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With a wide range of learning opportunities available at TechEd, the wealth of technology education offered can be a lot to take in. Technical Tracks help you navigate the sessions and labs best suited to your learning needs and interests.

Below is a detailed description of what was covered in each Technical Track presented at TechEd 2012, along with the primary Microsoft products and technologies that were discussed. Technical Tracks for TechEd 2013 in New Orleans will be available closer to the event.



Architecture & Practices (AAP)

  • Learn about techniques for translating business vision and strategy into planned technological change that will help evolve an organization to a more effective IT provider, service broker, and business enabler. The Architecture & Practices track is designed to help you make better architecture choices - whether it's researching and evaluating new technology and platforms, choosing or creating patterns, guidelines and practices, or influencing and educating the business team.


    IT service delivery is undergoing major transformation due to industry trends such as Cloud Computing. This places more emphasis on maintaining a roadmap of incremental change towards the most appropriate future state that maximizes the benefits of these trends; and impacts architecture and design of applications as well as IT infrastructure. Build your toolkit as an architect by learning how to bring predictability and repeatable success to IT projects by employing frameworks, methodologies, patterns and best practices; and how to take a vendor-neutral approach when creating architectures.


    Hear industry leaders share their best practices around the skills of creating, communicating, and improving architectural artifacts for building future state and enabling its transformation, evolution, or migration. Focusing on both widely-accepted and newly-emerging patterns and practices, sessions in this track help you improve your development skills by learning how to apply software patterns and build a more proficient team with Application Lifecycle Management, Agile methodology, and development management best practices.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Agile Methodology
    • Application Lifecycle Management

Database & Business Intelligence (DBI)

  • Improve your technical and professional skills in the development, support and implementation of Microsoft® Business Intelligence solutions, and learn how to seamlessly run a mission-critical environment with the Microsoft® SQL Server® data platform. The Database & Business Intelligence track offers the knowledge you need to maximize your SQL Server investments and easily integrate, analyze, and report on all of your corporate data, using the Microsoft BI platform, end-user tools and analytics applications.


    Learn how the SQL Server data platform can help your organization manage any data, any place, any time, with the security, reliability, and scalability that your mission-critical applications require. Hear from experts about how they implement Business Intelligence Solutions and see how to build custom, robust Business Intelligence solutions and easily manage them.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Microsoft Business Intelligence
    • Microsoft® Office Excel® 2010 (including PowerPivot Add-in)
    • Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010
    • Microsoft® SQL Azure™
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks (DEV)

  • The Developer Tools, Languages & Frameworks track offers deep technical training covering the best of Microsoft® Visual Studio® and the Microsoft® .NET Framework. Get in-depth information on building mission-critical software using native and managed Visual C++®, Visual Basic®, and Visual C#®. Amplify your application development impact with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) best practices using Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.


    Learn how to address integration challenges using the best methodology and tools, without compromising on the application's requirements for availability, scalability, deployment, configuration, security, maintainability, extensibility, and reuse. In this track, learn how to use these products and technologies in concert, get best practice guidance from the top experts, and see the roadmap for the future.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Advanced Lifecycle Management
    • Microsoft .NET Framework
    • Microsoft® BizTalk® Server
    • Microsoft Visual Basic
    • Microsoft Visual C#
    • Microsoft Visual C++
    • Microsoft Visual Studio 11
    • Visual Studio® Team Foundation Server
    • Windows Azure™
    • Windows Server® 8 AppFabric

Exchange & Lync (EXL)

  • Microsoft unified communications technologies use the power of software to deliver complete solutions - Messaging, IM/Presence, Conferencing, and Voice - across the applications and devices that people use every day. The Exchange & Lync track strengthens your knowledge of these platforms and technologies, including Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Forefront®, Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 Server and Client, and Microsoft Lync Online. Explore how you can streamline your organization’s communications, build presence-awareness applications, roll out an on-premise, hosted (or combination thereof) messaging and collaboration system, and much more!


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Microsoft Exchange Online
    • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 and SP2
    • Microsoft® Forefront®
    • Microsoft Lync 2010
    • Microsoft Lync Online
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Management (MGT)

  • Microsoft® System Center solutions allow you to manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, private and public clouds, client computers, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your businesses. With System Center you can capture and aggregate knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.


    System Center helps you deliver agile and cost effective datacenter services with integrated, "single pane of glass" management across your physical, virtual, and cloud environments. By uniquely bridging the gap between private and public clouds, using common management across infrastructure, platform, and applications, you get unparalleled flexibility and control. In addition, System Center client solutions help your organization attain the right balance in its desktop infrastructure - empowering employees with the flexibility to use the devices and resources they need to be productive, while providing IT the necessary level of manageability and security.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Microsoft® System Center Advisor
    • System Center Configuration Manager
    • System Center Data Protection Manager
    • System Center Orchestrator
    • System Center Operations Manager
    • System Center Service Manager
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Office, Office 365 & SharePoint (OSP)

  • The Office, Office 365 & SharePoint track provides IT professionals and developers an overview of all products in addition to deep drilldowns into specific areas, including Microsoft® Office 2010, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Online, and Microsoft® Project Server 2010.


