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The Experts Conference 2019

Now that TEC 2019 is in the books, what did you miss? You didn't miss mindless presentations with information that you’ll never put to use. You didn't miss an impersonal series of product pitches disguised as training. But you may have missed a 300-400 level hybrid Active Directory and Office 365 education that you can apply as soon as you get back to work. The content was delivered by Microsoft, MVPs and other experts. And you had the chance to interact with one-on-one with experts like Randy Franklin Smith, CISA, SSCP; Sean Metcalf, Microsoft Certified Master in Directory Services; and Tony Redmond, Microsoft MVP.

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In the glow of the huge success of TEC 2019, we are already planning TEC 2020!  There will be more expert advice, peer networking and informative breakout sessions. You don't want to miss any of the details. Get on the waiting list now and you will be the first to hear about registration, event dates and details.  Don't hesitate. TEC 2019 sold out and TEC 2020 is sure to follow suit.

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Keynote sessions

Paul Maher

Paul Maher

Partner and General Manager, Industry Experiences, Microsoft

Paul Maher

Learn about the latest cloud trends which have the potential to transform your business, the key technologies and use cases driving those trends, such as artificial intelligence and data analytics, and how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is making all this possible. Recognized by CIO Review as a key cloud Influencer, Paul Maher, Partner GM in the Cloud and AI Division at Microsoft, will discuss how the intelligent cloud will impact major industries, changing the way they do business going forward, the challenges, and actionable output for success.

Randy Franklin Smith

Randy Franklin Smith

Windows Security Subject Matter Expert, UltimateITSecurity.com

Randy Franklin Smith

Over the past several years Microsoft has added many new security features to Active Directory but Randy Franklin Smith finds that many organizations aren’t using them. There are many reasons for this. For instance sometimes Microsoft introduces a new capability but doesn’t immediately make it easy-to-implement via the GUI or PowerShell. By the time that happens, we tend to have forgotten about the capability in the day-to-day grind of AD management. In this session Randy introduces you to these capabilities in Active Directory, shows you how they work and helps you determine if you should start using them to deal with security threats in your environment.

Chris McNulty

Chris McNulty

Microsoft MVP, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Chris McNulty

With over 13 million active users reported, Microsoft Teams has become the most popular collaboration platform in the industry today. Despite this extensive rollout and Teams’ impressive features, many organizations still struggle to successfully deploy and enable end-user adoption. Learn more about how organizations are working in a more integrated and collaborative way and how Teams helps that happen. Learn key features of Teams, Microsoft’s vision for the platform and how other organizations are using Teams to enhance their collaboration and productivity.

Sean Metcalf

Sean Metcalf

Microsoft Certified Master, Founder, Trimarc Security, LLC

Sean Metcalf

Attackers have set their sights squarely on Active Directory when targeting a company, though this typically isn't the primary objective. The motivation and end goals range from stealing data to impacting corporate operations. In this regard, gaining control of Active Directory is a means to an end; compromising Active Directory is an easy way to gain access to corporate resources. Effectively protecting Active Directory has become critical in limiting the impact of a breach.

This talk takes the audience on a journey covering the various security milestones and challenges with Active Directory. Key elements involve issues with current AD administration methods, how enterprise 'AD aware' applications can weaken Active Directory security, and how leveraging cloud services complicate securing infrastructure. The final section discusses the commonly heard excuses for not implementing security controls to protect Active Directory and the ways to counter these arguments.

Breakout sessions recap

With so many experts and so many breakout sessions, it was impossible to take it all in and remember everything that was discussed at TEC 2019. We realize how valuable the information is so we’ve gathered it all together and can help you get the session information you need. Just let us know which session information you’d like and we’ll be in touch.

