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Tulsa TechFest 2012
Tim Vander Kooi, Microsoft Systems Administrator, Explorer Pipeline
Tim Vander Kooi has worked for almost 20 years supporting Microsoft-centric business environments. Tim has been an active member in the greater IT Pro community where he started and lead Windows and Exchange user groups in Colorado, and he more recently founded the IT Pros of Tulsa and currently serves as its President. Tim also spent over 2 years as Chairman of the Board of the Global IT Community Association, North American region. While with GITCA, Tim worked to support both new and existing user groups across the United States and Canada. Tim has also worked closely with many of Microsoft's Product Groups when he hosted the "Tech Talks with Tim Vander Kooi" webcast series on TechNet for a 3 year period, including an excellent set with Steven Rose and the Windows team.
Tim currently works as Microsoft Systems Administrator at Explorer Pipeline in Tulsa.
Windows 8 - Goodbye to the Start Button...Long Live the Start Screen
Talk about Windows 8 is all the rage in IT circles these days with most people seeming to be of the opinion that Microsoft removing the old Start button was a terrible thing to do.
In this session we will be looking at the new Start screen with its Live Tiles and maybe just convince you that the Start button is not dead, it is simply much improved. We will also look at what a true Windows 8 work experience will look like from an information workers point of view as well as dive into some of Windows 8's new capabilities like native Hyper-V and new Server management tools and "Metro style" apps.
Windows Server 2012 - 5 Reasons You Will Want to Upgrade
Server 2012 is one of the biggest, and best, updates to Microsoft's server platform in many years. But with the new UI and all the other changes, it can be hard to know if you want this upgrade let alone need it.
In this session we will go over 5 new, or greatly improved, parts of Windows Server that will help you make an informed decision regarding your move forward with Server 2012.