Coming to you live from Tech·Ed North America 2011

May 2, 2011 at 8:32 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Microsoft | Leave a comment

Happy May! This month the Braves will play at Turner field, temperatures will start getting warmer, and Microsoft Tech*Ed North America 2011 will set up shop at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Transcender will be exhibiting at Booth #1904, so be sure to stop by and say hi. Nearly everyone on the team will have a rotating spot on the front lines to interface with customers the good old-fashioned way. Stay tuned here and to our Twitter updates, as we finalize our Expo schedule so you know when you can stop by if you’d like some quality time with yours truly or one of my fellow Content Developers!

There are a lot of great sessions at Tech*Ed – in fact, there’s an overwhelming amount to see and do. The best thing to do while you still have a couple of weeks before the show, is to spend some quality time on the Tech*Ed’s Session and Exhibitor Catalog, where you’ll see a number of resources that can help you plan your Tech*Ed experience.

You don’t have to attend Tech*Ed to benefit from Tech*Ed

Of course, not all of us are able to attend. What you might not realize is that there’s a lot of free material on this page for people who aren’t attending. Look under Pre-Event Online Webcasts, where you can access – for free, without registration – 105 instructional webcasts on a slew of technical topics from PowerShell to ForeFront.

If you do attend Tech*Ed, why not take an exam?

For those of you who are attending Tech*Ed, there’s a wealth of certification prep options that not too many people know about. To review those, check the right hand pane on the catalog page. Under Filter By, open the Session Type tree. The keywords here are: Certification 101, Cram4Exam, and Hands-On Lab.

The Certification 101 sessions (two time slots, one hour each) include topics like certification process, choosing a certification path, preparing for your first exam, taking an exam, and what to expect after that.

There are twenty “Cram4Exam” sessions, which are targeted toward specific exams, but still broad in scope. These certification prep sessions are generally 75 minutes long and cover some of the more popular certification exams for Windows 7, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange Server 2010. You can learn valuable tips and tricks for prepping and passing in these classes.

Finally, you can brush up your skills with one of the 250+ Hands-on Labs. The labs are self-paced, so you can do them at your leisure, and are tightly focused on one specific concept or skill. More importantly, Hands-on-Labs usually have exercises on the latest technologies, which you might not have access to in your job or at home. My bet would be that there will be labs on the next version of SQL Server (Denali) , Lync Server 2010, Azure,  and Virtualization, as well as established Microsoft technologies. The labs are all listed on the session catalog website, though some details are TBD.

Tech*Ed: My Personal Attack Plan

Sure, I’ll be working the Transcender booth, but I’ll also have time to do some learning myself. Last year’s Tech*Ed highlighted Azure and SharePoint 2010 among other technologies. Sessions on these topics will be plentiful this year. I plan to stick to sessions on Virtualization, Lync Server 2010, IE9, and of course, the next version of SQL Server (Denali), which already has several sessions scheduled.

One topic that I wanted to get more knowledge on this year at Tech*Ed is security. Here is just a sampling of the various sessions on security that I’ll be trying to squeeze in:

They all sound fun, entertaining and informative. Okay, maybe just informative.

Again, if you are planning to visit Atlanta for Tech*Ed next month, please stop by the Transcender booth! There will be freebies, demos, and possibly a pop quiz on how to pronounce my name.

–George Monsalvatge

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