does breaking news about TechEd Europe, two craft beer bars and craft coffee have in common?  We've got them all covered here in Episode 6 of the Countdown Show.  This is the third and final installment in our trilogy of "What Not to Miss in Houston while attending TechEd 2014".

Some of the items we cover in this episode:

  • Breaking News: We announce preliminary details about TechEd Europe
  • Other cool places to visit in Houston that were NOT shown in our video series (Okra Charity Bar)
  • Countdown show changing to a weekly cadence

Want the full details? Go watch the video to get the whole scoop.

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As always we have a few things that you need to make sure you do:




Keynote Speaker Brad Anderson Discusses the Value of TechEd

1/16/2014 4:01:40 PM

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President Windows Server and System Center, will return to TechEd North America to deliver the Keynote Presentation, Monday, May 12, 2014 in Houston, Texas. In his recent blog post, Brad talks about what brings him back to TechEd, and why you need to attend in 2014.

As the leader of the Windows Server and System Center group (WSSC), Brad is committed to helping enterprise organizations be agile, reduce their costs, protect their users, and drive their businesses forward with the WSSC suite of products and services.

Read his blog post to gain insight into what makes TechEd attendance an essential investment in 2014, and register today to reserve your place at TechEd!

 

Countdown to Teched Show #4: The One With MORE Things Not to Miss in Houston

1/8/2014 2:36:33 PM

We are just 18 weeks until TechEd North America in Houston! In Episode #4 of the Countdown Rick and Joey talk about the reasons YOU should attend TechEd including:

  • Access to all the experts you need to solve issues you are facing.
  • Learning something new.
  • Networking and not just with your peers, but also our fantastic partners and our product experts.
  • Get your hands dirty with our Hands On and Instructor Led Labs

Then Rick and Joey once again take to the streets of Houston, Texas to bring you MORE highlights of things you don't want to miss while attending TechEd 2014 (May 12th - May 15th). Make sure you Register Now!

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Watch the video here.

Here is where you can go to get more information on the places Rick and Joey visited in this episode:

Get out there and interact with us here in the comments section or Online:




TechEd Roundtable discussion reveals the key benefits of attending TechEd

12/17/2013 9:52:29 PM

"Networking, networking, networking." That was the meme we heard loud and clear at the TechEd 2014 Roundtable discussion held in Houston on December 4.

We invited 10 active TechEd and Infrastructure Management community members to Houston to get a behind-the-scenes look at how we plan TechEd. Together, we walked through our early planning for the layout of TechEd in the George R. Brown Convention Center. We discussed the key highlights of the event and asked for feedback on each item, eager to hear insights from our customers, partners, and staff that will help us build a great event experience for everyone in 2014.

Roundtable participants talked over their varied likes, dislikes, and insights on discussion topics covering Pre-Conference Seminars, Keynotes, Foundational Sessions, Breakouts, TechExpo Welcome Reception, Jam Sessions, Closing Party, Forums, Alumni Lounge, and Community Outreach.

Finally, we asked them to share the one thing that, for each of them, can't be missed at TechEd. Here's what they had to say:

  • "TechEd is the most important week of my year. It's a unique opportunity to build my skills and help the people I support at work." – Michael B., College Instructor, Founder of the Krewe

  • "Networking through community meet ups." – Gary, Technical Strategist

  • "The Women in Technology Luncheon. The topics are relevant for both men and women." – Heather, Manager, IT Training

  • "There are so many things that make TechEd great. Instructor-led labs and hands-on lab sessions are a highlight. The chance to sit down and touch something and pull something tangible out of TechEd." – Ed, MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer – Regional Lead

  • "Networking. The wow factor of the keynote. Product teams are helpful with unresolved questions." – Harjit, Systems Administrator

  • "Talking with Microsoft product teams. Getting practical answers. The ability to give and receive feedback – to learn why it does what it does." – Michael C., Windows Azure MVP, Microsoft Architect

  • "One of Mark Russinovich's sessions. I love to see the reaction to what he presents. This often becomes a core topic for trainers to deliver." – Tiffany, Director of Business Development

  • "The unexpected informal conversations. They are invaluable." – Kirk, Microsoft MVP, Technical Product Manager

  • "I try to bring 3-4 questions with me to the event and I find I get practical answers from Microsoft." – Scott, Networking & Operations Manager

We're grateful to have had the opportunity to hear what our community expect of and take away from Microsoft events. TechEd North America 2014 is your best source for deep technical education and the latest news, trends, and resources that make you an expert in your field and prepare you for tomorrow's innovations. Two powerful communities will have the rich experience they expect, plus the opportunity to interact with technology professionals in both structured and informal settings.

