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My take aways from Day 2 – TechEd India 2012

March 23rd, 2012 1 comment


The picture says it all, just after 1 minute of reaching the venue, as i said on twitter, with no further delays connected with the community – and thats the fun of this kind of events, connecting with community people and having fruitful chats and discussions.

The Keynote:

The keynote was by Mr. Amith Chatterjee, MD – Microsoft R&D India, did you try to read the details in above picture – Amazing Person.  The theme was about modern IT trends. It’s about being connected and alwaysOn services (Connected Devices, Continuous Services). He explained the concepts of Key Consumer Trends as: Touch, Connected, Consumerization of IT, Social, Coud/Services. How can IT respond to these trends are by:

  • Immersive Applications (Touch Enabled, Connected, Cross-Devices)
  •  Continues Services (Always On, Always Evolving, Accessible Anywhere)
  •  Flexible Infrastructure (Physical, Virtual, Cloud)

He further detailed types and attributes of Cloud computing, Public Cloud and Private Cloud, and they have below listed attributes:

  1. Public Cloud: Pooled Resources, Self Service, Elastic, and Usage Based.
  2. Add-Ons to Private Cloud: Control, Customizable, Dedicated.

 He did also cover new developer tools and trends including Agile Development Practices, i did leave before the session complete, it was over running the schedule, and i got to know my 1st Tech Session was already started.

Exchange 2010 Tips ‘n Tricks [Javed Mohammed]

 It was already started, and i could get below points being discussed:

  1. MX record with Round Robin or NLB for Inbound External messages
  2. Multiple Hub Servers in AD Site
  3. Mailbox and Hub does automatic load balancing and fault tolerances (its about mail submission service)
  4. Configure multiple Bridgeheads on Send Connectors
  5. How BCC works in exchange: There are two types of header P1 and P2, P1 is used for email routing (bcc address used here) and P2 is used for what you see in the client (from, to, cc etc).
  6. Use Recipient Filtering to avoid Reverse NDR attack on Edge Server
  7. Use SMTP Tarpitting to solve Directory Harvest issue due to recipient filtering and reverse NDR attack.
  8. SP2 OWA Mini – includes Tasks which was not there in previous versions.
  9. Use http to https redirection for using autodiscover for multiple domains without more investments.
  10. AD FS on Edge Server synchronizes only necessary recipient information from corporate AD, and its fully stored Encrypted.

Realtime DAG Designs [Ismail Mohammed – MGSD]

 Key take aways:

Before technical design preparation, understand customer needs, What level of RTO and RPO is required , Whats there currently in place, Decide on Site Resiliency requirements and pre-requisite checks on customer environment, Then go to DAG design – Single, Multiple, Stretched, or Lagged?. Based on DAG choice, analyse the storage architecture – JBOD or RAID, Now on to database layout – how many copies, how to do active and passive distributions, then on to DAG Failure domains etc. Basically, understand that just by having a DAG in a Data Center with non-reduntant power supply doesn’t make any sence on the investment… Those were good refresh on planning insights.

Office 365 Technical Drilldown [Kevin Morera]

 Key take aways:

  1. Office 365 Administration options
  2. Office 365 Identity management with AD FS and DirSync
  3. Exchange Online administration tools
  4. Exchange Hybrid deployment with the new Hybrid Configuration Wizard (required Ex2010 SP2)
  5. PowerShell Module for Microsoft Online – a Great tool
  6. RBAC definitions in Office 365 and On-Premise are different.
  7. Single Sign on Experience and AD FS Federation
  8. DirSyc Tool to synchronize your AD with Office 365 – By Directional and Note that Passwords are not Synchronized


Migration to Office 365 – Are YOU ready for the Cloud? [Shazia Zahoor & Himankini Shah]

This session, did explain a kind of details on pre – decision making activities on whether to go for Cloud(Office365) or not. Some key discussions and reports will be generated by Microsoft, and based on that a Decision choice can be made by the customer.

  • Customer Decision Framework
  • Solution Alignment Workshop
  • Readiness Tools
  • Alignment Index Calculator
  • Office 365 resources and Administration Options

Dashboards and Scorecards without coding [Deepak Sharma]

Deepak did explain how to present data to management or decision making end users using easy go tools, requirement Data (Excel, SQL, ODBC or any other data source*), Sharepoint Visio Services, MS Visio. From visio its possible to connect with SCOM and get pictorial representation of dynamical nearly up-to-date state of service or servers. Tools used are PivotDiagram, Visio, and Sharepoint Services. Point to be noted it’s not a BI Tool.

