2020 Conference Agenda

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Monday, October 19th

Time Session Speaker(s) Materials
10:00am - 10:45am, Mountain Keynote - How Microsoft is Transforming Modern Work

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Jeffrey Snover, CTO for Modern Workforce Transformation
11:00am - 11:45am, Mountain Microsoft Threat Protection: what’s new and coming down the road

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Zvi Ben-Sheffer, Principal Program Manager Engineering Microsoft Threat Protection

Zvi has over 25 years of industry experience in software development, cloud services & security. Zvi joined Microsoft in 2008. In 2012 Zvi joined the Azure team and was leading the launch and growth of the business In Middle East & Africa. In 2015 Zvi joined the Windows Cyber Security engineering team, and for the last 2 years his focus is Microsoft Threat Protection integrated solution across collaboration, endpoint, identity, and apps. In his current position Zvi is focused on engineering driven customer engagements – incubating new tech in the threat protection space.
Slides: Microsoft 365 Defender for Higher Education Oct 2020
11:45am - 1:00pm, Mountain Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm, Mountain Investigate security incidents with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

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Heike Ritter, Sr. Program Manager for Microsoft Defender ATP

Heike Ritter is a Sr. Program Manager in the customer experience team, focusing on Microsoft 365 Defender and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Her career at Microsoft spans twelve years of technical business-to-business roles, with experience in multiple disciplines. Since 2015 her main focus is in security. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter to receive updates on those topics.
Slides: Investigate security incidents with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
2:00pm - 2:45pm, Mountain Using Intune to create Windows Kiosks and Digital Signage

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Michael Underwood, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
3:00pm - 3:45pm, Mountain Git for Admins that don't get Git

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Jeremy Brown, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts

Jeremy has been in IT for 20 years. He started by teaching PowerShell v1 as a Microsoft Trainer. Once he began, he fell in love. Jeremy has used PowerShell as his primary tool in Systems Administration since that time. He currently works with automating Azure and Office 365 in a hybrid environment for the NC Judicial Branch.
The PowerShell Conference Book Volume 3

Tuesday, October 20th

Time Session Speaker(s) Materials
10:00am - 10:45am, Mountain Secure Azure-managed workstation

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Frank Simorjay, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Azure Global Ecosystem Azure-managed Workstations
Slides: Azure Secure workstation
11:00am - 11:45am, Mountain Modernize your security operations with Azure Sentinel

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Cristhofer Muñoz, Program Manager for Cloud and Artificial Intelligence

Cristhofer Muñoz is a Program Manager II part of the Cloud and Artificial Intelligence division focusing on cloud security, explicitly Azure Sentinel. Cristhofer is passionate about directly working with organizations to strengthen their resilience and helping organizations reduce information security risks by embracing cybersecurity. IT industry certifications that Cristhofer currently holds are CISSP, E|CEH, E|CHFI, CompTIA CySa+, Security+. When he is not working with organizations, you can catch him surfing the web at a local café in NYC!
Slides: Modernize your security operations with Azure Sentinel
11:45am - 1:00pm, Mountain Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm, Mountain Microsoft Teams - What's New and Roadmap

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Max Fritz, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Teams

Max is passionate about all things Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, and believes technology should be about simplifying and improving life for both end users and Administrators. Max spends his days helping organizations make the best use of cloud technologies such as Exchange Online, OneDrive, SharePoint Online, Azure Active Directory, PowerBI, EMS, and more.
Teams Roadmap
Slides: Teams - What's New and Roadmap
2:00pm - 2:45pm, Mountain Microsoft Teams for the Online Classroom

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Phil Erb, University of Scranton
Theresa Black, Penn State Scranton
Slides: MS Teams for the Online Classroom
3:00pm - 3:45pm, Mountain Live From Your Campus, It's Microsoft Teams Live Events!

