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Category Archives: Tech Days

Microsoft UK TechDays

Microsoft are once again running their TechDays series in the UK, a series of full-day FREE hands-on sessions on training around the UK.

I’ve attended these in the past and can highly recommend them.

There look to be some excellent sessions, you can sign up here I am attending the private cloud session and look forward to getting some hands-on time with System Center 2012.


Free Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Performance Analysis Session from the WSUG in London


The Windows Server User Group have announced another free evening session during the UK Tech Days week in London.

Blurb pasted from the WSUG site below;

The [WSUG] Windows Server User Group has the pleasure of hosting Dan Pearson, from David Solomon’s Expert Seminars,  Dan is in London teaching the week of TechDays UK and has kindly agreed to present on the evening of  Tuesday 13th April (18:30-21:00 at Microsoft, Cardinal Place, London) to the community.  There will be a social gathering afterwards.

Registration: Chick Here (NOTE even though the event says GMT it is BST).

Windows Crash Dump Analysis

While Windows crashes are rarer these days, when they do occur, you need to know how to isolate their root cause. This session explains why Windows crashes to protect the system, the types of crash dumps you can configure, and how to analyze them with the Microsoft Debugging Tools. Also covered are how to deal with hung systems and systems that crash without taking a dump. Several real-life case studies are presented.

Windows Performance Troubleshooting and Analysis

Performance is a fundamental metric representing system responsiveness and productivity and can be directly tied to customer satisfaction. This session details the use of several built-in performance monitoring tools, as well as those from Sysinternals and the Windows Performance Toolkit, to aid with the troubleshooting and diagnosis of performance-related issues. Also covered is the analysis and interpretation of the data collected by each of the tools and the presentation of several useful techniques that can be applied to troubleshooting. Several real-life case studies are presented

About Daniel Pearson

Formerly a Senior Escalation Lead at Microsoft, Daniel worked in the Windows Base OS team supporting Microsoft customers. He performed crash dump analysis and system level debugging, spending the majority of his time either in a debugger or reading through Windows source code. Daniel also worked in the Mobile Internet sustained engineering team that released hot fixes and service packs for Microsoft’s Mobile Information Server product. He has presented sessions on Windows internals at Microsoft sponsored conferences and user groups.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Daniel worked at Digital Equipment Corporation on both Intel and Alpha systems running Windows NT doing system software support for enterprise customers.

Dan Pearson is speaking in March at Microsoft’s Tech Days in Finland and Belgium.

Microsoft Tech-Days London – Free Technical Events for IT-Pro’s and Developers


Microsoft have just announced a series of 5 “tech days” in central London, covering the following topics for IT Pro’s on W/C 12th April


Virtualization Summit – From the Desktop to the Datacentre

Office 2010 – Experience the Next Wave in Business Productivity

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Deployment made easy

SQL Server 2008 R2 – The Information Platform

Looking ahead, keeping the boss happy and raising the profile of IT

It’s free to attend and although the full agenda hasn’t been released yet but I would hope they have a decent amount of technical content.

There are also similar tracks for developers.

You can read more about the ITPro days it here and the developer days here and you’ll need to register as I would think they will be booked up fast

You can also follow them on twitter for more information or with the #uktd hash-tag