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On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame (http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx).
I am now writing a follow up post to make everyone aware of another set of events that will be taking place in conjunction with our TechNet Events. The TechNet Event runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. We will take an hour break and then start a second event that runs from 1 PM – 5 PM. We are calling these afternoon events IT Camps.
The format of the IT Camp is totally different than any other Microsoft Event. At the beginning of the IT Camp, we will have everyone put forth a few topics for discussion / presentation. Once we’ve collected the topics, we will have everyone vote for the ones that are of the most interest to them and then we will do our darn best to cover as many of them as possible in the 4 hour window. This format allows everyone to have a say in the topics and also fosters great discussions amongst all the attendees. If all goes well, we will have “experts” in different technologies present to help answer and discuss all the different topics. These “experts” won’t necessarily work for Microsoft, but may be MVPs or other knowledgeable folks in the community.
In case you are wondering what topics are valid, let me just list a few to get your thinking going. Active Directory, Cloud Computing, Certification, Exchange Server, Lync Server, Group Policy, Hyper-V, Virtualization in general, System Center, Office 365, Windows Azure, PowerShell, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone 7, Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Security, Upgrading, Migrations, etc.
Even if you can’t make the morning TechNet Event, I hope you can make it to the afternoon event. If you would like, bring your laptops and we can try to do some hands-on stuff too.
Following is a list of all the cities, dates, locations and registration links:
November 14, 2011
Microsoft Civica Office
Microsoft Los Angeles Office
Los Angeles Registration
November 15, 2011
Microsoft Denver Office
November 17, 2011
Microsoft Tempe Office
November 18, 2011
Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
Silicon Valley Registration
Microsoft Portland Office
December 6, 2011
Microsoft Lehi Office