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Hybrid Active Directory Track
  • Azure Active Directory Technical Overview
    Presenters: Ramiro Calderon, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • 10 Quick Hybrid Identity Wins
    Presenters: Brian Desmond, Microsoft MVP for IAM and Principal, Ravenswood Technology Group
  • PowerShell-Based Cyberattacks: Trends, Threats, and Countermeasures
    Presenters: Brien Posey, Tech Author and Commercial Astronaut Candidate
  • Passwords Must Die! An Introduction to OpenID Connect and FIDO2
    Presenters: Gil Kirkpatrick, Microsoft Directory Services/Enterprise Mobility MVP and CTO, ViewDS Identity Solutions
  • Reversing the Entropy of Groups in Hybrid AD
    Presenters: Nick Cavalancia, Microsoft Datacenter and Cloud MVP, Founder and Chief Techvangelist, Techvangelism
  • Windows Update Crisis - Taming the Patching Beast
    Presenters: Taming the Patching Beast - Susan Bradley, GSEC and Microsoft Security MVP, Askwoody.com
  • Data Privacy in a Hybrid AD World
    Presenters: Colin Truran, Principal Strategist, Quest
  • Understanding Windows Security Log Events Generated by Active Directory Domain Controllers vs Other Endpoints
    Presenters: Randy Franklin Smith Windows Security Subject Matter Expert, UltimateITSecurity.com
  • M&A Activities for Hybrid AD
    Presenters: Craig Birch, Solutions Architect, Quest
  • Azure AD Identity Governance
    Presenters: Brian Desmond, Microsoft MVP for IAM and Principal, Ravenswood Technology Group
Office 365 Track
  • How to Manage Microsoft Teams Successfully
    Presenters: Tony Redmond, Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP, Consultant, Redmond & Associates
  • Office 365: Securing and Investigating the Attacks
    Presenters: Susan Bradley, GSEC and Microsoft Security MVP, Askwoody.com
  • SharePoint Online – Rethink your information architecture
    Presenters: William Huneycutt, Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer, ASPE Training
  • Understanding Office 365 Beyond the Check Boxes
    Presenters: Michael Osterman, Principal Analyst, Osterman Research
  • Teams Governance
    Presenters: Curtis Johnstone, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Senior UC Product Architect, Quest & Habib Mankal, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Principal Architect, WaveCore IT Inc.
  • Upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams
    Presenters: Curtis Johnstone, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Senior UC Product Architect, Quest & Habib Mankal, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Principal Architect, WaveCore IT Inc.
  • The New Microsoft Search in Real Life
    Presenters: Joel Oleson, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Collabshow.com
  • The Ultimate QnA Bots Session
    Presenters: - Mark Rackley, Microsoft Office 365 MVP, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, PAIT Group
  • The New Governance: Staying on Top of Office 365
    Presenters: Stacy L. Deere-Strole, Microsoft SharePoint MVP, Owner, Focal Point Solutions LLC
  • 5 Pillars of Migration to O365: Insider Tips on Migrating to SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams and Groups
    Presenters: Ragnar Heil, Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP, Quest

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TEC videos

10 Quick Hybrid Identity Wins
10 Quick Hybrid Identity Wins

43:17

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10 Quick Hybrid Identity Wins
Join Brian Desmond, Microsoft MVP, as he discusses the benefits and advantages of Hybrid Identity.
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Successfully Manage Microsoft Teams
Successfully Manage Microsoft Teams

01:00:32

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Successfully Manage Microsoft Teams
Join Tony Redmond, Microsoft Office Apps & Services MVP, as he shares tips on managing Teams.
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Status of AD security with Sean Metcalf
Status of AD security with Sean Metcalf

56:06

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Status of AD security with Sean Metcalf
Join Sean Metcalf, Microsoft Certified Master, as he shares tips to bolster AD security.
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Protecting Your AD with Randy Franklin Smith
Protecting Your AD with Randy Franklin Smith

40:00

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Protecting Your AD with Randy Franklin Smith
Join Randy Franklin Smith, Microsoft MVP, as he explains the one command that can shut down attacks on your AD.
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Transforming Your Business with Paul Maher
Transforming Your Business with Paul Maher

25:11

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Transforming Your Business with Paul Maher
Join Paul Maher, Microsoft General Manager, and learn to transform your business with Microsoft cloud strategies.
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The Impact of Microsoft Teams Growth
The Impact of Microsoft Teams Growth

41:03

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The Impact of Microsoft Teams Growth
Join Chris McNulty, Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft, and learn how Teams impacts your IT strategy.
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