One of the “kewl” conferences is coming up.  This one is cool from not only the ‘who’s who’ list that is there but because it’s one of those nice sized conferences.  Not too small to not have some VERY heavy hitters, not too big so that you are swallowed up in the mass of canvas bags and swag fests.

This is pure geek, pure tech.  Not to be missed.

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Hosted by Mark Minasi, this meeting will have in depth talks on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2007, Windows Home Server (WHS), Windows Vista as well as other hot topics. You won’t want to miss this!!

Technical Sessions (Schedule Subject to Change)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

  • 1:00 pm:  Welcome
  • 1:15 pm:   TBD  Keynote  by Windows IT Pro
  • 2:30 pm:  Break
  • 2:45 pm:  Mark Minasi   Introducing Windows 7
  • 4:00 pm:  Break
  • 4:15 pm:  Aiden Finn   Hyper-V – The Future of Infrastructure
  • 5:30 pm:  Close

Monday, April 20, 2009

  • 9:00 am:  Eric Rux   The Big One – Merging 2 Companies!
  • 10:15 am: Break
  • 10:30 am: Nathan Winters  The Future of Email: Exchange 14 and Online Services
  • 11:45 am:  Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:   James Summerlin  SQL Reporting Services
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Roger Grimes  How I Fixed the Internets!
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   Todd Lammle    TBA
  • 5:30 pm:   Dinner organized with coach transport

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

  • 9:00 am:   Rhonda Layfield  Windows 7
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am: Mini Session A  TBD
  • 10:55 am: Mini Session B  TBD
  • 11:20 am: Mini Session C  TBD
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:  Mark Minasi   More Windows 7
  • 2:15 pm:   Break
  • 2:30 pm:   Curt Spanburgh   Hybrid Solutions, SaaS
  • 3:45 pm:   Break
  • 4:00 pm:   TBD  Light Session (Photography or other topic)
  • 5:30 pm:    ‘No Host’ dinner at local restaurant  (one last chance to rub elbows with people in the know)
  • 6:30 pm:    Vendor Evening – Details TBD – An evening with various vendors either on site or via Web conference, to look at relevant products.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

  • 9:00 am:   Stacy Hein  SQL for the Windows Administrators
  • 10:15 am:  Break
  • 10:30 am:  Joe McGlynn   SBS 2008 for the Small Business
  • 11:45 am:   Closing thoughts and summing up
  • 12:00 pm:  Final Lunch
  • 1:00 pm:    Round Table Discussion


Mark Minasi  

Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, popular technology columnist, commentator, keynote speaker, and all-around alpha geek. What separates him from many of the other alpha geeks, however, is that he knows how to explain things to normal humans and often make them laugh while doing it.  That’s reflected in his recent Reader’s Choice award for “Favorite Technical Author” at CertCities.  More testimony to his popularity with tech world came at a recent SearchWin2000 webcast on tuning computers.  At that webcast, Mark drew three times as many attendees as any previous webcast, crashing Yahoo!’s servers.

He is probably best known for his books in the Mastering series (Mastering Windows Server 2003, Mastering Windows NT Server, Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Mastering XP Professional, etc) and his perennial hardware PC repair and fix-it book The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, now in its 13th edition.  His monthly columns in Windows and .NET Magazine are among the best-read in the periodical.  Mark has also authored 19 other technology books, spoken on technical topics in 20 countries, and written and performed in a dozen technical education videos.

Rhonda Layfield

Rhonda Layfield has been in the IT community for 25 years. She began her IT carreer in the US Navy as a communications specialist holding a top secret clearance. She is now an independent consultant and trainer who develops and teaches her own curriculum on Various Microsoft and VMWare Technologies. Rhonda has a passion for learning products at the packet level and sharing that knowledge in her classes with some of the most prestigious organizations and corporations around the world. Some of which include Dow Jones, the US Airforce, the US Army, IBM, Bank of America, Wachovia, Bell Atlantic and EDS. She is currently an NT/2000/2003 MCSE and MCT. Along with teaching she enjoys presenting at national conferences (TechMentor and Windows Connections) and contributing articles to various technical magazines and is also a co-author of Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Edition for SP1 & R2.

