Techstravaganza 2013 History

Techstravaganza 2013
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 22nd, 2013.


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


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

SharePoint Track Sessions

  • SharePoint 2013 On Premise vs Office 365
  • Search 2013 
  • Developing Apps for SharePoint 2013=
  • Planning your upgrade to SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint BI – Big Data

Powershell Track Sessions

Exchange Track Sessions

Windows Track Sessions

Ask the Community Experts Track Sessions

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


SharePoint Track Abstract


Search 2013 Russ Maxwell

Description:  I will cover the new features with SharePoint 2013 Search and that will naturally lead into Search Architecture.  I’ll cover Search Components and  how they work together to bring a solid Search experience from crawling content to serving search requests for end users.  I’m looking forward to taking you on a Search Journey.

Speakers Bios

Russ MaxwellRuss Maxwell – Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft.

Russ Maxwell have been with Microsoft for 9 years. In 2004, he joined the Microsoft Escalation Services support team and worked with customers in resolving advanced problems involving all aspects of Exchange Server. Two years later, he decided to make the crazy jump to the Microsoft SharePoint Escalation Services Team. He was part of the SharePoint 2010 beta team where he helped in validation efforts to ensure product stability before SharePoint 2010 RTM. Over a year ago, he made the decision to move to a Microsoft Dedicated Premier Field Engineer role and enjoy supporting some very complex SharePoint environments. He have a passion around writing SharePoint content and you might know him from his blog SharePoint Brew.


PowerShell Track Abstracts What’s Coming Down The Pike From SAPIEN – Ferdinand Rios

Level 100
Ferdinand Rios, CEO of SAPIEN Technologies, will be releasing details on the upcoming versions of PowerShell Studio, PrimalScript, and iPowerShell, with live demonstrations.  He will generally be talking about the direction of the company as well.  Will he end with “just one more thing…”?  You’ll need to be there in order to find out!

Tips and Tricks of the PowerShell v3 NinjasTome Tanasovski

Level 200

PowerShell is one of the most in-demand skills for an IT Pro, but what separates those who can quickly assassinate a task from those who stumble in the darkness 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 quick-fire tips, tricks, techniques, and methods will be talked about and demonstrated.  Focus is placed on techniques that will speed up PowerShell scripts

Little Big Data: Building Data Dashboards in PipeworksJames Brundage

Level 300

Use Office365?  Every wonder how they monitor their datacenters?  This talk explores Dashpoint, a dashboard for the Office365 datacenter driven by simple PowerShell scripts.  Learn how to build a dashboard that deals with over 50,000 data points a day coming from all around the world.  See how to structure your scripts so that they can be dropped into any dashboard.  Determine how to design your data so that the right answers are always available.

Creating Reports Managers will Love to Read ( PowerShell Reporting – text, html, Excel and word)Jeffrey Hicks

Level 200

We all know there is a wealth of information that you can uncover with PowerShell. Sometimes, getting this into a format that someone can read can be a challenge. In this session I’ll explain a number of techniques you can use for creating dazzling reports from PowerShell. From simple text files, to snazzy HTML reports to full-on Microsoft Word documents.

CIM Cmdlets – A New Way to Access WMI Information Aleksandar Nikolic

Level 300

PowerShell 3.0 brings a new set of cmdlets to manage any server or device that complies with CIM and WS-Management standards. With CIM cmdlets, we are able to automate heterogeneous environment in a modern data center. One of the best new features in PowerShell 3.0 is the new way to access and manage remote systems – CIM session. It doesn’t need PowerShell Remoting enabled; it doesn’t even need PowerShell installed on a remote side. In this session you will learn about capabilities of new CIM cmdlets and how they compare to old WMI and WSMan cmdlets. We will talk about benefits and limitations, and you will see the blasphemous demo when uninstallation of Windows PowerShell still doesn’t leave your Windows Server 2012 Server Core remotely unmanageable from the command line

Speakers Bios

Ferdinand Batman

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.

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.

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 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 three years in Windows PowerShell.


Jeffery Hicks, MVP PowerShell

Jeffery Hicks is a Microsoft MVP in Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Certified Trainer  and an IT veteran with 20 years of experience, much of it spent as an IT consultant specializing in Microsoft server technologies with an emphasis in automation and efficiency.  He works today as an independent author, trainer and consultant.  Jeff  writes  the popular Prof. PowerShell column for and is a regular contributor to the Petri IT Knowledgebase and 4SysOps.    If he isn’t writing,  then he’s most likely recording training videos for companies like TrainSignal  or hanging out in the forums at

Jeff’s latest books are Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches and PowerShell in Depth: An Administrators Guide.

You can keep up with Jeff  at his blog , on Twitter at and on Google Plus (http:/


Aleksandar Nikoli, MVP PowerShell

Aleksandar Nikolic is a Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell. He is one of the earliest adaptors of Windows PowerShell. Aleksandar is a frequent speaker at the conferences (PowerShell Deep Dive, NYC Techstravaganza, Microsoft Sinergija, KulenDayz) and participates regularly in IT Pro/PowerShell user groups worldwide. He is also a co-founder and editor of the PowerShell Magazine . You can find him on Twitter.


