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Announcing: Microsoft’s Unified Technology Event for Enterprises

7/21/2014 2:59:30 PM

You talked, we listened... The world of IT and enterprise development and your needs are rapidly changing. In a cloud first, mobile first world you need:

  • The broadest range of learning opportunities across the breadth of Microsoft's technologies and solutions 
  • Technical education, product evaluation and deep hands-on learning to plan, architect, deploy, manage, and secure a connected enterprise
  • More access to senior technology leaders and engineers doing coding every day to get your questions answered
  • A greater understanding of future technology vision and roadmap to help you be successful
  • Greater community interaction with technology professionals and your industry peers in structured and informal settings
  • Epic after hour gatherings where you can unwind and turn on the fun with your peers!

We're excited to announce the inaugural unified Microsoft commercial technology event the week of May 4, 2015.  

If you've attended TechEd or Microsoft Management Summit, this is the place for you to be. It's everything you've come to know and love and more. You'll find what you're familiar with and you'll learn more about Lync, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Project, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visio, Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Intune, Windows Server and lots more. 

Save the week of May 4, 2015.  We'll be back in September with more details. See you in Chicago for this unparalleled event.

Follow TechEd on FacebookTwitter and subscribe to the TechEd Insiders Newsletter for event updates.

This change only affects events scheduled in calendar year 2015. This year, TechEd Europe in Barcelona 28-31 October, will proceed as planned.

To be clear, TechEd lives on. This event will be a part of and an enhancement of TechEd, co locating with that event to ensure the world of IT gets optimal access to all of the best resources in one place.

 

 

Thank you for attending TechEd North America 2014!

5/21/2014 12:16:21 AM

TechEd North America was a great success, thanks to you—the attendees—who came to learn and share your knowledge with the community! We're grateful to our speakers, staff, and crew who are dedicated to creating the best experience possible, and to our TechEd and MMS Alumni for coming back year after year.

We also appreciate your comments and suggestions, and hope you'll remember to complete your overall conference evaluation questionnaire online via email you will receive on May 20th.

Opportunities to learn and connect with resources and the TechEd community continue all year.

  • Become a TechEd Insider and get regular updates on TechEd 2015, by subscribing to the TechEd Newsletter

We look forward to hearing from you in the TechEd Discussion Forum and seeing you next year!

Thursday, May 15 Daily Highlights

5/15/2014 1:48:43 PM

It's the final day of TechEd North America 2014, and we're excited for the TechEd Closing Party at Minute Maid Park! Meanwhile, this is your final day of sessions and last chance to take advantage of networking and learning opportunities onsite here at TechEd. Remember, session presentations are available year-round via the Content Catalog, where you can view sessions you've missed, on demand.

Airport Shuttle Service runs today, Noon – 4:30pm. Make your reservations at the Airport Transportation Desk, located at the Information Center, Halls CD at the main entrance to the TechExpo, 8:00am – 3:30pm. See below for details.

Today's highlights are:

Bag Check: 7:00am – 4:30pm, Level 2  Complimentary bag check is available again today to store luggage. No laptops please. We advise you to leave personal or valuable items in your hotel during the conference. Please be sure to collect your items prior to 4:30pm.

Conference Store, Bookstore and Microsoft Retail Store: 9:30am – 3:00pm, Hall E  Get your shopping done today before the stores close at 3:00pm!

 

Bookstore Signings: Bookstore, Hall E  Have your books signed by the author! Visit the Bookstore for details and the latest updates. Today's book signing schedule:

  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm   Mark Russinovich    
    Rogue Code: A Jeff Aiken Novel (Thomas Dunne Books)
    Zero Day: A Novel (Thomas Dunne Books)
    Trojan Horse: A Novel (Thomas Dunne Books)
    Sysinternals Administrator's Reference (Microsoft Press)
    Windows Internals, 6th Ed, Parts 1 and 2 (Microsoft Press)

  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm  Cameron Fuller, John Joyner & Pete Zerger                          
    System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleashed (2nd Edition) (SAMS)

 

Ship Materials Home: 8:00am – 5:00pm, FedEx Office, Level 2  Remember, you can ship materials you've acquired during the conference back to your home or office at the FedEx Office on Level 2, open 8:00am – 5:00pm.

 

Hands-on Labs: 7:00am – 3:00pm, Hall E  Last chance to visit the HOLs, closing at 3:00pm today. Check the Content Catalog for lab titles and descriptions.

