Today was another fun-filled and informative day at MEC:
- The day started off with a keynote by Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Perry Clarke, head of Exchange Software Development. Perry does a blog called Ask Perry which regularly includes a video feature, Geek Out With Perry. The keynote was done in this format. The latter half was quite good, but the first half was a little slow and (I thought) lightweight for a deeply technical conference such as MEC. However, that could just have been a gradual wake-up for the people still recovering from last night’s attendee party of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park.
- After a short break, we were off to the interactive sessions! I got caught up in a conversation and made it to my first session a few minutes late – and wasn’t able to enter, as the room was at capacity. So, I missed Jeff Mealiffe’s session on virtualizing Exchange 2013, much to my annoyance. Instead I headed down to the exhibit floor and hung out in the MVP area, talking with a bunch of folks (including one my homies from MCM R1).
- At lunch I caught up with some old friends – one of the best reasons for coming.
- After lunch, I squeezed (and by squeezed I am being literal; we were crammed into the room like sardines) into Bill Thompson’s session on the Exchange 2013 transport architecture. WOW. Some bold changes made, but I think they’re going to be good changes.
- At 3:00, my time at the front of the room had come and I gave my first session of my Exchange 2010 virtualization lessons learned. Mostly full room and there were some good questions. I received some interesting feedback later, so will be wrapping that into tomorrow’s repeat presentation.
- My last session of the day was Greg Taylor’s session on Exchange 2013 load balancing. Again, lots of good surprises and changes, and as always watching Greg in action was entertaining and informative. This is, after all, the man who talks about Exchange client access using elephant’s asses.
- Afterwards, I caught up with former co-workers and enjoyed a couple of beers at MAPI Hour in the lovely central atrium of the Gaylord Palms Hotel, then went out to dinner (fantastic burger at the Wrecker’s Sports Bar). Capped the night off with a sundae.
Two down, one more to go. What a fantastic time I’ve been having!