As we posted last week, Tech•Ed North America is around the corner and we've got a lot of great sessions, new content and goodies for you all!

Check out what's new in the TLC

If you're an attendee, visit the Best Practices Drive-Thru at the Technical Learning Center (TLC - Building B, Level 1 of the Georgia World Congress Center) and learn tricks of the trade with leading experts on Exchange as well as Lync, SharePoint, Office and more. While you're there, continue the discussion with our subject matter experts at the Exchange demo stations located by the Drive-Thru.

You may work on email transport - why not transport yourself? Experience the Microsoft Exchange Escape spa lounge, also found on the TLC show floor. We're giving away 1000 massages during Tech•Ed but you'll need to earn your voucher.

I'm all for swag but I like swag I can actually wear - and not to do yardwork in. We've brought back a couple of stylish t-shirts we previously had at Tech•Ed Europe, due to popular demand. Who doesn't love the Super Sparkle Happy Outlook Web App theme?


Exchange team blokes Steve Chew and David Alexander show off the latest and greatest in Exchange swag you can wear

To learn how you can earn a massage or rock one of these t-shirts, swing by the Exchange demo stations for more information... and prizes!

Be on camera if you are passionate about Exchange!

We'll be shooting quick 15 second videos at the Exchange demo stations all week long. Brainstorm some questions and advice you'd like to discuss with the following themes:

  • Geek Out with Perry by asking Perry Clarke an Exchange engineering question on camera for another special edition Geek Out with Perry.
  • If you have one piece of advice to other Exchange IT pros, what would it be? Exchange advice with others in the Exchange community on camera.
  • Share your favorite Exchange feature with the Exchange community on camera - whether you love DAGs, OWA Themes, ECP or RBAC!

Please stop by to record a short video because we'd love to hear from you - and you can pick up a 'Geek Out with Perry' t-shirt. Just look for me, the host of Geek Out with Perry!

Add the Exchange Tech•Ed Sessions to your calendar

Most importantly, don't forget to go to our Tech•Ed sessions and provide some constructive feedback afterwards. We've got hot topics whether you're interested in moving to the cloud or want to optimize your DAG design. We'll also be giving away prizes at every breakout session so be sure to attend for your chance to win.

Please note that the timeslots for these sessions may get updated so check out your 'My Tech•Ed' schedule builder for the latest times and info on location.

Sunday, May 15
10:00 AM-5:30 PMPRC11 - Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Notes from the Field in High Availability and Disaster Recovery
Monday, May 16
3:00 PM-4:15 PMEXL326 - What's New in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2: Featuring GAL Segmentation
4:45 PM-6:00 PMEXL313 - Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Tips and Tricks (Repeats on 5/17 at 10:15am)
Tuesday, May 17
8:30 AM-9:45 AMEXL305 - Best Practices for Successfully Transitioning to Microsoft Exchange 2010
10:15 AM-11:30 AMEXL306 - Best Practices for Virtualization of Microsoft Exchange 2010
EXL313-R - Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Tips and Tricks (Repeated from 5/16 at 4:45pm)
1:30 PM-2:45 PM EXL307 - Load Balancing with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
EXL376-INT - Hewlett-Packard & Microsoft Q&A on Exchange Virtualization
3:15 PM-4:30 PMBOF07-ITP - Microsoft Exchange Server High Availability: DAGs and Disaster Recovery Best Practices
5:00 PM-6:15 PMEXL312 - Designing Microsoft Exchange 2010 Mailbox High Availability for Failure Domains
Wednesday, May 18
8:30 AM-9:45 AMEXL401 - Exchange Server 2010 High Availability Management and Operations
10:15 AM-11:30 AMEXL302 - Archiving and Discovery in Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 and Exchange Online (Repeats on 5/18 at 5:00pm)
12:00 PM-1:00 PMEXL374-INT - Real-World Site Resilience Design in Microsoft Exchange 2010
3:15 PM-4:30 PMBOF12-ITP - Exchange Unified Messaging
EXL311 - Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365: How to Set Up a Hybrid Deployment
5:00 PM-6:15 PMEXL302-R - Archiving and Discovery in Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 and Exchange Online (Repeated from 5/18 at 10:15am)
Thursday, May 19
8:30 AM-9:45 AMEXL324 - Top 10 Insights on Development of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 against Microsoft Office 365
EXL375-INT - Understanding Archiving and Compliance in Microsoft Exchange Online
10:15 AM-11:30 AMEXL310 - Microsoft Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365: Simple Migration Live!
1:00 PM-2:15 PMEXL322 - Microsoft Exchange Online: Unified Messaging in Microsoft Office 365
2:45 PM-4:00 PMEXL309 - Microsoft Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365: Migration Case Study
4:30 PM-5:45 PMEXL327 - Real-World Site Resilience Design in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

If you're coming to Atlanta, I can't wait to see you there and hear your Exchange architectural questions for Perry, favorite Exchange features and recommendations for other Exchange admins. And of course, I can't wait for some sunshine and southern food!

Ann Vu