Pre-Conference Seminars

Jump-start your TechEd experience by attending a Pre-Conference Seminar on Monday, 27 October. Pre-Conference Seminars are focused, day-long classes led by noted industry experts, and cover topics that address relevant issues for today’s IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers. This education richly enhances your TechEd experience and expertise and prepares you for the session content and hands-on labs that are offered throughout the week.

  • + PRC01 | Hacking and Hardening Windows Infrastructure Workshop Hasain Alshakarti, Marcus Murray, Paula Januszkiewicz

    This seminar offers a unique opportunity to discuss and understand key security features in the Windows platform. Join three distinguished Enterprise Security MVPs and top TechEd speakers for a knowledge boost about the most current security issues and countermeasures in the Windows ecosystem.

    An armorer of Chu boldly claims to make the best spears and shields. "My shields are so strong; they cannot be penetrated by any weapon," he said. "My spears are so sharp; they can pierce any shield," he further said. A man asks, "If your spear is thrown at your shield, what then?" State of Chu (841-233 B.C.)

    By logic, both an impenetrable shield and an all-piercing spear cannot exist at the same time. Join this seminar to learn about important details that play a crucial role in Windows Security. Bring your own laptop and enjoy live demos and examples with us!

    During this seminar you will have the opportunity to download and use our tools. We will provide you the complete set of whitepapers related to the subjects.

  • + PRC02 | Making a DevOps Transformation Brian Randell, David Tesar, Morgan Webb, Kurt Bittner

    In this pre-conference seminar we will help you understand the role that the DevOps movement is playing in helping organizations to meet today’s demands and innovate in new and faster ways. We will evaluate how people, processes, and technologies fit into this transformation and spend a significant portion of the day showcasing live demonstrations of Microsoft technologies and highlighting interoperability with non-Microsoft technologies to help you attain these benefits. Kurt Bittner, Principal Analyst with Forrester Research, joins this session to share his observations and insights about this transformation.

    This pre-conference seminar covers four major aspects of the DevOps process:

    Plan – We will look at People, Process, and Product and each individual role during the DevOps transformation. We will define development, operations and other group's roles included in the application lifecycle and how to get to ship a product or feature by breaking down barriers between teams and through better collaboration.

    Develop – We will see how infrastructure as code is one crucial foundation of DevOps which allows you to more effectively manage the changes to your applications and environments. We will show you how to make shipping a feature something you check off every time you finish your work.

    Release – Deploying the software quicker with a higher quality enables you to show a better return to the Business. We will discuss what you need to do to support continuous deployment. Learn how to use the latest build features, as well as look at various deployment tools and its release management capabilities.

    Operate– We will learn how to employ mechanisms to discover running infrastructure, reduce the mean time to detect (MTTD) problems, as well as mean time to repair (MTTR) problems with the applications - passing valuable information back into the planning and development lifecycle phases. We will explore Application Performance Monitoring (APM), Global Service Monitor, as well as the preview of Application Insights.

  • + PRC03 |A Day of the Latest Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft Azure Developer Enhancements Brady Gaster, Scott Hunter

    In this seminar we take you on a journey through the new features Microsoft has built into the ASP.NET Web Stack and Visual Studio 2013. Learn about the new features in the One ASP.NET Framework, Web API, SignalR, and the new OWIN framework for ASP.NET developers known as Katana. Also, learn about some of the new features added to the Azure platform for web developers and how you can use these technologies to build cloud-scale web and mobile applications using the latest .NET technology. If you’re a web developer, you won’t want to miss this seminar. By the end of the day you’ll be ready to code and will have learned from some of the team members just how awesome the new One ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2013 combination will make your development experience.

  • + PRC05 | Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World Michael Niehaus, Mikael Nystrom

    What does it take for organizations to deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone? During this all-day seminar, examine the requirements needed to execute the entire process. We ensure that you understand what has changed in Windows 8.1, how you prepare for a Windows 8.1 migration, how to create your Windows 8.1 image, how to deploy Windows 8.1, and how to deploy Windows Store apps to the already-deployed computers using an enterprise app store. Regardless of whether you are new to Windows deployment and management, new to Windows 8.1, or an existing Windows 7 or Windows XP expert, there will be benefits for all attendees, from “how-to’s” to best practices, to tips and tricks.

  • + PRC06 | Delivering On-Premises Self-Service Solutions with the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server Michael Leworthy, Andrew Zeller, Bradley Bartz

    The Azure Pack builds on the foundation of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to deliver out-of-the-box self-service solutions for users leveraging high-density websites, virtual machines, storage and networking. This seminar focuses on deep understanding of the WAP technology, including building WaaS, DaaS, and IaaS solutions and integration automation for efficiency.

