May 2005 - Posts

A little 2 months to go for TechEd 2005 Amsterdam, a superb event coming up. Let's cover the most exciting things about TechEd this year:

  • New this year is the 50:50 split of developer-focused sessions and infrastructure-focused sessions, in 12 dedicated tracks, which include (more details here):
    • Architecture: learn everything about the new SOA-wave of application programming coming up;
    • Business apps: get to know Microsoft Business Solutions in depth;
    • Connected systems (or "the way to Indigo") covers things such as web services, .NET Remoting, MSMQ, COM+ Enterprise Services in depth, together with coverage of HIS, BizTalk and other technologies that play a key role in connecting systems together: a must for EAI folks;
    • Database: everything you should know about the upcoming SQL Server 2005 release both as a developer and as a DBA (note: tracks on SQL Server 2000 will be there too);
    • Developer tools: boost your developer productivity with the new Visual Studio 2005 features coming up, including Visual Studio Team System and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server;
    • Management and operations: learn how to manage critical systems that require the 5 nines of availability while dealing with an increasing complexity on the field of security; you'll learn everything you need to know to realize these goals by using Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM), Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS), the upcoming release of System Center, Microsoft Solutions for Management (MSM) and the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF);
    • Messaging: everything you need to know about implementing a reliable messaging solution for your company built on Exchange Server 2003, Outlook Web Access, Office 2003, anti-spam and anti-virus, etc;
    • Portals and collaboration covers technologies such as SharePoint Portal Server (SPS), Content Management Server (CMS), Office Project¬†Server and the new Office Live Communication and Office Live Meeting technologies;
    • Security is undoubtly the most complex aspect of both development and infrastructure design and management today; sessions in the security track will cover the various aspects of security on today's technology going from firewalls over Windows Server 2003 security, ISA Server 2004, PKI, Exchange Server 2003, manageability technologies and SQL Server 2000/2005, to secure application development;
    • Server infrastructure sessions cover the Windows Server 2003 technology in all its broadness: network design, virtualization (Virutal Server 2005), identity management (MIIS, ADFS), terminal services, consolidation, storage (Windows Storage Server, Data Protection Server), networking best practices, etc;
    • Web platform and development: come and see new technologies such as ASP.NET 2.0 and IIS 7.0, learn how to migrate to these new technologies, feel the heat of Visual Studio 2005 for web development and get to know everything you need to know to deploy IIS and ASP.NET applications successfully;
    • Windows client development will cover development of rich Windows applications on today's and tomorrow's technologies, including apps built for Windows, Office and smart devices; you'll also get a sneak peak on the upcoming Avalon technologies in Longhorn.
  • Groups visiting Microsoft TechEd 2005 Europe can get a discount up to 12.5% on the booking. Starting with groups of 5 people, you'll be eligible for a discount. More information here.
  • Again, TechEd brings you a bunch of international top speakers. A list can be found on http://www.mseventseurope.com/TechEd/05/Pre/Content/TopSpeakers.aspx. This is your change to see these people live and to ask the questions you always wanted to ask.
  • This year, there will be a closing keynote too, brought by David Vaskevitch. David is the CTO for Business Platform at Microsoft Corporation. Andrew Lees will be the opening keynote speaker this year. Andrew's role at Microsoft is the Corporate Vice President for Server and Tools Marketing.

I'll be posting more about TechEd 2005 Europe soon on my blog.

I can guarantee from my personal experience with the previous two TechEds: real .NET gurus should not miss this event! Avoid reactions from colleagues "what, you missed TechEd, shame on you" and book now. Here's the direct link: https://www.mseventseurope.com/teched/05/pre/registration/default.aspx.

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It's SP-time :-). An overview of recent service packs (hottest first):

Other hot releases:

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Hi folks,

Wow, it's a long time ago I've been posting out here on my blog. Last months have been quite busy due to various activities and circumstances. Let's summarize all this as being "an important crossroad in my live" that has to be taken with caution. As the matter in fact, I'm in my last year of studies at university right now and I'm seriously considering to take on another two years or so.

Now, enough about this for now, this is and will remain a technical blog :-). Next days I'll be posting again on a limited basis about a few things, including the upcoming TechEd Europe 2005 event in Amsterdam.

Cheers,

Bart

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Posted Tuesday, May 03, 2005 5:27 PM by bart | with no comments
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