IFS Plugfest 28 is coming – sign up now

Hiya folks, Ned here again. Our friends on Microsoft File System Filter team asked that we share some upcoming Plugfest info with you. Have a gander:

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We are pleased to inform you that IFS Plugfest 28 has been scheduled. Here are some preliminary event details:

When

Monday, April 25th to Friday, April 29th, 2016. The event begins at 9am and ends at 6pm each day, except for Friday when it ends at 3pm

Where

Building 37, rooms 1717-1727, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington, USA.

Audience

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and developers writing file system filter drivers and/or network filter driver for Windows

Cost

Free– There is no cost to attend this event.  Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Goal

  • Compatibility testing with Windows vNext and other file system filters as well as network filter drivers
  • Ensuring end users have a smooth upgrade from Windows 7 and above to Windows vNext

Benefits

  • The opportunity to test products extensively for interoperability with other vendors’ products and with Microsoft products. This has traditionally been a great way to understand interoperability scenarios and flush out any interoperability-related bugs.
  • Talks and informative sessions organized by the File System Filters & Network Filter team about topics that affect the filter driver community.
  • Opportunities to meet with the file system team, the network team, the cluster team, and various other teams at Microsoft and get answers to technical questions.

Registration

To register, please fill in the Registration Form before February 19th 2016. We will follow up through email to confirm your registration. Due to constraints in space and resources at this Plugfest, ISVs are required to limit their participation to a maximum of two persons representing a product to be tested for interoperability issues. There will be no exceptions to this rule, so please plan for the event accordingly. Please look for messages from fsfcomm@microsoft.com for registration confirmation.

You can learn more about File System Filters and Network Filters in the given links.

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Sounds like fun. Be sure to get back to them ASAP; last year I saw people turned away because they waited too long.

– Ned “The Gatekeeper” Pyle