As an IT pro navigating the rapidly shifting terrain of Windows technology in a wheezing economy, you might be wondering whether you can afford to attend a conference (or, heaven forbid, a Windows IT Pro subscription) this year. If you're fortunate enough to have any T&E dollars to spend, consider investing them in the four-day Minasi Conference 2009, April 19-22 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The conference, now in its fourth year, is unusual among Windows conferences in that it's organized and presented entirely by members of the MR&D online community, all of whom volunteer their time and expertise at the event. Among the presenters this year are some well-known Windows IT Pro authors: Mark Minasi, who will present two sessions on Windows 7; Nathan Winters, who will talk about the future of email with Exchange and Online Services; Eric Rux, who will talk about merging two companies from an IT point of view; and Curt Spanburgh, who will speak on software as a service (SaaS) and hybrid solutions. (See Curt's article "Do You Drive a Hybrid?" for a preview of his presention topic.)

The conference costs $450 for 3 1/2 days of technical sessions; hotel, airfare, and meals are additional. (Conference entertainment is included, though--see photo below.)

Conference chair Eric Rux presents a gift to Mark Minasi at the 2008 Minasi Conference

For more information, go to You can register for the conference here.

Recent articles by Minasi forum members on

Mark Minasi
Hyper-V to the OS: Enlighten Me
Forfiles Processes Scripts--without Scripts!
Windows 7 Makes Vista Valuable

Eric Rux
Tool Time: Test Connectivity to Remote Email Servers with TestMX
Enterprise Random Password Manager 4.0
Adding a Global Group to the Local Administrators Group

Curt Spanburgh
Do You Drive a Hybrid?
SharePoint Backup Tools
Don’t Shoot the Application

Nathan Winters
Exchange 2007 Shortcomings
Backing Up and Restoring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Part 1
Exchange 2003 SP2's Direct Push Technology