You Get To Keep Your Free OneDrive Storage

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Last month on November, 2, 2015, Microsoft made a surprising announcement regarding changes to it’s OneDrive storage plans, which resulted in a backlash from the OneDrive user community. Over 70,000 votes were generated in a form of a protest called “Give us back our storage” which was launched on the UserVoice site, forcing Microsoft to address this issue. And they did today.

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The above feedback on UserVoice was closed by Douglas Pearce, Microsoft Group Program Manager, who also offered this statement:

In November we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we’ve heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused. We realize the announcement came across as blaming customers for using our product. For this, we are truly sorry and would like to apologize to the community.

While we are not changing our overall plans, we’d like to clarify what we are doing for customers impacted by the changes and share a new offer which we hope will go a long way in making the situation better for our biggest fans.

Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscriptions will continue to include 1 TB of storage. Any subscriber who received additional storage as part of our unlimited offer will keep it for at least 12 months. For anyone unhappy with the decision to not offer unlimited storage, we will offer a full refund.

For customers of our free service who have over 5 GB of content and who are directly impacted by the storage change, we will offer one free year of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1 TB of storage. These customers will receive an email with redemption information early next year.

In addition, for our biggest fans who have been loyal advocates for OneDrive, we are adding a new offer that lets you keep your existing 15 GB of free storage when the changes happen next year. If you also have the 15 GB camera roll bonus, you’ll be able to keep that as well. From now until the end of January, you can sign up to keep your storage at the link below.

http://aka.ms/onedrivestorage

We are all genuinely sorry for the frustration this decision has caused and for the way it was communicated. Thank you for sticking with us.

Bottom line, if you want to keep your 15 GB free storage as well as the 15 GB bonus for using the Camera Roll feature, head over to https://preview.onedrive.com/bonus/ before the end of January 2016 to lock that in for each individual account you use.
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Once you have done so, you’ll be glowing with success!
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ADMX, ADK, RSAT Released For Windows 10 (Version 1511)

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With the release of Windows 10 version 1511, the following tools to support this latest release has been made available, which includes Windows 10 Administrative Templates (.ADMX), Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK), Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), as well as the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

Windows 10 Administrative Template (.ADMX)

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 (RSAT)

Windows 10 Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Microsoft Office 2016 Administrative Templates and Office Customization Tool is also available for download.

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Update – Windows ADK For Windows 10 (Version 1511)

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Update / Warning:

Aaron Czechowski, Senior Program Manager, Enterprise Client and Mobility has issued a warning regarding the latest release of Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1511:

“…….there is a serious issue with it that blocks the following Configuration Manager OS deployment scenarios:

  • From Software Center, launch a task sequence that uses a Windows PE v10.0.10586 boot image. When the computer restarts into Windows PE, it will fail when “Initializing hardware devices” with the error: “Windows PE initialization failed with error code 0x80220014.”

At this time, we do not recommend that Configuration Manager customers use the 1511 version of the Windows 10 ADK.”

Johan Arwidmark, a System Center and OSD expert had also posted a warning on November 15, 2015 on his blog post “Inside Windows 10 ADK Build 10586“.

Warning: Do NOT upgrade your ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 or MDT 2013 Update 1 environments to this build yet. For ConfigMgr, even though it seems to fix the x64 UEFI / PXE and Powershell/.NET issue, which is great, the new ADK does break Computer Refresh scenarios (Bare metal works). The error code is 0x80220014. Research and discussions with the product teams in progress… MDT 2013 Update 1 yet to be validated, but error comments on twitter does not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling.”

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Original post: November 20, 2015.

The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1511 is now available from Microsoft’s “Download Kits and Tools for Windows 10” site.

The Windows ADK now includes:

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Windows 10 Enterprise Build 1511 ISO Available on VLSC

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Microsoft Volume License customers will now find the Windows 10 Enterprise (build 1511) downloads (ISO files) are now available on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (VLSC) portal (as of November 16, 2015).

There are two downloads available for this edition (see image below):

  1. Windows 10 Enterprise (Released Jul ’15)
  2. Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1511 (Released Nov ’15)

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** Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1511 is a Current Branch and includes the latest updates and features. For Current Branch for Business, install Windows 10 Enterprise (Released Jul ’15).

