The in-person Microsoft 365 and hybrid Active Directory training of the year is September 20-21 

Here at Practical365.com, we’re excited about The Experts Conference (TEC) 2022 in Atlanta, GA, September 20-21 because it means the editorial staff and many of our authors get to hang out together in one place. Over the past few years, you may have read how we took TEC virtual in 2020 or about Tony Redmond’s must-see sessions from 2021, or you may even have attended a free virtual TEC. But nothing beats an in-person conference, and I’m here to tell you why. 

TEC is all about providing practical Microsoft 365 and Hybrid Activity Directory security, administration, and migration training without the fluff. All content is sourced from the very best in these fields, including Practical365.com authors, Microsoft MVPs, and Microsoft engineers. 

TEC 2022 is more than just sessions. It’s a smaller conference of 400 like-minded individuals, that allows attendees to engage 1:1 with the experts and network with their peers – something that is hard to do online or with thousands of conference-goers. You can also participate in the TEC Villages to get hands-on experience about topics like: 

  • Applying desired state configurations to a Microsoft 365 tenant or working through a Microsoft 365 migration PowerShell script. 
  • Hacking Active Directory. 
  • Trying out the latest in Teams rooms devices. 
  • Honing your hybrid Active Directory disaster recovery plans against some of the best AD DR experts in the business. 

Keynotes 

Kicking off TEC 2022 are the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes to set the stage for the rest of the conference on the importance of security and identity to your Microsoft 365 environment and all the applications it touches.  

Paula Januszkiewicz: Hacker’s Perspective on New Risks: Revising Cybersecurity Priorities 

At The Experts Conference 2022, Paula Januszkiewicz will deliver a keynote session full of practical advice on evolving your defensive and offensive strategies to adapt to the changing threats to the Microsoft infrastructure, including today’s advanced phishing attacks, credential theft techniques, ransomware distribution methods and strategies for gaining access to vendor-controlled systems.  

Alex Weinert: The New Integrated Identity Perimeter and Defenses  

If you have logged into a Microsoft cloud property, the security of your authentication has been the responsibility of Microsoft’s Identity Security & Protection team, managed by Alex Weinert, Microsoft’s Director of Identity Security. Join his keynote to learn why identity has become the new primary security perimeter, as well as how you can bolster your defenses against unauthorized access, account takeover and other identity-based cyberattacks.  

Learn from the very best in Microsoft 365 admin training 

TEC 2022 offers a line-up of some of the best Microsoft 365 and Azure Active Directory experts in the field.  

Tony Redmond: Mastering Microsoft 365  

Join Tony Redmond, Microsoft MVP and Practical 365 Editorial Director, to gain a deeper understanding of Microsoft 365 and Office 365. You’ll learn how the major workloads function, explore solutions like information governance and information protection and dive into the growing influence of the Microsoft Graph.  

Christina Wheeler: Teams + Power Platform App Templates: Real-World Scenarios to Empower Your Business 

In this session, Christina Wheeler, Microsoft MVP and Director of Innovation at Core BTS, walks you through the current available Power Platform app templates and demonstrates the most popular ones, such as building access to Request-a-Team app and the Incentives app. .  

Mark Rackley: Help! I’m Stuck Supporting the Power Automate Flows my Developers Created  

Mark Rackley, Microsoft MVP and Group Manager at Avanade will break down how to effectively understand those cryptic Expressions that pull data out of Arrays, explain the ins and outs of JSON and why it’s critical in all aspects of a Microsoft 365 admin’s job and share how to debug SharePoint REST and other web service calls in Power Automate.  

Learn from the very best for Microsoft Infrastructure Security training 

Here is a sample of the experts and their topics in our Microsoft 365 security training track at TEC 2022

Shinesa Cambric: Identity Beyond Borders – Protecting Your Identity Supply Chain  

The footprint of identity risk now goes beyond compromised employees to include contractors, suppliers, guest accounts and even “things” such as devices, bots and APIs. Shinesa Cambric, a member on the Microsoft Identity Signals and Protection Team, will help you understand the processes and protection you need to put in place to build an “Identity-in-Depth” strategy.  

Andy Robbins: AD Attack Path Management in an Evolving World  

Join Andy Robbins, Technical Architect at SpecterOps, as he shows you how to reveal the hidden and unintended permission relationships in Active Directory domains so that you can help close the potential attack paths with the highest levels of exposure and risk.  

Sean Metcalf: Defending the Identity Nexus  

Microsoft Certified Master and Founder and CTO of Trimarc Security, LLC, Sean Metcalf, will lead a session on how cybercriminals gain access to a typical corporation’s data and escalate their privileges. He’ll explore the connections between Active Directory (AD), VMware vSphere, Azure AD and Azure (IaaS, aka “cloud datacenter”), how attackers take advantage of these connections and how to mitigate attackers’ techniques.  

Learn from the very best for On-premises and Hybrid Management and Migrations 

Rounding out this post, we wanted to highlight a few of the hybrid and on-premises management and migration sessions at TEC 2022 that might just help you in your next project. 

Jeff Guillet: Challenges and planning for removing the last Exchange server — are you ready? 

Join Jeff Guillet, Microsoft Certified Master for Exchange and Microsoft MVP, as he explains how to overcome the challenges in removing your final Exchange server, including how to plan for secure SMTP relay, issues around licensing and support, and longer-term planning concerns such as upgrading your systems to support modern authentication. 

Becky Cross: Five trends with M&A cross-tenant coexistence 

Join Becky Cross, technical product manager at Quest Software, as she explores how emerging technologies will soon change what tenant administrators need to do to prepare their Microsoft 365 environments for collaboration during an M&A project. She will cover Azure AD External Identities, Cross-Tenant Domain Sharing, Sending From Email Aliases, and Cross-Tenant People Search. 

Lenny Yu and Richard Dean: Best practices for Microsoft 365 domain moves 

Join Lenny Yu, senior engineer at Quest Software, and Richard Dean, technical product manager at Quest, to learn why careful planning and execution are vital to ensuring a seamless user transition during Microsoft 365 domain moves. You’ll get a set of best practices crafted from their real-world project experiences that will help you successfully move domains between tenants in your IT ecosystem. 

I hope you consider joining me and this line-up of experts at TEC 2022 in Atlanta, September 20-21

Meet the Practical 365 Authors at The Experts Conference 2022

Join us in Atlanta, September 20-21 for THE Microsoft hybrid Active Directory and Microsoft 365 training event of the year!

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About the Author

Jennifer LuPiba

Jennifer LuPiba is the Chair of the Quest Software Customer Advisory Board, engaging with and capturing the voice of the customer in such areas as cybersecurity, disaster recovery, management and the impact of mergers and acquisitions on Microsoft 365, Azure Active Directory and on-prem Active Directory. She also writes thought leadership articles and blogs aimed at the c-suite to evangelize the importance of these areas to their overall business. She chairs The Experts Conference, a yearly event focused on pure AD and Office 365 training at the 300 and 400 level for the boots-on-the-ground Microsoft admins and managers.

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