The end is neigh. TechEd is finishing up. So what was Day 4 like?
To be honest Day 4 was the most surreal experience. Mostly because I was walking around with a ton more stuff on my back, as I was leaving that evening and had to check out of the hotel. Also I crammed everything into my TechEd backpack that I could. Good quality to be able to handle what I shoved in it.
The sessions for this day were on Wireless Security, and Windows Troubleshooting. The wireless security seminar was pretty basic, as they really went over the best practices and how to set up a Radius server, PKI infrastructure, and the rest of what is in any Microsoft networking and Infrastructure course. Pretty basic stuff that was made less interesting by a speaker who didn’t have much personality on stage by himself. I had seen him with a partner the day before with the pentest seminar, so it made things a bit more disappointing.
The next step in my day was all the giveaways. I can understand the need to have the winner present. This doesn’t work when all the drawings wind up on top of each other. Rather poor planning on their part.
I finished up the day going to Mark Russinovich’s Case of the Unexplained: Windows Troubleshooting. First late me say that Mark has rock star status at TechEd. His seminars are always filled, and this one was over packed early so he started early. Second, this one has such real world application to it. The fact that these are real world problems and solutions using the Sysinternal suite of products, is fascinating. The idea that it doesn’t teach you a series of procedures to troubleshoot, but instead how to use the tools to troubleshoot is even better.
The whole show closed up by 4 pm outside of the bag area and the testing area. A low cost shuttle was available to take me to the airport, compared to spending $50 on a cab. Over the weekend I’ll post up a summary and go over some final things from TechEd