Pre-Conference Seminars

Jump-start your TechEd experience by attending a Pre-Conference Seminar on Sunday, May 11. Pre-Conference Seminars are focused, day-long classes led by noted industry experts, and cover topics that address relevant issues for today’s IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers. This education richly enhances your TechEd experience and expertise and prepares you for the session content and hands-on labs that are offered throughout the week.

  • + PRC01 | Hacking and Hardening Windows Infrastructure Workshop Hasain Alshakarti, Paula Januszkiewicz, Marcus Murray

    This seminar offers a unique opportunity to discuss and understand key security features in the Windows platform. Join three distinguished Enterprise Security MVPs and top TechEd speakers for a knowledge boost about the most current security issues and countermeasures in the Windows ecosystem.

    An armorer of Chu boldly claims to make the best spears and shields. "My shields are so strong; they cannot be penetrated by any weapon," he said. "My spears are so sharp; they can pierce any shield," he further said. A man asks, "If your spear is thrown at your shield, what then?" State of Chu (841-233 b.c.).

    By logic, both an impenetrable shield and an all-piercing spear can not exist at the same time, therefore we would love to invite you to our seminar about important details that play a crucial role in Windows Security. Bring your own laptop and enjoy live demos and examples with us!

    During this seminar you will have chance to download and use our tools. We will provide you the complete set of whitepapers related to the subjects.

  • + PRC02 | From Code to Release: DevOps for Developers Mickey Goussett, Brian Randell

    We know you know how to write code. Websites, services, and even mobile apps—you build them all. You hold your daily scrum, you burn down your work, and you finish your product backlog items. But are you finishing up that most important feature? Of course that feature is shipping.

    In this seminar, Brian and Mickey show you how to make shipping a feature you check off every time you finish your work. We take a .NET web application and show you how to ship locally and to Microsoft Azure as often as you want.

    In doing this, we begin by looking at the features available to you from Microsoft in Team Foundation Server 2013 as well as Visual Studio Online. We look at the monitoring tools available both on-premises and in the cloud, and look at how the world of shipping software has matured, including what the industry calls DevOps.

    We discuss what you need to do to support continuous deployment. Learn how to use the latest build features, as well as look at various deployment tools such as Release Management for Visual Studio 2013. See how better testing, using tools like System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Lab Management in Team Foundation Server 2013, can make testing easier and more accurate. Learn how you can use load testing in conjunction with Windows Azure to know your app is ready.

    Beyond that, sometimes bad things can happen to the best programmers, so you'll want to ensure that you’re prepared for issues in production. We look at features— like Application Performance Monitoring in System Center Operations Manager and the new Microsoft Monitoring Agent—that you can use with and without System Center. We also look at Global Service Monitoring for your publically accessible websites as well as the new Application Analytics available through Visual Studio Online.

    In the last section, we cover how you can customize your DevOps practice by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration, custom workflow tasks for build and deployment, and System Center Orchestrator. You learn how you can make your life better, shipping when you want to—every week or even every day, multiple times a day.

  • + PRC03 | A Day of the Latest Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft Azure Developer Enhancements Brady Gaster, Scott Hunter

    In this seminar, ASP.NET and Microsoft Azure Group Manager Scott Hunter and Microsoft Azure SDK Product Manager Brady Gaster take you on a journey through the new features Microsoft has built into the ASP.NET Web Stack and Visual Studio 2013. Learn about the new features in the One ASP.NET Framework, Web API, SignalR, and the new OWIN framework for ASP.NET developers known as Katana. Also, learn about some of the new features added to the Windows Azure platform for web developers and how you can use these technologies to build cloud-scale web and mobile applications using the latest .NET technology. If you’re a web developer, you won’t want to miss this seminar. By the end of the day you’ll be ready to code and will have learned from some of the team members just how awesome the new One ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013 combination will make your development experience.

  • + PRC04 | Modernizing WPF Line-of-Business Applications Robert Green

    What is next on everyone’s list these days? Learn how to modernize your line-of-business (LOB) applications for multiple devices.

    Attend this seminar to learn how to move .NET client LOB applications forward without having to start from scratch with new technologies. Learn about Microsoft’s devices and services strategy, what it means for you and how your existing applications fit in. In this seminar, learn best practices for using a services architecture. See how and why to move your LOB applications to Microsoft Azure, how to use third party controls to add a modern look and feel and how to provide your users the ability to use LOB apps on a variety of devices, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. And, do all of this using Visual Studio 2013 and your existing XAML skills!

    This session is for you if you have questions like the following: How can I take advantage of asynchronous programming and MVVM? How do I develop applications based on a services architecture? How do I move existing data and services to Microsoft Azure? How do I authenticate users of Azure-based cloud services? How do I make my cloud services call internal services that are not in the cloud? What tools can help me build modern looking WPF LOB apps? Can I ensure that my users can access my LOB apps from many devices, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone?

  • + PRC05 | DevOps: An IT Professional’s Guide David Tesar, Morgan Webb

    Learn about a variety of integrated solutions, primarily from Microsoft, that can help you as an IT professional enable an effective DevOps transformation within your organization's application lifecycle management (Plan – Develop – Release - Operate) and establish a high-trust relationship between the business, development and operations teams.

