Microsoft TechEd apps found ahead of official launch

May 15, 2013

This is how you configure your device to display your TechEd schedule. I will add pictures to the instructions when I get home to my other devices 🙂

Update: If you dont get the app to sync your Schedule, do what we always tell our users, log off and on again 🙂

 

Windows 8

1. Install the app from Windows Store

2 Create a EventBoard account

3 Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Pin the Conference of your choice to the start screen

5. Enjoy

Windows Phone

1. Install the app from Windows Phone

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enter the conference of your choice.

5. Enjoy

Apple

1. Install the app from iTunes

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy

Android

1. Install the app from Google Play

2. Create a EventBoard account

3. Link your account to your Channel 9 profile. click the link http://channel9.msdn.com/linkaccount

4. Enjoy

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The schedule builder and how I use it to plan my TechEd year.

April 4, 2013

Yes, TechEd for me is a year long experience. The sheer amount of content is actually to much to digest for just one week. If this is your first TechEd conference be prepared to have your brain cooked.
I work on the schedule builder weekly before the conference starts to try to find the ones that i really want to attend, and those I might skip and catch online. This makes my schedule quite full with a lot of conflicts.
I also try to find sessions on topics that isn’t something I do on a day to day basis. I’m a ITPro so I try to do at least one Dev session to broaden my skills a bit.

Also note that each session are rated in 200 – Intermediate, 300 – Advanced and 400 – Expert.
The 200 sessions are on a little higher level while the 300 and 400 sessions are more detailed.

In the conference bag amongst a bunch of other stuff, you’ll find a pen with a highlight marker on one side and also a pocket conference guide.
I use the marker to highlight the first days sessions from the ones I have selected in the schedule builder and circle the ones that i really want to attend on site. That leaves me with alternative sessions if the session fills up so I don’t make it or if the session isn’t what i expected it to be.
At the end of each day I plan the next day by repeating the procedure. A good thing is also to make plans for a session free slot each day to chill your brain a little. 🙂 I usually plan those slots so that I can call home and talk to the wife and kids.

When it comes to Outlook ICS files i personally don’t use them.

Once the conference is over I use my schedule to review sessions I’ve attended and those i missed.

Also check out the Countdown to TechEd Ep 2: All About ScheduleBuilder

See you around 🙂


Windows 8 App for Channel 9

April 2, 2013

I saw a tweet the other day for an awesome resource, a Windows 8 app for all Channel 9 content.

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We have MMS 2013 around the corner in April, Microsoft TechEd North America & Europe and also the Build conference during the summer in June. To have the content from all those conferences easy accessible via the start screen is really great.

On the Channel 9 web site there is an article describing the app and it’s features: http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/C9Team/Windows-8-App-for-Channel-9-now-available

In the article there is a link to the first version of the app in the Windows store

Since i live in Sweden the app doesn’t appear to me and it seems from the comments that quite a few countries outside US are experiencing issues with getting access to the app.

There’s an easy and quick solution to that issue. Just change location to the US, download the app and change location back again.

If you don’t know how to change location for the Windows store here is a quick how to:

  1. Type region in the Start Screen
  2. Choose Region
    Region_Settings
  3. This displays the Region settings
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  4. Choose the second tab, Location
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  5. Change the Home location to the Country you would like the Windows Store to display
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  6. Open the windows store and install the app.

I had issues finding the app so I installed it via the link provided in the Channel 9 article.

Don’t forget to change the Home location to the original setting.


Exiting times…

March 5, 2013

# 1 New job at Lumagate.

Lumagate is a consultant company that focuses on Systems Management and the tools provided by Microsoft in the System Center Suite.

# 2 The challenge is back #90days2MCSA

Michael Bender is at it again, this time the challenge is retrieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in 90 days. Microsoft Learning has already shared some created some awesome resources like the Microsoft Certification Study Groups.

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There will be more, so make sure you check the Born 2 Learn web site and follow Michael Bender @MichaelBender, Microsoft Learning @MSLearning and the hash tag #90Days2MCSA on Twitter.

I will have a go at this, I just need to pass one exam the the upgrade exam 70-417, that exam has no forum or Wiki ATM but the test is built on the 410, 411 and 412 exams so there will be plenty of information.

Another great resource for the upgrade exam is the Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Jump Start with Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Ed Liberman from TrainSignal

# 3 New Lab equipment

I ordered some hardware to build me a new lab. I will cover the build process in a blog post in a couple of days.

The lab contains of two identical boxes containing:
SHUTTLE XPC SH67H3 S-1155 300W
CORSAIR 32GB DDR3 XMS3 1333MHZ CL9 (4X8GB)
INTEL CORE I5 2320 3.0GHZ 6MB S-1155
OCZ AGILITY 3 2.5″ 120GB SSD SATA/600 MLC
WD GREEN 3.5″ 2TB SATA/600 64MB

# 4 Microsoft TechEd North America

The 90 days challenge ends just in time for the TechEd conference in New Orleans. To start studying on a topic before a major conference like TechEd is a really good idea that will help you get even more knowledge out of the conference.
It is hard to beat the opportunity to get answers from the Microsoft guys and girls behind the products directly from the hoses mouth. 

If you haven’t registered check it out.
TechEd North America 2013 
Register now and save $300

TechEd Europe 2013
Register now and save €300

All of this along with my new lab equipment will make sure to keep me busy for many nights to come.


Interesting times ahead.

January 25, 2013

There are a few conferences that are on my “which to attend list”. MMS in Las Vegas, TechEd North America in New Orleans, and TechEd Europe in Amsterdam if this information is correct.

Mr Bender has a new challenge in the makings and the Surface reaches the Scandinavian peninsula.

All this and it’s –19 C (-2 F) outside, Gotta love winter in Sweden.

Microsoft Management Summit

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Microsoft TechEd North America

 

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According to the stats provided by Scott Ladewig @Ladewig in his article TechEd Registration: Not Open, but Not Late the registration should open any day now 🙂
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Microsoft TechEd Europe

still no update on where and when but I guess there will be information available soon. Make sure to check the website for information and Join the Tech·Ed Europe mailing list to get information.

New adventure ahead

Last night I read a tweet by Michael Bender and there’s a new challenge coming up. 90 days to MCSA – Windows Server 2012

Make sure to follow @MichaelBender and the hash tag #90Days2MCSA so you dont miss out on the fun stuff to come.

In the meantime make sure to tune in on last years challange #60days2MCSE
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Windows Surface RT available in Sweden starting February 14

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