Thank you to all of the Roundtable participants for taking part in this amazing discussion! We'll be posting more results of the Roundtable on our Facebook page, so watch for more insights and videos coming soon.

Don't hesitate—take part in the incredible networking and learning opportunity that only TechEd can offer. Register today.

Join the TechEd Forums and share your insights!

Countdown to Teched Show #3: The One With Things Not to Miss in Houston

12/16/2013 7:41:25 PM

Did you miss Episode #3? Trying to figure out what green eggs and ham, baseball, braised goat, space travel, and craft cocktails have to do with TechEd? Well, in this episode of the 2014 countdown season, Joey Snow and Rick Claus take a roadtrip to Houston, Texas to highlight things you don't want to miss while attending TechEd 2014 (May 12th - May 15th).

Some of the items we cover in this episode:

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Here is where you can go to get more information on the places Rick and Joey visited in this episode:

Get out there and interact with us here in the comments section or Online:




What will you experience at TechEd? Highlights and Core Learning Ops

11/26/2013 5:33:46 PM

Are you new to TechEd, and wondering what it's really like? Here are the highlights you'll experience at Microsoft TechEd 2014 in Houston. (Hint: Be prepared to start planning your own conference schedule when our content catalog launches in early March.) Check out the TechEd 2014 Conference Agenda and explore last year's session catalog to learn more about what you can expect this year.

TechEd Highlights

Pre-Conference Seminars: Day 0
Choose from 10 Pre-Con Seminar topics and dive right in! Add a Pre-Con to your TechEd Registration and get a full day of in-depth discussion with the experts.

Keynote Session: Day 1
Grab your coffee and hear the latest strategy and roadmap from Microsoft senior leadership in the TechEd Keynote.

Foundational Sessions: Day 1
Learn about the vision, strategy, and roadmap for Microsoft products and technologies in Foundational Sessions delivered by Microsoft senior executives.

TechExpo Welcome Reception: Day 1
Join Microsoft product team members, partners, and your fellow attendees at the TechExpo Welcome Reception. Explore the latest products and technologies from TechEd sponsors and exhibitors, meet with Microsoft product groups, and enjoy food and drinks with the community.

Women in Technology Luncheon: Day 3
Join a diverse panel discussion to hear insights and experiences at the Women in Technology Luncheon.

Jam Sessions: Day 2
Jump on stage and jam with us at TechEd Jam Sessions—as we take over a local night spot and rock the house.

TechExpo Happy Hour: Day 3
Who doesn't like happy hour? Join Microsoft product groups from the MSE and TechEd Sponsors and Exhibitors for happy hour in the TechExpo.

TechEd Closing Party: Day 4
Get ready for an amazing night at the TechEd Closing Party—you won't want to miss it!

The Core of TechEd
In addition to the highlighted activities above, TechEd offers a depth of experience you'll find nowhere else. Throughout the week, you'll learn, connect, and explore a comprehensive array of sessions, labs, and networking opportunities that are all part of the daily offering at TechEd.

Breakout Sessions and Instructor-led Labs
Dive into technical sessions with expert speakers throughout the afternoon. Take advantage of ILLs where you can get hands-on experience with the guidance of experienced instructors.

Community Outreach
Help us give back to the Houston community at Offsite Community Outreach on Sunday, and through Onsite Community Outreach opportunities, weekdays at the convention center.

Hands-on Labs
Experience Microsoft technologies at your own pace in the HOLs. (Last year, there were more than 180 different lab titles!)

