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Ran over to lunch after watching Speaker Idol. I found the short cut tunnel which was a boon and really trimmed down the amount of time it took me to get over to the dining hall. However, as fortune would have it, the side I came out on was closing down. It was only 12:50pm and lunch closed at 1:30pm, however, they were literally trying to take the food out from under my spoon as I put it on my plate. And they didn’t seem the least bit concerned I was trying to eat. They had already pulled out all the dressings, bread and butter so I just settled for some quick beef brisket which was good. I could have walked all the way down to the other end of the hall, but at that point I had about 20 minutes to eat and then get to B206 for what turned out to be a killer session: “EXL307 Load Balancing with MS Exchange Server 2010.”

Andrew gave a great talk on all the ins and outs of load balancing the different Exchange 2010 protocols via the CAS role like OWA, ECP, EWS, RCP client and ActiveSync. He also showed off newly released virtualized NLB appliances from F5, Citrix and others so that you can leverage it in a lab or as a production virtualized appliance. Available for both Hyper-V and VMware. Personally this will rock for me as it is always hard to get use of the prod F5 appliances in the labs at work. If I can now load a virtualized appliance, I can, for the most part do all of the work myself and not have to wait for the networking team to get around to assisting me. After all, they are busy too.

Then it was time to crush some calories with the afternoon ice cream break – this time with the awesome addition of Moon Pies and chocolate double decker Moon Pies!

I tried to attend the BOF talk on High Availability in Exchange 2010. It was SRO and very popular – it was a good topic and there was no EXL Exchange talk at that time slot. However, as it went on, it got way hot in that packed tiny little room. I have had my spa treatment for the day. Then a few laps around the Expo and then off to the UC Roundtable that Exchange MVP Jeff Guillet (@expta) organizes each year for Exchange and Lync IT Pros to meet at and discuss our favorite topic!

Then I am sure #TheKrewe will be somewhere burning the midnight oil … more later.

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