 

Certification Testing Center: 9:30am – 3:00pm, Hilton Americas, Rooms 338 – 340  Don't miss your chance to take Certification exams at 50% off the regular exam price! Certification Testing Center closes at 3:00pm today.

 

TechExpo: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Halls CD  TechExpo: Partner Solutions and Microsoft Solutions Experience closes today at 3:00pm. Take advantage of this last chance to meet with Microsoft product teams, TechEd Sponsors and Exhibitors!

 

Platinum Partner Presentations: 11:45am – Noon and 12:15pm – 12:30pm, Digital Wall  Our Platinum Partners take the stage for 15-minute interactive sessions at the Digital Wall today in Halls CD. Join us to learn about their innovative products and services!

  • 11:45am – Noon: Nutanix
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm: Adaptiva

 

Speaker Idol Finals: 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Digital Wall  Join host Richard Campbell and find out who'll win this year's Speaker Idol and earn a speaking slot at TechEd 2015!

 

TechEd Closing Party: 7:30pm – 11:30pm, Minute Maid Park  Get ready for an amazing night as TechEd takes over Minute Maid Park for this year's Closing Party! The wristband you received at Registration is your ticket to the party (not your attendee badge), so don't forget to detach the wristband from your party flyer, and wear it for entry. If you lose your wristband, fees will apply to replace it (visit Registration prior to 4:30pm). No guest passes or replacements will be sold at the party.

 

Shuttle service is provided between all TechEd hotels and Minute Maid Park, 7:15pm – 11:45pm. For more details regarding guest passes, admittance, security and suggested attire, refer to the party flyer/wristband you received at Registration.

 

Airport Shuttle Service: 8:00am – 3:30pm, Info Center, Halls CD  Non-stop airport shuttle service from George R. Brown Convention Center to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport is available to TechEd attendees for $20.00, payable with cash or credit card. Airport shuttles depart every 30 minutes, Noon – 4:30pm. Recommended departure for domestic flights is two hours prior to flight time, while international flights require three hours prior to flight time. Please visit the Airport Transportation Desk for additional information. Reservations can be made at the Airport Transportation Desk, located at the Information Center, Halls CD at the main entrance to TechExpo.

Reminders:

Evaluations: Complete your session and overall conference evaluations, and you could win great prizes! Your input helps us improve future TechEd conferences TechEd will donate $1 to a local Houston charitable organization for each attendee who submits an evaluation at TechEd. Look for the post-event survey next week – we value your input to help us continually improve TechEd each year!  Session evaluations will be available until 5:00pm on May 20.

 

See you at TechEd 2015!

Tell us what your TechEd highlights are from today by sending a tweet to @TechEd_NA with hashtag #msTechEd!

Monday, May 12 Daily Highlights

5/12/2014 12:36:24 PM

Welcome to Monday, our first official day of TechEd 2014, which begins with a Keynote Presentation by Microsoft's Brad Anderson. The TechExpo opens today, and we hope you'll join us for the TechExpo Welcome Reception tonight, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Just a reminder to please complete individual evaluations for the sessions you attend at TechEd. Evals can be found in the Content Catalog. TechEd will be donating $1 to a local Houston charitable organization for every attendee who completes an evaluation form at TechEd. Plus, you could win great prizes—like a Microsoft Xbox One or various gift cards.

Today's highlights are:

  • TechEd Keynote Session: Brad Anderson, 9:00am – 10:30am, Hall B3 (Overflow in Rooms 310A, 320A, 330, 340, 350D, 360)  Join Microsoft's Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server and System Center Program Management, for the TechEd North America 2014 Keynote. You won't want to miss it!

 

  • TechExpo Partner Solutions and Microsoft Solutions Experience: 10:30am – 2:00pm, Halls CD  The TechExpo opens today at 10:30am in Halls CD featuring Partner Solutions from TechEd sponsors and exhibitors, the Microsoft Solutions Experience, Resource Zone, and more! Check your Conference Guide for a TechExpo floor plan and listing of participants.

 

  • Foundational Sessions: 11:00am – Noon Foundational Sessions are demo-heavy sessions which dive deeper into key themes presented during the keynote, providing practical solutions to solve technical and business issues your company faces today. Choose from six Foundational Sessions, delivered by Microsoft product experts, held 11:00am – Noon today.

