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  • markparris 3:33 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    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.



  • markparris 4:54 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Teched Europe 2010 : My story so far. 

    This week I find myself in Berlin for Teched Europe, this is my first Teched in Europe since Amsterdam in 2004 (I usually attend Teched North America, as the dates usually fall better in my diary) and this is the first that I find myself working.

    For approximately half the week I am working the Microsoft Springboard booth which is the ultimate destination for technical resources, free tools and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows client infrastructure (Windows 7, Office 2010/2007 and Internet Explorer), the rest of my time I am split between sessions, the GITCA stand in the community lounge; the TechNet Wiki and actual sessions.

    Working the Microsoft Springboard booth it is apparent that a lot of organisations are at some stage of a migration to Windows 7, which is encouraging news. The most common question has been “What is Springboard?”, this is answered above but other common questions have included:

    Q. How do I learn to deploy Windows 7 via the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)?

    A. All relevant information referencing the MDT can be located on the Deployment TechCenter here 

    The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit can be downloaded from here.

    Q. What is MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack)?

    A. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack provides Solutions in 7 key areas for the Windows Desktop environment.

    Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
    Application Virtualization
    Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset
    System Center Desktop Error Monitoring
    Asset Inventory Service
    Advanced Group Policy Management

    More information on MDOP can be found here

    Come say “Hello” if you are in Berlin.

  • markparris 10:18 am on September 29, 2010 Permalink
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    Windows 7 Springboard Series Tour – Hits the UK on 1st November. 

    Are you looking to plan, pilot or deploy Windows and Office?

    The Microsoft Springboard team from Redmond will be in the UK en route to TechEd Europe (Berlin) on Monday 1st November, they will be delivering a five hour workshop on:

    Office 2010 IT investments.

    Key deployment strategies for Windows 7 and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.

    Opportunities for training and certification in these key products.

    Why Windows 7 has received rave reviews from IT organisations and is setting records as the fastest selling operating system in history.

    Tools, tips and tricks you need now to jumpstart the successful deployment and management of your Windows desktop environment today.

    If you are interested in attending, then register today for the workshop and the opportunity to come and network with members of the US based Windows and Office Product Teams, as well as local Microsoft Technology Evangelists.

  • markparris 12:56 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    TechEd Europe 2010 Goodness -TechEd Europe 2010 Sessions & Speakers 

    I am a little late with this information but the TechEd Europe 2010 Sessions & Speakers have been announced.

    Over 200 Tech Ed sessions are now posted on the website, along with an amazing line-up of speakers for this year’s event.

    Also if you are attending don’t forget about the Pre-Conference Seminars on the 8th November

    Registration is still open for the event – join me, peers and perhaps a colleague or two and learn more about the newest technology from Microsoft.

    There is also a slight wording error on the “Speaker and content lineup announced” email that went out today (14/09/2010)

    Wrong Wording Correct Wording

  • markparris 8:19 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    TechEd Europe 2010 – Updates 

    I am looking forward to attending TechEd this year in Berlin, it will be the first time I have attended one in Europe since the last time it was held in Amsterdam. I have picked up on a few updates and listed them below.

    Brad Anderson to Keynote Tech∙Ed Europe 2010

    Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, will be a keynoter at this year’s Tech∙Ed Europe event.  More announcements on keynoters and sessions to come in September.  Join the TechEd Europe email newsletter, or visit the website for the latest news.

    Register by 31st August and Save

    Don’t miss this chance to save on Tech∙Ed Europe – register by 31 August and save €200 off the full conference price (a €400 savings over last year’s full price).  If you book your hotel through the Tech∙Ed Europe accommodation booking service by 31 August, you’ll also receive a FREE, 6-day public transit (BVG) pass.  The BVG pass entitles you to full use of public transportation (metro/city train/tram/bus) in Berlin.  Visit the registration page for details on both offers.

    Attendees Receive a Free TechNet Subscription

    Tech·Ed Europe attendees will receive a free, one-year Microsoft TechNet Subscription, specifically selected for IT Professionals that support enterprise-wide environments. The subscription includes access to the complete stack of full-version Microsoft infrastructure and business solution software for evaluation and testing purposes, as well as access to upcoming beta releases, E-Learning courses and priority support on TechNet Forums.  The subscription benefit for attendees excludes the two (2) free support calls included in the Professional subscription level; all other benefits are the same.   View benefits.

    Go Behind-the-Scenes of the TechEd Europe event, Win a Free Pass!

    Jennifer Ritzinger (event owner) and Mike Swanson (keynote owner) host a weekly video show to share the latest news and ‘behind-the-scenes’ details about the Tech∙Ed Europe event.  On the most recent episode, they talk to content owner, Steven Salazar, about the results of the session preference voting and the upcoming release of sessions.  Also, they announce how you can win a FREE pass to the event!  In case you’ve missed any, you can still view all the episodes.

  • markparris 11:36 pm on May 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    TechED Europe 2010 – €500 Discount. 

    Anyone not on Twitter may not have picked up on the fact that registration for TechED Europe 2010 is now open.

    TechED Europe 2010 will take place from the 8th – 12th November, in Berlin, Germany.

    Tech∙Ed Europe returns to Berlin this November 8 – 12, for a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.

    Register for TechED 2010

    Arrive Early and Get a Jumpstart on Technical Sessions

    Choose from 8 pre-conference seminars led by Microsoft and industry experts, and selected to give you a jumpstart on technical learning.  Additional fees apply.  Conference attendees receive a €100 discount.  

    Join the Tech∙Ed Europe Email List for Event Updates

    Get the latest event news before the event, and find out more about what’s happening onsite.  Join the Tech∙Ed Europe email list today!

    Event Pricing:

    • Full price conference pass = €1,895
    • Early discount conference pass (purchase by July 5) = €1,395
    • Pre conference seminars €400 for Tech·Ed Europe delegates; €500 for non-delegates

    Tech∙Ed provides the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s suite of released, or soon to be released, products, solutions and services. Tech∙Ed is for technology professionals who are involved in implementing, deploying or building solutions using Microsoft technologies.  Learn more about Tech∙Ed Europe.

  • markparris 11:02 am on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Event: Windows Server User Group – BranchCache and Migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 

    The Windows Server User Group that I run with Mark Wilson, is pleased to be running a free event on Monday 12th April (6-9pm) in London at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place Offiices. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

    The event will focus on:

    BranchCache (Deep Dive)

    BranchCache is a new Feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 that helps reduces the bandwidth consumed and improves end user experience while accessing intranet-based HTTP and SMB content. This session introduces challenges in network performance often faced by remote branch offices which accessing content stored in servers located in datacenters across trans-continental Wide Area Networks, and how BranchCache helps in addressing these challenges.

    You will learn in depth how BranchCache works and see a demonstration of this new feature in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7, as well as learn how to configure BranchCache.

    Windows Server Migration (Deep Dive)

    Presentations and live demonstrations on how the new Windows Server 2008 R2 migration tools can simplify the migration of Windows Server roles.

    Joey will provide a detailed insight to the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Migration Tools; The session will include migrating file services, DNS and DHCP to Windows Server 2008 R2.

    If you would like to attend, please visit http://www.wsug.co.uk and register.

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