Dear TechEd Diary,

My day 2 started much as my day 1 did.  I'm an IT Hero

“Too early?”

Exactly.

Sure, if there is such a thing as “too much fun”, I came close to it.  But even though last night’s Exhibit Hall Reception and the later “MCP Celebration” party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun, I managed to get home before midnight.  Plus, there’s not much to do in the area around my hotel.. so that’s another reason to call it a night.

Today I kicked off the day with a very good session on migration strategies for moving from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization.  (Session DCIM-B412, in case you’d like to view the recording).  I have to give these guys credit for doing an excellent job delivering topics that are sometimes confusing in a very easy-to-understand way. 

Right now, as I type this, I’m waiting for the next session to start.  (“Best Practices Integrating On-Premises Datacenters with Azure IaaS” – DCIM-B330)

I haven’t decided upon what I want to learn this afternoon.  I’ve got 3 potential good topics at 1:30pm, 5 at 3:15pm, and 2 at 5pm to choose from.  And no matter what I pick, I bet the words “Mobile” and/or Cloud” will be used frequently.

“So, what’s the vibe been this year?”

A lot of the people I’ve talked to are very impressed and very excited about the transition to a “Mobile First / Cloud First” focus.  Some are still apprehensive, but I think they all understand how important it is for their businesses.  In particular the support we’re adding for management of all of the most popular devices is well-received.  And the improvements to Windows Azure are causing many to consider using it as an extension of their datacenters.

To close out this blog post, here is some photo-evidence from last night…

Lots of people gathering lots of swag

Lots of people gathering lots of swag

I really want to win this!

I really want to win this!

I don’t care so much about winning this.

I don’t care so much about winning this.

Howl at the Moon for the MCP party

Howl at the Moon for the MCP party

Howl at the Moon for the MCP party

Other more incriminating photos have been withheld to protect the not-so-innocent. Smile