Archive for category TechEd USA 2009

Bytes by TechNet

If you missed TechEd North America this year, they launched a new initiative called Bytes by TechNet. I was lucky enough to get interviewed by Keith Combs from TechNet…Check out the interview here:

Alternatively find the entire interview on TechNet here

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How Microsoft Certification Can Stimulate Your Career

About three years ago I faced a challenge in my career…Do I take the exams to become an MCITP or don’t I. Today I’d like to share a story with you about how taking those few exams has changed my career.

As I sit here today typing this blog post, I’ve just been able to be a part of a Springboard Series Virtual Round Table hosted by Mark Russinovich…Here’s a behind the scenes view of it all:

How did this happen and why does my MCITP have anything to do with it? Well, three years ago when I re-uped my certifications to be an MCITP I also took the chance to become an MCT. It wasn’t an easy accomplishment, but one I thought might make me part of an interesting group of just over 16,000 individuals.

Becoming an MCT grants you access to numerous opportunities and also makes you part of a community of experts that love to share their knowledge and also get together and share that knowledge with others. One of these opportunities was at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona in 2008. I was given the opportunity to work on the Microsoft Learning Booth with a number of other MCT’s as well as MVP’s. It was there on the booth working with Chris Spanougakis and Nasos Kladakis ( that I realised I wanted to be involved more. They got me more involved and after time, I got the chance to show my skills to the community and as such became an MVP and was part of the initial Springboard Technical Experts Program/Panel (STEP). That step alone challenges me to work harder each day…

Through the MVP Program I’ve met people like Stephen Rose, Melissa Bathum, Brad McCabe and my MVP leads Jake Grey, Akim Boukhelif, Vicki Collins and also have had the opportunity to work with other MVP’s like Erdal Ozkaya (we’ve made loads of TechEd videos, so you might have seen me/us there) and Elias Mereb. Further, through the MCT program, I’ve got to interact with people like Tjeerd, Joanne and Dana…

I’m sure there are many other people whom I’ve worked with and more whom I will work with in the future, especially seeing as I get to go on the North America Get on the Bus tour with Melissa, Dana, Tjeerd, Brad and Stephen and others whom I haven’t named but have been critical to my success along the way. However the whole point behind all of this is that by taking those certification exams, I gave my career a whole new extension that otherwise would have been non-existent if I would have just kept with the same certifications I had and only used “industry experience” as my leverage point.

So, in closing, if you haven’t taken any new exams, I challenge you to ask yourself why and looking at the above, see how much one exam can really give you what you need to take your career to the next level!

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I know just a bit about technology – maybe I should work for the BBC

Interestingly enough there have been reports of Windows 7 having Black Screen of Death issues and as journalists are, the BBC were keen to break this story to us:

here I quote them though:

“The firm said it was looking into reports that suggest its latest security update, issued on 10 November, was the cause the problem. Reports suggest the flaw also affects Vista, XP and other systems.”

Interesting guys…First let me correct your English. I think you mean the cause *of* the problem (no worries, you’re only missing a word). However, moreover, if we read further in to the article, it says it affects Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and NT.

STOP PRESS, if this recent update issued on 10 November did the OS in and is causing BSOD’s, it can’t be part of 2000 and NT as they haven’t had patches released for ages now. Also, I like how they write the article, in the first section they say the problem is an update, yet section two is entitled “unknown problem”.  OK BBC, do they know what the problem is or is it unknown still at this point?

Man alive, I really need a job writing technology stories for Auntie as it seems any old English and any lack of preparation will make any story top of the tech page! Let’s try and scare monger those who are already afraid of technology in to not wanting to update their PC’s….Oh wait, good idea, that’s the key to any good virus story.

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See MVP’s at TechEd…serious

So, every visit to TechEd is about education, swag gathering and clueing up on more Microsoft 1’s and 0’s, right…Well, occassionally (ok every TechEd) you see the MVP’s going around answering questions in the TLC and also in the Hands On Labs areas, but not only are we there to help you, we’re also there to see each other.  One of the fun things about all conferences is that we all get to get together again and share stories.  I was privileged enough this TechEd to meet up with Karen Young from the MVP team and share my experiences along with my colleague Erdal about TechEd, our love for helping the community, and a few other things…Watch and enjoy, I’m sure you’ll find humour in it 🙂  In fact, if you’re at a TechEd in the future, stop by the MVP booth or even stop by and see either Erdal, myself or Karen.  You’ll be glad you did 🙂

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Helping you Justify TechEd to your Boss

OK, so it’s a bit too late for it this year, but while at TechEd, my colleague Erdal and I did a quick 9 minute presentation for TechEd Online on how to help justify TechEd to your boss.  Why it’s important to visit, what you’ll gain from visiting, who you’ll run in to and best of all, a look at TechEd itself.

Hop across to TechEd Online and view it and be sure to share it with your boss (rate it too 🙂 ) and hopefully see you at either the next TechEd North America or TechEd Europe Next year!!

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If You Didn’t Go To TechEd USA (you should have)…This is what you missed

Sometimes it isn’t always possible to get to TechEd for one reason or another…If you didn’t get the chance to visit TechEd North America this year in Los Angeles, don’t worry.  We’ve got what’s being termed as the “Man On The Street Videos” for you to see what it was you missed – or even reflect on the experience that is TechEd.  Thanks to Springboard and STEP (Springboard Technical Experts Panel), Erdal Ozkaya, Justin Rodino, Elias Mereb, Aaron Tiensivu and Daniel Nerenberg came up with the videos below.  They’re in Alphabetic order for your convenience, but well worth watching when you have a few free minutes.  Also, thanks to the Springboard team – Stephen Rose, Caitlin Angeloff, and Melissa Bathum for putting up with all of us crazy characters and hope to see you all at TechEd Europe in Berlin!

One other note, there are still a few more to come, but these are the good ones we wanted to share with you right away!

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TechEd USA 2009 – Videos Galore

Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been uploading all of the videos that Erdal and I – with the help of Elias and Daniel – took at TechEd. You’ll notice today I’ve posted another 20 or so, but there are still many to come. Unfortunately it is nearing 1 a.m. local time and I need to pack for a flight tomorrow which leaves at 9:00, so I’ve still got that to do. I wanted to get as many up as possible to tantalise your tase buds and let you know, don’t worry, there are still more to come.

I’ll be back in action again Monday evening updating more, so for now, enjoy what we’ve added, check out what you might have missed and be sure to come back for more!

And, as always, thanks for stopping by and make sure to tell your friends about us here at or whichever you prefer!

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TechEd USA 2009 – DevExpress

One of the main sponsors of TechEd (if you went check out your laptop bag) was DevExpress. We got the chance to meet up with Julian, but unfortnuately (you might not notice) our video was cut short. His colleague didn’t like the fact we were videoing Julian and not him, so he kicked Erdal and I out of the stand rather rudely. At any rate, here’s what we heard from Julian

TechEd USA 2009 – TechNet Plus and $25,000

Amber was very welcoming to us when we jumped the queue to play the slot machine and attempt to win $25,000 at the TechNet Plus stand. Unfortunately we didn’t win the 25K but we did get a free ID badge and even better yet a year’s subscription for TechNet Plus, just for attending TechEd!!

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TechEd USA 2009 – Adminovation & ScriptLogic

Here we catch up with AD – is that Active Directory or is her name maybe Adie? – from Adminovations and Script Logic. She tells us about her experiences at TechEd!

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