Campus Days 2014

So, this year i finally got to go the biggest danish Microsoft-tech conference Campus Days. I have been looking forward to this event for the last couple of months, as I’m not attending many MS events, mostly because they are mostly in other countries, but also previously it’s been hard to find out that there actually were events being held. This has improved lots with just the use of twitter and following the right people (@RasmusHaldDK is a great place to start).

I started my Campus Days a day early and arrived monday evening, I first wanted to be here Monday morning and attend the EWUG meeting at Microsoft DK, but a meeting got in the way unfortunately and had to reschedule. I stayed at WakeUp Copenhagen in Carsten Niebuhrs gade, which was recommended and perfectly placed to get to the conference in Cinemaxx with a 10 minute walk.

Tuesday was kicked of with the great Mary Jo Foley(@maryjofoley) where she did a 5 step walkthrough on the new Microsoft. With her great history on covering Microsoft and her insights, we really got a great view on how big the changes really are inside Microsoft. It seems to mostly be for the best, but she also had a few punches for some of the strategies, mostly the Windows Phone strategy – but she’s not alone on this – a lot of techies/journalists/commentators have been giving MS a lot of heat and suggesting many other ways that MS could attack the mobile market, time will tell if they’ll listen.

My first session was “Exchange 2013 upgrade and Coexistence” with Peter Schmidt(@petsch) and Jakob Østergaard Nielsen from EG. It’s always great to see they faces in real life that you follow online. This was a great session and this made me want to go home and upgrade our current Exchange 2010 setup, so I guess the sessions purpose was a success. It was great the Peter started with an overview and then Jakob went into details afterwards.

Next session was OneDrive for Business, with an MS guy, this was not nearly as technical as I had hoped, I should have maybe known this because of the level 200. We got a roadmap look for OneDrive in 2015, which was great and there’s is lots to look forward to.

The last session of Tuesday was “Performancetuning for the Accidental DBA” with Rasmus Glibstrup(@SQLGuyDK) from it-Craft. I had just found Rasmus on twitter and heard about it-Craft, so was looking forward to this. I’ve been the accidental DBA for quite a while now, and been looking a lot more into SQL than I thought I would ever do, it actually seems like an important area, but for now I’m mostly interested in the infrastructure part of SQL and not so much the coding/querying. This means this was pretty much the perfect fit for Rasmus’ session. He went through the different layers of SQL server and where to look for issues and what could be the cause. He also supplied scripts for our own use and I’m looking forward to trying these at home. Rasmus is a great presenter, funny and knows his stuff – best of all he’s from Jutland! 🙂

Wednesday started with a session from Microsoft about “Migrating from Home Drives and Offline Files to Work Folders and Web Application Proxy” by Craig Forster MS PFE. This was a session that was better than expected – Craig went through setup and configuring Work Folders, and demoed the functionality of Work Folders. He was great at presenting, funny and knew the tech. He double-jinx’ed the demo, so it worked as planned and Powershell scripts were thrown left and right and they all worked as well – to much a surprise to Craig 🙂

Second session was “Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice:Design of Infrastructure” by Jan Fredborg. Great content, a little technical for a non-PBX techie, with a lot of codecs mentions and the likes. I found out a lot and also it was comforting that no-one in the audience seemed to have bad experiences with Lync. This could be a future product when our crap PBX is going to be replaced. We are located in most of Europe and here Lync also seems to have improved with number tampering and other things we’re going to need.

Last session of the day was “What’s new and upcoming with OS Deployment in SCCM and MDT” with Ronni Pedersen(@ronnipedersen) from EG. This was completely new ground for me as I neither do deployment much and when I do it’s not with MS products. Ronni did a great walk through, he started out by showing the hydration kits from www.deploymentresearch.com, telling everybody how easy it is to set up labs with these – I’m definitely going to have a look at these, I’ve been playing a bit with Powershell Deployment Toolkit from MS and these seems much like that. I unfortunately didn’t get much out of the SCCM demoes as I can’t relate these to anything I’ve seen before – but this is on me and not Ronni. We had lots of questions and Ronni gave his views – he is very straight forward and put a few questions in my head also. I later read that the session went on for 2,5 hours (it should have been 1hr15min) but Ronni said he would stay for as long as there were questions!

After the last session the festivities began! First there was a choice to make, between watching “Dumb Dumber 2” or “The Imitation game”. I chose the latter as the other one seemed more like a family movie I could get to watch with the wife and it also had a great IMDB rating. I must say I wasn’t disappointed, Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor and the plot with the history of World War 2, was truly great – so I can surely recommend this.

After the movie the venue had been turned into the US around the 1920s, with music, gambling, games and food. It was a little hard to get a conversation going as all attendees were almost all crammed in on one floor and the talk was loud. We got a couple of beers in and moved a little upstairs to be able to talk – and left for the hotel around 9pm.

Tomorrow is the last day, I’m planning to go to the following sessions:
9.00 – 10.15 “Enterprise mode for IE11” or “Lync Enterprise Voice – Do’s and Dont’s”
10.45 – 12.00 “Office 365 -Exchange Hybrid”
13.00 – 14.15 “Architecture for Mobility with EMS”
14.45 – 16.00 “Windows 10:Deployment” or “SCOM i den perfekte verden eller: Få fuldt udbytte af din SCOM installation og indfri dine kollegers forventninger”