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Only four days in and TechEd 2013 North America was already over. Each day had been crammed full of technical sessions and other conference activities. The opening keynote, demonstrations, labs, vendor promotions and of course the Surface queue. Not to mention the abundance of American cuisine to keep us energised as Microsoft's evangelists sought to inspire.

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I've got soul and I'm super bad! My time in New Orleans is coming to an end and with that are some mixed emotions. The experience I've had over the last week has been incredible and it's sure to be one that I'll remember for a long time.

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Last week our 2013 World Of Servers series reached its climax with a trip to New Orleans for Microsoft's TechEd North America 2013 conference. Here are the five big lessons I took away from that event (plus a round-up of what our competition-winning bloggers thought about it).

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90 per cent of a data scientist's job involves finding data from a wide variety of sources and then collating the masses of information into digestible tables. Microsoft's Data Explorer is an add-in for Excel that does essentially the same job in a few mouse clicks. We were given a demonstration of how it works at TechEd 2013...

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As TechEd 2013 draws towards its close, our guest blogger David Klemke looks at how Azure will play an increasingly important role in backup and disaster recovery for smaller firms. Plus: David chats with PowerShell guru Don Jones about the future of admin and how to beef up your IT pro skills.

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BitLocker encryption ensures that data doesn't fall into nefarious hands, but it can be a nuisance for users who forget passwords or administrators who want to push out updates to locked-down machines. One lesser-used feature of Windows Server 2012 can eliminate those pains by automatically entering BitLocker credentials when a device is connected to a corporate LAN.

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At TechEd North America 2013, Microsoft revealed additional details about Windows 8.1 (AKA the impending update for its sometimes controversial operating system). While the additional tools and features are nothing to sniff at, they're probably not going to convince many Windows 8 critics to give the OS a try. So let's look towards the next update -- as a Windows 7/XP user, what does Microsoft need to add that would make you a Win8 convert?

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Once again, BYOD has been one of the hot topics at this year's TechEd conference. In this video Microsoft's director of product marketing Andrew Conway discusses some of the BYOD issues facing IT professionals and the steps they can take to effectively migrate to a people-centric IT environment.

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Last night I tried some Louisiana fried chicken and went for a quick walk along the Mississippi River near Woldenberg Park. Retiring early for the evening I joined fellow competition winner Adam Webster for pre-conference breakfast at the convention centre. According to the TechEd kitchen so far over eighty-thousand pieces of bacon have been served. As I’ve contributed to that statistic, some serious dieting will need to follow my visit to New Orleans!

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Microsoft's current private cloud strategy seems to be one that was designed with a lot of right hands not talking to the left ones. The services that most closely approach the cloud ideal (self service, elastic/dynamic resource provisioning) don't have a unifying vision behind them, even when they come under the same branch. Just look at the wild differences between the self service portals available in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (now deprecated, more on that in a sec), Service Manager and App Controller which all present wildly different views for the same underlying infrastructure. You could argue that they're designed with different purposes in mind and sure to an extent that's true but the fact is there's no overarching direction for them all to head towards. That is, until the Windows Azure Pack becomes generally available.

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For me, today at TechEd North America 2013 has been all about mobile applications, the different toolsets that are used and the different platforms. I attended three sessions which looked at different aspects of coding, push notifications, authentication methods and the publishing of applications into the application store.