Last night’s Expo was jammed packed with vendors and attendees and it provided a great launching pad to kick this year’s TechED into high gear. In the Expo hall storage vendors like Brocade, HP and DELL had very prominent booths. Not too surprisingly, VMware was a bit hard to find as they were in the corner in the back. One common trend I saw in a lot of products was the recognition of SharePoint as a core IT technology. SharePoint Technology has really hit critical mass and its beginning to show as products of all sorts are beginning to have SharePoint support.

High points in some of today’s sessions include an overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, automating Vista SP1 installation, and early adopter notes on upgrading to SQL Server 2008. Virtualization and dynamic IT seem to be emerging as common themes for this year’s conference.