This week saw the UK have its first ever TechDays event (TechDays deliver content similar to that of TechED, but are free and a lot smaller). As part of the TechDays week Microsoft asked community leads such as myself and Mark Wilson to organise Microsoft technology “fringe events”, but what topic do we chose for the fringe event and who can we get to present?
As good fortune would have it, in February of this year whilst attending the MVP summit in Redmond, I was interviewed by Joey Snow for edge TV; after the interview concluded, I found out that Joey was going to be in London for the UK TechDay’s events; I asked Joey to present for the WSUG, as our TechDays fringe event – Joey agreed and once his very efficient assistant (Charlyn) had confirmed his attendance, we were all set.
On Monday 12th April, many eager IT professionals listened to Joey speak on Windows Server 2008 R2’s BranchCache and the Windows Server 2008 R2 migration toolset. A huge thank you goes out to Joey for doing this from myself, Mark Wilson and the attendees of Monday night’s session.
Moving forward to early March, I received via the bi-weekly TechNet Flash, news that David Solomon Seminars would be teaching a class on Windows Internals in London, during TechDays week; so taking the bull by the horns, I email David Solomon, who puts me in touch with Dan Pearson who is taking the class in London. Dan readily agrees to deliver an evening session on Windows crash dump analysis and performance troubleshooting. – Wow what a session, what a turn out, the content was brilliant, the demos were real and it was so good that the attendees did not want to leave and we only left the the room, when we were kicked out at 9:30pm. The next time David Solomon seminars are in London and if it fits my schedule, I intend to take Dan’s Windows Internals Class and if there is anyone else looking for a better understanding of how Windows works – I hope to see you there.
The picture above is an example Dan showed us, that by attaching a Debugger to a Windows machine you could alter the Blue Screen of Death to create a Red Screen of Death.