Microsoft Ignite 2016

Just in case you missed the announcement over on the Microsoft Company News Site or on the Microsoft Twitter MS Ignite account, Microsoft Ignite will be taking place in Atlanta, GA in September 2016.

Pre-Registration seems to have opened up to lock in a lower rate (woot!), available over at https://microsoft.eventcore.com/Ignite2016.

I’m pretty excited about Atlanta in September… in part because I love the Atlanta Braves and can only hope that they’ll be in the hunt for the pennant, battling out the Mets and the Nationals 🙂

All that aside though, it should be a great conference with the next wave of Microsoft technologies that are being released in 2016. While there’s not a firm release date for my bread and butter favorite in SharePoint, I’m excited to see what content will be available at Ignite – plus what better place to hang out and see friends in the community?

If you’re planning conferences for 2016, go ahead and pencil this one in… scratch that, use ink and be there.

Azure Files…

With Microsoft TechEd going on this week there are several announcements of new technological releases from the Redmond teams. Looks like the Azure team is at it again, taking things a step further, pushing the fabric envelope as they take yet another component to 11.

This go round they’re adding in Microsoft Azure Files, an elegant way of sharing files stored within Azure through a mapped drive for consumption by Azure Virtual Machines and REST APIs. More information and getting started available here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2014/05/12/introducing-microsoft-azure-file-service.aspx

TechEd 2008 – IT Pro Week

So I’m down here in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention center for TechEd 2008 – IT Pro Week.  The Windows 2008 pre-conference session so far is definitely eye opening and has definitely made me realize that there’s more to what is available with the W2K8 software than first perceived – have to rethink utilizing VMWare ESX for everything (not say that it won’t be used for the majority of things :-)).  Most interesting to me is probably the Server Core mode that is available – somewhat reminiscent of a shell command line interface (my favorite) that you’d find in Linux / Unix.

Funniest quote by Corey so far would probably be with regard to the “Microsoft Moment” where the status bar moves and then starts over again, again and again.