[Southeastern big-eared bat via the Nature Conservancy. Read on to find out out you can see him!]
MEC is back. It's also almostsocloseyoucantasteit here. To feed your excitement and, hopefully, help you navigate through the madness with ease, we've come up with a hitchhiker's guide to the sessions, events, people, and places you can.not.miss.
- E14.320R1 Mobile Access with Exchange Server 2010. Speaker: Shiva Seetharaman
- E14.302R1 Developing Mobile Applications with Exchange Web Services. Speaker: Paul Robichaux
- E15.KEY1 Opening Keynote: Introducing the New Exchange
- E15.365 Search Infrastructure in the New Exchange. Speaker: Michael Wilson
- E15.362R1 eDiscovery Across the New Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. Speaker: Julian Zbogar-Smith , Quentin Christensen
- Hands-on Lab: Exploring the new Outlook and Outlook Web App
- E15.370R1 Apps for Outlook and OWA. Speaker: Andrew Salamatov
- E14.308R1 The Deep Dark Secrets of Unified Messaging. Speaker: J. Peter Bruzzese
- E14.307R1 Making the Call: On-premises or Cloud? Speaker: Tony Redmond
- E15.364 Exchange Online Archiving. Speaker: Bharat Suneja
- Unleashing your inner influencer: Establishing, Running, and Promoting Your Own User Groups. Speaker: Quin Nikel
Exchange Arena (http://www.mecisback.com/arena.aspx)
- Where: Wreckers Sports Bar
- When: Tuesday, 1:30pm-2:45pm, 3:00pm-4:15pm; Wednesday, 10:15am-11:30am, 1:00pm-2:15pm
- If you've got serious Exchange chops, you can flaunt 'em in the Arena, where you'll be racing to finish challenges like: "The Case of the Missing Puppies" before your peers. Only 16 can compete, and the winner takes home a three-screen office chair/uber recliner. Confident in your abilities? Email email@example.com with your preferred date and time.
- Where: Islands of Adventure
- When: 7pm-11pm
- If you're not a theme-park-hating sourpuss like me, you'll doubtless have a blast at this, as you'll have The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man and The Incredible Hulk Coaster to yourself for four hours.
Geek out with Perry!
- Where: Gaylord Palms
- When: Tuesday
- Famed Exchange blogger Perry Clarke takes to the stage to offer his take on the evolution of Exchange and answer your questions. Send them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paul Robichaux (b | t), Content Author at Acuitus, Sr. Contributing Editor at WindowsITPro
- Tony Redmond (b | t), author of Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out, blogger at WindowsITPro, former VP and CTO of HP Services
- Jason Sherry (b | t), Microsoft Infrastructure Architect and Professional Services Consultant at Pro Exchange
- J. Peter Bruzzese, (b | t), Co-Founder and CIO of ClipTraining, Columnist at InfoWorld’s Enterprise Windows blog
- Devin Ganger (b | t), Solutions Architect at Trace3
- Glen Scales (b), Freelance Exchange Developer and Engineer
On the off change you suffer a server overload, activities abound in Kissimee and Orlando. Some suggestions:
- Thompson Aire for hot air ballooning.
- Zip Orlando for ziplining.
- Disney Wilderness Preserve for 12,000 acres of cypress trees, bald eagles, and Southeastern big-eared bats.
- Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Gaylord Palms for body wraps and deep-tissue massages.
- Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboarding.
- The Ravenous Pig for vanilla glazed pork belly and day-boat cobia with octopus, sea beans, and tamari daikon.
- Beefy King for roast beef sandwiches and cherry milkshakes.
- Imperial Wine Bar and Beer Garden for dozens of wines by the glass and a funky microbrew-heavy beer list. Bonus for multitaskers/impulse shoppers: the Imperial is a furniture store by day, so yep, that bar stool you're perching on is for sale.