Monthly Archives: May 2012

Tech Ed 2012 – Important Resources

Hello All! We are a mere 10 days until Tech Ed Day 0, with that in mind I’ve began throwing my schedule together and getting organized! I wanted to provide some links and quick notes on important things for you to know. I expanded on some of the quick notes with details about how I handled them.

Useful Links:

Quick Notes:

  • Plan sessions you want to attend
  • Take notes
  • Be involved with #TheKrewe
  • Network with other attendees
  • Pack appropriately
  • Be prepared for little sleep

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#60Days2MCSE Challenge – Week 6 Update

Personal Updates:

Over the past 3 weeks I’ve been in and out quite a bit from the twitter conversations; however I have still been following along. Things became a bit overwhelming switching from being a student to full time and the opening of my pool and Diablo III coming out was extremely distracting too. I am not too far off from my current plan; however I do feel I need to catch up considering I still do not have a fully functioning lab. I had given up on the unified installer after wasting tons of time on it and decided that it would be more beneficial for me to build everything out manually. Building everything manually is much much more time consuming however I feel I have greater in-depth knowledge doing it this way and do not regret this decision at all.

In the past 3 weeks most of my time has been spent building my lab; but I’ve also spent time watching videos and finding new resources. I’ve watched a few of the MMS videos and below I have two that I feel are very beneficial to everyone and I’ve also found a new resource that I haven’t gotten to use yet but I do believe will be greatly beneficial.

Useful Resources:

Moving Forward:

I can already feel this is going to be a very challenging Tech Ed, I am excited to see everyone and I strongly encourage everyone continue their studies even after Tech Ed is over!

The Krewe T-Shirt Design Contest

As announced on The Krewe Facebook and Twitter we are holding a T-Shirt design contest for this year’s Meet N Greet. Below in this blog post I’ve listed some of the rules of the design and instructions on how to submit your design. Please note that upon submission your design will not appear immediately. It’ll require approval for me to post and I’ll do that a couple times throughout the day as time permits.

The Rules:

  • Front Only
  • Full Size Design
  • 2 color max
  • Max Two Submissions Per Person (Quality not Quantity)
  • High Resolution Image (At least 300 DPI)

The Prizes:

  • An Amazon Gift Card
  • A shirt designed by you signed by Michael Bender

How to Submit:

Send an email to by May 18th 2012 with the image attached (preferably an HTML email with shirt design in it) and a subject with a title for the shirt, try to be creative. Whichever email you submit the design with will be the person contacted about winning to get further information.

The email you send will be posted on this blog as a new post in “#TheKrewe Shirt Contest” category (after I approve it.)

How to Vote:

On May 18th a rating system will be implemented on this blog, it will give you the ability to rate blog post. Whichever design has the highest rating (tie breaker will be number of votes) will be the winner. I do ask that you only rate one blog post a 5 to help limit the number of tie breakers.

Voting will only be open from May 18th – May 20th (in evening)

The Krewe Meet N Greet Volunteer Signup

What: The Krewe Meet N Greet
Where: Howl at the Moon Orlando
When: Sunday June 10th 8pm (6pm for setup volunteers)

The Krewe Meet N Greet is the first networking opportunity you will have at Microsoft Tech Ed. This event is completely setup and run by the Tech Ed community. We are looking for volunteers to help run this event. It’ll include some setup for event, and during the event to run the registration table. Please fill out the volunteer signup below.