Walked 5.12 miles at the convention today.
Did get some good solutions for Win 10 image deployment.
Went to a Powershell Unplugged sessions given by Jeffrey Snover (FYI – He invented Powershell!)
Now I’m here:
Talk to ya tomorrow!
Yesterday was very hectic due to the amount of people. Everyone in the same place at the same time. 30,000 people at the Keynote, then everyone went to the Expo. Then packed sessions. I didn’t even partake of the Welcome Reception because is was so crowded!
Today is better. People slept in, everyone didn’t need to be at the same place. Much more relaxing and less crowded.
Attended some good sessions:
I even completed a hands-on lab (which I don’t like): “Integrate your on-prem Active Directory domain with Azure AD”
I’ve done this before, but I have an idea I can use in my current environment. The cloud is coming, need to be ready for the migration.
Lunch today was make your own pasta bowl, not good for my low carb diet, well neither is the beer. That reminds me, gotta go!
Just got out of the Keynote presentation by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. It was informative, but not any news on new versions of software, hardware, etc. He did focus on Tech Intensity and how companies need to use new technologies and create new technologies.
MS is partnering with Adobe and SAP to promote open data. They want their customers to have open access the the data they have stored across applications and vendors. They don’t want your data “stuck in silos”
Satya even showed a customer experience video of a company I had partnered with at my previous job with Lifeline Foods. Buhler is an innovative corn milling equipment supplier that is using technology to provide real time data from the milling process.
ATTENDANCE: Holy Crap! 30,000+. Too many people.
Finally for today here’s the bag:
Well its been three months since I have cut the cord so I figured I would give you an update.
First, my cord is still cut!! I am still happy with the choice. I have made some service changes, equipment changes and modifications which I will outline.
So, here’s where I’m at:
My monthly cost for television service now is $43/month. Right now the only downfall has been DVR capabilities. DirecTV Now has said they will be adding that feature in the future.
A location at work needed more bandwidth. Unfortunately, the only option in the area was AT&T UVerse. The location is a remote office that was currently being connected back to the main building through a Sonicwall NSA2400 site-to-site VPN. I had heard and read alot of horror stories about trying to get the UVerse in bridge mode, getting IP Passthrough to work, etc. Before the service was activated I printed out a 15 page doc that someone else used everytime they had to do this. Luckily, I didn’t need it, it wasn’t that complicated.
Here are the details:
The technician gave me a handwritten paper with my IPs, Gateway, and Subnet Mask on it. It said:
So I started looking and testing. It is kinda confusing the way AT&T does this, more like I’ve just not seen it done this way.
No changes were made to the UVerse router at all. Changed the IP address of the WAN interface to an available IP in my static block and everything was up as expected. I then changed the IP on the other end of my site-to-site VPN tunnel and it came right up.
Alot easier than I expected and none of the nightmares others had reported.
I called and cancelled DirectTV today and here is what led to it.
First, I received my AppleTV on Wednesday and my first impression was, THIS. IS. AWESOME!!
Setup of the unit was simple and Apple of course used technology to make it easy. Just put your iPhone next to the AppleTV and it configures itself. The voice recognition (Siri) works great, I used it to enter my Apple ID password. The touch remote needs some getting used to.
I then downloaded the SlingTV app and the Hulu apps and started playing. I loved it. The experience was great. The AppleTV unit controls my Phillips TV. When you wake the AppleTV it powers on the TV and sets it to the correct input source, you can then control the volume, then when you put the AppleTV to sleep it turns the TV off.
SlingTV is very impressive, i think it’s worth the price to stream 49 live TV channels. Hulu is great to get the TV shows I want. I also downloaded the CBS News app to watch live news for free when I need it.
Next, I got my HD antennas in. I ordered two different ones, The Mohu Leaf 50 and the BAM Cables HDTV Leaf. I live in a small town in NE Kansas, the nearest big town is about 20 miles away and they have 3 broadcast stations. Kansas City is at least 50 miles away. Both performed the same and I got 6 channels, ABC, NBC, and Fox.
I pulled out all my DirectTV equipment, connected my AppleTVs and HD antennas to our two main TVs.
— Chris Parks (@ChrisParksIT) November 7, 2016
I am getting ready to test “cutting the cord”. If you don’t know what this means, it is getting rid of my television service provider (DirectTV) and going with internet based streaming services.
The reasons I am doing this are two fold. First, my kids (13 & 14) don’t watch much TV at all. They are usually on their phones. Second and the larger influence is to eliminate my DirectTV bill which is currently at $140 / month.
After talking with a co-worker and doing some research online I will outline my plan.
Summary, I will pay $210 up front for hardware and $48/month in streaming services. So with reducing my current DirectTV bill by $92 I will have a 2 month ROI and then will reap the benefits of that monthly savings.
OK, I’m back in the airport waiting to head home. I figured I’d think about my experience compared to other IT conferences I’ve been to. First it wasn’t a bad conference, but just different than what I am used to. Here’s what I came up with:
Ok I am on the shuttle back to my hotel after day two sessions. Morning started with the keynote highlighted by Michael Dell. Dell and EMC will be great together, blah, blah. But besides that a Very promising and informing message. Some good case study videos. After that were sessions, lunch and vendors.
What I learned today:
I’m still on the shuttle…