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 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:
- Public Cloud: Pooled Resources, Self Service, Elastic, and Usage Based.
- 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:
- MX record with Round Robin or NLB for Inbound External messages
- Multiple Hub Servers in AD Site
- Mailbox and Hub does automatic load balancing and fault tolerances (its about mail submission service)
- Configure multiple Bridgeheads on Send Connectors
- 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).
- Use Recipient Filtering to avoid Reverse NDR attack on Edge Server
- Use SMTP Tarpitting to solve Directory Harvest issue due to recipient filtering and reverse NDR attack.
- SP2 OWA Mini – includes Tasks which was not there in previous versions.
- Use http to https redirection for using autodiscover for multiple domains without more investments.
- 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:
- Office 365 Administration options
- Office 365 Identity management with AD FS and DirSync
- Exchange Online administration tools
- Exchange Hybrid deployment with the new Hybrid Configuration Wizard (required Ex2010 SP2)
- PowerShell Module for Microsoft Online – a Great tool
- RBAC definitions in Office 365 and On-Premise are different.
- Single Sign on Experience and AD FS Federation
- 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.
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 –