    Topics of the day include: 1) WAP Overview: Learn what the Azure Pack is and the components that are involved. This also includes clearly defining its value and the specific use cases that the solution addresses. 2) Deployment and Service Provisioning: See how each of the components are configured and integrated to deliver a complete solution. 3) Administering WAP: Once deployed, learn how to configure self-services systems, authentication options, building plans and subscriptions. 4) Extensibility and APIs: Learn how to manage services, extend across environments, and use the APIs.

    The overall outcome of the day will be to complete a full deployment of a WAP environment with all features enabled.

  • + PRC07 | Hybrid Identity in a World of Consumerization John Craddock

    Many of us have been cocooned in an Active Directory environment, where Single-Sign-On (SSO) and Kerberos authentication has become the norm. But now we need to give our users access to applications and services that are public cloud-based, on devices we do not control. And of course there is the mirror, where partners and users are using social media identity and need access to our applications and services, be they running on-premises or in a cloud environment. It’s time to stretch the boundaries and encompass identity from multiple sources, a true identity mashup. What’s more, users expect SSO and to be able to use their own devices to access applications regardless of whether those devices are based on Windows, iOS, or Android. Come to this seminar and discover how Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and the Web Application proxy in Windows Server 2012 R2 combines with Active Directory, partner identity, Microsoft Azure Active Directory identity services, and create solutions that will take identity into the future. Add support for BYODs via Workplace Join, management via Windows Intune, additional security through authentication policies with multi-factor authentication and you are good to go. John Craddock, who has worked with Active Directory and federated identity since the beginning, peels back the onion skin and shows you what’s really going on; be prepared to go deep. The pre-con is packed with demos and troubleshooting tips and tricks. Don’t miss out, sign-up now. Join the Conversation.

  • + PRC08 | Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in the Real World: Notes from the Field Johan Arwidmark, Kent Agerlund

    Join Johan Arwidmark and Kent Agerlund, two of the world’s foremost Configuration Manager 2012 R2 experts in a dazzling seminar on how to use Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in the real world. Learn about the changes in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, how to build a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 infrastructure, how to migrate from Configuration Manager 2007, and upgrade to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. Learn how to deploy applications and updates, and how to deploy and manage Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. You also learn how to integrate Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune, for mobile device management.

    Kent and Johan share their notes from the field, and their tips and tricks for making System Management using Configuration Manager 2012 R2 even better. If you are working with Configuration Manager 2012 R2, or thinking about moving to Configuration Manager 2012 R2, this is the seminar that you cannot afford to miss.

  • + PRC09 | Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Workshop Alistair Speirs, Jeff Medford

    Office 365 delivers the capabilities that users demand while allowing IT to stay in control. However, this change requires IT professionals to adapt their traditional client-server skills for the cloud computing era. In this track, IT pros will see how new features come to Office 365 first, learn about the new tools and processes to migrate on premises workloads to Office 365, and prepare for the new operational role of IT pros.

  • + PRC10 | Reusing your .NET and C# Skills to Develop Native Apps for Windows, iOS, and Android Jaime Rodriguez, James Montemagno

    With .NET, Xamarin, and Portable Class Libraries, you can now create native apps that target Windows, iOS, and Android without compromising on performance, user experience, or developer productivity. You can do all of this within your Visual Studio IDE! In this session we introduce universal Windows apps development and how you can have unified approaches, patterns, and techniques to target Windows, iOS and Android apps with .NET and Xamarin. You will leave with a solid introduction to code reuse techniques and lots of sample code that you can take home to get hands-on experience!

    Note: Experience coding .NET apps is required to get the most out of this session, iOS/Android experience is preferred, but not required.

  • + PRC11 | Architecting .NET Solutions for the Enterprise Dino Esposito

    This seminar discusses implementations on top of the Microsoft .NET Framework, after presenting the state-of-the-art software architecture.

    Domain-driven design (DDD) emerged a decade ago as very engaging way to tackle complexity in the heart of software. Today we’d better split the DDD approach in two distinct parts: methodological and strategic.

    The methodological part is about defining a ubiquitous language to share with stakeholders and bounded contexts to lay out the domain architecture. In a nutshell, it is about understanding the business processes and the organization of the customer. This type of knowledge is essential to model fitting software architecture.

    The strategic part is about choosing for each bounded context the ideal software architecture in accordance with a few parameters such as expected lifespan of the software, skills, legacy code, and the canonical costs and deadlines.

    This seminar provides a pragmatic view of domain-driven software development mixing together architectural patterns with concrete technologies and frameworks. It is articulated in a series of reproducible steps that have a classic layered architecture as the outcome qualified by key attributes like flexibility, testability, and maintainability. You will receive the full source of the sample project discussed in the workshop plus a variety of fringe benefit examples such as a multi-device mobile web site. The sample project touches on a long list of technologies such as ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, ASP.NET Identity, Bootstrap, and Unity. After this seminar, you will see all of the pieces falling into place.