Mardis Gras World by mastermaq.

TechEd North America 2010 in New Orleans is now just a memory (well, and a pile of new t-shirts and other swag in a corner at home!). 

There was a great deal to see and learn last week, with much of the focus being on cloud (with and without Azure).

I’m amazed at how quickly session recordings have been made available on the TechEd site… all of my favorite sessions – as well as those I missed are now available. 

Sessions

I didn’t get to too many sessions (between preparing, presenting, hanging out in the Windows Server area, and collecting cool swag).  

What were my favorite sessions you ask?  Those focused on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V of course!  I co-presented two sessions on interoperability (Linux on Hyper-V and mixed environments). 
Outside of those I really liked Soumya Das Bhaumik’s session “Hyper-V Backup:  A look under the hood” – even having used manual backup processes for Hyper-V many many times, I learned a lot from his presentation. 

Nick Smith and Michael Greene had two sessions titled “Hyper-V for the VMware Administrator” (one was a chalk talk which was not recorded, the other a presentation - Tech·Ed North America 2010 by mastermaq.VIR324 – not yet available on line) which included usefully analogs between Hyper-V / System Center and VMware (both sessions were good -  I thought chalk talk was really awesome).  VMware administrators are being asked more and more think of themselves as virtualizations expert - with Windows being the most virtualized operating system.  VMware admins already know Windows Server...installing and using Hyper-V is only a few short clicks out of their normal days work…they’re just a couple of steps from begin Hyper-V administrators as well!  These two sessions were perfect primers for Hyper-V and System Center.

Not all of the sessions were focused on virtualization and infrastructure, like “Coding4Fun: Learn Windows Phone 7 Development by Creating a Robotic T-Shirt Cannon

Partners

I enjoy catching up with customers and Microsoft partners in the expo area as well as the breakout sessions and chalk talks.  I had a quick virtualization presentation and interview in the Intel booth, and then set out to discover what new and innovative work was going on at partners (and to collect some goodies!).  Yes, I got some new t-shirts, yo-yo’s, breath mints, USB sticks, flashlights, and other trinkets.  There are too many partners to mention here (Riverbed had great yo-yo’s), but one of the coolest items I found in the Expo area was from Men & Mice based in Iceland (they provide tools to manage DNS and DHCP on Windows among other things – worth a look).  Their innovative “giveaway” was a product of their home country…a tiny bag of volcanic ash!  Bye the way, I hope everyone made it home safely – hope to see you next year!

-John