Teched 2010 New Orleans - Day 1

Exchange 2003 / Exchange 2007 Migration to Exchange 2010 Breakout Session and More!

How many of my fellow NetworkWorld Microsoft Subnet bloggers are here speaking in New Orleans this week?  Been a busy first day, 10,500 attendees here, one of the largest conferences Microsoft runs during the year!

Bob Muglia, Microsoft's President of the Servers and Tools business kicked off today with his keynote which I was glad to hear a more focused "cloud" message which is one of CHOICE!  Where organizations can continue to deploy servers on-premise as they have successfully done so for the past many many years, OR if the organization chooses to adopt a "Cloud" strategy, that Microsoft has that "too"!

This was MUCH better than messages in the past couple months where Microsoft was 100% into the cloud and almost like "everything" is going to the cloud "tomorrow", which we all know is just isn't going to happen...  I completely understand that "Microsoft" is "all in" to the cloud, and I'm glad that they are building both on-premise and in-cloud solutions, but it's great to hear that we can choose either / or / both as our platform strategies...

The energy at TechEd this year is incredible, last year in Los Angeles during the low of the recession, not many happy attendees in an economic atmosphere of gloom...  This year though, budgets are there and organizations have a need to upgrade their technologies, so the Conference has been chalk full of discussions on updating technologies like AD 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Windows 7, System Center, Azure, SQL 2008 R2, etc...

I led a session today titled "Migrating from Exchange 2003/2007 to Exchange 2010" to a standing room only packed room of 450+ attendees, always a great crowd to present to...

Tomorrow, I'll be doing a session on DirectAccess Tips and Tricks, as well as Hyper-V Integration with the System Center suite of products...

I'll post more ongoing!

Rand

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