    Come and learn from industry experts about best practices and advice on how to architect, design, deploy, and implement world-class solutions built on the Office and SharePoint platform technologies. As an IT professional, learn about SharePoint Server, Office client and Office 365 cloud capabilities with sessions covering identity, deployment, management, customization, and administration. As a developer, learn how to take your Microsoft® ASP.NET expertise to the fast-growing SharePoint ecosystem, how to build on exciting new technologies in SharePoint and Office such as Sandboxed Solutions, REST, and the Client-Side Object Models.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Microsoft ASP.NET
    • Microsoft Office 2010
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Project Server 2010
    • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
    • REST
    • Sandboxed Solutions
    • SharePoint Online

Security & Identity (SIA)

  • In order to drive growth, businesses are looking to increase collaboration and access to information, while protecting assets and infrastructure. Security continues to be a major concern for IT professionals who are always looking for ways to better secure their organizations and reduce costs without compromising on business productivity.


    Microsoft brings unique capabilities together to deliver business-ready security through protection, access, and management solutions - all built around user identity and integrated with a highly secure, interoperable platform. This broad identity-centric approach to security helps companies achieve their business goals while managing risk and empowering people. The Security & Identity track provides guidance and technical detail on Microsoft® Forefront® products, identity-based access technologies, Windows® security technologies and more!


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Microsoft Forefront
    • Identity & Access
    • Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)
    • Windows security technologies

Virtualization (VIR)

  • Microsoft Virtualization provides a key platform for desktop, datacenter, and cloud virtualized solutions, whether on-premise, hosted, or cloud. The Virtualization track covers key investments in Windows Server® Hyper-V™ and Microsoft® System Center, to establish solid virtualized foundations for your workloads, standardize and automate your IT, and provide dynamic orchestration with Private Clouds. Learn how to take your organizations or customers beyond virtualization with a platform that delivers a fully isolated, multitenant environment that can scale to meet the needs of even the largest workloads - while ensuring integrated storage, management, and highly available solutions.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Hyper-V
    • Microsoft® Application Virtualization (App-V)
    • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)

Windows Azure (AZR)

  • Windows Azure™ is an internet-scale cloud computing services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. It provides a range of functionality to build applications from consumer web to enterprise scenarios. The Windows Azure track demonstrates the value of Windows Azure and provides attendees of all types with a deep understanding of the technology behind the platform, as well as how to use its capabilities to solve problems.


    This track balances coverage of individual platform capabilities with how to you can use these capabilities together to solve real problems and create applications in the areas of mobile, social apps & gaming, websites & portals, business applications, compute intensive workloads, and media & entertainment. Content can be broad technical overviews for those new to the platform as well as deep technical readiness on existing and new capabilities.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Windows Azure

Windows Client (WCL)

  • The Windows Client track is focused on the technologies and tools to help our customers plan, deploy, troubleshoot, and manage Windows PCs and devices. Furthermore, we help you understand how technologies and cloud services fits into our customer’s evolving technology needs. By attending this track you'll understand why Windows®, Windows Intune™, and the Flexible Workstyle can help customers achieve a highly secure, well managed and optimized PC environment with productivity and flexibility for end users, especially as more companies embrace modern consumerization trends.


    Topics include guidance and best practices on the following management and deployment scenarios: Application Compatibility for Windows, Application Compatibility for Internet Explorer®; Deployment with Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit; Management with MDOP 2010 R2 including MBAM, AGPM, DEM, AIS and DaRT; Management with Cloud-based Windows Intune technology; Client Updating and Update Deployment; Lessons learned from customer adoption programs; Windows development for Windows and Internet Explorer, and more.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Windows Operating System
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MBAM, AGPM, DEM, AIS, DaRT)
    • Windows Intune

Windows Server (WSV)

  • The Windows Server® family of products provides the best foundation on which to build your IT infrastructure. The Windows Server track covers the technologies which form the basis for physical server deployments, virtual machines, and private clouds. Organizations from small businesses to large enterprises can improve their IT efficiency with Windows Server.


    Each day we focus on one area of Windows Server - making it easy to follow the sessions and activities which are important to you and your organization. How Windows Server takes you Beyond Virtualization to help you offer private cloud services, or securely connect to public cloud services. How it delivers the Power of Many Servers and the simplicity of one, enabling new remote management scenarios, more powerful and reliable automation, and better, cost-effective availability. Windows Server also helps enable the Modern Work Style by helping users connect to the data they need from a variety of devices and locations; and it delivers an open application and web platform for the data center and the cloud.


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    The technologies highlighted in this track include:

    • Active Directory®
    • BranchCache™
    • Direct Access
    • Domain Name System (DNS)
    • Failover clustering
    • Remote Desktop Services
    • RemoteFX™
    • VDI
    • Windows® HPC Server
    • Windows® Multipoint® Server
    • Windows PowerShell®
    • Windows Server
    • Windows® Small Business Server
    • Windows® Storage Server



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