 

  • Platinum Partner Presentations: 11:45am – Noon and 12:15pm – 12:30pm, Digital Wall  Our Platinum Partners take the stage for 15-minute interactive sessions at the Digital Wall today in Halls CD. Join us to learn about their innovative products and services!
  • 11:45am – Noon: NetApp
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm: Cisco

 

  • Speaker Idol: 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Digital WallJoin Microsoft Regional Director and host of .NET Rocks to see who will win this year's Speaker Idol Competition. Held at the Digital Wall in Halls CD, Speaker Idol contestants give a five-minute presentation for the audience and judges to compete for a speaking slot at TechEd 2015.

 

  • Alumni Lounge: 10:30am – 6:00pm, Hall E  The Alumni Lounge offers a space to work, relax, and network—for TechEd and MMS Alumni only.

 

  • Community Outreach: 10:30am – 6:00pm, Hall Help us make a difference in the local community. Visit the TechEd Commons in Hall E where you can participate by helping assemble much-needed supply packs for MD Anderson (Houston's premier Cancer Center) and local homeless shelters—as well as other hands-on activities. Any amount of time you spend helping will be rewarding and appreciated!

 

  • Channel 9 Live at TechEd: See Session Schedule for details.  The Channel 9 team is broadcasting live and unscripted from the TechExpo in Halls CD. Hosts will speak to executives, engineers, session presenters, internet celebrities and industry luminaries, as well as attendees. Be part of the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Reference @ch9live in your tweet and the Channel 9 host may ask your question live on the air.

 

  • TechExpo Welcome Reception: 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Halls CD. 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 great food and drinks with the community.

Reminders for Tuesday, May 13:

  • Networking Night: Ask The Experts and Meet & Geek: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Halls AB

  • Jam Sessions: 9:00pm – 1:00am, House of Blues® Houston

Tell us what your TechEd highlights are from today by sending a tweet to @TechEd_NA with hashtag #msTechEd!

TechEd North America 2014 Session Changes

5/11/2014 1:31:53 PM

Updated: Thursday, May 15 at 12:56 PM

We will post updates to the session schedule as session changes are made for TechEd North America 2014.

Thursday, May 15 PM

  • Session Cancelled: DCIM-B303 SAP in Microsoft Azure: Scenarios and Considerations 1:00 PM | Hilton L2 Ballroom C

  • Session Added:  DEV-B307-R Announcing Hybrid Connections: Building Amazing Hybrid Web Sites and Mobile Apps in Minutes (repeated from May 12 at 1 pm) 1:00 PM | Hilton L2 Ballroom C

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B374 Application Lifecycle Management with Microsoft Azure Development 2:45 | Room 330

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B376 Building Enterprise Ready HTTP-Based Services Using ASP.NET Web API 2 2:45 | Hilton L2 Ballroom A

HOL Added:

  • DEV-H214 New Collaboration Experiences for Development Teams Using Team Foundation Server 2013

HOL Cancellations:

  • DCIM-H207 Managing Exchange with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
    DCIM-H208 Managing SharePoint with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
    DCIM-H209 Managing SQL with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
    DCIM-H309 Protecting Your Data with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
    DCIM-H310 Monitoring Your Datacenter with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
    DCIM-H311 Automating Your Daily Tasks with Windows PowerShell
    DCIM-H312 IT Service Management with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
    DCIM-H315 Building Service Templates in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
    DEV-H205 Building HTML 5 Business Applications on Microsoft Azure with Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch
    DEV-H219 Using MVVM in .NET Client Applications
    WIN-H301 Learn to Use Microsoft Azure Active Directory in Application Scenarios

Tuesday, May 13

  • ILL Cancelled: WIN-IL303 Learn to Use Microsoft Azure Active Directory in Application Scenarios 8:30 AM | ILL Room 2

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B320 Successful Open Source Strategies for Enterprise 8:30 AM | Room 320

  • Session Added: DCIM-B250 StorSimple Solutions with Veeam in Production Environments  10:15 AM | Hilton L2 Ballroom A

  • Session Added: DEV-B323 Building Multi-Device Apps with the New Visual Studio Tooling for Apache Cordova 10:15 AM |  Room 320A

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B322 Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio Online and Microsoft Azure 10:15 | Room 370A

  • Session Added: OFC-B274 Implementing Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Hybrid for Search, Business Connectivity Services, Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Yammer   1:30 PM | Room 360A

