Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TEC Europe Review

Barcelona was a nice break from Seattle, except for the thunderstorms but those just gave me an excuse to camp in my hotel room and tweak my decks and demos.

The week before TEC I pulled the plug on my OData session because ‘experimental’ turned into ‘holy kittens this is way harder than I hoped’.  Gil was kind enough to let me switch this session for a session on ‘FIM Workflow Using PowerShell’.  The session went very well, and I even did a lot of demos which all worked quite well except for…

Beware the Spanish Wifi… the day before my first session I was sitting in the conference, connected to the conference wifi on my Win8 laptop.  I’ve been running Win8 for over a month and have been very happy with the stability.  Sitting there taking notes, suddenly I was graced with about a dozen Win8 blue screens.  Turned out to be a problem with the Hyper-V bridge adapter, something specific to that access point.  Disabling the bridge adapter was a good enough workaround.  Luckily the bug didn’t interrupt my sessions or fail any of my demos.  Phew!

My last session was the ‘FIM PowerShell Deep Dive’ and my intent was to re-deliver last year’s deck, then I realized I could do a LOT better.  Last year I pretty much told people about the scripts they could write.  This year I showcased a lot of the commands from the FIM PowerShell Module on CodePlex (fimpowershellmodule.codeplex.com).  It turned into a huge demo-fest where I showed what the OOB commands do, then how to extend them with the FIM PowerShell Module.  Attendance wasn’t huge, but everybody stayed for the intended hour, and stuck around for another hour.  There was no session scheduled after mine, so I continued on through and kept doing demos.  It was actually a lot of fun, and 100% of what I showed in the demos is available on CodePlex.

There was an odd hole where the FIM product group used to be at this conference.  Maybe it was budgets or schedule mayhem, but I can’t believe it was intentional since this is such a great opportunity to rally the FIM field.

Dell held another event right after TEC in the same location, and you could tell it was more sales oriented because the food suddenly improved and there were a LOT more people wearing suits.  Looking forward to another TEC next year, and can’t wait to hear where it’s gonna be!

4 comments:

bobbradley1967 said...

Enjoyed the extended PowerShell session Craig, and in particular the ideas around automated deployment and regression testing ... great to be able to spend some time swapping stories, and looking forward to next time.

Ross said...

Would have enjoyed seeing this talk.. need to get myself over to TEC one day!

I wonder if the absent product group will be present at the Seattle conference OCG is running in January - perhaps this is why they were absent?

Ross said...

Would have enjoyed seeing this talk.. need to get myself over to TEC one day!

I wonder if the absent product group will be present at the Seattle conference OCG is running in January - perhaps this is why they were absent?

Craig Martin said...

OCG actually had an event in the UK the same week as TEC Europe, I didn't see the agenda or get to go but I am going to the one in January. Having that show in Redmond almost guarantees product group participation since most of them live right there on campus.

I'm also going to the PowerShell Summit in April:
http://powershell.org/summit/