Techstravaganza 2011 History

Techstravaganza 2011
On this page you can find info about the sessions and sponsors that we had for the 2011 New York Techstravaganza that was held on March 18th, 2011.


The following sessions are planned for the Techstravaganza. Not all of the sessions have abstracts and speaker bios.

SharePoint Track Sessions

Powershell Track Sessions

Windows Track Sessions

  • Windows 7 Deployment via Windows Deployment Services – image based deployment.
  • Boot2VHD – Native Boot: Windows 7
  • Hyper-V Private Cloud: How to Build Your Own
  • WinInternals Utilities
  • NetMon

Exchange Track Sessions

Ask the Community Experts Track Sessions

  • Windows Speakers
  • Exchange Speakers
  • SharePoint Speakers
  • PowerShell Speakers

SharePoint Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Planning enterprise deployment of SharePoint 2010

Describe in detail on how to setup SharePoint 2010 for the enterprise, planning service accounts, server roles and services, different SharePoint functionalities, understanding limitations of various functionality. Special on User Profile Synchronization and My Sites.

nilesh Nilesh Mehta, MCP

Nilesh is a Sr. SharePoint and Microsoft Solutions Architect. He has been working with SharePoint Technologies since 2003. He is the owner and Sr. Architect at NGenious Solutions, Inc. a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in SharePoint, Project Server, SQL Server and Reporting Services, Networking and Infrastructure and .Net Development. Nilesh is also the founder of the New York City SharePoint User Group along with Corasworks and Microsoft. He has also co-authored a book with multiple MVP’s: SharePoint 2007 – A Definitive Guide. Click here to visit his company information.

Upgrading to SharePoint 2010

Is your organization running MOSS 2007 and is now looking to the future at potentially upgrading to SP 2010 when it releases? Or maybe you are just curious and want to understand what necessities an organization will need to understand before moving to SP 2010. If you meet any of the above criteria then you will have to mark this session as a do not miss! This session will explain and go into detail the hybrid upgrade options when moving to SharePoint 2010. Attendees will be provided with a deep understanding of these approaches and if they are a good fit for their upgrade needs. Additionally this session will talk about some of the tools that should be used throughout the general upgrade process and best practices surrounding how to approach an upgrade.

jasonmederoJason Medero, MCP, MCT, MCTS

Jason is a systems architect with a concentration in SharePoint Products and Technologies and its related Microsoft technologies. Jason has been working with SharePoint Products and Technologies exclusively since 2003 and has presented at major conferences across the United States. He is a managing partner of B&R Business Solutions, a central New Jersey-based firm specializing in SharePoint and surrounding technologies, infrastructure, real-time communications (OCS), and application development. He is currently the speaker committee chairman for the SharePoint User Group in New York City where he sits on the speaker selection committee. He has authored two SharePoint books, one for SharePoint 2007 and most recently for SharePoint 2010. He also contributes his SharePoint knowledge as a mentor for some of the popular forums (TechNet, Yahoo groups). You can visit his blog or visit his company’s web page.

Understanding your Information Management within SharePoint

Information management has taken a significant leap forward with SharePoint 2010, and it’s not just for administrators anymore — everyone can get involved. Come to this session and hear how you can be a part of the fun. This session will go over what is new, and how it affects what you do. You will also learn how properly managing your information can dramatically help in the “findability” of information in SharePoint. We will cover such things as Enterprise Content Management, Document Sets, records management and metadata management.

chrisgeierChris Geier

Chris is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and specializes in all things Microsoft. He was introduced to SharePoint in 2001 while working for Microsoft services. Currently Chris is the a product manager for Metalogix on the StoragePoint product. Chris is a participant in, and advocate for, the SharePoint community, as well as a regular participant/speaker at SharePoint Saturday and other grass roots events. When he’s not twiddling with the latest gadgets, software and technology, you’ll probably find Chris on a bleacher cheering his budding baseball and gymnastics stars. Chris and his wife Sara have four kids and live in the suburban Chicago area.

