Throwback Thursday: Sessions from TechEd Houston

Today is my final installment of highlights from TechEd Houston! Below are some of my session picks from the last day of the conference.

  • TWC: Hacker’s Perspective on Your Windows Infrastructure: Mandatory Check List (DCIM-B366)
  • Windows 8 Security Internals (WIN-B350)
  • Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment Note from the Field (WIN-B358)
  • Providing SaaS Single Sign-on with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (PCIT-B326)
  • Delivering Disaster Recovery Solutions Using Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure (DCIM-B421)
  • How IPv6 Impacts Private Cloud Deployments (DCIM-B373)
  • Windows Server 2003 End of Life Migration Planning for Your Workloads (DCIM-B376)
  • Upgrading Active Directory the Safe Way: Using Virtualization Technologies (PCIT-B341)
For my lists of sessions from the other days, you can find them here: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Learn Something Today from TechEd Houston

Since today is Wednesday, I’m bringing you a selection of session from Day 3 of TechEd Houston which was also a Wednesday.

  • Introduction to Microsoft Azure Automation (DCIM-B347)
  • Data Protection in Microsoft Azure (DCIM-B387)
  • How to Rapidly Design and Deploy an Active Directory Federation Services Farm: The Do’s and Don’ts (PCIT-B324)
  • Leveraging Your On-Premises Directory Infrastructure to Manage Your Microsoft Azure Active Directory Identities (DCIM-B301)
  • Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing (DCIM-B386)
  • Deploying and Managing Work Folders (PCIT-B322)
  • Windows To Go: Deployment, Support for BYOD, and What IT Pros Need to Know (WIN-B342)
  • The Agile End-to-End Story for Developers and IT Professionals (DCIM-B358)
  • TWC: How You Can Hack-Proof Your Clients and Servers in a Day (DCIM-B372)

As you can see, Wednesday was a busy day at TechEd and I since I was working down in the Windows Client area on the expo floor I still have a lot of these to watch!

More From TechEd – Tuesday Sessions

It’s Tuesday, so a perfect time to flashback to some sessions that looked interesting to me from Day 2 of  TechEd 2014. These are all available on Channel 9.

  • Effortless Migration from VMware to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (DCIM-B412)
  • Best Practices for Integrating On-Premise Datacenters with Microsoft Azure IaaS (DCIM-B330)
  • Security and Microsoft Azure IaaS (DCIM-B385)
  • TWC: Data Privacy and Protection in the Cloud (OFC-B233)
  • Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting (WIN-B328)
  • TWC: Social Engineering: Manipulations, Targeted Attacks, and IT Security (PCIT-B319)

Go forth and learn something today!


Today starts off Day 2 of TechEd!  Yesterday, I spent a lot of time working in the Microsoft Solutions area (MSE) talking about Windows and Mobility.  You can find me in the “Device Bar” today and I’ll also be at the “Ask the Experts” event this evening.

So great announcements came out during the keynote yesterday.  I can’t wait to get started with Azure Files and the new site-to-site VPN tunnels between Azure VNets.  Also, being able to deploy Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients to Azure for testing and development is a great addition.

While I’m here at TechEd, my fellow colleagues have been busy blogging about what’s been going on as well.  Check out some posts below:

Don’t forget, even if you aren’t here in person you can still stream a lot of great TechEd content from ch9!

Tis the Season… Conference Season!

I admit it, I’m a bit of a conference junkie.  I love attending events, listening to interesting keynotes or panel speakers, passing through the expo areas and chatting with other IT Professionals.
There are only so many weeks in the year though and my calendar is starting to fill up with some promising events.

CITE Conference (April) –  Okay, well, you just missed this one. The last day is today. I attended it yesterday and thought it was a great conference around Consumerization of IT and Mobility in the Enterprise. I highly recommend looking for it next year. Visit their website to keep track of them via all the popular social mediums.

TechEd 2014 (May) – There is a special place in my heart for TechEd… this will be my 10th year attending and you’ll be able to find me in the Windows Client booth area.

TechDays SF (June) – Brought to you by PacITPros and hosted in the Microsoft SF office, this two day event is like a mini-TechEd bringing you similar caliber speakers talking about all the current topics.  Registration is currrently open.

Dev/IT Connections (Sept) – I was able to speak at this event in 2013, but won’t be able to attend this year.  Still, it’s a great event and I hope to be able to attend in 2015. Plus everyone needs a reason to visit Vegas, right?

That’s just a short list… Do you have any conferences you love that I should try to check out?

TechEd 2014 Content Catalog is Live!

TechEd North America is fast approaching (May 12-15th) and if you know me, you know I’ve been a fan of this conference for many, many years.  One of the best ways to make sure the event is enjoyable for everyone is by indicating the sessions you are interested in using the Course Catalog and building your schedule.  This gives the conference organizers an idea of the popularly of topics and speakers so the room are assigned to support the number of attendees or they can schedule repeats.  No one likes being turned away at the door or standing in the back for 75 minutes.

I took a quick look at the catalog today and here is my short list of sessions I’d want to attend. These are either topics I think are interesting and more importantly, speakers who I’ve seen before or know personally and I know they know their stuff. (I was going to include the course descriptions, but it was going to make this post WAY too long… click to be take to the catalog for more information.)

Water Bottles? What to do? What to do?

I was doing a little New Year house cleaning and realized I have way more reusable water bottles collected from conferences over the years than I can really use. I doubt there is a market for used water bottles, so I haven’t figured out what to do with all of them, but I did have an idea that would be great for future conference planners. (You heard it here first!)

Instead of giving out NEW bottles at every event, like TechEd, invite attendees to bring a previous conference water bottle and when they show it at registration, they get an entry into a special drawing for something cool.

Maybe give bonus entries for bringing a bottle from a competing conference or one that shows you are a committed alumni – 3 years prior or older maybe?

Speaking of conferences, are you attending TechEd 2014 in Texas? Registration is open!  Any other conferences on your calendar?