TechEd Australia 2009 – Day 2

Woke up to yet another brilliant blue (Azure perhaps?) sky here on the Gold Coast. What delightful weather… and of course, I am inside all day. At least my family is making the most of it….
  • Personal Productivity for IT Pro – This was a really good session. Basically and Office session where we learnt about the myriad ways that we can make ourselves more efficient in our day-to-day processes within Office. Some great titbits from Presenters and crowd-sourced tips as well. Did you know that only 50% of users use CTRL-C and CTRL-V for copy and paste (the most common commands) and 98% do NOT use CTRL-O to open files. My favourite tip was the CTRL-Alt-1, 2, 3 for Heading 1, 2 ,3 in Word. Awesome!
  • Top 10 reasons for Deploying Windows 7 – This was an interesting session, one I went to so I can make the business case. They were introduced in reverse order and each were broken down into features relating to the reason.
  • RDI Session – Looking at Windows Server 2008 RS RDI, Virtual Desktop and all that. Good to see that Session Host Applications, Personal Virtual Desktop and Pooled Virtual Desktop Sessions all look and act the same for the End User.
  • From Exchange to Exchange Online – looking at transferring Exchange mailboxes from on-premise to Hosted solution. Also had a section on moving from Groupwise to Exchange online. Glad I don’t have to manage that one!
Next up is the big Dreamworld party… Imagine 53 busloads of geeks descending on Dreamworld!! Arrived and stood around the gates for a while befroe getting in.. The sprint was on, half to the rides, quarter of them to the food and the rest straight to the bar…  After a feed, a few beers and watching the people stagger off The Claw, I ended up at the AVPX “ride”. I had no clue what it was about but we soon got the gist. Team v Team laser tag with Alien and Predator statues that shoot back! I struggled the first time, slowly got better as I worked out the layout and finally, in the last run, made it into the egg room and racked up buckets of points and top –scored for the round.. Huzzah.! Had to bolt after that to make the last couple of buses but it was well worth it!
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