Todd Lammle  

Coming soon.

Roger Grimes

Roger A. Grimes, Microsoft Security Architect, is 22-year industry veteran, author or co-author of over 7 books and over 200 magazine articles on computer security. He is often a top-rated speaker at many national conferences and enjoys just the chance to compete against the great Minasi. Roger is the InfoWorld security columnist so if you hate that guy, here’s your chance to give him a piece of your mind. Often considered the Sam Kinison of the computer security world, he often rants against crappy security software and thinks few solutions offer real hope. Attend his sessions and learn about what really works. 

Eric B. Rux  

Eric B. Rux is cofounder of His monthly column Coming Home to Windows Home Server can be read at Eric is a senior Windows administrator for a large bill-management company and teaches the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) program at a local tech college.

Nathan Winters 

Nathan Winters is a Lead Consultant for Dimension Data. He is responsible for the Microsoft Exchange practice in the UK. Nathan has been working in I.T. for six years and specializes in Exchange and Office Communications Server.

Midway through 2006 Nathan founded the Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group UK which holds regular meetings in the UK to discuss topics related to Exchange. In April 2007 Nathan was awarded an MVP (Exchange Server) for his work with MMMUG and regular contributions to the Mark Minasi Forum. Nathan is a regular contributor to the website and Nathan’s other articles have been published by Penton Media (Exchange and Outlook Administrator newsletter), Microsoft (TechNet Industry Insiders) and on the MMMUG website.

You can contact Nathan at or through his blog at

Curt Spanburgh  

Curt Spanburgh is a Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP, Cofounder of One Solution Group. A Microsoft Dynamics Consulting firm in Atlanta. He has worked with Microsoft applications for more than 15 years and monitors a Microsoft Business Solutions forum on the Mark Minasi Help Forum at

He has worked with Microsoft Dynamics CRM since Beta 1.0 and Dynamics Great Plains since 1998. He is a contributing editor, writer and software reviewer for Windows IT Pro Magazine and SQL Server Magazine. One Solution Group provides Microsoft Share Point, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions.

James Summerlin  

James Summerlin is 35 years old and has been working with computers since 1997. He has a bachelor’s of science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and currently consultants for small to medium sized offices – mostly in the medical field. James Summerlin works for Professional Data Management, Inc. located in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Aiden Finn  

Aidan Finn has been working in IT since 1996.  He has worked as a consultant and administrator for the likes of Amdahl DMR, Fujitsu, Barclays and Hypo Real Estate Bank International where he dealt with large and complex IT infrastructures.  More recently Aidan has been working in the server hosting and outsourcing industry in Ireland where he has focused on server management, including a large VMware VI3 deployment.  Currently he is working for C Infinity (, an outsourcing services company in Ireland, where he is the Systems and Infrastructure Manager.  Here he has been working with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center as part of an advanced server deployment and management infrastructure.  Aidan is the leader of the Windows User Group in Ireland.  Aidan is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on System Center Configuration Manager and is an active blogger (  When Aidan isn’t at work he’s out and about with camera in hand trying to be a photographer (

Joe McGlynn  

Joe is a Microsoft Certified Engineer working for Bryan S Ryan, The Complete Office Solutions Provider. As a Senior Engineer, he supports Windows Server 2000/2003 & 2008 and SBS 2000/2003 for SME’s in the greater Dublin area. There is also a long but optimistic list of SBS2008 customers.

 Most times Joe will profess to knowing more about Whiskey that Servers, lives with 3 DNS gremlins and is looking for his ideal job as a DHCP Administrator for some lucky company.

Stacy Hein  

Stacy Hein is a Senior  Consultant for Lightedge Consulting Services.  Stacy has been a SQL Server DBA for 8 years working for major avionics, insurance, and financial companies. He is a  regular contributor to the Mark Minasi Forum.

You can contact Stacy at


Location, Travel and Registration

The meetings take place at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, an oceanfront Virginia Beach hotel. You are responsible for making your own reservations. 


2800 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Sales Office 1-800-468-2722

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