Pre-Con Seminars Build a Foundation for Enhanced Learning at TechEd

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Learn from the masters. Join some the industry's leading experts at one of 10 all-day Pre-Conference Seminars, presented Monday, 27 October, 09:00am – 17:00, at Microsoft TechEd Europe in Barcelona.

Presented the day before the conference opens, Pre-Cons offer a unique opportunity to extend your learning experience at TechEd with a full day of focused discussion. Seminars focus on topics most relevant to today's technology professionals, and content is designed to provide you with a deep knowledge base and skills that you can apply to your immediate business needs.

Attending a Pre-Con is an investment (€400 for TechEd attendees and €500 for Pre-Conference Seminar only) that lays a foundation to help you get more out of sessions and labs throughout the week. And, they offer the chance to tap into the knowledge and insights of speakers—many of whom are published authors who, literally, wrote the book(s) on their subject. You may be inspired to pick up a few of their titles to read before the conference!

Explore complete seminar descriptions for the TechEd Pre-Conference Seminars (below), and be sure to read the speaker bios and visit their blogs.

  • PRC01 | Hacking and Hardening Windows Infrastructure Workshop  Speakers: Hasain Alshakarti, Marcus Murray, Paula Januszkiewicz
    This seminar offers a unique opportunity to discuss and understand key security features in the Windows platform. Join three distinguished Enterprise Security MVPs and top TechEd speakers for a knowledge boost about the most current security issues and countermeasures in the Windows ecosystem.

  • PRC02 | Making a DevOps Transformation Speakers: Brian Randell, Mickey Gousset, David Tesar, Morgan Webb
    In this pre-conference seminar we help you understand the role that the DevOps movement is playing in helping organizations to meet these demands and innovate in new and faster ways. We evaluate how people, processes, and technologies fit into this transformation and spend a significant portion of the day looking at live demonstrations showcasing both Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies working together to help you attain these benefits.

  • PRC03 | A Day of the Latest Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft Azure Developer Enhancements Speakers: Brady Gaster, Scott Hunter
    In this seminar we take you on a journey through the new features Microsoft has built into the ASP.NET Web Stack and Visual Studio 2013. Learn about the new features in the One ASP.NET Framework, Web API, SignalR, and the new OWIN framework for ASP.NET developers known as Katana. Also, learn about some of the new features added to the Azure platform for web developers and how you can use these technologies to build cloud-scale web and mobile applications using the latest .NET technology.
  •  PRC05 | Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World Speakers: Michael Niehaus, Mikael Nystrom
    During this all-day seminar, examine the requirements needed to execute the entire process. We ensure that you understand what has changed in Windows 8.1, how you prepare for a Windows 8.1 migration, how to create your Windows 8.1 image, how to deploy Windows 8.1, and how to deploy Windows Store apps to the already-deployed computers using an enterprise app store. Regardless of whether you are new to Windows deployment and management, new to Windows 8.1, or an existing Windows 7 or Windows XP expert, there will be benefits for all attendees, from how-to's to best practices, to tips and tricks.

  • PRC06 | Delivering On-Premises Self-Service Solutions with the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server Speakers: Michael Leworthy, Andrew Zeller, Bradley Bartz
    The Azure Pack builds on the foundation of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to deliver out-of-the-box self-service solutions for users leveraging high-density websites, virtual machines, storage and networking. This seminar focuses on deep understanding of the WAP technology, including building WaaS, DaaS, and IaaS solutions and integration automation for efficiency.

  • PRC07 | Hybrid Identity in a World of Consumerization Speaker: John Craddock
    Come to this seminar and discover how Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and the Web Application proxy in Windows Server 2012 R2 combines with Active Directory, partner identity, Microsoft Azure Active Directory identity services, and create solutions that will take identity into the future. Add support for BYODs via Workplace Join, management via Windows Intune, additional security through authentication policies with multi-factor authentication and you are good to go. John Craddock, who has worked with Active Directory and federated identity since the beginning, peels back the onion skin and shows you what's really going on; be prepared to go deep.

  • PRC08 | Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager in the Real World: Notes from the Field Speakers: Johan Arwidmark, Kent Agerlund
    Join Johan Arwidmark and Kent Agerlund, two of the world's foremost Configuration Manager 2012 R2 experts in a dazzling seminar on how to use Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in the real world. Learn about the changes in Configuration Manager 2012 R2, how to build a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 infrastructure, how to migrate from Configuration Manager 2007, and upgrade to Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. Learn how to deploy applications and updates, and how to deploy and manage Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. You also learn how to integrate Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Windows Intune, for mobile device management.

  • PRC09 | Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Workshop Speakers: Alistair Speirs, Jeff Medford
    Office 365 delivers the capabilities that users demand while allowing IT to stay in control. However, this change requires IT professionals to adapt their traditional client-server skills for the cloud computing era. In this track, IT pros will see how new features come to Office 365 first, learn about the new tools and processes to migrate on premises workloads to Office 365, and prepare for the new operational role of IT pros.

  • PRC10 | Reusing Your .NET and C# Skills to Develop Native Apps for Windows, iOS, and Android Speakers: Jaime Rodriguez, James Montemagno
    With .NET, Xamarin, and Portable Class Libraries, you can now create native apps that target Windows, iOS, and Android without compromising on performance, user experience, or developer productivity. You can do all of this within your Visual Studio IDE! In this session we introduce universal Windows apps development and how you can have unified approaches, patterns, and techniques to target Windows, iOS and Android apps with .NET and Xamarin. You will leave with a solid introduction to code reuse techniques and lots of sample code that you can take home to get hands-on experience!

  • PRC11 | Architecting .NET Solutions for the Enterprise Speaker: Dino Esposito
    This seminar discusses implementations on top of the Microsoft .NET Framework, after presenting the state-of-the-art software architecture. This seminar provides a pragmatic view of domain-driven software development mixing together architectural patterns with concrete technologies and frameworks. It is articulated in a series of reproducible steps that have a classic layered architecture as the outcome qualified by key attributes like flexibility, testability, and maintainability. You will receive the full source of the sample project discussed in the workshop plus a variety of fringe benefit examples such as a multi-device mobile web site. The sample project touches on a long list of technologies such as ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, ASP.NET Identity, Bootstrap, and Unity. After this seminar, you will see all of the pieces falling into place.

Register today, and add a Pre-Conference Seminar to your TechEd Europe 2014 agenda.

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