HOL – Where the Magic is @ MSTechEd

June 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Microsoft | Leave a comment
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Hands On Lab Screenshot

That’s right. Despite being held in Orlando just steps away from the magical world of Disney, the real magic of Microsoft TechEd 2012 was actually found in the hands-on-lab, or HOL for the uninitiated. No, it’s not because I was there helping a lost traveler or two through Microsoft land. It’s because that is where attendees could play with the latest and greatest technologies, whether it involves OLAP cubes, unit testing or GPO policies.  Technologies featured at this year’s lab included Visual Studio 2012, SQL Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012 (including Hyper V), Office 365, Windows 8 and of course, Windows Azure.  You could follow the tasks in the labs or use the virtual environment as a sandbox for your own experimentation.

There were more than 150 different labs, but here are a few titles to tickle your techno-fancy:

  • Deploying Windows 7 to Bare Metal Systems with Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Building the Right Software: Generating Storyboards and Collecting Stakeholder Feedback with Visual Studio 2012
  • Developing a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Tabular BI Semantic Model using SQL Server Data Tools
  • Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) with Microsoft Office 365
  • Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 User Interface with Silverlight in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Configuring Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica
  • Sideloading Metro Style Applications in Windows 8
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0

The labs were open longer than most sessions (7am – 7pm most days).

Unless you are soon to be enjoying TechEd Europe in Amsterdam, you may be regretting all of those wild parties and crowded sessions that kept you out of the labs. No worries. These labs will be up for public consumption within the week and available for at least 2 months!

UPDATE: The HOL are up now for public consumption. Go to you myTechEd Web site and get to playing!

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