Category Archives: Talks

Talks: Jeffrey Snover – The Cultural Battle To Remove Windows from Windows Server

Fascinating talk from Jeffrey Snover on the road from the Monad Manifesto to PowerShell to Nano Server.


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Talks: Tech Ed Europe 2014 Keynote

Also be sure to check out other talks as they are uploaded as well as the Live Stream:


Talk: Why you will fail to have a great career

About a year ago, I decided I wanted to find a new job. I had a good job with great benefits, some amazing co-workers, but I found myself enjoying the work less and less as time went on.

Yesterday, I started my first day at an absolutely amazing new company. Day 1 was a bit of a drinking water from a firehose experience, but I am excited about work for the first time in a very long time. While I don’t know where I will ultimately end up–I feel like I am heading in the right direction.

Thinking back on the past year there were hundreds of small nudges and suggestions that led me to this path. I thought I would share one and hopefully it can be of some use to you:

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Talk: Best Practices in Virtualizing and Managing SQL Server with Microsoft System Center and Windows Server

Islam Gomaa’s (MVP) talk from Tech Ed Europe starts out a little slow and wanders a bit, but it does pick up around the 26 minute mark with some useful info on SCORCH +SQL Automation, as well as some interesting demos towards the end. Not one of my favorites, but certainly worth skimming through.

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Talk: What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Remote Desktop Services

Adam Carter, Microsoft’s Technical Product Manager for VDI and RDS is fast becoming one of my favorite speakers from TechEd and MMS. If you are thinking of piloting VDI then this talk from TechED 2013 is a must see:

“If you are doing VDI to save money you are probably going to be disappointed, it is always going to be more expensive to buy server class hardware and storage than pcs. So don’t go into it thinking you are going to save a lot of money.” 

This is why you should do VDI:



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Intelligent thoughts from MMS on BYOD/VDI/MDM and IT Strategy

Even though most of my day to day work life is grounded in the operations and infrastructure space I still like to try to keep informed of what my former colleagues in the desktop world are up to. Lately at work there has been increasing  rumblings about BYOD in conjunction with VDI. It is strange, because while I can think of very specific use cases in which these are fantastic ideas, all too often the enthusiasm for the shiny new technology or approach seems to outpace and even forget the problem it was seeking to solve in the first place.

It is with this in mind that I highly recommend you take some time and listen to Eduardo Kassner’s talk from MMS 2013 this year entitled “Develop a Successful Flexible Desktop Strategy in Today’s Digital Era.” Eduardo is a former CIO and veteran of the IT industry who has a certain talent for cutting through technology hype/BS in a way that is blunt, honest, and refreshing. What he has to say is not always easy to hear, but it is definitely worth your time.

“When I ask you what is your strategy I am looking for you to look really really well into what you want to achieve?

Are you here to make to your end user experience better?

Are you here to give them more flexibility?

Are you here to reduce your cost of operations?

You can’t say yes to all those. It doesn’t work.

So if you say, I want cheaper, faster, better, and prettier– it’s a NO.

So you are going to have to let go of something there. What I am trying to say is if you don’t have this goal defined everything else that I am going to talk about today doesn’t matter. It is the hardest part, it is the most boring part, and it is the most critical.”

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Talk: Why We Fail – An Architect’s Journey to the Private Cloud

I forgot how much I enjoyed this talk from MMS last year: “If you talk to senior management in IT organizations, it’s very rare to find one that doesn’t want cloud. I want some of that cloud stuff. What is that? I don’t know, but I want it. OK, here’s some crayons, there you go, draw a cloud.” -Alex Jauch

Alex Jauch’s Blog can be found here.

Ars Technica write up from the conference which mentions the talk.

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Talk: Tips & Tricks for Creating Custom Management Packs

I was perusing through some of the talks from last years TechEd and came across this excellent talk by Mickey Gousset on creating custom management packs:

For more talks from TechEd 2012 click here.

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Talk: Randy Pausch – Time Management

Many people probably know Randy Pausch from his Last LectureHowever, the talk below given on November 2007 at the University of Virginia was truly his last lecture, and remains one of the most useful talks that I have ever seen. I am always surprised that while many have seen the first lecture, this talk remains relatively unknown.

I think for anyone, particularly those who work in IT this talk is worth taking the time to watch:

If you have a favorite talk, lecture, podcast, et cetera let me know with a comment. I would like to start posting a new one every Friday. I have quite a few of my own, but eventually I will run out.

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