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Is there any bigger fan of TechEd than me?
You got that right. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know what a huge fan of TechEd I am. I’ve been attending TechEd in the US since 1994; and only missed ‘96 and ‘97. (No great loss. I heard they weren’t that good anyway.) I’ve even dedicated time and risked severe embarrassment in sharing several TechEd Video Diaries with all of you. (I’ll leave it to you to search for them as an exercise.)
This year I’ll be in Atlanta with the rest of my geeky friends again. I’ll be attending sessions and also helping out by recording some TechNet Edge interviews and helping proxy a Windows Azure session or two.
“So why are you talking about TechEd in the midst of your cloudy series, Kevin?”
Naturally, there will be huge emphasis on “the cloud” at TechEd this year. With all of the great announcements that came out of MMS this year regarding the System Center 2012 products that are in beta, and the new additions to that suite that are coming, you can bet that the cloud will be front-and-center; because some of the biggest and most amazing additions to our management tools revolve around the easy extension and management of your datacenter resources into the cloud. And that’s whether your cloud is private, public, or somewhere in-between (hybrid).
I just went through the Schedule Builder and selected the sessions I’m interested in, so I thought I’d take a moment and share them here with you:
Monday, May 16
1:15 PM-2:30 PM
3:00 PM-4:15 PM
4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 17
8:30 AM-9:45 AM
10:15 AM-11:30 AM
1:30 PM-2:45 PM
5:00 PM-6:15 PM
Wednesday, May 18
3:15 PM-4:30 PM
Thursday, May 19
1:00 PM-2:15 PM
2:45 PM-4:00 PM
4:30 PM-5:45 PM
“Hey Kevin.. How are you going to be in two or three places at once?”
Yeah.. that’s always the dilemma when attending TechEd. There are usually more than one session that I want to attend at any given time. I’ll have to make the call later on which ones I finally go to.
Are you registered for TechEd yet? Will you be attending the Virtualization and/or Cloud Computing sessions with me? Which of the above sessions should I specifically attend? Let me know in the comments.
Tomorrow in part 20 I’m going to show you how you can use Microsoft Office products for free.
<p>Ha, I have a better streak - 16 straight years! *removes the 16th Annual No-TechEd-For-You dagger from his heart* ;)</p>
<p>Kevin: Easy solution to your problem - You just need to clone yourself about 3-4 times (and figure out how to consolidate all the knowledge the clones would get into your "original" brain). That way, you can attend all the TechEd sessions *and* be on a beach somewhere with a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand. :) </p>
<p>But seriously - If I were making the choices as to which sessions you'll be attending, I would attend any session about newer technologies - RemoteFX, RDS, VDI, and/or anything 2012-related. All of those are good leading-edge technologies that people will be wanting to know and learn about in the next 6-9 months. It keeps you ahead of that curve. :) The last Thursday session listed... I'd be flipping a coin between the "Using Active Directory with Office 365" and "Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Server Fabric Lifecycle, Part 3 - Cluster Creation, Update Management". Tough call, there.</p>
<p>So, I'll once again NOT see you there, Dave? :)</p>