    Within the Enterprise, the IT professional plays an important role in enabling the promise of continuous integration and delivery, to ensure that changes to applications by software developers can be rapidly and efficiently deployed to end users. The job is not over once the applications, and infrastructure to support them, are automatically deployed.

    Monitoring should be integrated to continuously improve the applications for users based on real data gathered, along the way improving release cycles for development teams. This sounds great, but the actual implementation details require that we evolve the way in which the business, developers and IT professionals have historically worked together.

    What can you do to prepare for the discussion? LEARN more technical details of what will be covered in the blog post IT Pros Becoming Agile. JOIN THE CONVERSATION with speakers and other attendees on Channel 9 Forum. FOLLOW ; “David” and ; “Morgan” on twitter for future announcements about content we plan to present which we can't talk about yet!

  • + PRC06 | Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World Ben Hunter, Michael Niehaus, Mikael Nystrom

    What does it take for organizations to deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone? During this all-day seminar you will examine the requirements needed to execute the entire process. We ensure that you understand what has changed in Windows 8.1, how you prepare for a Windows 8.1 migration, how to create your Windows 8.1 image, how to deploy Windows 8.1, and how to deploy Windows Store apps to the already-deployed computers using an enterprise app store. Regardless of whether you are new to Windows deployment and management, new to Windows 8.1, or an existing Windows 7 or Windows XP expert, there will be benefits for all attendees, from “how-to’s” to best practices to tips and tricks.

  • + PRC07 | Installing Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Like a Pro Todd Klindt, Shane Young

    SharePoint 2013 has been out for a little over a year and in that time we’ve all learned a lot about how best to install and configure it. In this all-day seminar, Shane and Todd detail the list of things you should consider when planning your SharePoint 2013 farm. Then, they dig in and show you a full farm installation. They show you common pitfalls and explain how to work around them. They also make liberal use of PowerShell when building and configuring this farm. These PowerShell scripts and snippets will be available after the class.

    Like any Todd and Shane session there are a lot of technical discussions and stories about how one or the other of them has screwed something up. When you leave this session you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to build a stunning SharePoint 2013 farm that you won’t be ashamed to take home and introduce to your parents.

  • + PRC08 | Delivering On-Premises Self-Service Solutions with the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server John Ballard, Bradley Bartz, Michael Leworthy, Andrew Zeller

    Microsoft’s Windows Azure Pack builds on the foundation of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to deliver out-of-the-box self-service solutions for users leveraging high-density websites, virtual machines, storage and networking. This seminar focuses on deep understanding of the WAP technology, including building WaaS, DaaS, and IaaS solutions and integration automation for efficiency.

    Topics of the day include: 1) WAP Overview: Learn what the Microsoft Azure Pack is and the components that are involved. This also includes clearly defining its value and the specific use cases that the solution addresses. 2) Deployment and Service Provisioning: See how each of the components are configured and integrated to deliver a complete solution. 3) Administering WAP: Once deployed, learn how to configure self-services systems, authentication options, building plans and subscriptions. 4) Extensibility and APIs: Learn how to manage services, extend across environments, and use the APIs.

    The overall outcome of the day will be to complete a full deployment of a WAP environment with all features enabled.

  • + PRC09 | Hybrid Identity in a World of Consumerization John Craddock

    Many of us have been cocooned in an Active Directory environment, where Single-Sign-On (SSO) and Kerberos authentication has become the norm. But now we need to give our users access to applications and services that are public cloud based, on devices we do not control. And of course the mirror, where partners and users are using social media identity and need access to our applications and services, be they running on-premises or in a cloud environment. It’s time to stretch the boundaries and encompass identity from multiple sources, a true identity mashup. What’s more, users expect SSO and to be able to use their own devices to access applications regardless of whether those devices are based on Windows, iOS, or Android. Come to this seminar and discover how Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and the Web Application proxy in Windows Server 2012 R2 combines with Active Directory, partner identity, Microsoft Azure Active Directory identity services, and create solutions that will take identity into the future. Add support for BYODs via Workplace Join, management via Windows InTune, additional security through authentication policies with multi-factor authentication and you are good to go. John Craddock, who has worked with Active Directory and federated identity since the beginning, peels back the onion skin and shows you what’s really going on; be prepared to go deep. The pre-con is packed with demos and troubleshooting tips and tricks. Don’t miss out, sign-up now. Join the Conversation.

  • + PRC10 | Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in the Real World: Notes from the Field Kent Agerlund, Johan Arwidmark

    Join Johan Arwidmark and Kent Agerlund, two of the world’s foremost Configuration Manager 2012 R2 experts in a dazzling seminar on how to use Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in the real world. Learn about the changes in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, how to build a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 infrastructure, how to migrate from Configuration Manager 2007, and upgrade to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. Learn how to deploy applications and updates, and how to deploy and manage Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. You also learn how to integrate Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune, for mobile device management.

    Kent and Johan share their notes from the field, and their tips and tricks for making System Management using ConfigMgr 2012 R2 even better. If you are working with ConfigMgr 2012 R2, or thinking about moving to ConfigMgr 2012 R2, this is the seminar that you cannot afford to miss.