Techstravaganza 2012 History

Techstravaganza 2012
On this page you can find info about the sessions and sponsors that we had for the 2012 New York Techstravaganza that was held on March 18th, 2012.


The NYC Techstravaganza would not exist without our sponsors. During the event please stop by our sponsor booths to see what great products and services these companies have to offer.

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We thank our additional sponsors, booth sponsors, for their commitment to insuring the success of the event.


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

SharePoint Track Sessions

PowerShell Track Sessions

Sponsored by Sapien Technologies

SharePoint Track Sessions

Windows Track Sessions

Private Cloud IT Camp

Exchange Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Designing Exchange 2010 High Availability for Failure Domains

Exchange 2010 deployments often encounter teams wanting to share resources (such as storage, a hypervisor layer, network infrastructure, etc…). Learn about the concept of failure domains and how to apply them to planning Exchange 2010 in a shared resource scenario. Discuss the concept of specifying requirements/specs and working with other teams. Understand how to properly test and validate Exchange 2010 in a shared resource scenario.

Exchange Server 2010 High Availability Design Considerations

Go beyond the basics of Exchange High Availability and gain a solid understanding of what you need to know to design a highly available and site resilient Exchange 2010 solution. In this session we cover Exchange 2010 Mailbox DAG design, including DAG sizing, database copy count/distribution, server capacity planning, storage design, and network design.

Ross Smith IV – Principal Program Manager for Exchange, Microsoft

Within the Exchange Server Product Group, Ross is a Principal Program Manager and a member of the Customer Experience team.

Ross has the following focus areas:

Help resolve and preempt critical customer escalations

Assist in defining improvements to, implementing, and running Exchange’s next-generation Sustained Engineering Experience process

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.

Ross regularly presents at industry conferences on Exchange and is also a trainer for the Microsoft Certified Master | Exchange Server program.

Exchange Migration to 2010

Migrating from Exchange 2003 or 2007 to Exchange 2010? Need help understanding the migration process? In this session we will go over the steps in properly planning and migrating from your Exchange 200X organization to 2010.

Adam Farage – Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft

Adam Farage, is a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based in the New York/New Jersey region with a MCITP. His specialty is Messaging but he has extensive experience in the virtualization space.

Exchange 2010 SP2 Hybrid Mode & Office 365 Co-Existence and Deployment

Understanding the hybrid deployment with a long-term goal to maintain mailboxes both in your on-premises organization and in Office 365. Understand the terminology, tools and configuration process that are involved with Exchange 2010 SP2 and Office 365 to support Hybrid Deployment. Understand the steps needed before implementing an Exchange hybrid deployment environment.

Kamal Abburi – Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft

Kamal Abburi, is a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based in the New York/New Jersey region supporting dedicated customers improve their IT health, empower their IT teams to drive successful deployments, plan for supportability and improve systems availability. He worked in the IT Industry for 14 years on various Microsoft Technologies primarily helping Enterprise customers with Exchange deployments, migrations and training.

Spotlight on Splunk

Session abstract coming

PowerShell Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

What’s New in PowerShell v3

Level 200

PowerShell 3.0 is getting released with Windows 8. Now that Windows 8 is in beta, you can get a sneak preview of all that Powershell has to offer in its next version. Join Tome as he walks you through all of the new mind blowing features as well as the minor syntax changes that will change the way you work with the shell.

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 blogger, and a regular contributor to Microsoft’s Windows PowerShell forum. In 2011 he became a cofounder of the NYC Techstravaganza, coauthored the Windows PowerShell Bible, and received the title of Honorary Scripting Guy from the Hey Scripting Guy! blog. Tome has also received the MVP award from Microsoft for the last two years in Windows PowerShell.

Write modules, not scripts

Level 200

Learn how to get the most from Windows PowerShell by learning a simple five-step method to transform your Windows PowerShell code into a highly reusable module. This presentation is a live demo that begins with a single line of Windows PowerShell code, transforms the code into a function, adds comment based help to the function, and converts it into a module. Next, the installation and discovery of Windows PowerShell modules is covered, as is updating the module and creating a Windows PowerShell module manifest.

Ed Wilson, The Scripting Guy!

Ed Wilson is the Microsoft Scripting Guy and a well-known scripting expert. He writes the daily Hey Scripting Guy! blog,. He has also spoken multiple times at TechEd as well as at the Microsoft internal Tech Ready and Geek Ready conferences. He is a Microsoft-certified trainer who has delivered a popular Windows PowerShell workshop to Microsoft Premier Customers worldwide. He has written 9 books including 6 on Windows scripting that were published by Microsoft Press. He has also contributed to nearly a dozen other books. His Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices book for Microsoft Press is currently a best seller. Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Prior to coming to work for Microsoft, he was a senior consultant for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner where he specialized in Active Directory design and Exchange implementation. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, underwater photography, and scuba diving.

Notes From the Field

Level 100

Come see why PowerShell is important in the IT Pro world. This session will dive into practical usage of PowerShell.

Brandon 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.

