Strong speaker line-up for Exchange Connections 2014

Some tremendous session proposals were received for Exchange Connections 2014, so I think the set that has made it to the agenda is top-class. MEC provided the Microsoft view of the world and a glimpse into the future; Connections sets out to tell the current story so that you can make the best possible use of on-premises, hybrid, or cloud Exchange. The sessions we have lined up should make for a great conference. See you in Vegas in September!

We are very fortunate that a great group of industry experts submitted session proposals for Exchange Connections 2014, which takes place at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on September 15-19. All the reports I hear indicate that the Aria offers much superior conference facilities to the Mandalay Bay, which has been the home of Connections for a decade and I'm looking forward to seeing what a modern top-of-the-range facility delivers.

Selecting the sessions to go into the agenda was difficult but I am happy that we have settled on a set that will deliver a massive amount of value to attendees.  The group of speakers includes ten MVPs, three Microsoft Certified Masters, and six authors of books about Exchange. There is no doubting the credentials of the people we have lined up to speak.

We took a deliberate decision to base the agenda around the three major strands of Exchange that exist today: on-premises, hybrid, and cloud. This meant that we have less content that some might think we should have about topics like Lync, but we have taken this route because we believe that it will deliver the best independent conference for all things related to Exchange. Attempting to add more Lync or SharePoint content would have diluted "Exchange Connections." 

I am particularly happy to welcome Paul Cunningham as an Exchange Connections speaker. His ExchangeServerPro.com site provides a huge amount of practical and useful content for Exchange administrators and it's great that Paul will travel from Brisbane, Australia to be with us at Connections. All of the other speakers have their own claim to fame, such as Paul Robichaux (steadily improving pilot), Bhargav Shukla (all you need to know about protocols), Jaap Wesseluis (Mr Practicality), Michael Van Hybrid (the name says it all), and Sigi Jagott, the man with the largest public folder implementation in the world.

It is great that we will have Tim McMichael and Wes Blalock from Microsoft's premier support organization with us as I'm sure that their knowledge of what it's like to fix Exchange in the real world will be intensely valuable. Tim was the top-rated speaker at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference and his knowledge of Exchange high availability and Windows Failover Clustering is truly awesome.

The full speaker line-up is shown below. We are still tuning the actual times but you can take this as a good guide to what's going to happen.

Tuesday

Opening Keynote -The State of Exchange

Tony Redmond

Who Wears the Pants In Your Datacenter: Taming Managed Availability

Paul Robichaux

Office 365: Migrating Your Business to Office 365!

Andy Malone

Advanced troubleshooting procedures & tools for Exchange 2013

Andrew Higginbotham

Exchange 2013 Disaster Recovery

Michael Van Horenbeeck

Microsoft Office 365: Security Deep Dive!

Andy Malone

MAPI/HTTP in depth

Bhargav Shukla

Just Like Lemmings: Mass Migration to Office 365

 

Paul Robichaux

Wednesday

Managing Exchange Server Database Availability Groups

 

Paul Cunningham

Exchange Hybrid Deployments

Michael Van Horenbeeck

Identity and Authentication management for Office 365

Nathan O’Bryan

Managing and Monitoring Exchange using PowerShell

 

Sigi Jagott

Deep Dive: Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration

 

Paul Robichaux

Performance Counters You Never Knew and Why they are Important

Nathan O’Bryan

How You Can (Safely) Stop Backing Up Exchange

Wes Blalock

Exploring options for moving a small Exchange or Small Business Server environment to Office 365 or remaining on-premises

Andrew Higginbotham

Exchange 2013 Site Resilience

Tim McMichael

The Transport of Exchange 2013 - a detailed comparison to Exchange 2010

Sigi Jagott

Role Based Access Control and YOU!

Bhargav Shukla

Help, I’m Hybrid! (How to Manage Hybrid Coexistence with Office 365)

Wes Blalock

Thursday

Autodiscover - What's the deal?

Jaap Wesselius

Build Your Own Super-Fast Exchange Lab for Under $2000!

Jeff Guillet

Making Exchange ActiveSync Work, Instead of "It Just Works"

Paul Cunningham

Managed Availability - What just happened to my server?

Tim McMichael

PowerShell tips & tricks for Exchange

Jaap Wesselius

Modern Public Folders - What to expect

Sigi Jagott

Ask the Experts: All you wanted to ask about Exchange – panel session followed by the Conference wrap-up

Jeff Guillet/Tony Redmond

We also have two 1-day workshops planned. These are "Deploying a hybrid Exchange environment (Michael Van Horenbeeck)" and " Microsoft Office 365: The Master Class (Andy Malone)." Both are indended to give people who need more information on these essential topics the time and opportunity to delve into the detail that just can't be offered in a standard 75-minute conference session.

If you have any interest whatsoever in Exchange, maybe you should come along to the Aria in Las Vegas for Exchange Connections 2014. See you there!

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