So the posts slowed down later in the week, due to a combination of socialising and work chasing me down in my spare time.
The full wrap and verdict for this year is disappointed. Microsoft appear to be suffering through the GFC with a very small contingent of International speakers and even Australian’s present at the event. This resulted in sessions which were not as diverse as previous years.
My biggest disappointment this year was the lack of PKI or ADCS sessions. Microsoft has been integrating PKI into everything over the last couple of years. It all started with Smart Cards in AD and has extended to Exchange, OCS for MTLS, most of the System Centre products, AD RMS, ADFS, Terminal Services and the list goes on. This is a great move as it provides a great level of security across the enterprise, however the amount of self-signed certificates in use forcing users to select the “Non-Secure” option does more harm then anything.
A number of Organisations I work with still haven’t implemented a PKI either and not presenting on the topic was very short sighted.
Overall, I’m not sure whether I’ll be back at Tech.Ed next year, but with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on the horizon I’m sure there is still plenty of work to keep us moving.