PowerShell v3 Remoting and CIM

Level 300

There are a lot of changes in PowerShell v3. This session will dive deeply into creating custom endpoints in PowerShell v3 as well as the new CIM cmdlets that enable you to wrap WMI classes in WinRM to provide a firewall friendly way of exposing WMI management.

Aleksandar Nikolic, MVP PowerShell

Aleksandar is a PowerShell MVP from Serbia. He is a co-founder and editor for Alex has been a technical editor on many PowerShell books including PowerShell in Action. While he is a versatile PowerShell scripter he is renowned for his understanding of the remoting stack in Windows PowerShell.

What’s New in Sapien Technologies

Level 100

Sapien has promised us a huge announcement for Techstravaganza. Join us as they demonstrate their new product? Perhaps an update to an existing one? Whatever it is, it should be a great opportunity to find out where Sapien is headed, and perhaps suggest direction to the person who has the most influence on its future.

Dr. Ferdinand Rios, CEO Sapien

Ferdinand Rios is the founder and CEO of Sapien. Sapien makes a few Powershell products including Primal Script, Powershell training materials, and iPowershell, but it’s Primal Forms that is the product that the NYC PowerShell User Group seems to talk about at every meeting we’ve had. By far the easiest to use .Net Winform creator out there for Powershell.

SharePoint Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online , the cloud-based version of SharePoint 2010 , will provide users with many of the same features of SharePoint 2010, but without the need to manage the hardware or software required for a scalable and secure collaboration solution. In this session, we will provide an overview of SharePoint Online, built in features; customize SharePoint online sites using SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio 2010.

Sowmyan Soman Chullikkattil, PFE Microsoft

Sowmyan has started his career in software industry about seven years back in Microsoft technologies and joined Microsoft Corporation as a support engineer in SharePoint developer support team @ Customer Service Support in 2007. He has been working as SharePoint PFE since last 2 years . Under this role , he has taken up several proactive and reactive engagements with premier customers across USA

FS4SP: Customizing (new) Fast to Mimic (classic) Fast

A fan of FAST classic (ESP)? Starting to work with Fast Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (FS4SP) and wonder what kinds of cool things you can do with it? The FAST ESP product was an industry leader for many years due to its highly configurable nature and the breadth and depth of its features. In this session Carlos Valcarcel, a legacy Fast technologist, will discuss some of the features that made Fast the search engine of choice of companies like Dell and Best Buy and why Dell chose to migrate to SP2010 + FAST.

Carlos Valcarcel, Microsoft

Carlos Valcarcel has been with Fast since March of 2007 and Microsoft since April 2008. In his current position on the Digital Marketing Platform group he is responsible for supporting the US/Public Sector which includes federal, state and local government, health care and education. 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

InfoPath or SharePoint

Clayton Cobb, MVP SharePoint Server

Clayton is a current Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and former InfoPath MVP who is very active in the SharePoint community. Clayton has coordinated and led two SharePoint Saturday Denver events and actively co-leads the Colorado SharePoint User Group. Additionally, Clayton has spoken at many conferences and user groups over the last few years in order to share his knowledge and gain new friends who share the same passion for technology. Clayton has a wife, Ann, and three young children, including twin baby girls. Clayton is an avid fan of the University of Alabama and races his Mitsubishi Evo in his free time (drag, autocross, and circuit).

Top 10 Performance Tips for Making your Public Facing SharePoint 2010 Site Faster

Learn how you can make your sites faster with tips directly from the field. After working on over dozens of projects in the past five (5) years, I’d like to share my favorite 10 best practices for SharePoint 2010 deployments. This session will provide an inside look into server performance, browser performance, development performance, discuss why common best practices are important. We’ll then go deep into how to get the most from new SharePoint 2010 capabilities including improving server response time, caching options, reducing page weight, testing methodologies and more.

Kanwal Khipple, MVP SharePoint

Kanwal is a Microsoft SharePoint Most Valued Professional (MVP) and a principal SharePoint architect for BrightStarr. He focuses on designing adoptable solutions that useSharePoint. Kanwal lives in Toronto, Canada, and you can find him tweeting, buzzing, and blogging on his personal blog. Connect with him on LinkedIn to learn how you can quickly start getting return on investment for your SharePoint intranet.

Disaster Recovery and High Availability in SharePoint 2010

Disaster recovery and high availability are vitally important in today’s hyper-competitive landscape – make sure that your SharePoint 2010 deployment is up for the challenge. Join John Peluso at Techstravaganza to learn about optimizing system availability and data protection.

John Peluso, AvePoint

John Peluso is a Technology and Corporate Training professional with more than 17 years of experience helping organizations understand how they can drive results and business productivity through an effective use of technology. He has consulted with technical and business decision makers at organizations of all sizes, and conducted SharePoint planningsession workshops for clients considering new or upgraded SharePoint deployments, helping stakeholders understand all capabilities of the SharePoint product and identify key features to be leveraged in phased implementations. Having held both technical and business management roles, John has a deep understanding of the priorities and concerns that drive all business lines in enterprises today. John holds Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer certifications and serves as the Director of Education with AvePoint, Inc.

