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Microsoft Tech Summit – Day Before

Long and boring journey, thanks to Deutsche Bahn, German Railroads. I have difficulties to understand how they can’t get mobile connectivity to work on their trains. Regardless of the provider, the most heard words from people trying to make a call are “Disconnected again!” The same with mobile data: the Internet becomes useless when connectivity keeps toggling between no service and one or max two bars.

Anyway, I finally arrived in Amsterdam. I know this city if not well enough to drive taxi here, but at least enough to mostly know where to go and how to get there.

The Tech Summit starts tomorrow with breakfast and registration. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I am eagerly awaiting the opening keynote on Microsoft 365. The second keynote will be  Microsoft Azure – Cloud for All, presented by Tad Brockway (@tadbrockway), the General Manager for Microsoft Azure Storage and Azure Stack. It will also be quite interesting, I’m sure.

I am an avid Azure fan, using for instance Azure Blob Storage for my Hyper-V Gallery storage. By selecting Quick Create in Hyper-V Manager, I get a list of the virtual hard disks with Windows pre-installed. Then, I select one and with two mouse clicks the virtual machine is created, with Windows OS and all software already installed.

On another topic: interesting things happen when I am away from home, I’m used to it. That’s probably not why Microsoft decided to release Fast Ring Insider build 17133 today, though it happened while I was traveling. This release is the one that will (most probably) become the official version 1803 in a week or two when it is released to the general public.

I only have a laptop and a tablet with me on the trip. Both devices are running the RS5 preview build. This is the so-called Skip Ahead (“Skippy”) build 17627. It’s already a bit ahead as the name says and it’s what I normally use day-to-day. Anyway, after finishing this post I decided to download 17133 using the UUP Dump Miniserver. I plan to install it on a native boot VHD, so I can play with it using physical hardware instead of emulation within a virtual machine. Luckily my hotel’s wireless service is excellent, with about 50 Mbps up and down. If that rate holds, the download should not take even a full ten minutes.

Otherwise, there’s nothing much to share about today. After a long journey, I am one tired geek, lubricated with an appropriate amount of Scotch. Rest assured, I’ll continue tomorrow night after the first day is over. I expect to have a lot more to say at that time. Stay tuned!


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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