What to know about SharePoint Development

SharePoint development is notoriously broad, encompassing a continuum from fairly simply SharePoint Designer and InfoPath customizations to complex Visual Studio solutions and utilizing server and client APIs, web services, JavaScript, CSS, workflows, external content types, etc. Keeping all these elements under control requires a close working relationship between admins and developers and a carefully thought out governance plan. Before any development projects are rolled out admins and developers should go over the details of the deployment process, discuss best practices and determine where customizations performed by non-developers should stop and developers should step in. They should also set up a schedule of regular meetings to discuss the design of upcoming projects and their possible impact on the infrastructure of the farm. This session will discuss these issues, go over the most important SharePoint development best practices and detail the process of creating an effective development governance plan.

kathrynbirsteinKathryn Birstein

Kathryn is an independent software consultant in the NYC metropolitan area. She has been a SharePoint Architect for the last four years and has worked with Microsoft software in various other capacities for many years before that. She is the founder of the NYC SharePoint Developers User Group and recently presented on Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 at the NYC and Federal (Washington, DC) SharePoint Saturdays. Her recent clients include Microsoft, the United Bank of Switzerland and the New York Power Authority. She is presently consulting at McKinsey & Company where she is architecting and deploying SharePoint 2010 and creating BI SharePoint solutions.

Architecture: Fast Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

With the new release of SharePoint comes a plethora of new features: linear scalability, support for more languages, better relevancy, and support for 100 million documents in total per farm just to name a few. Yet, Microsoft’s acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer in 2007 has changed where SharePoint enterprise search is going. After a brief overview of SharePoint 2010 we will look at Fast Search Server 2010, what its feature set looks like and the reasons for using it over SharePoint search.

carlos-valcarcel Carlos Valcarcel

Carlos Valcarcel has been with Fast since March of 2007 and Microsoft since April 2008. In his current position as a Fast Technical Specialist he am responsible for supporting the Eastern half of the US for the Global Business Productivity Search Group.Carlos has been in software development since the mid-80′s working in financial services, insurance and technology. He has developed in C, C++, Java, J2EE, Spring, Eclipse and Python in various locations around the United States and Australia. During Carlos’ independent consulting days he gave talks on software development and distributed system architecture in the US, UK, Germany and France. In 2004 he wrote Eclipse Kick Start released by Sams Publishing.

Real World Social Networking Adoption Strategies Leveraging SharePoint 2010

Implementing a successful Corporate Social Networking Governance Plan is a topic that has become a necessity

for organizations seeking to leverage the enterprise features of SharePoint 2010. In this session, attendees will gain an

understanding of how collaboration impacts Social Networking, and the methods for ensuring successful Social Networking

adoption both internally and leveraging popular Social Networking platforms for business usage.

Topics covered within the Real World Social Networking Adoption Strategies include:

List and explain the ingredients to ensure Corporate Social Networking Buy-In for an organization

Review key Enterprise features and deliver strategies for increasing user adoption based on case studies and real-world examples

Explain the importance of creating Social Networking policies and guidelines leveraging examples from various business sectors

Discuss key strategies for implementing Social Networking into training, documentation, and Knowledge Management

Facebook Now or Later: Attendees will be equipped with tools to prioritize key SharePoint Social Networking features to ensure adoption

Explain the roles that Site Owners, Power Users, and Management play in the Enterprise rollout of a Corporate Social Networking strategy

Discuss key strategies for implementing Social Networking into training, documentation, and Knowledge Management

profile-photo-mrshadeed– MCT, MCTS

My background spans 12 years of supporting the unique demands of Federal and state government sectors.

I am a US Navy veteran with extensive background in cloud services support and implementation, configuration management, process development, SharePoint backup and recovery, Enterprise Social Networking Governance, and third party apps and solutions integration into the SharePoint integration.

My primary projects include supporting an initiative to establish Tennessee as the first SharePoint 2010 compliant state in the US. I also provide End User Support for multiple SharePoint implementations within the fast-paced, high pressure legal community in downtown Washington DC for the US Attorney General’s staff and related sections and components.

I currently provide content for SharePoint Careers, which delivers career resources for today’s top notch SharePoint professionals. I discuss SharePoint Roles and Responsibilities, Team Building strategies, Governance and more.

PowerShell Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Intro to Powershell

Level 100

Come see why PowerShell is important in the IT Pro world. This session will dive into practical usage of PowerShell. Expect to see real world scenarios that will provide actionable examples you can start using right away.

brandonshellBrandon Shell, MVP PowerShell, CTP

Brandon has been in the IT industry since 1994. He spent the early years as a PC tech and general fix-it guy for numerous companies. He started a consulting company in 1999 building, designing and supporting networks and Windows infrastructure. He offered Microsoft training as well. In 2000 he joined Microsoft as contractor for the Directory Services team (the first of several times). He joined Microsoft in 2002 as a full time rapid response field engineer doing mostly Directory Service support for companies in the northeast. In 2004 the onsite travel requirement became too much and since he didn’t want to move to Redmond he left for a finance firm where he is today.