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Jeremy Miller, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Jeremy is the Executive Director of Enterprise Architecture at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System leading a team focused on delivering innovative, secure and scalable solutions. Recognized as a Microsoft MVP, he is passionate about the Community, is the founder of the Central Kentucky Microsoft User Group, host of The Tech Impostors podcast, blogger, and speaker at various technical events.
Slides: Live Events in Microsoft Teams

Wednesday, October 21st

Time Session Speaker(s) Materials
10:00am - 10:45am, Mountain Azure Arc Overview – Server, Kubernetes, Data Services

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Chris Sanders, Microsoft Slides: Azure Arc Overview
11:00am - 11:45am, Mountain> SCCM/Intune Panel

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Andrew Sanders, UNC Greensboro
Brian Arkills, University of Washington
Kim Frye, University of Washington
Mike Childers, Appalachian State University
Scott Piner, UNC Wilmington

Richard Balsley, Microsoft
Scott Ellison, Microsoft

Andrew Sanders is the IT Manager and Lead Systems Architect for Systems Engineering at UNCG. His team is responsible for all servers (Windows and Linux) running at UNCG, and he is also the service owner for Active Directory, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Jamf Pro, and (soon to be) Teams.

Brian Arkills is a Microsoft Solutions Architect in the Identity and Access Management group at the University of Washington (UW). Prior to joining the UW in 2002, he worked as a Principal Systems Engineer in the Windows Systems group at Stanford University.

Kim Frye is a service manager and software engineer with UW-IT. Kim has been at the UW for 2 years, and previously worked at the City of Kirkland’s IT department. Kim has seasoned experience with both Intune and SCCM, and has an uncanny knack for finding good compromise solutions for tough design problems.

Mike Childers is a Systems Programmer/Specialist at Appalachian State University. The team he is a part of is primary responsible for the design, implementation and support of App's Microsoft, Apple and Chrome OS enterprise class systems and services. His main focus areas currently are WVD, Azure Infrastructure, AAD, AD DS, AD CS, MECM, and various enterprise applications that run on Windows Server.

Richard Balsley is a Principal Technical Specialist in US Education with Microsoft, based in San Jose, CA. He has a 20 year background in device and asset management and is currently focused on device management with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Teams in Education.
11:45am - 1:00pm, Mountain Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm, Mountain Windows Virtual Desktops – Taking Labs Online

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Matt Pollard, North Carolina State University Slides: WVD at NCSU
2:00pm - 2:45pm, Mountain Microsoft Endpoint Manager

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Richard Balsley, Principal Technical Specialist in US Education with Microsoft

Richard Balsley is a Principal Technical Specialist in US Education with Microsoft, based in San Jose, CA. He has a 20 year background in device and asset management and is currently focused on device management with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Teams in Education.
Slides: Modern Management with MEM
3:00pm - 3:45pm, Mountain Implementation and use of Microsoft technologies in the Collegiate and Professional Athletics Arena

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Tommy Regan, Virginia Tech
Charles Sims, LA Clippers
David Luke, Nascar
Bryan Greenaway, Chicago Bears
Matt Thompson, Texas Tech Athletics
Slides: Chicago Bears - Custom COVID Process
Slides: Texas Tech - Legacy File Share to SharePoint

Thursday, October 22nd

Time Session Speaker(s) Materials
10:00am - 10:45am, Mountain Windows Subsystem for Linux Craig Loewen and Avri Parker, Microsoft

Craig Loewen is a Program Manager working at Microsoft on the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Craig has worked on bringing more Linux workflows directly to Windows for developers and IT pros. Craig is a South African Canadian originally from Toronto, and before working at Microsoft, he studied Mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Avri is a Program Manager at Microsoft driving Windows performance improvements and enterprise features for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). She joined Microsoft in 2019 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in computer science and business administration. Her goals are to improve the performance of developer workflows on Windows and to make WSL ready for enterprise consumption.
Slides: Windows Subsystem for Linux v2
11:00am - 11:45am, Mountain New University Annual Reporting Application using SharePoint, PowerApps, Azure, PowerBI and .Net integration Jon Kessell and Ronald Passaro, University of Scranton
11:45am - 1:00pm, Mountain Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm, Mountain Autopilot Carlos Brito

Carlos is a Principal Program Manager in the Intune for Education product team at Microsoft, based in Dallas, Texas. Carlos has been with Microsoft for 12 years and is currently focusing on accelerating customer deployment of Microsoft Endpoint Manager in Education.
2:00pm - 2:45pm, Mountain GitHub for Sysadmins / CI/CD / Code Management Techniques Zachary Deptawa, Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft

Zachary is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft with a focus on Linux (yes, really.) Before that, he's played roles from monitoring technician to system administrator and professional services consultant to solutions architect at startups (Sprout Social, ClearDATA) and larger orgs (Rackspace, Amazon Web Services). These days, he advocates for awesome developer and operations experiences through talks, docs, and code. In his spare time, you can find him gigging with his bands, hanging out with his family, or playing StarCraft, PUBG, and Apex Legends on Twitch. He blogs at cloudywithachanceofdevops.com and can be found on Twitter telling bad puns.
3:00pm - 3:45pm, Mountain Hosting Online Conferences and Symposiums using MS Teams Joe Gasper and Dewayne Hyatt, University of Florida

Joe and Dewayne are both seasoned System Administrators for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences but now double up as Modern Workplace fanatics. For the last 18 months they've traveled thousands of miles together to literally meet the users where they are in order to successfully deploy Teams across the state of Florida, jokingly known as The #ShiftShow. They'd like to share their recent experiences of running virtual conferences using the Teams platform. As users discover the power of this platform more and more are requesting this service, it might just change the future of conferences for everyone.
Slides: Hosting Online Conferences and Symposiums using MS Teams

Friday, October 23rd

Time Session Speaker(s) Materials
10:00am - 10:45am, Mountain Windows Autopilot and Intune at UW Kim Frye and Brian Arkills, University of Washington

Kim Frye is a service manager and software engineer with UW-IT. Kim has been at the UW for 2 years, and previously worked at the City of Kirkland’s IT department. Kim has seasoned experience with both Intune and SCCM, and has an uncanny knack for finding good compromise solutions for tough design problems.

Brian Arkills is a Microsoft Solutions Architect in the Identity and Access Management group at the University of Washington (UW). Prior to joining the UW in 2002, he worked as a Principal Systems Engineer in the Windows Systems group at Stanford University.
Slides: Autopilot for New Computers
11:00am - 11:45am, Mountain Reimagining processes in Higher Education utilizing the Microsoft Power Platform Stan Ray, Power Platform and Dynamics Technical Specialist on the US Education Team.

Stan has been in role for over five years, acting as a cloud architect working with Higher Education customers across the US. He has over 20 years of experience architecting and implementing ERP and CRM solutions. Stan meets daily with schools to design and reinventing ways to do more and improve the overall education experience utilizing Microsoft’s Power Platform. Workloads span from students, to employees, alumni, parents/guardians, and business partners.
Slides: Reimagining processes in Higher Education utilizing the Microsoft Power Platform
11:45am - 1:00pm, Mountain Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm, Mountain Book me up, Scotty! Exchange, Bookings, and Teams, to encourage interaction with students Carlos Coronel, Middle Tennessee State University

Carlos is the Information Resources Director of the Jones College of Business in Middle Tennessee State University. He was a founding partner of Sinfo-Q S.A., a systems consulting company in Ecuador. While working at Sinfo-Q, he received the prestigious 1986 IBM Ecuador Information Technology Award as member of the development team’s winner solution. Carlos has 30 years of academic service as a member of the Information Systems and Analytics department where he has taught classes ranging from introduction to Microcomputing to database, web development and data communications.
Slides: Using MS Office 365 to Maximize Students use of Faculty’s Office Hours
2:00pm - 2:45pm, Mountain Windows Virtual Desktop - What's New!! Stefan Georgiev, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft

Stefan Georgiev is a Senior Program Manager (PM) on the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) product team at Microsoft, responsible for storage, application and OS management. His current work focuses on enhancing the dynamic application delivery capabilities of WVD.
Slides: Windows Virtual Desktop - What's New!!
3:00pm - 3:45pm, Mountain

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Jeremy Brown, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts

Jeremy has been in IT for 20 years. He started by teaching PowerShell v1 as a Microsoft Trainer. Once he began, he fell in love. Jeremy has used PowerShell as his primary tool in Systems Administration since that time. He currently works with automating Azure and Office 365 in a hybrid environment for the NC Judicial Branch.
Slides: Baby’s First Serverless App