  • System Requirements for Windows 10:

    Processor: 1 GHz processor or faster
    Memory: 1 GB ( 32-bit ) and 2 GB (64-bit)
    Drive Space: Up to 20 GB available hard disk space
    Operating System: Windows 10

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FINAL – Microsoft Ignite Countdown Show (Ep. 14) – Ignite 101

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It’s the FINAL Countdown! Rick Claus (@RicksterCDN) and Joey Snow (@JoeySnow) finish the season with the Microsoft Ignite Countdown Shows with episode 14, in which they give you a condensed version of their ever popular Ignite 101 sessions on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 9:00AM and at 1:00PM in room S102. Check them out for a good rundown on Ignite, conference logistics, and much more.

I’ll warn ya that this episode is a lengthy one but it’s filled with good info and worth the time to watch. I can’t do justice covering everything they talk about here, so check out the video and the blog post for all the details.

Check out this episode on Channel 9 or you can watch it directly below:

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to ask on the Microsoft Ignite Forums, via Twitter, as well as in the Comments section under the video. The Microsoft Ignite team monitors all questions and will respond as they have the answers or information.

See ya soon at Microsoft Ignite, May 4-8, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Microsoft Ignite Countdown Show (Ep. 13) – The One About The Attendee Celebration and Live Broadcast

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So, Lucky number 13 of the Microsoft Ignite Countdown Show, with Rick Claus (@RicksterCDN) and Joey Snow (@JoeySnow) covers everything you need to know about the Microsoft Ignite Attendee Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015 and the Live Broadcasts starting on Monday, May 4, 2015. Rick and Joey are joined by a special guest, Alex Bradley, who provides details on the celebration and broadcasts.

So, who is the entertainer, you ask. Well, it’s Chicago’s own, multi-platinum, Grammy nominated band, Fall Out Boy.

Let’s break this down first with the Attendee Celebration.

When and Where: 
Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30 PM–10:30 PM
Lakeside Center, McCormick Place
Right after your last session on Thursday, take a short walk and start celebrating.

Food and Beverage:
With Chicago being a foodie city, there’s going to be a crazy selection of local cuisine to sample and enjoy. Microsoft Ignite is bringing 30 of the best local restaurants to serve complimentary samples. Check out the list of restaurants posted on Twitter.
Also, there’ll be no shortage of beverages, including one of the Midwest’s largest craft breweries, Goose Island, who will have a beer garden and will provide a variety of their latest craft beer. Beer reps, beer geeks, and even a few certified Cicerones.

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Entertainment:
Head outside to the East Fountain Terrace, for a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, take in the laid back atmosphere, network with fellow attendees and friends, enjoy the food trucks, a beer truck, and a cool local band.

Hall D is where you’ll find music, activities, and entertainment. Experience a sampling of Chicago’s popular neighborhoods as you walk around discovering all the cool stuff to see and do. Concert begins at 9:00 PM at the Main Stage, which you’ll be able to view throughout the hall.
No professional cameras or audio equipment are permitted during the concert.
Your conference name badge is your ticket into the concert event.

Logistics:

  • Bag check – If you need to leave your bags before heading to the Attendee Celebration, there will be a bag check service available in Hall B. You may want bring a pen and paper or use OneNote on your mobile device on Thursday instead of carrying your bag.
  • Shuttle service – Bus service will be available from 6:15PM-10:45PM between McCormick Place and the conference hotels.

Now, we close out with the Live Broadcast piece.

Broadcast:
On Monday, May 4, Alex and Joey will broadcast starting at 8:30 AM Central Time, before the keynote (which starts at 9:00 AM). Stay tuned immediately following the keynote for a recap and highlights of the morning keynote followed by live session room content and Channel 9 Live.

Channel 9 Live will broadcast deep technical interviews between the live streamed sessions and during break times. Make sure you catch Jeffrey Snover, Mark Russinovich, Paula Januszkiewicz and Brad Anderson on the Channel 9 stage during the week!

To see the live streams during the event, go to ignite.microsoft.com.

Last But Not Least:
Look out for one more Countdown Show next week. In this final episode, Rick and Joey will feature a mini-version of Ignite 101.

