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Today I signed up for TechEd 2006 in June… this time it’s the Boston, MA version! Got my blog added to TechEdBloggers.net, got my “I’ll be there” badge posted on my blog, and even submitted a Birds-if-a-Feather session!

What’s a Birds-if-a-Feather session you ask? As the site states:

A Birds of a Feather session is a one-hour open, moderated discussion on any topic of great interest to Tech·Ed conference attendees. Everyone is encouraged to vote for the topics that you’d most like to attend at the conference. Anyone attending the conference can propose a topic.
What’s so different from a conference session/break-out session? It’s not a presentation, rather a scheduled time & topic with a microphone & white board… and hopefully a lot of interested people. So, what’s my submission?

Migrating your Content Management Server 2002 sites to Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007Web Content Management (WCM) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is a significant upgrade from Content Management Server 2002 (CMS). The most significant change is the change to using Windows SharePoint Services as the underlying platform for WCM. The tradeoff: no backward compatibility with the CMS Publishing API (PAPI)! No fear, in this BoF session we'll discuss best practices for current CMS site development, and how to get your CMS site ready for the move to WCM, and what post migration issues you'll have to tackle. Come share your questions and ideas with others to best prepare you and your team with the migration tasks ahead of you.

There was recently a great webcast by Arpan Shah (MSFT GPM) and Manish Sharma (MSFT SR PM) on this topic: TechNet Webcast: Preparing for Web Content Management with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. As with all presentation’s by Arpan, it’s filled with tons of content and leaves you wanting more!

If you’re going to be at TechEd 2006 (of if you aren’t and think this would be interesting), make sure you vote for the session (free beer to those who vote for it). Voting is used to judge interest in sessions. While you’re at it, make sure you vote for Bil Simser’s Getting Ready for the next generation of SharePoint and Ken Hoffman’s Office SharePoint Server 2007: What’s in it for me?.

(CMS_Related) && !(TechEd_Related): I updated my CMS 2002 SP2 resources page with a new hotfix available that Stefan Goßner recently mentioned on his blog. Now you don’t have to have VS.NET 2003 installed in order to get CMS 2002 SP2 developer working in VS.NET 2005.

More Web Content Management in Office SharePoint Server 2007 news next week… stay tuned!

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