The busy, busy month of May

What a month May is shaping up to be.

First, I’m teaching a series of classes at the US Navy’s Center for Information Dominance, as part of a very cool experimental program on improving the ability of expert systems to teach. The program is named Skynet Digital Tutor. Read up on it here. For the duration, I’ll be teaching from 10a-10p each weekday. Jim said it was good fun, though, so I’m looking forward to it, except for being away from my family for two whole weeks. That’s the longest I’ve been away since 2000, and honestly I don’t like it one bit. Thankfully we have phones, web cams, and so on, so it won’t be as though I’m cut off from them completely. In the meantime, I stocked my apartment with yogurt, microwave popcorn, and fresh fruit, so I’m good to go.

Next, I get to go home for about a day and a half, then it’s off to TechEd USA 2009! I’m doing a session on OCS 2007 R2 deployment and management. Because I need a demo playpen, I’m building one in Hyper-V using OCS 2007 R2 and Exchange 2010 532.09, a later build than the public beta. It’s been fun to set up a clean environment from scratch, as opposed to the complicated environments we’ve been building for various demos and launch events.

After TechEd I have three whole days at home, then it’s back to Seattle to teach the UM portion of rotation 3 for the Microsoft Certified Master for Exchange class. I’m really looking forward to this, as it will be the first time I’ve delivered my new version of the material. After that, I’m sure I’ll be ready for some time off (though hopefully by then we’ll be ready to start househunting! No offers yet, though.)

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