Early Bird Gets the Worm
TechEd Europe 2010 kicked off today in Berlin, Germany. My brain decided the conference needed to start at 4:45am Berlin time Monday and there was no convincing it to go back to sleep. I think that’s like 9:45pm Sunday Dallas time. I knew right then I wasn’t going to last the entire day and into the reception that evening but there was no use fighting it. So I got up and piddled around getting read for the day ahead.
I met some of the TechNet and MSDN team for breakfast at the Kempinski and enjoyed a nice breakfast buffet. The buffet was pretty elaborate and I took advantage. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although the buffet was fab, I’m not sure breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good German beer at the end of the day is a strong competitor.
Meetings and Pre-conference Training
Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team, along with a number of other Microsoft organizations held a summit that started at 8:30am. Normally I wouldn’t mind participating in the meeting but unfortunately there was a schedule conflict. The all day Windows 7 Deployment workshop was taking place at the same time downstairs.
I’d much rather see what Jeremy Chapman, Michael Niehaus, Chris Jackson, Steve Campbell and the other presenters are going to be up to in the workshop, so I grabbed a coffee and headed down.
The “Experience a REAL Windows 7 Deployment” session was very good and provided coverage on the Microsoft Deployment ToolKit, MAP, ACT, SCCM, application compatibility, gotchas, and a host of other topics. I took my video camera and shot a little over 30 minutes of video throughout the first 4-5 hours of the session, but my hotel connection is pitifully slow so I may not publish anything until I get home.
It’s funny, Jeremy Chapman indicated right up front that this session was going to be real so it’s likely we’ll see some issues and need to troubleshoot. He was right. Grin.
During the lunch break, the Ethernet switch all of the machines were on took an error of some sort. I actually think someone accidentally kicked the power switch on the multitap.
Regardless of how the error occurred, the MDT task sequence aborted with the red screen of fail. In this case, that meant all of the user state had already been backed up and the previous OS had been wiped. Since the task sequence had already aborted, it was time for some quick troubleshooting.
Michael Niehaus (pictured at right) walked everyone through the manual steps to install a new OS and recover the user state. The first order of business was making sure we actually had the user state stored off. You have to be very careful here not to use another task sequence that going to wipe the drive.
I didn’t see a camera crew in back recording the session in video form, but I’m sure there will be an audio recording. Like many of our tools, you can watch these sessions over and over but until you actually roll up your sleeves and try the tools for yourself, you won’t know how easy it is to use them. This session did a great job of providing the view of those tools to get you started.
TechEd Europe Conference Keynote
In the afternoon, TechEd Europe 2010 was officially opened with a keynote by Microsoft’s Brad Anderson.
At last month’s PDC10 Microsoft announced enhancements to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, the Windows Azure Platform. Today, Microsoft provided more information about how its comprehensive cloud strategy - spanning the public and private cloud - can help organizations meet their unique business needs. While PaaS represents the future of cloud computing, many organizations today require high levels of control or customization within their own IT environments.
Microsoft’s approach to the cloud includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), so customers and partners can build private cloud solutions on top of their existing datacenter investments. Windows Server, Hyper-V, and System Center comprise fully integrated server, virtualization, and management solutions. And today, the company announced Hyper-V Cloud, a set of programs and initiatives that help customers and partners deploy private clouds on their own terms. The programs include:
In addition, Microsoft also announced:
Good to see you get to attend an event out of the U.S. Keithco! No reason the rest of the world shouldn't enjoy your work!