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Live! 360 Day 1 and Day 2

Live! 360 activities unofficially started on Sunday, November 17th at Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Early registration opened and a group was formed for the Dine-A-Round event at Universal’s City Walk. The Dine Around began at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for appetizers and drinks. From there, groups split up based on interest. I joined […]

Congratulations to ITCertPro’s Live! 360 Conference Pass Winner!

Congratulations to our Live! 360 Conference Pass Winner, Jeff Collins. Jeff will get to enjoy 5 days and choose from over 200 sessions from 4 events: Visual Studio Live!, SharePoint Live!, SQL Server Live!, and Modern Apps Live!. Jeff’s first reaction to the news: Thank you very much!! I will be able to attend and […]

TechMentor Las Vegas This Week

TechMentor Las Vegas is this week, September 30th – October 4th. On Monday, Attendees enjoyed Pre-Conference sessions from Don Jones, Greg Shields, Mark Minasi, John O’Neil Sr., and Richard Taylor on topics including Power Shell, System Center & Private Cloud, SharePoint, and Office 365. Our contest winner, Lynn Carroll (@LynnCarroll) has been sending tweets from the […]

The Care and Feeding of Bootable VHDs

Like many ITCertPros that have been studying Microsoft technology, I have worked with virtual machines for studying the technology as well as supporting production servers. I have used Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Hyper-V to create virtual environments to learn about software before I take a certification test. Having a computer that could boot multiple […]

Live! 360 Pass Giveaway!

As a Premier Social Media Partner, ITCertPro is giving away a conference pass ($2,195 value) to Live! 360 , to be held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, November 18th – 22nd. The winner will be responsible for getting to Orlando and hotel arrangements, as travel and lodging are not included. Live! 360 is actually […]

Live! 360 Pass Giveaway!

Live! 360 Pass Giveaway!

As a Premier Social Media Partner, ITCertPro is giving away a conference pass ($2,195 value) to Live! 360 , to be held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, November 18th – 22nd. The winner will be responsible for getting to Orlando and hotel arrangements, as travel and lodging are not included.

Live! 360 is actually four conferences in one. Visual Studio Live!, SharePoint Live!, SQL Server Live!, and Modern Apps Live are all being held in the same location. Sign up for one conference and attend any of the sessions in any of the four conferences.

So, how do you enter the contest? You can get up to 3 chances to win.

  1. Follow ITCertPro on Twitter. Then send the following tweet “@ITCertPro I want to #AmplifyMyKnowledge at Live! 360″ The hashtag is very important as it is how I will find your tweet to enter you in the contest. I also need you to follow me so I can DM you if you win.
  2. Like ITCertPro on Facebook. Then post this message to the timeline:  ”I want to #AmplifyMyKnowledge at Live! 360″
  3. Use the following form:

Contest ends October 16th at midnight Eastern Time. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on October 21.

And, if you already know that you want to go and do not need to enter the contest, you can save $500 on your registration for a 5 day pass by using my registration link or using code UGL2 when you register.

 

Live! 360 Conference to be Held in Orlando November 18-22

Live! 360 Conference to be Held in Orlando November 18-22

Live! 360 is coming to Orlando Florida November 18-22. The conference is being held at the Royal Pacific Resort on the property of Universal Orlando! It is being presented by 1105 Media, which is also the publisher behind the TechMentor conference and Magazines/Websites such as Redmond Magazine, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, and TechNet Magazine.

What is most interesting about Live! 360 is that it is actually four conferences in one! You pay for one conference, but you can attend sessions in any conference that you wish. It’s like buy one, get three free.

I am excited because I will be attending this year. Last year, a few of my colleagues went primarily for SharePoint Live! They felt that it was well worth their time to attend.

I have listed descriptions of the events below. You can get a $500 discount off the five day package using my link or use code UGL2.

Learn more about the four Live! 360 Events:

Modern Apps Live

The Future of Software Development Is Back

Modern Apps Live! is back for an encore performance after its well-received event in March! Presented in partnership with Magenic, Modern Apps Live! brings Development Managers, Software Architects and Development Leads together to break down the latest and greatest techniques in low-cost, high-value application development. What sets Modern Apps Live! apart is the singular topic focus; sessions build on each other as the conference progresses, leaving you with a holistic understanding of modern applications.

SharePoint Live!

Collaborate and Listen

SharePoint Live! features no-hype, practical,and independent SharePoint training. Whether you’ve implemented SharePoint 2013, or you’re still using and supporting older versions, SharePoint Live! is THE place to gather and learn how to customize, deploy and maintain SharePoint Server and SharePoint foundation to maximize business value.

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Building, Developing and Managing SQL Server

SQL Server Live! provides comprehensive education and knowledge share on SQL Server database management, data warehouse/BI model design, Big Data analytics, performance tuning, troubleshooting and coding against SQL Server. After 5 days of workshops, deep dives and breakout sessions, SQL Server Live! will leave you with finely tuned skills to solve your biggest data challenges.

