My takeaways from TechEd North America 2013

wendysTime to head home, TechEd North America 2013 is over and done with. Good times, long days and a flu from the North American nightmare that they call “air conditioning”. It was 35 degrees outside with humidity of 95% in the Big Easy and inside the venue the cold wind was blowing to the point that even I had to wear a sweater. And some people wonder what’s up with that so called “global warning”, hmmm… In this post I thought I’d share my 2 cents from the conference. Continue reading

Breaking Good News from TechEd North America 2013

TechEd_SurfaceTo smooth out the disappointment caused by my previous post I went and grabbed my Surface devices. One for myself (the Surface RT 64GB ¬†for $99) and one for work (the Surface Pro 128GB for $399). Those suckers cost four times that much at the retailers so money well spent. It was an offer for all TechEd North america Attendees, here’s a link.

I can’t wait to start messing around with the Pro as it is a small (domain joinable) PC after all.

Breaking Bad News from TechEd North America 2013

I went and took my chances on the 70-414 exam (Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure) and I failed. ūüôĀ I guess I should’ve trusted my insticts not to take it as I was a little bit insecure on some of the covered topics. Shame on me as they were the some might say “easier” ones (ADFS and ADCS). I mastered the HA and Hyper-V stuff though, so that’s gotta be good.

Anyways, no MCSE for me yet, gotta go learn more…

TechEd North America 2013 starts with product announcements

Hi from the Big Easy, or NOLA, or New Orleans for us visitors. I arrived on saturday, did some tourist stuff on sunday and now it’s Conference time.

TechEd Sign

TechEd North America 2013 kicked of with Brad Anderson’s Keynote. He threw a quite solid and well built show with guest speakers from different product groups. The keynote included¬† announcements of new product versions including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 and Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft is obviously speeding up it’s product release frequency. Maybe to compete with competitors (Apple with the new OS release every year?).

Now, it’s time to hit the sessions, hands-on labs, practice tests etc. Later!

Special Surface Offer for TechEd Attendees via Microsoft Retail Store

Microsoft Surface ProThis just has to be shared. There’s gonna be a huge offer for TechEd North America 2013 attendees.¬†Surface Pro 128GB standalone for only $399.99. I just checked that the price at the moment here in Finland is 999‚ā¨. That might change once it officially comes to the market, but still that’s a real bargain. I might get one. ūüôā

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My TechEd North America 2013 Agenda

As a first timer in a major conference (I’ve never been to one outside europe) I’m having a hard time choosing a¬†schedule¬†for myself. There is way too many options to choose from! Or maybe I’m just interested in too many topics.

TechEd North America - I'm attendingThank¬†Goodness¬†there is a great agenda builder on Channel 9. It helps to create a filtered list of the hundreds of sessions. Then you can narrow it¬†down¬†to a few options to choose from. I guess I’m gonna choose a couple of sessions in each slot. That way I can decide between those as I go along. The venue is so big that there might be even trouble getting from room to room in time between the sessions. Continue reading