As questions come in for TechEd North America on twitter at @TechEd_NA using hashtag #msTechEd, on the TechEd North America Facebook page and on the TechEd North America Forum, we're compiling the most frequently asked questions and posting the answers here.
Q1: What are the Registration hours?
A1: Hint: Check-in on Sunday and avoid the Monday morning rush! If you are not able to check-in on Sunday, please plan to arrive at Registration on Level 2 starting at 7:00am on Monday to check-in prior to the Keynote Session.
- Sunday, May 11: 7:00am – 9:00am (Pre-Con attendees only); 9:00am – 7:00pm (ALL attendees). Registration is also available on Sunday, May 11 at the Microsoft Store inside the Galleria Mall from 10:00am – 7:00pm
- Monday, May 12: 7:00am – 9:00pm
- Tuesday, May 13: 7:00am – 6:30pm
- Wednesday, May 14: 7:00am – 6:30pm
- Thursday, May 15: 7:00am – 4:30pm
Q2: Where is Registration?
A2: Once you arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC) please proceed to Level 2.
Q3: What is the shuttle schedule?
A3: The shuttle schedule is available at https://northamerica.msteched.com/Travel and on page 14 of the conference guide, which you'll receive at Materials Distribution when you register. Important note: Transfer time between hotels in the Galleria area and the convention center is approximately 20-25 minutes. During heavy traffic, it could take up to 45 minutes. Please plan your arrival time accordingly; especially for Monday's Keynote.
Q4: Will there be shuttle service to and from the Closing Party? A4: Yes. There will be Continuous shuttle service between TechEd hotels and Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 15, 7:15pm – 11:45pm.
Q5: Where is the Information Center in the GRBCC?
A5: You'll find the Information Centers on Level 1 in Halls CD at the main entrance to TechExpo, and on Level 2 near the Skybridge to the Hilton. Both locations are staffed during all conference hours. In addition, Roaming Information Staff wearing bright green shirts can be found throughout the convention center.
Q6: Where can I recharge my electronics?
A6: There are Recharge Lounges in the TechEd Commons in Hall E, on Level 3 in the Grand Ballroom Lounge, Level 2 Hilton Americas and throughout the TechExpo, Halls CD. As a benefit for TechEd Alumni, you can recharge your electronics in the Alumni Lounge (see page 40 of your conference guide for hours).
Q7: Will there be lunch for pre-con attendees?
A7: Yes. Pre-Conference Seminar attendees will receive a lunch ticket when they register onsite with the time and location of lunch for Sunday, May 11.
Q8: Where can I get a map of the venue?
A8: You can get a map of the event here: https://northamerica.msteched.com/techedmaps. See the TechEd map on pages 6-9 of your conference guide, which you'll receive at Registration.
Q9: Where do I get the TechEd App?
A9: Plan your schedule from the web site or one of several apps! Get direct access to the TechEd Schedule Builder, Speaker info, news posts, maps and more with the Channel 9 Events app for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS or Android. Search the app store for "Ch9 Events" or https://aka.ms/techedapps.
Q10: I'm experiencing trouble with my Ch9 Events App. Who should I contact?
A10: Please see the blog post here to troubleshoot the app: http://www.eventboardmobile.com/Ch9Events/
Q11: Where can I acquire session materials?
A11: Session materials are distributed digitally and are associated with sessions within the content catalog at https://northamerica.msteched.com/catalogand are available 24-48 hours after the session is presented. After TechEd, session recordings can be found at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014.
Q12: Where is TechExpo being held?
A12: The TechExpo: Partner Solutions and Microsoft Solutions Experience are located in Halls CD of the GRBCC. A floor plan of the hall is located on page 56 of your conference guide, which you'll receive at Registration, in your conference materials. Floor plans are also available at https://northamerica.msteched.com/TechEdMaps.
Q13: Where can I watch the live streams?
Q14: What content will be streamed and available on-demand? And, when will they become available?
A14: Don't miss out! The following sessions are the Taste of TechEd sessions streamed live from Houston:
- Monday, May 12:
11:00-12:00 Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server
1:15-2:30 Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover
3:00-4:15 RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD
4:45-6:00 Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel
- Tuesday, May 13:
8:30-9:45 INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server
10:15-11:30 DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server
1:30-2:45 Group Policy: Notes from the Field - Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
3:15-4:30 Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session
5:00-6:15 TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition
- Wednesday, May 14:
8:30-9:45 Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack
10:15-11:30 Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing
1:30-2:45 Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6
3:15-4:30 Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious
5:00-6:15 What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
- Thursday, May 15:
8:30-9:45 Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment: Notes from the Field
10:15-11:30 Async Best Practices for C# and Visual Basic
1:00-2:15 VDI Deployment Walkthrough
2:45-4:00 2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?
On breaks between sessions, you will find Joey Snow and Rick Claus and the Channel 9 team broadcasting live, unscripted, and 100% interactive from within the TechExpo. Hosts will be speaking with executives, engineers, session presenters, industry luminaries and YOU! Be a part of the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Send your questions and comments by referencing @ch9live in your tweet and the Channel 9 host may ask guests your question live on the air.
The TechEd Content Catalog provides you with year-round access to session presentations from TechEd 2014, plus on-demand viewing at https://northamerica.msteched.com/catalog. Sessions will be available within 24-48 hours after the session is presented.