Microsoft TechEd New Orleans / Windows Server 2012 Competition … We Have Our Winners!

OK, so you guys are amazing. We were highly impressed with the quality of entries from our IT Pro readers seeking the chance to travel to New Orleans and help us cover TechEd 2013 North America in June. So who are the two well-deserved winners that will help us post from the event?

Lifehacker’s continued World Of Servers coverage has seen us uncover fresh server and deployment insights from Australia and around the globe. At TechEd 2013 North America, our two winners will have direct access to the experts to learn more about Windows Server 2012 and answer your questions on virtualisation, private cloud, effective server management and everything else server-related.

They’ll help us identify the most important sessions and write a daily post on Lifehacker about what they’ve seen and learned. Then there are the joys of New Orleans Creole culture…

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Our winners will be joined on the trip by Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman and David Klemke, who won the title of our official Windows Server 2012 blogger at TechEd 2012 Australia last year.

Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations (in no particular order) to:

Adam Webster, Technical Lead
– ITC at South Australia Water

Sure, his server install experience is huge. And his explanation on the difference between private and public cloud to legendary comedy actress Betty White for challenge 2 was hilariously detailed.

But it was his creative retelling of how using Windows Server 2012 could improve his work’s IT infrastructure that helped seal it:


A headache here and a head ache there
Clustering is always causing us despair
2012 clustering is noted to improve
I really really hope we get this system in soon

With over 3000 PowerShell commands,
It will suit allot of our staff who like to be in charge
What’s standing out, especially in the crowd
Are the specs and scalability options, especially for Hyper-V and Cloud

With a new server manager and polished GUI
These will help to make things cruzie
Server 2012 is here to stay

I can’t wait to tick the boxes and have a play

Tommy Carron (B.Eng, MCITP), Infrastructure Designer
— The University of Melbourne

Tommy’s server operating system experience includes Novell, Linux, Apple, Unix (Solaris), FreeBSD and the entire gamut of Microsoft flavours over the years. He’s especially interested in the benefits of Windows Server 2012 features like SMB 3.0, SMB Transparent Failover, Storage Spaces and Hyper V 3.0.

We also loved his entry’s simple analogy explaining the difference between private and public cloud:


Public cloud is like ordering food at a restaurant chain. You can be in many places and have the identical meal and order as little or as much as you want. If you need more another restaurant will begin cooking and deliver it to you.

Whereas Private Cloud is using your own kitchen and your own chef. He will be able to cook more food when you want it. He’ll make as much as you want but using whatever is in your kitchen pantry. He also won’t be around to put our the kitchen fire when he’s gone home for the day.


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Well done to the winners — look out for their posts from TechEd 2013 North America posts in June!

Until then, check out Lifehacker’s World of Servers coverage for more news from this week’s Data Center World event in Las Vegas. We’re then off to the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit in London on May 14.

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