 

 

 

We’ve Got Your Ticket to Code

Visual Studio Live! Orlando is where developers, software architects and designers will connect for five days of unbiased and cutting-edge education on the Microsoft platform. With 60+ sessions led by industry experts and Microsoft insiders, you will walk away from this event having expanded your .NET skills and the ability to build better applications.

Congratulations to Our TechMentor Pass Winner!

Congratulations to Our TechMentor Pass Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our TechMentor Las Vegas Pass Giveaway, Lynn Carroll!

Lynn’s reaction to the news:

Thank you. This is such an honor and a great opportunity to learn lots of new info on this year’s technology.

Congratulations, Lynn. I hope that you will send out a few tweets from the conference to let us know about your experience. You are going to have a great time and come back from the conference with a lot of useful-now knowledge.

TechMentor Las Vegas will be held September 30th – October 4th.

You can follow Lynn on Twitter @LynnCarroll.

Win a Pass to TechMentor 2013 Las Vegas!

Win a Pass to TechMentor 2013 Las Vegas!

As a Premier Social Media Partner for TechMentor 2013, ITCertPro is giving away a conference pass ($1895 value) to TechMentor Las Vegas, to be held September 30th – October 4th. The winner will be responsible for getting to Las Vegas and hotel arrangements, as travel and lodging are not included.

TechMentor is a conference filled with immediately useable education for IT Professionals. I have attended TechMentor in the past and, while I did have a lot of fun, I also learned a lot. Other conferences may be larger, but when you go to TechMentor, there are less distractions to allow you to focus on what you really want to get from a conference: knowledge that helps you do your job better.

For TechMentor Las Vegas, there is a new format. Every session is a three hour deep dive. Also new to this conference is a series of “hands on labs” using your own laptop for a totally interactive session. As always, all sessions are taught by highly respected presenters.

So, how do you enter the contest? You can get up to 3 chances to win.

  1. Follow ITCertPro on Twitter. Then send the following tweet “@ITCertPro I want to go to #TechMentorVegasBaby” The hashtag is very important as it is how I will find your tweet to enter you in the contest. I also need you to follow me so I can DM you if you win.
  2. Like ITCertPro on Facebook. Then post this message to the timeline:  ”I want to go to #TechMentorVegasBaby”
  3. Use the following form:

Contest ends August 30th at midnight Eastern Time. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on September 2nd.

And, if you already know that you want to go and do not need to enter the contest, you can save $400 on your registration for a 5 day pass by using my registration link or using code TMVG1 when you register.

TechMentor 2013 Orlando Wrap-up

TechMentor 2013 Orlando Wrap-up

TechMentor 2013 was held in Orlando on March 4 – 8. While I was not able to be there in person, I was able to live vicariously through the tweets of the attendees.

Some of the highlights of the tweets included:

  • Don Jones and his PowerShell classes – “Be the one who writes Powershell commands, not the one who runs them”
  • Excitement over the entertaining training from Ed Liberman on Server 2012 and MCSA (and something about him quoting a certain green Jedi master.)
  • Joe Rinehart beaming in to teach a CCNA session (Yes, in a Star Trek uniform)
  • Mark Minasi getting the crowds excited about Windows Server 2012
  • Laura Hunter telling tales from the IT trenches at Microsoft
  • Ed Horley’s highly interactive session about IPv6
  • Greg Shields building a private cloud
  • Bruce Mackenzie-Low on Windows 8 and 2012 Performance Toolkit
  • Yung Chou and Windows Azure
  • Jason Helmick and his “out of control” PowerShell Web Access class “Jason Helmick should be the standard for giving presentations!” @Eggsabyte on Twitter
  • J. Peter Bruzzese with What’s New in Exchange 2013
  • Blain Barton on Windows Server 2012 on Azure
  • Great Exhibitors like Veam, Storage Craft, Global Knowledge
  • Great Food!

ITCertPro was participating by retweeting some of the participants tweets. At one point, I asked this question:

Tell me-What did I miss the most by not being at #TechMentor?

Bill Bailey (@bbnetman) replied:

“2 great keynotes, super Windows Azure sessions, of course amazing PowerShell content, and me! ;) a good mix of Windows Server 2012 features at #TechMentor as well.”

@ikkarus1 replied:

“what was missed keys to the future, Automation, great speakers and teachers. Don’t forget wine and dine!”

If this sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of knowledge to you and you missed Orlando, you have a second chance. TechMentor 2013 Las Vegas is coming up later this year!

TechMentor Las Vegas will be held September 30th through October 4th at the Tropicana Las Vegas. ITCertPro is a Premier Social Media Partner so you can come back here for news leading up to the conference as well as a conference pass giveaway!

For more information about TechMentor 2013, including pricing and hotel information, please visit the Techmentor Las Vegas website.

(NOTE: Despite any rumors that you might hear, Elvis will not be teaching PowerShell. Thank you)