  • Session Cancelled:  DEV-B329 Maximizing Microsoft Azure for Development and Testing 1:30 PM | Room 352D

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B219 Real-World Implementations of Microsoft Azure Media Services: A 'Round-the-World Tour of Customer Use Cases 1:30 PM | Hilton L2 Ballroom C

  • Session Cancelled:  DCIM-B335 Microsoft Storage Solutions in Production Environments 1:30 PM | Room 361A

  • ILL Cancelled:  Implementing a Basic PKI in Windows Server 2012 R2 (repeated from May 12 at 3:00pm) 3:15 | ILL Room 1

Wednesday, May 14

  • Session Added: OFC-B275 Office Mix: Online Lessons and Training Made Simple
    3:15 PM | Room 340

Thursday, May 15 AM

  • Session Cancelled: DEV-B419 Diagnosing Issues with Cloud Applications Hosted in Microsoft Azure Using Visual Studio 8:30 PM | Hilton L2 Ballroom C

  • Session Cancelled: DCIM-B345 Networking Solutions in Action: How Customers Implement Software-Defined Networking Using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2  10:15 AM | Hilton L2 Ballroom A

  • Session Cancelled: DBI-B335 scaling Out Microsoft Azure SQL Database: Patterns and Best Practices 10:15 AM | Room 372A

  • Session Cancelled:  OFC-B265 Work with Anyone, Anywhere, on Any Device 10:15 AM | Hilton L2 Ballroom D

  • Session Added:  DEV-B233 Introduction to Windows Azure Redis Cache 10:15 AM | Room 310A

  • ILL Cancelled: OFC-IL301 Implement the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 PLA with a Cloud Pack 10:15 AM | ILL Room 2

 

Sunday, May 11 Daily Highlights

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Welcome to Microsoft TechEd North America 2014 and Houston! Each day, we'll post the daily highlights here on our blog to help you make the most of everything happening at TechEd. Check the Content Catalog for session details and updates. If you haven't done so already, use the Schedule Builder to create your conference schedule.

Thanks to those of you who signed up to participate in our Offsite Community Outreach efforts. We'd love to hear about your experience giving back to the Houston community! Remember, Onsite Community Outreach opportunities are available Monday through Wednesday in Hall E. We hope you'll continue to help throughout TechEd.

  • First up today, Pre-Conference Seminars: 9:00am – 5:00pm  Choose from 10 different Pre-Con topics of in-depth discussion and dive right in! If you haven't pre-registered, it's not too late! Visit Registration to sign up and get a head start on your TechEd experience. Additional registration fee is required.

  • Attend a TechEd 101 Session: 1:00pm – 2:00pm and 4:00pm – 5:00pm (repeat), Room 351A  TechEd 101 provides an overview of the major components of TechEd, to help you take advantage of all of the opportunities here and create your ideal conference schedule. Check the Catalog and add TechEd 101 to your schedule.

  • Certification Testing Center: Noon – 6:00pm, Hilton Americas, Rooms 338 – 340  Get Certified at TechEd! Take advantage of onsite training at Certification Central. Make use of the Microsoft Learning Study Hall, attend Exam Prep sessions, and take all Certification Exams at 50% off the regular price. Learn more.

  • Hands-on Labs: Noon – 6:00pm, Hall E  Experience Microsoft technologies at your own pace in the HOLs, offering more than 145 different lab titles. Check the Content Catalog for details.

  • Alumni Lounge: Noon – 6:00pm, Hall E  Thanks to all TechEd and MMS Alumni for joining us here in Houston! We hope you'll make use of the Alumni Lounge throughout the conference to connect with fellow

  • Microsoft Retail Store and the Conference Store & Bookstore: Noon – 6:00pm, Hall E Get an early start on shopping today!

Reminders for Monday, May 12:

  • Keynote Session with Brad Anderson: 9:00am, Hall B3  (Overflow in Rooms 310A, 320A, 330, 340, 350D, 360)

  • Remember to leave your hotel early to allow for Monday morning traffic! Transfer times can run as long as 45 minutes during peak traffic.

  • Foundational Sessions: 11:00am – Noon

  • TechExpo Welcome Reception: 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Halls CD

Tell us what your TechEd highlights are from today by sending a tweet to @TechEd_NA with hashtag #msTechEd!

