TechEd North America – Day 1

After three flights and one missing bagagge I have managed to arrive in Atlanta to attend Microsoft TechEd North America.

The first day of the conference was actually Sunday, when the pre-conference sessions have started. I am here to do staffing at the hands-on  labs so on Sunday morning at 9.00 a.m. I was at the conference center to attend the staff meeting with the other Microsoft Certified Trainers.

I was very happy to meet and discuss with old friends. Some of them I know for more years now, since we have been working together at previous events.

We didn’t had too much time to relax, labs opened at 12.00 and I was on the first shift. Wally Mead was already there checking that the Configuration Manager 2012 labs he wrote are correctly loaded on the infrastructure. There are no less than 10 Configuration Manager 2012 labs available, these are very good labs, I am highly reccommending them.

The infrastructure for the hands on labs consists in a Private Cloud built with HP servers and 300 workstations for the attendees. All labs are running as virtual machines on the servers and the participants are connecting from the workstations using a browser. This is a great example of a Private Cloud infrastructure, I will publish more configuration details in the next posts.

In the evening it was the traditional MCT Dinner organized by Ronald Beekelaar and David Elfasy. More than 50 MCTs gathered to the Biergarten to enjoy beer and food, meet friends and have a lot of discussions. What a great way to kick of the conference.

Luckily they found my baggage, it was waiting in my hotel room when I returned. This is a nice example of great service, I was very appreciating. Thank you US Airways and Doubletree.

On Monday the main conference is starting with the keynote. Looking forward for a great event.

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