Share your tips and tricks, ask questions, and start networking on the Microsoft Ignite Forums and social networks. Join the Yammer network and discuss with speakers and other attendees to maximize your Ignite experience!

Check out this episode on Channel 9 or you can watch it directly below:

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to ask on the Microsoft Ignite Forums, via Twitter, as well as in the Comments section under the video. The Microsoft Ignite team monitors all questions and will respond as they have the answers or information.

See ya soon at Microsoft Ignite, May 4-8, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Microsoft Ignite Countdown Show (Ep. 12) – The One About What to Pack and What’s New, Two Weeks Out!

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We are now less than 2 weeks away from the long awaited Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago and most of us are starting to prep, gather what we need, and pack for the trip. This week on Episode 12 of the Microsoft Ignite Countdown Show, Rick Claus (@RicksterCDN) and Joey Snow (@JoeySnow) talk about what to pack, how they prepare for the trip, and offer some good suggestions. They also talk about some new additions to the MyIgnite tool and demo some cool new features.

First up, we hear about a community member known as “Vecna”, who has provided a great forum post titled “Getting The Most Out of Ignite The First Time and Every Time“. Read his tips and suggestions as they are well laid out.
What to Pack:
#1: Shoes – Make sure you have comfortable shoes to wear during the conference as you’ll be spending a lot of time in them everyday. The conference involves a lot of feet power and you’ll be glad you have some good shoes. Also, make sure you have broken in your new shoes prior to the conference.
#2: Tech Start collecting all the cables and charges you’ll need to keep your devices up and running at the conference. I recommend that you pack a portable battery charger for your smartphones, especially helpful when you on-the-go and the power outlets are not easily accessible. 
#3: Clothes – The setting for the conference including the social events is casual. Pack comfortable clothes, don’t pack too much as you’ll receive loads of tshirts at the conference to last you for years to come. So, travel light.
Get More Out of Your Investment:
Plan ahead and involve your team at the office to get the most out of your company’s investment in Microsoft Ignite. Outline your questions ahead of time If you’re looking to solve a particular problem, or working on a project and looking for specific information to help with that. Joey suggests creating a trip report to share with colleagues back at the office.
 
Airport Transportation:
The fastest and cheaper method of travel from the airports to downtown Chicago is by using the train. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers a 7-day CTA Pass for $28 which you can pick up at the airport, and allow you to travel around the city all week. Check the CTA website for more information.
What’s new and noteworthy:
Theater Sessions – These sessions are proposed and presented by members of the community and your fellow IT colleagues. You’ll be able to check out these sessions in the Expo Hall Lounges during the lunch breaks.. Check MyIgnite for details.
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New Session Tag on MyIgnite – In the Schedule Builder, under Tags, you’ll find the New Sessions filter to help you find sessions that are newly added to the catalog.
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Attendee Directory on MyIgnite – Great to see my good friend Scott Ladewig used as an example by Rick and Joey for their demo on the Attendee Directory too. Use the tool to find colleagues, make new contacts, and even schedule meetings! You’ll need to make sure that you opt-in to share your profile so others can locate you and schedule meetings. Start networking folks!
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Share your tips and tricks, ask questions, and start networking on the Microsoft Ignite Forums and social 
networks. Join the Yammer network and join the discussion with speakers and other attendees to maximize your Ignite experience!
See you in two weeks at Microsoft Ignite, May 48 in Chicago at McCormick Place.

Check out this episode on Channel 9 or you can watch it directly below:

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to ask on the Microsoft Ignite Forums, via Twitter, as well as in the Comments section under the video. The Microsoft Ignite team monitors all questions and will respond as they have the answers or information.

See ya at Microsoft Ignite, May 4-8, 2015, Chicago.

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Stay tuned for the next episode of the Countdown Show, coming up next Tuesday at 8:00AM PST / 11:00AM EST.

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Recap – Tech Ed New Orleans: The who, what, why and The Krewe

I was first noticed by the Microsoft TechEd team during my attendance at the TechEd conference in New Orleans in 2013, which was my first TechEd conference. Based on my social media influence, I was asked to participate in a short video with my take on the Microsoft TechEd conference. I’m honored to have been given the opportunity and hand picked among the thousands of attendees. Thank you Teched and Channel 9.