TechEd 2014 LiveStream Details

5/10/2014 7:16:34 PM

This year you will be able to watch the Keynote, select sessions, and special live interviews beginning at 9AM CDT on Monday May 12th and continuing through the end of day Thursday May 15th. 

Rick and Joey have snuck on to the CH9 live SET to give us an update on the Live Stream - watch the video below.

Make sure that you register today and join us on the live stream. Here is the current schedule - all times are Central Time Zone:

Monday May 12th, 2014

9:00 AM

11:00 AM

Keynote: Brad Anderson, CVP, Windows Server and System Center

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server

12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Final TechED Countdown Show

12:15 PM

12:45 PM

Cloud for IT Pros

12:45 PM

1:15 PM

Wally Mead: Wally Mead – then and now

1:15 PM

2:30 PM

Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

Client Development Q&A

3:00 PM

4:15 PM

RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD

4:15 PM

4:45 PM

Brian Harry on Visual Studio Online, TFS, DevOps, and More...

4:45 PM

6:00 PM

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

8:30 AM

9:45 AM

INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server

9:45 AM

10:15 AM

Live Recording: The Edge Show

10:15 AM

11:30 AM

DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server

11:30 AM

12:00 PM

Windows Azure Pack Automation

12:00 PM

12:45 PM

ASP.NET Developer Q&A with Scott Hunter & Scott Hanselman

12:45 PM

1:30 PM

Brad McCabe and Ben Hunter: Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for Enterprise

1:30 PM

2:45 PM

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

2:45 PM

3:15 PM

The Differentiated IT Pro – Jeffrey Snover

3:15 PM

4:30 PM

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Azure with Mark Russinovich

5:00 PM

6:15 PM

TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition

Wednesday May14th, 2014

8:30 AM

9:45 AM

Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack

9:45 AM

10:15 AM

Hybrid identity with Adam Hall

10:15 AM

11:30 AM

Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing

11:30 AM

12:15 PM

Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery

12:15 PM

12:45 PM

DevOps for IT Pros

12:45 PM

1:10 PM

Defrag Tools Live – Paula Januszkiewicz

1:10 PM

1:30 PM

Defrag Tools Live – Mark Russsinovich

1:30 PM

2:45 PM

Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6

2:45 PM

3:15 PM

Visual Studio Toolbox Live: Developing for Windows Phone 8.1

3:15 PM

4:30 PM

Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Run As Radio with Richard Campbell

5:00 PM

6:15 PM

What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Thursday May 15th, 2014

8:30 AM

9:45 AM

Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment: Notes from the Field

9:45 AM

10:15 AM

Cloud for Developers Q&A

10:15 AM

11:30 AM

Async Best Practices for C# and Visual Basic

11:30 AM

12:15 PM

The Patch & Switch Show Live

12:15 PM

1:00 PM

.NET Framework Q&A

1:00 PM

2:15 PM

VDI Deployment Walkthrough

2:15 PM

2:45 PM

Yin Yang Bang

2:45 PM

4:00 PM

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

4:00 PM

4:20 PM

CH9 Live Closing

Twitter: use the #msteched hashtag or comment to @teched_na




Get Answers to Your Top Questions about TechEd. Read the FAQ!

5/8/2014 4:58:21 PM

As questions come in for TechEd North America on twitter at @TechEd_NA using hashtag #msTechEd, on the TechEd North America Facebook page and on the TechEd North America Forum, we're compiling the most frequently asked questions and posting the answers here. 

Q1:  What are the Registration hours?
A1:  Hint:  Check-in on Sunday and avoid the Monday morning rush!  If you are not able to check-in on Sunday, please plan to arrive at Registration on Level 2 starting at 7:00am on Monday to check-in prior to the Keynote Session.

  • Sunday, May 11:  7:00am – 9:00am (Pre-Con attendees only); 9:00am – 7:00pm (ALL attendees). Registration is also available on Sunday, May 11 at the Microsoft Store inside the Galleria Mall from 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Monday, May 12:  7:00am – 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 13:  7:00am – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 14:  7:00am – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 15:  7:00am – 4:30pm

Q2:  Where is Registration?
A2:  Once you arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC) please proceed to Level 2.

Q3:  What is the shuttle schedule?
A3:  The shuttle schedule is available at http://northamerica.msteched.com/Travel and on page 14 of the conference guide, which you'll receive at Materials Distribution when you register.  Important note: Transfer time between hotels in the Galleria area and the convention center is approximately 20-25 minutes. During heavy traffic, it could take up to 45 minutes.  Please plan your arrival time accordingly; especially for Monday's Keynote.