 Demo Extravaganza

Few interesting demos were done, SQL Spacial Data was interesting to see by Pinal, VS11 and Windows Phone wast also cool and it was great to see the power of QualComm processor used inside windows phones. There is one new term stuck my mind today – SQL Clustered Index – making a query which without this would have taken 30+ minutes to ~1 Sec (we are talking about 100s of Billions of Raws).  And those who wrote poems about Windows 8 did get cool goodies such as Win8 Slate.

Thats it for Day2… Tomorrow we will see —


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TechEd India 2012 – Winding up Day 1

March 22nd, 2012 3 comments

Due to the excitement, last night the sleep was not sound, it was full of sounds from #TechEdIn. Got up early at 5:30am and first thing i checked was twitter, I couldn’t wait to see the happenings, and what did i realise was that how much the people behind the stage – organizers and speaker are putting their effort to make this event a success.

At even 3AM in the morning, above tweet was posted – i took the snapshot now at 23PM, this is amazing, awake at 3am and hist first session at 11am. Kudos to all the speakers and organizers.

So huge registration counter, i did register at counter for ORG Name “V” – for vMoksha Technologies.  They couldnt find my name in their database, so got my name wrote down on the TechEd Passport, that looks like below:

This passport contains all the session details, the sessions details of Win Srv 8 Track which was not mentioned in the web page, and all other details.

Since i was too early, i did walk around all the venues and took some snaps too. Got a view at the venues where i will be attending.

By 8:30 i guess, Sudeeptha and Manas did reach, we were talking and then i met with these guys Jacob Sebastian, i could remember his face from some of the sql sites. we did talk for quite a long time about “is SQL a Developer or Admin stuff?, Where is the seperation?”. Some insights from the experts.  Shared on what we each do at work day and some discussion about what is a PASS Chapter and Sebastian did share on what are the new progress in PASS and SQLSat area.

Then, i could see Pinal coming to the venue, in no time, full of SQL Experts and Speakers (I am just an enthusiast), It was a WoW when Pinal sir did say “Sahal Bhai” and i was like how do you remember my name, GetExchange? was the answer with –  “Thode hi dhin pehle mile tha na” – i did have a chance to say hi to Vinod and Pinal at MTC while attending a training. Then it was time for the Key Note, as i mentioned in my previous post, there the talk happens on where the business is heading and industry is looking at. The first keynote was by Sanket Akerkar All changes from last one year to today and whats the plan for future was explained. Its all about consumerization of IT. “Provide Information, irrespective of where the end user is, irrespective of their device within the form they want and however big it is”.

After the second keynote, i did start my day with Aviraj’s session on Windows Server 8 “Technical Overview” – it was a stage setter for the Windows Server 8 Track, he did an overview of the new Server Release and a touch on what other sessions in the same track will cover. Followed by a session by Rohit Gulati on “Beyond Virtualization” – a sneek peak at Hyper-V 3.0 all new features were covered with cool Demos. The session went little ahead of the schedule, and it was 15 minutes late to lunch, so i did rush for lunch.

Lunch Time:

Lunch was arranged at pool side, nice place for a luch at such an event. you had veg and non-veg dishes, i couldnt spend much time there to be not late for the sessions so just had veg rice and some desert.

Win 8 Session on AD and Dynamic Access Control was my plan, but in an effort to get into the next planned session of Pinal and Vinod at sql tracks full packed hall, i  did leave half way of this session. I felt that the audience analysis and estimation was not done up to the mark, otherwise they could have chosen a bigger hall for SQL track. Next the SQL Server Misconception track by Vinod and Pinal together on stage, it was full of Puzzle and Fun, together with lots of misconceptions cleared – i just could get some of them, its way ahead for an Exchange Admin.

The last Tech Session in MyAgenda was of “Identity in Private and Hybrid Cloud” – it was a stunning session by Siddarth Bhai, Program Manager for AD. He went on taking all the questions and answering them when ever audience rised their hands. it was with good technical drill down and a very little bit of demo. It was all about how identity and authentication work in a Cloud/Office365 setup with ADFS 2.0 and protocols such as SAML ans WS-Trust.

