Seattle Exchange User Group

The Seattle User Group last night was awesome…..If you didn’t make it, you missed a great event.

It was held at Parlor Billiards in downtown Bellevue. Terry Myerson (MSFT) came by to participate on the panel. In addition to Terry (GM of Exchange), the list of panelists was Brad Garvey (NTAP), Karl Robinson (HPQ), Evan Morris (HPQ), Tom Keough (MSFT), Chris Polk (MSFT), Deb Pringer (GSI), and myself Joshua Maher. Rob Herman did a wonderful job moderating.

The group had some good questions about recomendations for deploying Exchange 2007 in their own environments. Most of the people who came are looking to deploy E2k7 in the near future (and these all represent major companies in the Seattle area).

The most critical components in questions were High Availability, scaling, Disaster Recovery, and how to convince the telecom group that UM is a good move.

Besides the poor turnout (due to terrible traffic and the recent storm leaving people without power through today ~131k this morning), we had good turnout of  people. MS had give-a-ways…..$50 gift certs to Barnes & Nobles…..they gave away a zune…..and they brought in a trick shot pool artist

If you missed it and are looking forward to the next user group….Rob and I are working feverishly to figure out the best date/time & topic (suggestions welcome). If you are not local and are going to be in town and want to speak let me know!

Btw, in case you missed the last Ignite Seattle, I received notice the next one already has a venue & date/time picked out. 02/13/2007 @ the Capitol Hill Arts Center. Brier Dudley is already talking about it…. If you want to come by, I’ll be there and we can have a drink and chat….

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5 Responses to “Seattle Exchange User Group”

  1. Storagezilla Says:

    Ah, they gave away a Zune. I was wondering what the joke prize was going to be.

  2. Zulfikar Fanuswala Says:

    thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Do you know of a exchange user group in the NJ/NJ area?

  3. joshmaher Says:

    Yeah, you just missed a meeting in New York…

    http://blogs.technet.com/mjmurphy/archive/2006/12/11/ny-exchange-users-group-meets-tomorrow-night.aspx

    Check out their main site for the next meeting:

    http://www.culminisconnections.com/sites/nyexug/default.aspx

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  5. Zune Says:

    I got this zune download that is a blast. i am glad microsoft is catching up. I know they get a lot of flack but i like them

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