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    SPAZTIK

    This will be my first time attending. I am a one man IT department at work, so am interested in a lot of the sessions listed. A question for you TechEd pros out there, what are some of your do not miss sessions?

    Thanks!

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    DBegley

    @SPAZTIK: This is a great question. I am hoping to put together a blog post soon that covers this topic from the perspective of key alumni. Thanks for starting the string!

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    Harjit

    @SPAZTIK:  Well for starters, you should make a point of attending the "Mark" sessions which is Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi.  Michael Niehaus is another great speaker.  For the rest, it depends on your interest or what you are responsible for at work?  Do you do ConfigMgr, PowerShell, Windows Server, SQL, etc?  If you can give us an idea with a little more information, we can surely guide you.

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    BertWolters

    Mark Minasi is a must-see speaker... When you're into clustering, the sessions of Symon Perriman (watch the hands)...

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    RicksterCDN

    <cough cough> shameless plug - you should come out to some sessions @joeysnow and I are doing http://bit.ly/NSdbkG

    If it's your FIRST TIME at TechEd - you should also try to make the TechEd 101 that is free to all attendees on Sunday. (not in schedule yet)

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    mfifer

    , SPAZTIK wrote

    This will be my first time attending. I am a one man IT department at work, so am interested in a lot of the sessions listed. A question for you TechEd pros out there, what are some of your do not miss sessions?

    Thanks!

     

    What are your areas of focus / key work problems you're trying to solve?

     

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    RallyJoe

    Besides for the "Mark" sessions, which you absolutely should attend if you can,   BoF sessions are highly valuable if you are looking for a collaborative discussion about a topic.    They aren't recorded so I prioritize BoF's over regular breakout sessions for what my focus is at the event.

     

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    1wisegeek

    Schedule Tech Ed sessions that fit you best.

    I fill many hats, so here is my rational in picking sessions:

    We're just starting to implement SCCM, SCOM, & Orchestrator so I am going to many of those sessions,
    I also work a lot with SharePoint so I am going to attend those sessions as fillers.
    And since I am a Sysadmin in K-12, I am going to get some of those security classes in as fillers also.

    Also keep in mind that some of the best knowledge can be found by networking with others.

     

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    andyrena

    any ideas what time on Sunday it is going to be? I am a first time attendee and arriving in Houston around 2PM.

    @RicksterCDN:

    , RicksterCDN wrote

    <cough cough> shameless plug - you should come out to some sessions @joeysnow and I are doing http://bit.ly/NSdbkG

    If it's your FIRST TIME at TechEd - you should also try to make the TechEd 101 that is free to all attendees on Sunday. (not in schedule yet)

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    nothatsyou

    I enjoy sessions by Johan Arwidmark and Wally Mead but as mentioned before depends on what your interests are. I'd also suggest sitting in on a  Paula Januszkiewicz session. If you're going to see Wally be prepared to follow along quickly. He covers a lot in a short amount of time.

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    SPAZTIK

    Thanks for all the replies!

    I think most of my time will be spent on the troubleshooting sessions with a couple security and virtualization sessions.

    @RicksterCDN  lol your sessions are also on my list!

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