Check out the video.

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Recap – Advice from Alumni sharing their TechEd Schedule: Harjit Dhaliwal

Just catching up on some old info for documentation purposes.

On April 16, 2014, my friends at Microsoft TechEd shared my tentative conference schedule and the reasons for my selection.  Below is a direct copy of what is posted on the Channel 9 blog.

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In honor of TechEd being less than a month away, we here at the TechEd team decided to ask some friends and TechEd Alumni if they would be willing to share their schedules and selection methodologies with the rest of the world. We’ve got three posts lined up with some possible IDEAS that you can use to help pre-populate your schedule. If you haven’t yet started – get over to the Content Catalogue, sign in with your ID you used to register for TechEd and start scheduling!

First up is Harjit Dhaliwal, Systems Administrator at University of Vermont

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Harjit is an awesome photographer and has a preference for Client focused sessions. You can catch up with Harjit online at one of the following properties:

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TechEd 2014 Session Builder

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Monday, May 12, 2014

8:30-10:30AM

KEY01 TechEd Keynote

  • New Microsoft technologies, product updates, and breaking news is announced here. Good pep talks to motivate and to get a running start for a great week filled with technology learning and knowledge.

11:00-12:00PM

FDN03 Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows and Microsoft Office 365

  • Mobile devices are actively used and more prevalent in the Enterprise environment. More and more users want the ability to connect to Enterprise resources with their mobile devices in order to be productive, engaged, and connected. IT needs to embrace this new era of mobile devices and learn to make them work efficiently and securely to protect Enterprise data and resources.

1:15-2:30PM

OFC-B210 Microsoft SharePoint Overview

  • A good start to get some SharePoint knowledge.

DCIM-B318 Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover

  • PowerShell is the way of life these days, so any training, info, or guidance will be beneficial for my IT career.

3:00-4:15PM

WIN-B316 Managing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 Using Mobile Device Management

  • Michael Niehaus mentions, “Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 include a new mobile device management (MDM) capability that provides functionality for deploying apps, managing settings, configuring VPN and wireless, deploying certs and more.” – I would like to learn how this works.

PCIT-B312 What’s New in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Infrastructure

  • As the CM Administrator at my organization, I’m interested to know what is new or if there are any hidden tricks to make my IT life more efficient.

4:45-6:00PM

PCIT-B410 Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

  • This is a great opportunity to learn, discuss, and collaborate with the world’s leading ConfigMgr experts.

DCIM-B329 Building Highly Effective Dashboards in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

  • Mildly curious on how Dashboards could be effective in SCOM 2012.

6:30PM

Tech Expo Welcome Reception

  • Great time to meet vendors and ask questions, and hang out with some fellow geeks.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

DCIM-B328 TWC: CSI: Windows – Techniques for Finding the Cause of the Unexpected System Takeovers

  • Interesting session for troubleshooting.

WIN-B320 Internet Explorer App Compat

  • Internet Explorer application compatibility is a daily challenge for IT Professionals to assist end users who need to run older applications in the organization.

10:15-11:30AM

DBI-B214 Introduction to SQL Server Management for the Non-DBA

  • For someone like me who is not too familiar with SQL Server and how to manage it, this would be a good session to get the lowdown.

PCIT-IL306 Implementing Endpoint Protection in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Interested to learn about SCEP reporting and malware detection.

WIN-B323 Deploying Windows 8.1 in the Enterprise

  • As a Systems Administrator who manages computer imaging, I’m interested to know how to leverage ConfigMgr 2012 for this task.

1:30-2:45PM

PCIT-IL307 Managing Microsoft Software Updates in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Software Updates deployment is my responsibility at my organization. There are several ways of deploying Software Updates with ConfigMgr 2012, however, I’m interested to learn some best practices.

WIN-B328 Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

  • We use Group Policies extensively at my organization and I sometimes have to troubleshoot why some Group Policies have issues or don’t work as intended. This session would help me learn some tips and tricks as well as some troubleshooting techniques.