Q4:  Will there be shuttle service to and from the Closing Party? A4:  Yes. There will be Continuous shuttle service between TechEd hotels and Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 15, 7:15pm – 11:45pm.

Q5: Where is the Information Center in the GRBCC?
A5:  You'll find the Information Centers on Level 1 in Halls CD at the main entrance to TechExpo, and on Level 2 near the Skybridge to the Hilton. Both locations are staffed during all conference hours. In addition, Roaming Information Staff wearing bright green shirts can be found throughout the convention center.

Q6:  Where can I recharge my electronics?  
A6:  There are Recharge Lounges in the TechEd Commons in Hall E, on Level 3 in the Grand Ballroom Lounge, Level 2 Hilton Americas and throughout the TechExpo, Halls CD. As a benefit for TechEd Alumni, you can recharge your electronics in the Alumni Lounge (see page 40 of your conference guide for hours).

Q7:  Will there be lunch for pre-con attendees?
A7:  Yes.  Pre-Conference Seminar attendees will receive a lunch ticket when they register onsite with the time and location of lunch for Sunday, May 11. 

Q8:  Where can I get a map of the venue?
A8:  You can get a map of the event here: http://northamerica.msteched.com/techedmaps. See the TechEd map on pages 6-9 of your conference guide, which you'll receive at Registration.

Q9:  Where do I get the TechEd App?
A9:  Plan your schedule from the web site or one of several apps! Get direct access to the TechEd Schedule Builder, Speaker info, news posts, maps and more with the Channel 9 Events app for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Search the app store for "Ch9 Events" or http://aka.ms/techedapps.

Q10:  I'm experiencing trouble with my Ch9 Events App. Who should I contact?
A10:  Please see the blog post here to troubleshoot the app: http://www.eventboardmobile.com/Ch9Events/

Q11:  Where can I acquire session materials?
A11:  Session materials are distributed digitally and are associated with sessions within the content catalog at http://northamerica.msteched.com/catalogand are available 24-48 hours after the session is presented. After TechEd, session recordings can be found at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014.

Q12:  Where is TechExpo being held?
A12:  The TechExpo: Partner Solutions and Microsoft Solutions Experience are located in Halls CD of the GRBCC. A floor plan of the hall is located on page 56 of your conference guide, which you'll receive at Registration, in your conference materials. Floor plans are also available at http://northamerica.msteched.com/TechEdMaps.

Q13:  Where can I watch the live streams?
A13: http://northamerica.msteched.com/

Q14: What content will be streamed and available on-demand? And, when will they become available?
A14: Don't miss out! The following sessions are the Taste of TechEd sessions streamed live from Houston:

On breaks between sessions, you will find Joey Snow and Rick Claus and the Channel 9 team broadcasting live, unscripted, and 100% interactive from within the TechExpo. Hosts will be speaking with executives, engineers, session presenters, industry luminaries and YOU!  Be a part of the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Send your questions and comments by referencing @ch9live in your tweet and the Channel 9 host may ask guests your question live on the air.

The TechEd Content Catalog provides you with year-round access to session presentations from TechEd 2014, plus on-demand viewing at http://northamerica.msteched.com/catalog. Sessions will be available within 24-48 hours after the session is presented.

Stay Connected with the Ch9 Events App

5/5/2014 4:09:46 PM

Attending TechEd? Then make sure to get the Ch9 Events app installed on your device! Browse conference content, follow your schedule, stay connected throughout the event and submit session evals afterwards

Download Ch9 Events for Windows 8 | Windows Phone | iOS | Android

Please note that to make the catalog easier to browse on your mobile device, we do not show Hands-on Labs, Instructor-led Labs, or Pre-Conference seminars.  All breakout sessions, TechEd 101, foundational, exam prep sessions, and the women in technology luncheon are listed for your convenience.

For additional support you can reach out to: support@eventboardmobile.com

 

TechEd Conference Shuttle Service: Schedule and Boarding Locations

5/5/2014 12:29:40 PM

As you plan your TechEd 2014 conference schedule and prepare to travel, take a few minutes to review the conference shuttle schedule, noting the pickup location at your hotel. You'll want to plan your morning departure times to allow for traffic, as shuttle transfer times will vary from 20-25 minutes up to 45 minutes at peak traffic times.

