Tech.Ed Australia 2009: Windows Server Track Planning

It’s that time again and as I did last year I’m going to be owning Windows Server content.  This year the way we are organising the tracks is going to be a bit different than it was last year.  This year’s Tech.Ed is going to have a heavy focus on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.  And since there are so many crossovers in technology where you need both we are combining this into on track called Windows Client and Server.  Here is a bit of excerpt of thatteched200901 track.

Windows Client and Server

The basis of any strong data centre now and for the future starts with the core operation system. The Windows Server® family of products provides you with the best solution to build your IT infrastructure for any size organization. From the Essential Server Solutions to Windows Server 2008 R2, this track shows you the solutions and set of technologies to ensure success.
In addition, this track covers the comprehensive set of management products and solutions enabled by the Microsoft® System Center product suite as well as various Windows Management Technologies to help you gain back control of your environment. The sessions presented provide you with in-depth guidance and technical background in "Managing the Data centre" and "Managing the Desktop" while also covering the management of heterogeneous IT environments.
Finally, the Windows Client and Server track has everything you need to know about adoption, deployment, management, and virtualization of the Windows® Desktop Environment, including a technical introduction into Windows 7 and Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 8. Come learn best practices and hear about the advancements in the Windows Client technologies which will help you manage and accelerate your desktop deployment efforts. Get real-world guidance from our industry experts via sessions that span client-side development, readying applications for your OS roll-out, deployment tools and technologies, virtualization, and much more.

So for Tech.Ed Australia I’m going to be owning the Windows Server sessions for this track and I’ve gone through the sessions that were delivered in that track at Tech.Ed North America and ones that have been submitted using the Call for Content Tool.  Of course 200 level sessions or overview sessions get dumped straight away as we know that you all want deep level content.  So below is a table of my first pass at this.  I would love to get your feedback on these and let me know what you think.  Of course we can’t do all of these session as we only have 19 sessions dedicated to the Server part of the Windows Client and Server track. So out of these I’m going to have to cut 4 sessions.  But before I do that i would like to get your feedback.


Session Title


1 Windows Server 2008 R2: Technical Overview Windows Server 2008 R2 300
2 Failover Clustering Feature Roadmap for Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows 7; Hyper-V 300
3 Windows Essential Business Server 2008: Technologies to Drive Cost Out of Midsize Business Windows Essential Business Server; ISA Server; Active Directory 300
4 Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Deployment Security Best practices Microsoft® Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP); Microsoft® Application Virtualization 300
5 Deploying and Managing Scalable Web Server Farms with Internet Information Services 7.0 Windows Server 2008 R2; IIS 300
6 Overview of Remote Desktop Services:  The merging of terminal services and VDI Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows 7; Remote Desktop Services; VDI 300
7 Optimizing PHP on Windows Server 2008 R2 for Production Web Services Windows Server 2008 R2; IIS 300
8 From Zero to Live Migration:  How to Setup a Live Migration Windows Server 2008 R2; Hyper-V 300
9 Extend Your Web Server: What's New in IIS and the Microsoft Web Platform Windows Server 2008 R2; IIS 300
10 Deploying NAP with 802.1x Windows Server 2008 R2; NAP 300
11 Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Technical Overview Windows Server 2008 R2; Hyper-V 300
12 Determine Candidates for Hyper-V Server Virtualization and Windows Server 2008 with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Windows Server 2008 R2; Hyper-V; MAP 300
13 Virtualization for Sustainable Computing:  Lowering your Power Footprint with Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Windows Server 2008 R2; Virtualization; Power Management 300
14 Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy Changes Windows Server 2008 R2; Group Policy 300
15 BranchCache: Helping You Save on WAN Bandwidth Consumption at Branch Offices Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows 7 Client 300
16 Reinventing Remote Access with DirectAccess Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows 7 Client 300
17 Windows Server 2008 R2 Streamlined Management Windows Server 2008 R2; PowerShell; WMI 300
18 Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Technical Overview Windows Server 2008 R2; SCVMM 2008 R2 300
19 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Considerations for Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 R2; Virtualization; Clustering 300
20 What's New in Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 - High Performance Computing Simplified Windows Server 2008 HPC 300
21 Top Ten Active Directory issues from the field Windows Server System; Active Directory 300
22 Use the power of Group Policy Preference to eliminate logon scripts and take control of your environment. Windows Server 2008; Windows 7 300
23 Windows Small Business Server 2008: Up and Running in Under an Hour SBS 2008 300

So let me know what you think.  Are we covering the right things when it comes to Windows Server?  Is there something I’m missing?  Let me know so we can make this track about the content you want to see..

And if you are going to TechEd this year don’t forget that Early Bird Registration closes on July 14th.  So get in early to receive a discount off the full registration price.


Comments (8)

  1. Brad P says:

    11,14,18,22 would be the most interesting for me.

  2. Sarah Steele says:

    I would be interested in the sessions that highlight the new features in Server 2008 R2, and particularly the failover clustering feature roadmap and Hyper-V high availability and DR. Group policy preferences and top AD issues look interesting as well!

  3. Mick Pedersen says:

    I agree with Simon the Windows 7 Group Policy preference talks will have alot of interest. My vote goes with 22 & 14

  4. Simon Frappell says:

    There’s no doubt that the Windows 7 Group Policy Preference talks will have alot of interest. My vote goes there !

  5. David says:

    Cant say 3, 5, 7 or 9 interest me.  IMO 4, 6, 8, 15, 16 and 17 are very interesting.

  6. Session 22 and 14 sounds interesting…

  7. I like the group policy sessions…

  8. Jeffadude says:

    comments in IE8 should work..

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