TechDays 2013; the hypothetical post

It looks like I won’t be able to make it to TechDays 2013. So no mingling with industry peers, no free MEET T-shirt or cappuccino for me.

But most of all I will be missing out on some interesting sessions. For starters there’s an entire preconference day on Exchange 2013, hosted by Scott Schnoll and my colleague Michael Van Horenbeeck. Furthermore there are some Lync, Office 365 and Active Directory related sessions that look worthwhile to me. So here my list of sessions I consider a must for Techies with an interest in the Microsoft UC “ecosystem”:

Title SessionID Speaker Level Date Time Abstract
Deep Dive:Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Deep Dive, Part 1 27 Scott Schnoll 300 05 March 2013  09:00 – 10:15 Exchange Server 2013 has been redesigned and boasts a new architecture that is different from all previous versions. This session covers the new server architecture in Exchange Server 2013. Part 1 focuses on the Client Access server and the significant changes for this role in Exchange Server 2013. This session includes details on client access protocol proxying and connectivity flow, Outlook connectivity, namespace and load balancing changes, and the new front-end transport service. 
Deep Dive: Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Deep Dive, Part 2 28 Scott Schnoll 300 05 March 2013  10:45 – 12:00 Exchange Server 2013 has been redesigned and boasts a new architecture that is different from all previous versions. This session covers the new server architecture in Exchange Server 2013. Part 2 focuses on the Mailbox role and the significant changes for this role in Exchange Server 2013. This session includes details on mailbox, store, ESE and related changes, the new search infrastructure, modern public folders, managed availability, and transport high availability and components. 
Deep Dive: Exchange Server 2013 Storage and Database Changes 29 Scott Schnoll 300 05 March 2013  13:00 – 14:15 Exchange Server 2013 offers many enhancements for storage and databases, including a significant reduction in IOPS over Exchange 2010.  This session will dive into the new Exchange Information Store with discussion about decreased storage costs, higher reliability and availability, and troubleshooting. 
Deep Dive: Exchange Server 2013 High Availability and Site Resilience 30 Scott Schnoll 300 05 March 2013  14:30 – 15:45 Exchange Server 2013 offers many enhancements for redundancy, availability and recovery. This session focuses on the improvements in the areas of high availability, site resilience in Exchange Server 2013. It includes details on the introduction and integration of managed availability, database availability group network enhancements, namespace changes, site resilience, and datacenter failovers. 
Deep Dive: Deploying Exchange 2013 in Hybrid Mode
45 Michael Van Horenbeeck 300 05 March 2013  16:15 – 17:30 Hybrid: the cloud at your own terms! In this session you will learn everything there is to know on how to successfully deploy Exchange 2013 in hybrid mode. 
Office 365: Do’s and Don’ts, Lessons learned from the field 72 Ilse Van Criekinge 300 06 March 2013 10:45 – 12:00 In this session you will be guided through lessons learned from the field when moving to Office 365. We will cover topics like firewall configurations, revers proxy requirements, identity options, migration possibilities, hybrid setups, and the links with other cloud solutions.
Troubleshooting Federation, ADFS, and More 79 John Craddock 400 06 March 2013 14:30 – 15:45 If the problem persists, contact the administrator of this site and provide the reference number to identify the problem. Reference number: 551e28c1-e9f1-4622-aa1d-dff0065e33b1e. Is that administrator YOU? If so, this session is a must. In this session John Craddock shows you how to troubleshoot federated identity with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), third-party identity providers, federation partners, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365. Learn exactly what traffic to expect on the network, how to analyze the payload, how to enable and view the claims transformations via the security logs, and other debugging techniques. This session is packed with useful tips and techniques acquired from John’s experience of deploying federated for enterprise customers.
Lync to the Future : Skype, Mobile, Meetings & Video 77 Johan Delimon, Ruben Nauwelaers  300 06 March 2013 16:15 – 17:30 Microsoft® Lync® 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects hundreds of millions of people everywhere thanks to the new mobile experience on tablets, smartphones and federation with partners, including Skype. Organize enriched virtual meeting experiences with HD Video Conferencing, Gallery view and high quality online meetings from web based clients. This session is packed with demo’s Lyncing you to the future.
What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory? 35 John Craddock 300 07 March 2013  09:00 – 10:15 As a federation and security architect John Craddock has been involved in enterprise systems since the early days of Windows NT. His passion is for determining how things really work and then designing and deploying the most efficacious systems. John presented on Active Directory at one of the first Windows 2000 launch conferences in Geneva; of course this was only after delving deep into its inner workings.  Now it’s time for Windows Server 2012 Active Directory to be scrutinised. Come to this demo-packed session and discover what Windows Server 2012 Active Directory has to offer. You will learn about virtualizing and cloning DCs, GUI improvements for password policies and the recycle bin, new Kerberos features and more… 
Office 365 Identity Management options  74 Michael Van Horenbeeck, Jethro Seghers  300 07 March 2013  16:15 – 17:30 Office 365 offers a whole range of different identity management options that allow you to use Office 365 as YOU wish. In this session you will learn everything there is to know about User Accounts, Provisioning, Single Sign On and experience how Windows Azure AD can become your next best friend!

So here’s the deal; you can go and register for TechDays and tell me everything about afterwards. Deal?

Koen

http://blog.koenvermoesen.be/about-koen/

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2 comments on “TechDays 2013; the hypothetical post
  1. Andy says:

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