Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Speaking at Tech.Ed: Gavin Bennett

, posted: 11-Sep-2009 06:08

Gavin Bennett have been working in and around the Citrix world since the old days of WinFrame 1.5. He's worked across the industry in distribution, partner, and vendor land and now with Citrix itself.

His sessions at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009:

SVR315 What's new in Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Services and how does Citrix build on the new platform
Wed 16/9 | 14:20-15:35 | New Zealand Room 1

SVR315 will cover what value add Citrix brings to a Remote Desktop Service environment. We always get the question about “do I still need Citrix with all of the default functionality that I get with the new version of Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services”. We will go into a few scenarios where you would need Citrix, and where you would not need Citrix.


SVR309 Everything you need to know about VDI (joint session with Citrix) Wed 16/9 | 15:45-17:00 | New Zealand Room 1

SVR309 will be a discussion around what exactly VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is. Why use it? Who is using it? What benefit will it bring to an organisation?




Riding the Developer Tracks

, posted: 11-Sep-2009 05:50

By Ben Gracewood

As a developer, navigating your way around the tons of infrastructure tracks can be difficult. I know Active Directory, Exchange, group policies, firewalls, DR, and desktop deployment are important, but let's face it: they are all deeply un-sexy.

If you're a developer like me, you'll probably be wandering the halls on Monday, looking at session titles and deciding what to attend. I've listed a few of my choices below, with my reasons for attending.

Entree (Monday)

  • ARC302: Enterprise Library 5.0
    Love it or hate it, the Enterprise Library is Microsoft's gold-standard for code reuse and encapsulation. Wrapping up some of the hairiest pieces of plumbing so you don't have to deal with it yourself. 5.0 is the latest iteration, so if you're building n-tier apps regularly, you'll want to hear about it.

  • OR WUX305: Visualising Data Using Silverlight and WPF
    Do your clients keep pestering you about sexy user interfaces? Or do you just want to wow them with some highly usable, good looking interfaces?

  • DEV302: Get ready: What's coming with .NET 4.0
    Like clockwork, new versions of .NET roll off the Microsoft production line every couple of years. If you want to know about lambdas, optional parameters (remember those from VB6?!), Oslo and more, this is the session for you.

  • OR WUX308: Building Awesome Business Centric Applications with .NET RIA Services
    These time-clashes are starting to bother me. It's like Microsoft think that you're either a technical developer or a UI developer. Anyway: WUX308 is all about delivering data to your front-end applications via .NET RIA Services.

  • Mains (Tuesday)
  • SEC312 The "Everything Developers Need to Know About Security" Talk
    "Security is boring", I hear you say. Yes it might be, right up until those hackers use a flaw in your code to get at your client's user database. I bet you'll be wishing you attended this session when the reporters are at your door asking questions.

  • ARC401 Architectural considerations for creating Silverlight Applications
    Don't be scared off by the 400-level talks. They generally delve deep into the workings of applications and frameworks. My dad always said "it's important to know how things work", and this talk will hopefully give you that information about Silverlight.

  • DEV304 Visual Studio Team System 2010: Odyssey Two
    As a Microsoft developer, VS is your toolbox. Come along to this session to check out all the bells and whistles that Microsoft have added to 2010


  • Desert (Wednesday)
  • SOA321 This is not a REST talk
    The title doesn't offer us much, but Jim Webber is an interesting speaker. I'm guessing this might be a web services talk. Jim has another session on Tuesday titled "This is a REST talk".

  • SEC313 Hack-Ed: Teaching the Good Guys Bad Tricks
    I'm hoping this will be an egaging and informative session. Kirk Jackson is going to be defending a honeypot website in real-time as a couple of hackers attempt to break in. Good times!

  • WUX309 ASP.NET MVC - End-To-End
    Like the Enterprise Library, ASP.NET MVC is Microsoft's best-practise implementation of software patterns. Some prefer to roll their own, but it's always good to see how it's done.




  • What is in store for you at Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009

    , posted: 10-Sep-2009 18:06

    Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 is upon us! It all starts this Sunday 13th September 2009 with .Net Code Camp. Delegate badge pickup will be open on Sunday so get yours then if you're in town.

    Full conference goes on from Monday 14th September through Wednesday 16th September, with keynote by Microsoft Corp CFO Chris Liddell (a kiwi!)

    Parallel event you shouldn't miss if possible (you are not missing the conference of course) include: Welcome Drinks (Monday evening) Geekzone dinner at Tech.Ed (Monday evening after Welcome Drinks), Tech Girls Dinner (Monday evening), TechFest 2009 (Tuesday evening at the Town Hall), and Farewell Drinks (Wednesday from 5pm).

    If you have already registered you can also take advantage of the special HP Mini 5101 offer and get a brand new laptop with Windows 7 pre-installed.

    On Monday we will be recording some video interviews directly from the conference. We will be uploading the interviews to our YouTube channel and here in this blog. Production and film crew are courtesy of www.madefromnewzealand.com - big thanks to them! We will put some of that in front of the TV cameras experience our other unofficial Tech.Ed Blogger Ben Gracewood has and get some good interviews for you.

    Also I will be uploading pictures to our Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 Flickr Set.




    Speaking at Tech.Ed: Chandima Kulathilake

    , posted: 8-Sep-2009 13:36

    Chandima Kulathilake is an Enterprise Solutions Consultant and a Microsoft Certified SharePoint expert who has been working with SharePoint technologies since 2001. He has over twelve years of experience in the IT industry and brings a strong solution focus to his projects. He provides real world deployment and solutions practice for small to large SharePoint deployments.

    He has presented at International and local Microsoft technical conferences on deployment and governance best practice for SharePoint. He has been awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his contributions to the worldwide SharePoint community and also coordinates the local Wellington SharePoint User Group events.

    Here are some details of his session at the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009:

    OFC306 Planning for SharePoint 2010 - Upgrade Planning and Guidance
    Wed 9/16 | 12:10-13:25 | Ballroom 2

    This session will cover how to plan for upgrading your SharePoint 2007 server farms to SharePoint 2010. We will cover the tools available today and how you can test your existing SharePoint 2007 deployment for upgrade compatibility. With the release of Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Microsoft has made available an upgrade tool. We will also cover important planning steps for a successful upgrade project and also strategies on how you should ensure that your server farm has been updated to the latest Service Pack.




    Last call: confirm your presence at the Geekzone dinner at Tech.Ed

    , posted: 7-Sep-2009 19:35

    Just a reminder for those attending the Microsoft Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009 who have not confirmed presence to our Monday evening dinner at The New Orient.

    We still have some places available if you want to register to attend. This is happening from 8pm Monday 14th September after the Tech.Ed welcome drinks.

    Registrations are essential - we have only a small number of seats available. Dinner will be sponsored, and we will open a bar tab to start (you will pay for your drinks after the tab runs out!).

    Register here for the Geekzone dinner at Tech.Ed New Zealand 2009.







    Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.



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