Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary, Updated

There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you’re wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks.

Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary.

Architecture

  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Office Business Applications
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Business Capabilities
  • Software+Services
  • Industry Architecture
    • Retail
    • Manufacturing
    • Financial Services
  • Software Factories
  • Patterns and Practices

Business Applications

  • CRM and ERP
  • Microsoft Dynamics
    • GP
    • NAV
    • AX
    • CRM

Business Intelligence

  • SQL Server 2005
  • PerformancePoint Server 2007
  • ProClarity 6.3
  • Business Scorecard Manager 2005
  • Office System 2007
  • SharePoint Portal Server 2007
  • Excel for Business Intelligence

Database Development and Administration

  • SQL Server 2005
    • Standard Edition
    • Enterprise Edition
    • Workgroup Edition
    • Compact Edition
  • SQL Server code-named “Katmai” (the next release of SQL Server)
  • SQL Server Always On Technologies
  • ADO.NET 2.0
  • SQLCLR
  • LINQ

Developer Tools and Technologies

  • Visual C#, Visual Basic, Visual C++
  • Visual Studio
    • Visual Studio Team System
    • Visual Studio “Orcas”
  • Debugging
  • .NET Framework
  • LINQ
  • CLR
  • Windows Forms
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • Windows Vista

Identity and Access (Virtual Track)

  • Windows CardSpace
  • Active Directory Federated Services
  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS)
  • Certificate Lifecycle Manager (LCM)
  • Rights Management Services

Management and Operations

  • Microsoft Operations Manager 2007
  • Microsoft Systems Center
    • Operations Manager (MOM v3)
    • Configuration Manager (SMS v4)
    • Capacity Planner
    • “Service Desk”
    • Essentials
    • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Data Protection Manager (v2)
    • Reporting Manager
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • Microsoft Operations Framework
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Microsoft Update Services
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Windows Event and Task Subsystem
  • WS-Management/WinRM
  • Scripting
  • Group Policy

Microsoft IT (Virtual Track)

This is a virtual track that doesn’t really cover any key products and technologies. It should cover best practices and strategies for deploying:

  • Windows Vista
  • Office 2007
  • Microsoft Forefront
  • Exchange 2007
  • Microsoft Operations Manager 2007
  • other products

Mobility (new track)

  • Windows Mobile 6
  • Windows Embedded CE 6.0
  • Windows XP Embedded (XPe)
  • Exchange Server 2007
  • Live Services Integration
  • SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
  • .NET Micro Framework
  • .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (.NET CF)
  • Visual Studio 2005

Office System

  • SharePoint Server 2007
  • Project Server 2007
  • Microsoft Office client suites and applications
  • Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) SE
  • Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for SharePoint
  • Open XML File Formats
  • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)<

Security

  • Forefront Client Security
  • Forefront Server for Exchange and SharePoint
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft management technologies
  • Information on the latest security resources and technologies

SOA and Web Services

  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2
  • .NET Framework 3.0
    • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
    • Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
    • Windows CardSpace
  • Host Integration Server 2006

Unified Communications

  • Exchange Server 2003/2007
  • Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging
  • Live Communications Server 2005
  • Office Outlook 2007, Outlook Web Access (OWA)
  • Office Communications Server 2007
  • Office Communicator 2007
    • Office Communicator
    • Office Communicator Mobile
    • Office Communicator Web Access
  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server
  • Exchange Hosted Services
  • Office Live Meeting 2007
  • Office RoundTable (for Video Conferencing)
  • Telephony Devices

Web Development and Infrastructure

  • IIS 6.0/7.0
  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • ASP.NET AJAX Library
    • ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions
    • ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit
  • RSS
  • IE7
  • Windows Live Platform
  • Expression
  • Commerce Server 2007

Windows Client

  • Windows Vista and Windows Vista SP1
    • Windows Vista Security
    • Windows Vista Networking
    • Windows Vista Mobility
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit
  • IE 7.0
  • Windows Installer
  • Volume Activation 2.0
  • Virtual PC
  • Business Desktop Deployment (BDD)
  • Windows Desktop Management
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • User Account Control
  • Reliability
  • Search
  • Performance
  • Virtualization/SoftGrid
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
  • Windows Vista and “Longhorn” Server Better Together

Windows Server Infrastructure

  • Windows Server code-named “Longhorn”
  • Microsoft Virtual Server R2 SP1
  • Windows Server Virtualization
  • Branch Office Solutions
  • Terminal Services
  • Active Directory
    • Directory Services
    • Federation Services
    • Certificate Services
  • Networking
  • Server Clustering
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows Storage Server