Here it is! The official bag for TechEd 2008!
Brian Marble, Content Lead for TechEd, says it looks much better in person and the pictures don't do it justice.
Update: I've confirmed that the following procedures also work for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultDomainName /t REG_SZ /d %USERDOMAIN% /fWhen the computer starts up the account you specified will be logged in automatically. Note that the password is encrypted on the computer.
Event Type: Information... and then almost immediately,
Event Source: Windows Update Agent
Event Category: Installation Event
Date: 4/15/2008 Time: 7:11:59AM
Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for
Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 Service Pack 2 (KB936181)
Event Type: InformationVery annoying. To fix this issue, download the update from Microsoft and manually install it. The update can be found here.
Event Source: Windows Update AgentEvent
Category: Installation Event
Date: 4/15/2008 Time: 7:12:50AM
Description:Installation Ready: The following updates are downloaded and ready for installation. This computer is currently scheduled to install these updates on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 3:00 AM: - Security Update for Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 Service Pack 2(KB936181)
I recently answered a question from a first time TechEd attendee about sessions.
"I will be a Tech-Ed newbie in Orlando, FL. I have attended VMware conferences and VMware allows you to sign-up for sessions (sign-ups get in first).With 10,000 attendees, I don't want to be at the end of long lines. Is there a sign-up website for registered attendees? Or how do I avoid the long lines to get into a session? Or are the "session" room space large enough to accommodate big groups?
Thanks,Ben (age 55 with bad feet)"
The TechEd 2008 Session Builder is now open. This is where you can register for the sessions you'd like to attend and gives Microsoft advanced notice how to schedule the rooms. However, when you add a session to your schedule by using the Schedule Builder tool, you are not guaranteed a seat in your selected session. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-seated basis.
There is very rarely a problem attending any session you want. The Orlando Convention Center is HUGE and has very large rooms capable of holding 300+ people. Of course, some rooms are smaller and hold less, but generally MS does a very good job of "sizing" the room for the number of people who show interest in a topic. In the 5 years I've gone, I've only been turned away from one session that was too full.By signing up for your conference sessions early, MS can gauge the interest and set the right room size. Often they will offer multiple sessions on the same topic if interest is great enough.
Hope this helps and have a great time!
The TechEd 2008 Schedule Builder is now online!
Use the Schedule Builder to mark and plan the sessions you plan to take. Once you have built your schedule, you can add the sessions you want to attend to your personal Microsoft Outlook Calendar.
Keep in mind that when you add a session to your schedule by using the Schedule Builder tool, you are not guaranteed a seat in your selected session. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-seated basis, although this has rarely happened to me.
Just an FYI for those who are registered for Tech-Ed 2008, I founded a group on TechEd Connect for Tech-Ed 2008 Extracurricular Activities. This is the first (and largest) group on Connect dedicated to discussions about Tech-Ed event parties and social gatherings.
Be sure to check it out!
If you look at the Universal Studios Theme Park Calendar, you'll see that the park closes early at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 5 and Thursday, June 12. Those dates correspond with the Tech-Ed Developers and Tech-Ed Professionals attendee party dates.
Last year's party was at Islands of Adventure (another Universal Studios theme park next door).
I came across a web page a long time ago that lists all(?) of the cryptic WSUS error codes, such as 0x0000041D. This is extremely helpful when troubleshooting WSUS logs and WindowsUpdate.log files. I've found that it's helpful for lots of other Microsoft products, as well! I saved it as a portable MHT file that you can download.
If I could remember where I found this, I would gladly give them credit.
Please to enjoy. WSUS Error Codes
The Windows Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) have been release for Windows Server 2008. These tools allow you to manage remote Windows Server 2008 computers from a Windows Vista SP1 x86 client. The Vista SP1 x64 version is available here.
These tools are designed to provide the same functionality as the familiar Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack. But sorry, no XP for you!
Big Red Disclaimer: The steps listed here are not supported by Microsoft (or me). I've tested it several times and have not found any issues. If it doesn't work for you - well, sorry.
The Integration Components for Hyper-V RC0 are only avaialable for Windows XP 32-bit with SP3 or later, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 or later, Windows Vista 32-bit with SP1 or later , all versions of Windows Server 2008 and, just recently, Linux.
So what do you do if you want to virtualize a Windows 2003 SP1 server? After all, you may have a legacy application that won't run on SP2 and one of the hopes of virtualization is to move these servers off of dedicated hardware. Here's how to do it:
Now you have a Windows 2003 VM with SP1 which runs the Integration Components! You can use this base image to make as many servers as you like. Be sure to use a tool like NewSID to generate unique SIDs for each clone, otherwise you'll run into problems in a domain.
Note: I haven't tested this for Windows Server 2003 RTM, Vista RTM or Windows XP RTM/SP1/SP2, but I expect it will work. Please post a comment if you have success or failure.