On Monday morning, plan to leave your hotel early to ensure you arrive at the GRBCC for the Keynote Session with Brad Anderson, 9:00am – 10:30am. This year we are providing you several options to view the keynote. The main keynote room will be in Hall B3 (Level 3). There are also several overflow rooms where you will be able to view the keynote. The overflow rooms are 310A, 320A, 330, 340, and 350D and will feature the live feed on big screens, so you won't miss any of the keynote experience.

Daily Shuttle Schedule

Continuous shuttle service is provided every 10 – 15 minutes between TechEd 2014 conference hotels and the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC) on the following schedule.

  • Sunday, May 11  6:45am – 7:15pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and the GRBCC
  • Monday, May 12 6:45am –  9:15pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and the GRBCC
  • Tuesday, May 13 6:45am – 9:15pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and the GRBCC
  • Wednesday, May 14  6:45am – 9:15pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and the GRBCC
  • Thursday, May 15 6:45am – 4:30pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and the GRBCC
  • TechEd Closing Party at Minute Maid Park 7:15pm – 11:45pm  Continuous shuttle service between Tech Ed hotels and Minute Maid Park               

Note: Shuttles are only provided for Conference hotels. If you booked a hotel outside of the TechEd hotel block, transportation is not provided.

Hotel/Convention Routes and Boarding Locations

Route 1

  • Hyatt Regency:  Curbside on Dallas Street
  • Courtyard Marriott Houston Downtown: Curbside on Dallas Street
  • Residence Inn:  Walk to Courtyard Marriott – Curbside on Dallas Street

Route 2

  • Club Quarters Hotel: Curbside on Fannin Street
  • Four Seasons Hotel: Across Dallas at Caroline Street
  • Crowne Plaza Downtown: Curbside on Smith Street
  • Doubletree Downtown: Curbside on Dallas Street

Route 3

  • Sam Houston Hotel: Corner of Prairie Street and San Jacinto
  • Hotel Icon: Curbside on Congress Street
  • Magnolia Hotel: Curbside on Texas Street
  • Westin Houston Downtown: Curbside on Texas Street

Route 4

Omni Galleria: Curbside Front Entrance

Route 5

  • Marriott West Loop by the Galleria: Curbside on West Loop
  • Royal Sonesta Houston Hotel: Curbside on West Loop
  • Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria: Curbside on West Loop
  • Hilton Houston Post Oak: Curbside on Post Oak Boulevard

Route 6

  • JW Marriott Galleria: Curbside on Westheimer Road
  • Doubletree Suites Galleria: Curbside at Main Entrance Driveway
  • Westin Galleria: Curbside on W. Alabama Street
  • Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria: Walk through Galleria Mall to Westin Galleria – Curbside on W. Alabama Street

Route 7

  • Hampton Inn Houston near the Galleria: Main Entrance
  • Hotel Derek: Curbside on Westheimer Road
  • Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria: Main Entrance at End of Driveway

Route 8

  • Crowne Plaza River Oaks: Curbside on Southwest Freeway
  • Four Points Houston Southwest: Curbside on Southwest Freeway
  • Doubletree Greenway Plaza: Main Entrance Greenway Plaza

Route 9

Crowne Plaza Galleria:  Curbside on Frontage Road

Walking Hotels

  • Embassy Suites Downtown
  • Hilton Americas
  • Holiday Inn Express

The Embassy Suites Downtown, Hilton Americas, and Holiday Inn Express are within walking distance to the GRBCC. No shuttle service will be offered between these hotels and the GRBCC; however service will be provided to Minute Maid Park for the closing attendee party on Thursday, May 15. This will become Route 10 on Thursday night only.

The TechEd Countdown Show: The One with the Tech Expo

4/29/2014 6:20:56 PM

Less than TWO weeks remain until TechEd North America in Houston Texas! In this weeks episode of The Countdown Show,  Rick and Joey sit down with Michelle Deveraux to talk all things Tech Expo. The Tech Expo is the place where you get to meet and interact with not only Microsoft folks, but also our fantastic Partners!

Michelle brings a map and Rick breaks out his red pen and we break down the entire Expo hall zone by zone, highlighting key areas such as the Experience Lounge, the Resource Zone, and the Digital Wall. 

Check out the full video below:

 

We cannot wait to see you all in Houston! Did I mention less than TWO WEEKS?!

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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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