Windows Track Abstracts and Speaker Bios

System Center 2012 – Easing Your Journey to the Cloud

Microsoft System Center 2012 release is uniquely designed to help virtualized datacenters apply cloud management principles, resulting in more efficiency, agility, and strategic advantage. Come learn how System Center, an integrated solution to create, deploy, and manage a service-based application environment helps customers maintain a productive infrastructure, have predictable applications, and transition to a cloud-based datacenter.

Eric Kamor, Microsoft

Eric Kamor focuses on helping customers deploy and manage a modernized datacenter through better use of virtualization, management technologies, and efficient processes. During his 20+ year IT career, Eric has experience in training, management, and consulting. With Microsoft Corporation for the past twelve years, currently as a Datacenter Technologies Specialist in the New York area he works with customers of a variety of industries and sizes explaining how System Center can help them meet their business challenges. Eric holds an MBA with a concentration in Technology Management and when not playing Xbox and Kinect, is currently researching approaches for measuring the ROI of IT teams and technology projects.

What’s new in Windows Server 8: Beyond Virtualization

This session will cover new and improved features of Windows Server 8. The attendees will learn about exciting capabilities of Windows Server 8 that make it the best platform for hosting the Private and Public cloud as well as supporting every organization’s daily activities and applications.

Boris Nisenbaum, Datacenter

Boris has more than 25 years of industry experience including 9 years with Microsoft Consulting Services. He has helped customers deploy Windows Server and Microsoft management solutions. He also carried the responsibilities of a security architect who delivered engagements related to the deployment of Windows Server technologies, such as Active Directory and Public Key Infrastructure. His position with Datacenter has him matching Microsoft technologies to the needs of large enterprise customers.

Windows Azure

Have you heard of Windows Azure? Maybe you have, but the concept is all fuzzy. Can I really use this cloud stuff? In December 2011, a whole slew of new Windows Azure features and improvements shipped. We’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of the platform and detail some of the new features and announcements from December. We’ll look at hosting cloud applications with Windows Azure Compute, and cover some data patterns for hosting data in the cloud with Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure. Thinking of trying Azure out for a test drive? It’s easier than ever now and we’ll show you how.

Peter Laudati, Microsoft

Peter Laudati, the “JrzyShr Dev Guy,” is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, based in the New York/New Jersey area. One of his roles is supporting and educating developers working Microsoft technologies. Peter supports the developer community in the NY/NJ Metro area by speaking at user group events, Code Camps, and various tech conferences. Peter is currently focused on cloud technologies and the Windows Azure platform. His blog can be found at You can also follow him on Twitter @Jrzyshr.

Windows Strategy for Business: Enabling Flexible Workstyles

As the line between people’s life and work gets blurred, people’s personalities and individual workstyles have an increasing impact on how they get their work done and what technology they prefer to use. As a result, users increasingly want a say in what technology they use to get job done – this is great as it unleashes people’s productivity and passion, innovation and competitive advantage. We (Microsoft) believe there is a power in saying “Yes” to users and their technology requests in a responsible way and our goal at Microsoft is to partner with you in IT to enable you to embrace these trends but also ensure the environment remains secure and well managed. But embracing consumerization is not easy for companies and it represents some key challenges from data protection to compliance to making sure your IT organization can stay on budget and ensure business continuity when your users bring their own everything.

This session will focus on how Windows 8 Windows 8 provides a great opportunity for businesses to empower their workforce. With new and improved features that support working remotely, ease-of-management for administrators, and a natural and inviting user interface, Windows 8 can help your employees be more productive and help keep your data more secure.

Ilya Gurtenboim, Microsoft

Ilya is an Optimized Desktop Specialist based in New York City. As a member of the Core Infrastructure Specialist team for Microsoft, he focuses on helping customers adopt and deploy Windows Client solutions. Ilya works with major customers across industries in the NYC Metro area. Ilya joined Microsoft in 1999, has held various roles including support engineering, consulting and pre-sales and worked closely with several of the largest Financial Services firms. Prior to Microsoft, he spent several years as an infrastructure consultant specializing in deployment projects. Ilya holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, CUNY

Private Cloud IT Camp

The Private Cloud IT Camp track is a full day hands-on lab that requires attendees to bring their own laptop to fully participate (requirements listed below.) This track is limited to 48 attendees total on a first come, first serve basis

Private Cloud is the future of IT, and the future is now. Spend the day at our IT Camp and learn about Microsoft’s virtualization solution, Hyper-V, the first step on your path to mastering Private Cloud.

You’ll embark on an interactive journey as you learn the foundation of cloudservices, Hyper-V, through architecture, networking, virtual hard drives, and virtual machines.

A full day of lecture, demo and hands-on labs our free IT Camp will give you the jumpstart you need on Private Cloud. Seating is limited to the first 48 attendees.


*CAMP REQUIREMENTS: Please bring your laptop with the following minimum requirements:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 20 GB of free disk space
  • x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology
  • Basic install of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with the Hyper-V Role enabled –Free download here.

We also highly recommend all attendees downloading and getting yourselves familiar with System Center 2012 to facilitate your learning on the many scenarios that we will walk through in our technical demos and hands-on labs throughout “The Future of IT” series of events. Free download here.

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