Microsoft Technology Day, Kuwait

by Shijaz Abdulla on 31.03.2008 at 16:01

Slide decks: Click here to download the slide deck (.ppt format)

I had a great time at Kuwait, at the Microsoft Technology Day 2008 held on March 30, 2008. There were around 300 attendees, 20 speakers and 42 sessions on various Microsoft technologies. Speakers comprised of MVPs, Microsoft employees and trainers from Infocenter Kuwait, who are also the key sponsors of the event. Sureen Aslavi, MVP from Kuwait played an important role in organizing this event.

Amr El Garhy from Microsoft Gulf who is our MVP Tech Lead and Developer Evangelist kicked off the session with a lively keynote session. He took the audience on a tour of Photosynth and explained some of the exciting areas that Microsoft is currently focusing on.

Keynote session: Amr El Garhy, Microsoft Gulf

Ruari Plint, the MVP MEA Program Manager from Microsoft, joined us in a videoconferencing session from South Africa.

Live from South Africa – Ruari Plint, MEA MVP Program Manager, Microsoft

This was followed by our technical sessions. The sessions were very lively and I enjoyed interacting with the Kuwaiti IT professional community. They were a great audience and I believe they benefited from the sessions we delivered.

On the request of those who attended the event, and for those who missed the event, I am uploading the slide decks for all four of my presentations:

Session1 – Managing Virtualization with SCVMM
Discussed Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems Initiative, the need for virtualization and how SCVMM can be used to gain better control over a virtualized datacenter. Session included Live Demos.

Session 2 – Windows Server 2008 Server Core
Discussed the advantages of running Windows Server 2008 Server Core. The session was intensive with live demos on how to set up a DHCP server on Server Core from scratch. This session was very interactive and had a large number of attendees. Almost every attendee actively participated in this session. As promised, I will also post an article describing all the commands that we explored during the session. Watch this blog!

Session 3 – Top 10 mistakes while configuring ISA Server
Discussed some of the most common mistakes that administrators make while configuring ISA Server. The session had a full house, and it was humerous and interactive, with attendees sharing some of their own ISA Server bloopers.

Session 4 – Identity Lifecycle Management
Explained the importance of Identity Lifecycle management in the enterprise. Attendees were fewer than the other sessions. The audience included managers, decision makers and HRMS administrators. I explained how Identity Lifecycle Management can be applied in a real world scenario and how Microsoft ILM can help in various scenarios.

Slide decks:
Click here to download the slide deck (.ppt format)

If you have been to any of my sessions, I would like to welcome your feedback as a comment to this post or by email.

See also: Destination Kuwait!

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