North America

Microsoft accounces MUTE for Enterprises.

What’s in a name?

Microsoft have announced a new conference “MUTE for Enterprises” which is a wordplay on their current working title of “Microsoft’s Unified Technology Event for Enterprises”.

MUTE is scheduled to take place the week of 4th May 2015 in Chicago and will be every single Microsoft conference rolled into one. Initially I thought fantastic, but now I have had time to analyse the concept I am not sure if it’s a good idea or not. I used to like the technical focus of the dedicated events and the generalisation on TechEd. Let’s hope it’s not another Vista or Windows 8, but only time will tell.

Further details can be found at.

As a side note:

May the 4th is Star Wars Day, will we get Stephen Elop as Darth Vader and Brad Anderson as Han Solo on stage?

Office 365

Office 365 Training Videos


The week after Teched North America, Microsoft hosted 3 days of online training for its new Office 365 platform; these HD videos are aimed at the IT Professional and give an excellent insight into the product.

Teched – North America 2011 – Thoughts and Photographs.


A couple of weeks ago I was at Teched in Atlanta, where I was working the Active Directory booth, with Brian Desmond and a few of the Active Directory product group.  It was an interesting week with all kinds of interesting questions, but nothing that had not been asked before and a couple of questions that had not been asked for a very long time, so the answer was buried very deep and Bing had to help on a couple of occasions.

One of my key observations was that there was no Threat Management Gateway Product  Team present, but if this little snippet is true, then it would probably explain why.

Deb Shinder’s Blog article: Death of TMG?

As always the networking at Teched was excellent and for me this is just as important as any of the technical sessions that you can attend.

Next year should be interesting with both Teched North America and Teched Europe only a week apart – could this be for anything special to be announced?  We shall have to wait and see.

North America June 11th-14th

Europe June 25th-29th


On a couple of the social occasions, I found myself armed with a camera….

Jam Session


Closing Party


Teched Europe 2011 is not happening.

According to Microsoft:

“Based on your feedback, Microsoft is excited to announce we’re shifting Tech·Ed Europe back to the summer timeframe, resuming in 2012. Mark your calendars: the next Tech·Ed Europe will be held the week of June 25, 2012 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in the historical and picturesque city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands!” 


To ensure you have the opportunity to experience Tech·Ed in 2011, you are invited to attend Tech∙Ed North America in Atlanta, Georgia from May 16-19, 2011. For the European community, a discount of $200 USD off the conference price of $2,195 USD is available until Friday the 15th of April 2011. Please register on the Tech·Ed North America site using the promotion code ATGNEURO to receive your savings. For anyone with a European residence who already registered at the standard rate of $2,195, you are eligible to receive a refund of $200 USD by emailing the registration team by April 15th and including the special discount code ATGNEURO.

The Tech·Ed Europe 2010 keynote and session recordings are available for online viewing – no registration is required and all content is free to watch, download and share.

We are excited about our return to the capital of the Netherlands, and we look forward to a fabulous training and education event in 2012. Be on the lookout for the Tech·Ed Europe newsletter to get all of the latest and greatest announcements on the conference.



Must Watch – Authentication and Passwords: The Good, the Bad and the Really Ugly! Windows Security Insight from TechED North America.

Last week I was in New Orleans for TechED North America. I had the privilege of working on the Security and Identity Access stand answering Active Directory related questions.

When I was not working on the stand, I managed to attend a few breakout sessions, one of these sessions was by Marcus Murray. If you run Windows then I strongly suggest you watch this session but don’t have nightmares.

Authentication and Passwords: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly.

TechED North America 2010 – Info that may be of interest.


TechED North America 2010.

TechED this year finally returns to New Orleans, but what can we expect, once we are there?

Still not Registered?

Registration this year will open at 7:00 am on the Sunday for Pre-Con Attendees and 10:00 am for all attendees.

The registration system will be as in other years and along the lines of attendees, speakers, MCP’s, vendors and distinguished guests. 
Do not forget to bring your government issued ID with you!

Note:  If you bring a bag to registration, you will leave with two bags, as at registration you will receive an attendee bag which will contain a water bottle, notebook, pen, attendee shirt, name badge and lanyard.  Often in the bag is your ticket or wristband for access to the Closing Attendee Party – don’t throw it away as  doing this can cause “a whole heap of pain”.

Bag and Bottle (Found on Twitter).


New to TechED

On Sunday, there are two sessions one at 1:00pm and one at 4:00pm. These sessions are titled TechED 101 and are for people who have never attended TechED before and would like a heads up, on how to get the most out of their time at the conference.

Schedule Builder

The TechED Schedule Builder can be found at



Microsoft certification is available at the conference from Sunday – Thursday at a discounted conference rate of $62.50, that’s 50% off the regular price of $125. There are two Certification 101 sessions on the Sunday at 2:00pm and 5:00pm offering an insight to selecting a certification path, preparing for exams and all the benefits on being or becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).


What vendors will be there? See Vendor List


Bob Muglia will be delivering this years keynote.


This year the Wi-Fi will be available in the breakout sessions.



There will be no bagels or breakfast this year during Sunday registration and lunch will be provided for Pre-Con attendees only.

Monday- Thursday
Starting on the Monday breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast.
Lunch: Various dishes will be served.

Events: (Free Beer and Food)


Party with Palermo at Margaritaville ($10 this year).
1st Annual Krewe Meet N Greet


5:45–9:00pm Partner Expo & Technical Learning Center Reception


DoubleTake Cluster Funk Party at The Republic (registration required).
TechEd 2010 Community Influencer Party (registration required).
Jam Session – House of Blues

Jump on stage and jam (9:00pm – 1:00am) with other musically inclined attendees! You’ll have access to lyrics, instruments, sheet music, and a complete sound and lighting system. Grab an instrument and help rock the house. 

Sponsored by CommVault and Compellent Technologies


6:30-11:00pm Attendee party – Mardi Gras World  

Au Revoir – until next year and TechED 2011 which is in Atlanta, Georgia. 

tech-ed North America 2010 (New Orleans) – I’ll be there, will you?

I was pleased to receive an email earlier this week stating that I had been selected to work in the Technical Learning Center (TLC) on the Security, Identity & Access Track. I have attended tech-ed many times before, but this will be the first one that I am actually working and I am really looking forward to it.

If you would like to meet up for chat or just want to say hello then feel free to mail me or send me a tweet, if you have any specific questions that you would like answered then please let me know and I will do my upmost to have an answer for you when you get there .

This years tech-ed looks like it will be one of the best so I would strongly urge you to register now to avoid disappointment.

I have also noticed that during the week, Microsoft will be co-hosting with tech-ed the Business Intelligence Conference 2010 – this conference focuses on Microsoft’s Business Intelligence applications and how Microsoft can help you design, build and deploy robust Business Intelligence applications for everyone in your organization while controlling costs.

It is the single best place to get the latest business strategy, product information, implementation best practices, customer insights and expert guidance relating to Microsoft Business Intelligence products.

Register Now