TechEd North America 2014 – Day 2

Do your feet hurt?  If so you forgot to take everyone’s advice and wear comfortable shoes!  Actually a lesson I learned the hard way at MMS 2013.

Tuesday was chock full of sessions, with no keynotes.  Some really great content.

Tuesday Sessions:

  • DCIM-B315 Cloud Optimized Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • DCIM-B309 Bare Metal OS Deployment in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager: This Is How It Is Done!
  • DCIM-B334 In-Depth Introduction to Service Management Automation
  • DCIM-B414 Transforming Bare Metal into Logical Switches Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • DCIM-B352 Designing Network Infrastructures for Hybrid Cloud

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TechEd North America 2014 – Day 1

Where to start?

TechEd is so big, its hard to decide what you should be doing, or where you should be going.  Eventually you will begin to figure it out.

This is my “first” year at TechEd.  I was Grandfathered in a an Alumni having attended the now defunct Microsoft Management Summit.  To be honest the Alumni lounge and see through T-shirt are nothing to get excited about.

I’ve been following the Datacenter and Infrastructure Management track.  I attended the following sessions on Monday May 12th:

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Review: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Fine Nib

Writing with the Lamy Safari is much different than I had envisioned.  I assumed, quite incorrectly, that it would feel somewhat similar to writing with the Kaweco Ice Sport.  However, it has a much different feel.  It might be because I am using a good ink, or that the Safari is much longer, even before posting, but the Kaweco has more of a glide feel to writing.

The Safari is definitely a nice pen.  But I am reminded of the movie The Cutting Edge.  A hockey player can ice skate, but its not the same as an ice skater who is an Olympian.

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Pen Snobbery!

In addition to all the technical work I do on a daily basis, I also have a penchant for pens it seems.  I was reading an article on Lifehacker on what tools the editors and writers use on a daily basis.  A number of them mentioned they had bought pens from Jetpens.  I didn’t think at the time anyone besides me could find office supplies, much less pens to be cool or interesting.

I had no idea of the wonderful world that existed on the internet for the love of pens, stationary, and office supplies in general.  Soon I found the Pen Addict, and associated podcast.  Before I knew it I had placed my first order from Jetpens!

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Microsoft Certification Scramble!

Microsoft has reworked its professional certification offerings.  The MCSE makes a return to the certification jargon, however with a new meaning.  I currently hold a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) credential for Windows 2003.  The MCSE of course went away with the arrival of certifications for Windows 2008, being replaced with the MCITP, or the Microsoft Certified IT Professional.  There were MCITPs for various and sundry disciplines such as SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows 2008 Server Administrator and so forth and so on.

Under the new structure, MCSE becomes the mainstream marquee certification once again, but as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

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Resources for Learning Microsoft Hyper-V

I recently attended a Microsoft training course on Hyper-V, Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization.  In addition to the class material presented for class 10215A, the instructor mentioned the following material as sources for more information on Hyper-V and the Microsoft Virtualization Platform.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit
  • Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – From the Desktop to the Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit

In addition to those books, Microsoft has made an online academy available for learning a lot more about Hyper-V and System Center, among other skill sets at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.