Tech Ed – Part 3 of 3

Originally I thoght I could get away with splitting things into two posts. But like some kind of nerdy AM/PM commercial, there’s just too much good stuff!

Here are summaries for the rest of the panels I attended at TechEd last month:



TechEd 2012 Part 2 of 3

Well, I’ve gone over the MDT stuff from TechEd, but that was just one day. There were four other days for me to wander around and get into trouble! Here’s a quick summary, with deep-dives possible in future posts:

Edit: That was a giant wall of text! I’ve broken some things out into a Part 3 for a future post.



TechEd 2012 Part 1 of 3

I can’t believe I let my last, somewhat negative post sit there for so long! It’s time to be positive and look at the future.

Last month I flew out to Florida with a coworker for Microsoft’s TechEd conference. I hate be a “fanboi”, but Microsoft really has be excited about Server 2012 after seeing what exactly their vision is for their operating system. They call it a Cloud OS which is a bit of a stretch, but it’s also not completely inaccurate – they’re doing a great job of making it easy to prevent one-offs for any server you stand up. For example: they’re worked out the DHCP server role so that you can have multiple servers and high availability but only a single management point – in the Server Manager console, just lump multiple servers together and they’ll communicate with each other to replicate the scopes/leases/reservations for you; no more 80/20 split or other fail-over methods required. I use that as an example because DHCP is near and dear to me at work at the moment, but all of the server roles are being tweaked for that kind of behavior.

There was a lot of great things I learned about. I’ll go over the general stuff in a follow-up post, but to get started the rest of this post is dedicated to my day 1, where I spent 8 hours in a room with a personal hero of mine: Michael Niehaus. He’s the lone wolf developer and project manager of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Along with a guest speaker, he showed off a lot of what’s coming in MDT 2012 Update 1, and went over many of the most challenging aspects of OS deployments and how to overcome them. The seminar was cohosted by an MVP consultant who is well known for running http://deploymentbunny.com/. The stuff below is in no particular order, and I had a hard time telling what exactly was exclusive to the not-yet-released Update 1.