3:15-4:30PM

WIN-B330 Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Microsoft Office 2013 App-V Deployment

  • Application delivery and deployment to the end users has become a little more challenging. Leveraging App-V for large applications such as Microsoft Office 2013 could be highly effective.

DCIM-B341 TWC: Live Demonstration: Hacker Tools You Should Know and Worry about in 2014

  • A fun session to learn how the “bad guys” do bad stuff and to help protect systems from this knowledge.

5:00-6:15PM

PCIT-IL305 Basic Software Distribution with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

  • Software Updates deployment is my responsibility at my organization. There are several ways of deploying Software Updates with ConfigMgr 2012, however, I’m interested to learn some best practices.

PCIT-B320 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Community Jewels

  • ConfigMgr 2012 is a complex management tool which if used well, it can be very effective in managing systems. There are many third party tools and scripts used to enhance the ConfigMgr 2012 experience, and therefore I’m interested to know what they are and how to use them.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

WIN-IL200-R Creating a Windows 8.1 Reference Image

  • To learn Windows 8.1 Image management.

PCIT-B323 Application Management with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune

  • To further learn how to manage applications with ConfigMgr.

10:15-11:30AM

WIN-B351 Hacker Tools for Ethical Hackers to Protect Windows Clients

  • A fun session to learn how the “bad guys” do bad stuff and to help protect systems from this knowledge.

WIN-B413 Windows Performance Deep Dive Troubleshooting

  • Interested to learn how to troubleshoot Windows performance issues to enhance end user experience.

PCIT-B322 Deploying and Managing Work Folders

  • More and more users are bringing their own devices to the workplace and want to use Enterprise resources. This session may provide info on managing network home folder sync for BYOD users.

1:30-2:45PM

WIN-B342 Windows To Go: Deployment, Support for BYOD, and What IT Pros Need to Know

  • Information packed session for learning about Windows To Go and how to support BYOD users.

3:15-4:30PM

WIN-B345 Windows 8.1: Black Belt Troubleshooting

  • Great Windows 8.1 troubleshooting session.

DCIM-B418 Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious

  • PowerShell is the way of life for IT Professionals and it’s never enough to learn more of this important tool.

5:00-6:15PM

WIN-B338 Top OS Deployment Issues with Answers from Experts

  • Good session to learn the pain points of OS deployments and how to work around them.

PCIT-B340 Deploying and Managing Windows 8 and 8.1 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 and System Center Configuration Manager

  • This session covers an important part of my daily Systems Administrator role at my organization.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

8:30-9:45AM

DCIM-B366 TWC: Hacker’s Perspective on Your Windows Infrastructure: Mandatory Check List

  • Any info to help secure my Windows environment is a plus.

WIN-B356 Modern Applications for IT Pros

  • Interested to learn more about applications with Windows 8.1 and sideloading.

10:15-11:30AM

WIN-B362 Project Virtual Reality Check: Microsoft App-V 5 Performance, Tuning, and Optimization (App-V PTO)

  • This session may give me a good start in implementing App-V in my organization which we are looking to do very soon.

DCIM-B368 TWC: Malware Hunting with Mark Russinovich and the Sysinternals Tools

  • Attending a Mark Russinovich session is a must. He does a great session on how to use the Sysinternals tools which he helped develop.

1:00-2:15PM

WIN-B354 Case of the Unexplained: Troubleshooting with Mark Russinovich

  • Attending a Mark Russinovich session is a must. Great to see how Mark troubleshoot computer issues.

WIN-B355 The Circle of Life for an App-V 5.0 Package: From Sequence to Termination

  • Learning how App-V applications come together will be helpful in understand how they work and where to troubleshoot if there are any issues with their performance.

2:45-4:00PM

WIN-B410 Advanced Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Customizations: Dueling MDT Enhancements

  • Advanced Windows 8.1 deployment for the Enterprise.

WIN-B359 2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?

  • Good session to learn how to troubleshoot Windows startup issues.

WIN-B360 Sizing App-V 5: Planning and Designing a Highly Available, Scalable, and Resilient Management and Delivery System

  • May be a handy session to help implement App-V in my organization.

7:30PM

Closing Party

  • Can’t miss it. A good way to celebrate with friends and to end a good knowledge filled week. Thank you TechEd.
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