If you're an Exchange administrator, you've probably already got your sights set on Exchange Connections, part of IT/Dev Connections, which takes place in Las Vegas, September 30 to October 4, 2013. This show promises to be a valuable opportunity to connect with not only your peers but also celebrities in the field—one on one.

Exchange Connections is delivered to you directly from Exchange MVPs and industry experts who will provide practical and insightful discussions about how Exchange works and, most importantly, where it doesn’t work so well. You'll learn about on-premises/hybrid/cloud Exchange deployments and migrations, future developments and integrations with SharePoint and Lync, and much more! Real-world experience and expertise combine to deliver a unique learning opportunity that can only help you to plan, deploy, and manage infrastructures built around Exchange.

Schedule Highlights for Exchange Admins

Here are some highlights to mark down on your calendar:

  • "Migrate to Modern Public Folders the Worry-Free Way"—Microsoft's John Rodriguez wonders if you're worried about migrating your legacy public folder environment to Exchange Server 2013 modern public folders? This session will give you the confidence to tackle even the largest migration—from planning and preparation through the migration itself, all the way to validation. Don't leave your migration to chance. (Tuesday, October 1, 11:45am)
  • "Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013: Why Not?"—Microsoft's Jeff Mealiffe talks about the continuing debate over whether to virtualize an Exchange deployment. In this session, he will cover the latest product group guidance as it relates to the Exchange 2013 release. He will also discuss how Exchange can take advantage of some of the newer features in current hypervisor products, as well as important pitfalls to look out for. Virtualizing Exchange can certainly work, but careful planning is required—particularly for large deployments. (Tuesday, October 1, 2:30pm)
  • "Apples to Apples: Comparing Office 365 to the Competition"—We keep hearing about how fantastic Office 365 and Exchange Online are—but are they really? Do they suit everyone? In this session, Loryan Strant will uncover and explain the differences between the various hosted Exchange options and what they mean to customers in real-world deployments. (Wednesday, October 2, 10am)
  • "Building a Hybrid Configuration with Exchange Server 2013 in (Less Than) 75 Minutes"—Michael Van Horenbeeck talks about the cloud, on your own terms! Whether you're looking for a flexible way of migrating email to the cloud, or possibly just thinking about running both Office 365 and Exchange 2013 side by side, hybrid is your answer! However, the road to get there can sometimes seem daunting. This session will teach you everything there is to know to successfully deploy Exchange 2013 in a hybrid configuration. During the session, we'll set up a hybrid configuration and we'll cover the various aspects of a hybrid environment, including how to prepare your environment, avoiding common mistakes, and pitfalls during and after setup. (Thursday, October 3, 9am)
  • "Better Together: Integrating Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013"—Microsoft timed the release of Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and SharePoint 2013 for the same time window, in large part because these products are more integrated with each other than previous versions have been. Lync and Exchange together offer a wealth of functionality, including instant messaging and presence integration inside Outlook Web App, high-resolution contact photos, and the new Unified Contact Store for consolidating Lync and Exchange contacts. In this session, Paul Robichaux will explore the new features in Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013, see how they work separately, and dive into how they work better together. (Thursday, October 3, 2013,10:45am)

That's just a taste. Register now for the full show.