Now comes the Grant fun event of the day, “Demo Extravaganza” – the same guys as in my previous TechEd in 2010 – Nahas and Harish started with Demoing on Win8 [ it booted in 8 count downs ], followed by MS Anand on Live Migration of VM between two standalone Hyper-V 3.0 Boxes, it had only one Ping request drop, Then Aviraj on stage with the Demo-Powershell script showing some stuff around Hyper-V administration with shell, followed by Vinod – cool office tricks, i am an Exchange Admin but i didnt know the trick of sending calendar in an email, collecting feedback to an MS Access database from outlook – all cool tricks.

There were lots of goodies, and you know what? someone just gave back their Apple phone for a new Windows Phone goodie on the spot.

Time to go home and take rest… and i leave from the venue with lots of learnings, pleasure of meeting community members and leads out there.

Below are some snaps i captured in Day 1:

ROCKSTARs  – The community contributers  – This snap deserves to be on top of the list

Jacob Sebastian, My Self, and Manas – Before the key note at Siddarth 2

Seudeeptha, Manas, and Jacob – Before the key note at Siddarth 2

The SQL Speakers gang, i could tell Pinal, Jacob, BLakhani…

Teasers from Pinal Dave

The BITPro Community heros

Guru and Shishya at the back seat for the Keynote

Aviraj on Win Srv 8 Session 1 – Technical Overview

The picture says it all

Two speakers on stage trying to confuse audience :-) – Lots of misconceptions of SQL Guy’s cleared


Siddharth Bhai on Identity in Private and Hybrid Cloud


Thats from the Demo Extravaganza – Win8App










TechEd India 2012 – The second year!

March 21st, 2012 2 comments







This is a very late post, but to be in the moment and being in the excitement, its inevitable. It starts tomorrow morning, three days of Great Technology, Great People, and Great Sessions, as Vinod_sql said, It will be Technology rain three days.

My previous experience of TechEd:  My first presence in TechEd was in the year 2010, in 2011 i couldnt participate and i missed the session in my whishlist (Enterprise PowerShell by Ravikanth).  In my first participation i could recall Community Track from Aviraj Ajageshkar, Hyper-V Session from MS Anand, and i did also attend, if i remember the session name correctly it was about “SQL Backup and CHECKDB” by Vinod Kumar, there i stunned to see the way this person was presenting, Wow!. and did also get little bit about the session topic ( i am not a SQL Geek, i just install, create DB, configure backup, and make some queries, if all is going well, i do nothing more on it). But interestingly to note, at the end of the session or just about to begin next session, someone enters the hall and i see lots of people getting around this person with, i guess 3 or 4 SQL books on his hand trying to hold it properly with a nice smile. Later while trying to figure out about Vinod, came to know that he is Mr. Pinal Dave.

Sometimes, i also joined the talk that TechEd is Microsoft’s promotional event, just another marketting event.  But later i realise, with the fact all the talks or discussions go around Microsoft technology or Platform, but its still the huge part of the cake. And if the expectation is clear, there is no disappointment, TechEd is for meeting great people, connecting with the community, and getting technical insights from the experts and industry leaders.

At the year 2010, i did write my Exchange 2010 certification at the Venue, participated many sessions, got my TechEd T-Shirt, and finally the demo extravaganza (did i pronounce it correct) hosted by Nahas and Ranga i guess. Cool guys with such a spririt.

Past is past, TechEd 2012 – Hotel Lalit Ashok – Mar 21,22,23:

I did submit the registration as soon i saw the public email about TechEd in Bangalore again, it was in the beginning of Jan 2012. and without confirming the name to address the cheque, i did sent it – i wanted that early bird offer, later i had to send another cheque when End-to-End did confirm the correct name. I had little difficulty in getting my confirmation, but lately i got it confirmed.

My Agenda for TechEd2012

I wish to be there by 7:30 all the three days

Attending all the keynotes, those are real business insights to Great products and the industry and Business’s perspective on them, these tracks will give us where not only Microsoft by all are heading.

Meeting Vinod, Pinal, Ganguly (not Saurav by SQL Ganguly(skganguly) – hope you are not angry on this, otherwise let me know and i  will delete the mention), Ismail Mohammed – earlier BITPro Exchange MVP, Kalyan, Aviraj, Vijay (just to comment on his inactiveness in community after Marriage :-) ) , and Anand just to say hi to all of them.

Technical Sessions:

 NB: Where ever there is a color highlight, it means i might change my plan to a different session based on how the event is progressing…

Day 1

Day 2



Day 3


So, thats the pre TechEd scenario, lets see how the technology rain goes..

An pinal said in his post at , i want to take some snaps of the happenings and my meetings with the people.



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