As you can see there’s a new theme applied. Haven’t had the time to fix everything and some stuff might be broken. Will work on it over time but old bookmarks should work and the server core stuff is still around…

All old content will be removed. Reposts will be done of the movies, the rest will be moved to the graveyard (most likely but haven’t decided yet).

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TechEd Los Angeles – SpecOps #1

Last night SpecOps won first prize in the competition “Best of TechEd” in the category security. The lineup was Password Reset from SpecOps, Privilege Manager from BeyondTrust and VIPRE Enterprise from Sunbelt Software. You can read more about Password Reset at SpecOps.

And today at 2.25 the drawing commences and the winner of the 100 gram gold bar is annonunced. If you’ve registered and aren’t there, you won’t win!

TechEd Los Angeles – Tuesday

Monday night was spent having a few beers and walking the swag-walk. Didn’t find anything interesting, unless a t-shirt is what gets you going. Kingston had a girl named “Ecstasy” in their booth, she’s ranked #1 of all female players in the world. She proved that quite fast by beating me playing ZZ Top’s La Grange. I got about 10% of her score. My colleague Patrik actually challenged her to Dragonforce, she scored about 550.000 on it…

Having survived Monday night we got our green shirts on and jumped on the bus Tuesday morning to head back to LACC.

In the Specops booth there was a lot of people all day. We’re giving away gold if you register so even Stefan registered and got a beautiful yellow t-shirt.

On my schedule for the day was Andrew Mason’s session about the news in Server Core. A quick look at those would give us .Net framework, powershell and ASP.Net support in IIS. And of course Microsoft is including sconfig which is their version of CCC so it’s time to look at what they’re missing and go for those things. Another welcome thing is the graphical iscsi configuration tool which is named iscsiclicpl.exe.

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TechEd Los Angeles – Monday

Monday morning. As always when you change timezones I’m wide awake way too early. Breakfast around 8 and I’ve been watching CNN since 4.30, only 90 minutes to go.

We arrived Saturday and spent the evening at a bar, desperately trying to stay awake for as long as possible. It was nice and I got to meet the guys from SpecOps US and Canadian offices.

Sunday we packed ourselves into a few cars and went to Six Flags north of Los Angeles. I rode eight rollercoasters before I gave up. Some of my colleagues set the tone when riding until throwing up. My personal favourite was Tatsu, picture below, but those who rode X2 said it was the best ride ever. I’ll ride it next time!


On today’s schedule is of course the keynote, this time held by Bill Veghte. He’s a senior vice president at Microsoft, responsible for Microsoft’s Windows businesses, including the business strategy, sales and marketing across Windows and Windows Live. Additionally, he has shared responsibility for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sales.

I’m also meeting with Symon Perriman and Dan Reger from the Clustering Team this morning to get the ATE-stuff. I’m doing ATE for Clustering here since none of my sessions got approved. (On a more bitter note I could’ve had one I think since some speakers have six sessions… I know more people who share this view)

Now I’ll get in the shower and get ready for day #1. I’ll keep you posted!