Microsoft Certification Testing
Prepare for and take Certification exams—and get 50% off the regular exam price! Access free Practice Tests, take an Exam Prep session, and get your last-minute questions answered by MCT Ambassadors. Attend the Microsoft Certification and You session, to get started.

TechEd Conference Store and Bookstore
Pick up souvenirs and the latest titles from your favorite author's at the Conference Store and Bookstore. Have your books signed by the author at Book Signings throughout the week.

TechExpo: Partner Solutions & Microsoft Solutions Experience
Networking is a key value of TechEd, and the TechExpo is a valuable resource for contacts and information. Learn about the latest solutions and product offerings from Sponsors and Exhibitors, and meet with Microsoft Product Groups in the Microsoft Solutions Experience.

More to experience at TechEd:

  • Alumni Lounge
  • Best of TechEd Awards
  • Bookstore Signings
  • Channel 9 Live at TechEd
  • Conference Store and Bookstore
  • Onsite Community Outreach
  • Platinum Partner Presentations
  • Speaker Idol

Have you registered for TechEd 2014?
The Early Bird gets the savings. That's US$300 off the standard registration fee when you register by December 31, 2013. Register today and start planning your TechEd experience!

Consider starting a day early with a Pre-Conference Seminar on Sunday, May 10. Explore this year's topics and expert speakers, and add a Pre-Con to your conference agenda.

Pre-Con Seminars Build a Foundation for Enhanced Learning at TechEd

11/21/2013 5:48:42 PM

Learn from the masters. Join some the industry's leading experts at one of 10 all-day Pre-Conference Seminars, presented Sunday, May 11, 9:00am-5:00pm, at Microsoft TechEd North America in Houston.

Presented the day before the conference opens, Pre-Cons offer a unique opportunity to extend your learning experience at TechEd with a full day of focused discussion led by the rock stars of our industry. Seminars focus on topics most relevant to today's technology professionals, and content is designed to provide you with a deep knowledge base and skills that you can apply to your immediate business needs.

Attending a Pre-Con is an investment ($400 for TechEd attendees and $500 for Pre-Conference Seminar only) that lays a foundation to help you get more out of sessions and labs throughout the week. And, they offer the chance to tap into the knowledge and insights of speakers—many of whom are published authors who, literally, wrote the book(s) on their subject. You may be inspired to pick up a few of their titles to read before the conference!

Explore complete seminar descriptions for the TechEd Pre-Conference line-up (below), and be sure to read the speaker bios and visit their blogs.

Have you registered for TechEd 2014?

Remember, when you register before December 31, 2013, you'll save $300 off your TechEd conference registration fee. Take advantage of Early Bird savings, and you'll cover most of the cost of a Pre-Conference Seminar.

If you've already registered for TechEd, it's not too late to add a Pre-Con to your agenda!

Registration Is Open for TechEd North America 2014

11/5/2013 3:40:27 PM

Join us for Microsoft TechEd North America, May 12-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Registration is now open, with special Early Bird savings of US$300 off the standard fee when you register on or before December 31, 2013.

Take advantage of special savings and realize the tremendous value of TechEd: four days packed with opportunities to learn from industry experts through Breakouts, Hands-on and Instructor-led Labs, Keynotes, Foundational Sessions, and social networking opportunities.

Make the most of your investment in TechEd by adding a Pre-Conference Seminar and taking onsite Microsoft Certification training and exams.

  • Pre-Conference Seminars are all-day workshops led by Microsoft and industry influential, going in-depth on today's hot topics. Add a Pre-Con to your conference schedule and start learning when the doors open. Check the Catalog for Pre-Conference Seminar titles, abstracts, and speaker bios.

  • Microsoft Certification at TechEd allows you to study for, practice, and achieve your Microsoft Certifications all in one place—with in-person assistance from Microsoft Certified Trainers—at 50% off the regular price, for registered attendees.

More details on TechEd 2014 content will come soon. If you're not yet a TechEd Insider, sign up for the TechEd Insiders Newsletter, and be among the first to hear the latest conference news and updates.

Be the Early Bird who gets $300 off. Register today.