Exchange Track Abstracts


Exchange 2013 Architecture  Ross Smith IV

This session will give you an understanding of the new Exchange Server 2013 architecture with the Exchange building block model and how Client Access Server and Mailbox Server roles have evolved. This model simplifies Exchange deployments at scale, helps simplify and standardize high availability and client load balancing and improves cross-version interoperability moving forward.

Office 365 and Hybrid Deployments with Exchange 2013 – Kamal Abburi

Learn how to extend the feature-rich on-premises experience to the cloud. In this session we will discuss the requirements, terminology, features, best practices and workflows for deploying Office 365 to your organization for difference configurations and scenarios.

Load balancing Exchange and Lync 2013 – What’s new, what has changed? –  Bhargav Shukla

Exchange 2003 made you experts in memory management. Exchange 2007 made you experts in storage. And Exchange 2010 made you experts in load balancing. With release of Exchange 2013, let’s take a look at how load balancing has changed. Since more and more messaging professionals also manage Lync Servers, we will also discuss load balancing for Lync server.

Exchange 2013 Client Access Server Role – Ross Smith IV

The CAS role has evolved in Exchange 2013 quite a bit. Come and hear in details about what those changes are and what they mean to your plans for deployment, co-existence and migration. We’ll discuss load balancing changes, proxy and redirection, and all the CAS classics you know and love.

SMART Exchange Migration – Vadim Gringolts

This session will provide attendees with an overview of the SMART Exchange Migration Methodology as it pertains to planning a migration from Lotus Notes, Domino and legacy Microsoft Exchange environments  to Microsoft Exchange 2013 or Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365.  Join Binary Tree’s Chief Technology Officer for guidance on the considerations, challenges, and complexities for properly planning your route to a new Microsoft Exchange environment.

Speaker Bios


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.

VadimVadim Gringolts, Chief Technology Officer

Vadim Gringolts is responsible for defining, developing and delivering Binary Tree’s messaging and migration product strategy. Gringolts has over two decades experience working in the messaging industry, including a decade consulting with customers of Lotus Notes, Domino and Microsoft Exchange messaging systems and protocol. Gringolts has authored many articles in the migration and messaging arena and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences including EMA, Lotusphere and several Microsoft Exchange events.

bhargavBhargav Shukla, Director – Product Research and Innovation, KEMP Technologies Inc.

As Director of Product Research and Innovation at KEMP Technologies, Bhargav is responsible for anticipating market and technological changes and trends, create technical architecture and drive strategic direction of products. Prior to KEMP Bhargav worked with enterprise customer deployments of Exchange and Lync for Microsoft.

Bhargav is one of very few people in the world to hold the prestigious dual Microsoft Certified Master certification for Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Lync 2010. Bhargav’s deep experience in enterprise technologies and Microsoft platforms has enabled him to serve on the board of Microsoft Certified Architects for Exchange 2010 and the Judges Panel for PowerShell scripting games and to speak at TechEd 2011, TechEd 2012 and other public events.
In 17 years of IT experience, Bhargav has work on multitude of technologies including Messaging, Directory Services, Information Security, Virtualization and others.
When not working, Bhargav likes to run, fly model airplanes and wishes to do so without crashing every time, play xbox and watch movies.

Kamal Abburi – Premier Field Engineering, Microsoft

Kamal Abburi is a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based in the New York/New Jersey region supporting customers improve their IT health, drive successful deployments, improve service availability by delivering Proactive Services like Workshops, Health Checks, Risk Assessments and Reactive Services like on-site support, troubleshooting and Problem Prevention. He worked in the IT Industry for 14 years on various Microsoft Technologies primarily helping Enterprise customers with Exchange deployments, migrations and training.


Windows Track Abstracts


What’s New in Windows Server 2012 – Tome Tanasovski

 Microsoft has released a major upgrade to their core server product last year. This feature-rich release is mind boggling in scope: Minor changes, major changes, new features and roles, revisions to existing features and roles, and fundamental changes to the way the OS is managed. Join Tome as he spins you through a whirlwind tour of some of the more interesting major and minor additions to the products. Whether or not you’ve installed and played with Windows Server 2012 already, you’re bound to learn at least one new thing about the product, so bring your notebook and get ready to help future-proof your career in IT.

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Failover ClusterFazal Raza

Failover Cluster is one of the critical component of any data center and provides high availability to number of different mission critical applications.
In this session we will discuss new features in Windows Server 2012 Failover Cluster and what’s changed from Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster.

Speakers Bios


Fazal Raza – Senior Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft.

Fazal Raza is a Senior Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based out of New York / New Jersey region. Fazal supports Failover Cluster, Hyper-V and SCVMM Technologies. Fazal help Microsoft premier customers  stay healthy by delivering Risk Assessments, Health Checks and other proactive & reactive services. Apart from the above he also review the design, architecture and drive deployment of above technologies.

Fazal is North America Microsoft Premier Field Engineer lead for Virtualization and Failover Clusters.  He is been with Microsoft for 5 years and worked in IT industry for 12 years focusing on Microsoft technologies.

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