Microsoft Ignite 2016

igniteRegistration opens on February 2, 2016 at 11:00am Eastern Standard Time for Microsoft Ignite. Who is Ignite for… It’s for big thinkers looking for an edge. It’s for anyone who attended the Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint, MMS, or TechEd conferences—and then some. It’s for senior decision makers seeking what’s next, and who want insights on key technology trends in the industry. It’s for IT professionals who need hands-on experience to enhance their tech skills. It’s for enterprise developers and architects looking for innovative ways to maximize application development. It’s for those who want to feel inspired and enlightened. It’s for you.

Safari books – Curated List


I was lucky enough to be asked by Safari Books to curate a selection of books that will be displayed at the Microsoft Ignite Study Hall. Here are my Top 10 book selections not just for Safari, but these books all are currently sitting on my desk. (In no specific order.)

  • Beginning C# 5.0 Databases, Second Edition: Vidya Vrat Agarwal
  • JavaScript for Absolute Beginners: Terry McNavage
  • Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Jonas Andersson; Mike Pfeiffer
  • Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches: Don Jones
  • SQL Server Query Performance Tuning, Fourth Edition: Grant Fritchey
  • Exchange Server 2013: Connectivity, Clients, & UM: Paul Robichaux
  • Exchange Server 2013: Mailbox and High Availability: Tony Redmond
  • Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches: Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks
  • T-SQL Querying: Kevin Farlee; Dejan Sarka; Adam Machanic; Itzik Ben-Gan
  • SQL Server Transaction Log Management: Tony Davis; Gail Shaw

Upgrade to MCSA Windows 10


Been playing with Windows 10? Want to be among the first to get certified in it?

Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free when it’s published later this year! The Windows 8 MCSA covers Windows 8.1, so you’ll be current and ready to move to Windows 10. Find out more here. 

MCT Ambassadors


Very honored to be chosen as an MCT Ambassadors at Microsoft Ignite 2015.  What is an MCT Ambassador? They are a group of experienced IT pros and developers who have built their careers and businesses around learning, teaching, and consulting on various Microsoft (and other) technologies. As Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), they actively train technologists from around the world in classrooms or online. During Microsoft Ignite week, you will have access to their brains and expertise when you visit Certification Central or our booth, for FREE! In addition, many of them will be leading the exam prep sessions to help you ace your exams onsite.

Catching Fire


Just finished registering for Microsoft Ignite. In case you didn’t hear, Microsoft has combined multiple events including TechEd into one big event. Five days of all the best speakers on the future of Microsoft products. In addition, we will be holding the annual MCT Day on May 2nd. Several of us MCT Regional Leads from the Midwest have already started organizing this year’s event and we have some great ideas to build on last years amazing turn out. (Yes, I know we are technically still in this year on the calendar.)

I can’t tell you how excited I am to again attend such great events. Especially when they are just a three hour drive from my house.

MCT Dinner


What an awesome MCT dinner. Exclusively sponsored by New Horizons and Microsoft. Being as I was the only New Horizons representative, they presented me with a bottle of wine. (I don’t think the TSA will let me have it on the airplane so I will need to find a way to dispose of it before my trip back to Indiana.)

On the way to MCT day


On my way to the airport for my flight to Houston, TX.  Saturday is MCT Day, then Sunday night the MCT Dinner. Not to mention, the rest of the fun week I will be spending at TechEd. Hope to see some of you at one of the many events over the next week.