Tips and Tricks of the PowerShell Ninjas

Level 200

PowerShell is one of the most in-demand skills for an IT Pro, but what separates those who can quickly assasinate a task from those who stumble in the darkeness trying to find their target? The answer is an arsenal of quick techniques and weapons that master PowerShell scripters have in their bag of tricks. This session will take a beginner and intermediate PowerShell user and hand them the tools that will help them get to the next level. A series of quickfire tips, tricks, techniques, and methods will be talked about and demonstrated.

Tome Tanasovski
Tome Tanasovski
, MVP PowerShell

Tome is a Windows engineer for a market-leading global financial services firm in New York City. He is the founder and leader of the New York City PowerShell User group, a cofounder of the NYC Techstravaganza, a blogger, a speaker, and a regular contributor to Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell forum. He is currently working on the PowerShell Bible, which is due out in 2011 from Wiley. Tome is also a recipient of the MVP award for PowerShell.

Write-UI | Use-PowerShell

Level 200

We all know PowerShell is Powerful, but did you know it could also be Presentable? Learn how to rapidly build rich user interfaces in PowerShell to make your solutions easy for others to use. This talk will explore how scripted UI is possible in PowerShell and show you how to use it. See examples of rich user interfaces built in WPK and learn how to use scripted UI to it easy for everyone in your company to use the power of PowerShell.

James Brundage

James Brundage is the co-founder of the first PowerShell consultancy, Start-Automating. He was a member of the Windows PowerShell Team during all of the development of V2, and developed the PowerShellPack, a collection of modules that shipped with the Windows 7 Resource Kit. The PowerShellPack includes WPK, the premiere UI building toolkit for PowerShell & WPF. James is also the founder of the original Script Club @ Microsoft.

PowerShell Debugging

Level 200

The PowerShell engine is loaded with debugging features built in to the product. This session will take a deep dive into what is available to help you trace down problems when they occur. Come and see why debugging is not just for developers.

Doug Finke, MVP PowerShell

Exchange Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Exchange Server 2010 Overview Session

Level 200

In this session we will discuss the latest release of Exchange Server and the new functionality that it provides. This session will cover Database Availability Groups (DAGs), additional storage possibilities in Exchange 2010, user segmentation and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), the new web-based Exchange Control Panel, new end user features like conversation view and calendar sharing, as well as what new features are available in SP1.

Adam GlickAdam Glick, Exchange Product Team

Adam Glick is a Senior Technical Product Manager with Microsoft’s Exchange Server group. He’s worked at Microsoft for over nine years working on Internet platform and communications technologies. Adam spent six years working on the engineering side of the business before he moved to Technical Product Management. Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. Adam currently focuses his time on Exchange Server planning, execution, and communication and specializes in the areas of mobility (Exchange ActiveSync) and Unified Messaging.

Exchange High Availability / Database Availability Groups

Level 300

No Abstract

ross-mug-shot-400x400Ross Smith IV, Exchange Server Product Group

Within the Exchange Server Product Group, Ross is a member of the Customer Experience team and has the following focus areas:

– Help resolve and preempt critical customer escalations

– Develop improvements to the released and future versions of Exchange Server

– Collaborate to produce documentation and provide Field/PG Coordination and Education

Ross joined Microsoft in 2001 as a Messaging Systems Engineer working for Microsoft IT focusing on Exchange Server 2000 and SharePoint designs. After a stint in Microsoft IT, he moved to Premier as an Alliance Support Consultant supporting and designing a variety of customers’ Exchange and Active Directory implementations.

Prior to joining the product group, Ross was a Senior Messaging Technology Architect in the Exchange Center of Excellence (ECoE). The ECoE’s goal was to provide high impact, value, and volume expertise to Microsoft customers, Microsoft field personnel, and the product groups. While within the ECoE, Ross developed intellectual property (IP) used to develop solutions like the Exchange Risk Assessment, Desired Configuration Monitoring, and Service Level Management offerings.

His deep focus on all aspects of Exchange including storage, high availability, security, client access, and transport has led to IP being developed and leveraged as best practices in customer presentations, whitepapers, blog postings, Exchange Masters training, and field readiness areas. Over the last few years, he has published quite a bit of content, including the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Storage Requirements Calculator and the Continuous Replication Deep Dive Whitepaper.


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