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MinasiForum 2009

January 26, 2009

The annual conference run by Mark Minasi is on again this year, this time in April in Virginia Beach, USA.  You may know Mark from the day of presentations he kindly did for us at MS Ireland in 2008.  The agenda as of now (subject to change) is:

Sunday, April 19, 2009
  • 1:00 pm:  Welcome
  • 1:15 pm:   TBD  Keynote  by Windows IT Pro
  • 2:30 pm:  Break
  • 2:45 pm:  Mark Minasi   Introducing Windows 7
  • 4:00 pm:  Break
  • 4:15 pm:  Aidan Finn   Hyper-V – The Future of Infrastructure
  • 5:30 pm:  Close
Monday, April 20, 2009
  • 9:00 am:  Eric Rux   The Big One – Merging 2 Companies!
  • 10:15 am: Break
  • 10:30 am: Nathan Winters  The Future of Email: Exchange 14 and Online Services
  • 11:45 am:  Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:   James Summerlin  SQL Reporting Services
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Roger Grimes  How I Fixed the Internets!
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   Todd Lammle    TBA
  • 5:30 pm:   Dinner organized with coach transport
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
  • 9:00 am:   Rhonda Layfield  Windows 7
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am: Mini Session A  TBD
  • 10:55 am: Mini Session B  TBD
  • 11:20 am: Mini Session C  TBD
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:  Mark Minasi   More Windows 7
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Curt Spanburgh   Hybrid Solutions, SaaS
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   TBD  Light Session (Photography or other topic)
  • 5:30 pm:    ‘No Host’ dinner at local restaurant  (one last chance to rub elbows with people in the know)
  • 6:30 pm:    Vendor Evening – Details TBD – An evening with various vendors either on site or via Web conference, to look at relevant products.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 9:00 am:   Stacy Hein  SQL for the Windows Administrators
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am:  Joe McGlynn   SBS 2008 for the Small Business
  • 11:45 am:   Closing thoughts and summing up
  • 12:00 pm:  Final Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:    Round Table Discussion

You can register by following the instructions on the site

This is the event where Mark often debuts new presentation material.  Irish speakers include Joe McGlynn is speaking on the Wednesday about SBS 2008 and Aidan Finn who is talking about Hyper-V after Mark Minasi (no pressure).

Other speakers include MVP’s Nathan Winters (Exchange and mobile communications whiz from England), Curt Spanburgh (Dynamics guru and master of disasters), Rhonda Layfield (the queen of OS deployment) and Eric Rux (IT pro and all-knowing of Windows Home Server).  Todd Lammle is a world renowned Cisco author, trainer, speaker and consultant.  Those of us from year 1 still shake from when he scared us with his IPv6 talk.  Roger Grimes is a security expert with 7 books to his name.  Stacy Hein is a SQL wizard well known to us on the Minasi forum.  James Summerlin is the rarest of creatures: a developer and an IT pro!  And Mark Minasi is the famous author, speaker, trainer and consultant specialising in AD and Windows.

Last year, attendees came from USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Netherlands and Denmark.  If you have the opportunity to go then I’d recommend it.  The fee is costs only and you’ll have a blast.

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