5 reasons not to attend IT/Dev Connections

IT/Dev Connections organized by Penton Media is believed to be among a few famous IT conferences in the world that focuses on Microsoft technology but is neither organized nor supported by Microsoft. Therefore the feel of the conference is different than at Ignite or WPC.

Last year I wrote a review of the 2015 edition. Today, I’d like to update it with a “slightly” different opinion.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should NOT attend IT/Dev Connections:

1. You are superstitious

If you hold superstitious beliefs, you probably know that there is a superstition that having bananas on a fishing boat may bring bad luck. It’s pretty hard to have bananas on a boat in Vegas (as it’s pretty hard to have a boat in Vegas), but there’s a lot of hand-shaking here with Microsoft MVPs and IT Pros from all over the US (and some from Europe). And… there is a superstition in African culture not to shake hands with anyone or… your testicles (sic!) will disappear!

Glad I’ve got two kids already! How about you, SuperTekBoy?


Who else did I shake hands with? Paul? Michel? J. Peter? Are you guys ok now?

2. You don’t like the Sun

I mean… this star in our solar system. When we were leaving Poland for Las Vegas and IT/Dev Connections a few days ago, it was snowing like hell and it was 1 degree centigrade (I don’t know the Fahrenheit equivalent, as there was no information available on the Imperial system when I was in grade school).


I am disappointed that my snow shoes are useless in Nevada…

3. You’ve always lived under the rock

IT/Dev Connections is all about networking .There is no way to avoid that. You have to do this everywhere. In the lobby, in the bathroom, on the escalator (check out this video, but keep in mind it will be someone else touching you). If you don’t like this or your social skills are as bad as mine, don’t attend this conference.


4. You love marketing stuff

IT Pros don’t like marketing in general. That’s why at IT/Dev Connections there is no mind control, no blathering on about how this new feature will “take your business to the next level”. It’s life. It’s challenges problems! And first and foremost – there are answers and solutions here!


BTW I guess I need to change my job title…

5. You like prison food

If you like prison food, it’s too bad. There’s no way to get it here. No long lines, no shouting staff, no food boxes and artificial ingredients. You have to eat sirloin, fresh vegetables and drink Blue Moon Belgian White. Disgusting!

I wanted to come up with a smart summary, but I’m still too jet-lagged. It’s good to know that the 2017 edition of IT/Dev Connections is in San Francisco. It’s even a longer flight from Poland… and I will be forced to see the Golden Gate for the very first time.

And please excuse the quality of the pictures – it took them with a mobile vacuum cleaner.

Let’s meet at UC Day 2016 in October!

A second edition of UC and Cloud Day 2016 is just round the corner. This year, the conference takes place at Nation Conference Centre in Birmingham, on 24th October 2016. We are proud to participate in this event as a sponsor, so don’t forget to book your ticket now (it’s free) and stop by our booth to chat about our solutions for Office 365 and Exchange Server.

Meet us at UC Day in UK in October 2016!

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New! Display Office 365 email signatures in users’ Sent Items folders

Server-level email signature solutions for Office 365 have several advantages over client-based systems. They are easier to deploy, immune to end-user tinkering, changes are easier to introduce, you don’t have to worry about the variety of email clients and devices in your organization, and so on.

But they also used to have one major drawback – the email signatures were not displayed on the user-end.

Today, we are happy to announce that this is no longer a problem.

CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 has just become the first server-level email signature management system for Office 365 to support displaying signatures in users’ Sent Items folders!

Display Office 365 email signatures in users' Sent Items folders

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How to share calendar in Outlook 2016/2013/2010/2007

Working on office tasks very often requires sharing one’s Outlook calendar with other people. If you want to get things done quickly and efficiently, it is a good idea to share your calendar across a company. Why? Simply because your co-workers can check e.g. your availability in a timely manner and schedule meetings without bothering your.

To share a calendar in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 you can use: native solutions available in Microsoft Outlook or a third party tool like CodeTwo Public Folders.

Share calendar in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007.

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Meet us at IT/Dev Connections 2016 in October!

We are happy to let you know that CodeTwo will be exhibiting at IT/Dev Connections 2016 in a few weeks. The event will take place in Aria Resort in Las Vegas on October 10-13, 2016. We will be there for the second year in a row as a Silver Sponsor and we can’t wait to meet you there!

CodeTwo at IT/Dev Connections 2016

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How to set autoreply for another user in Exchange Server or Office 365

During the holiday season, many IT admins face the problem of setting an autoreply for another user on Exchange Server or Office 365. The story is often the same… An employee goes on vacation and forgets to set the autoreply in the Exchange/Office 365 mailbox. The only person capable of fixing this is usually the IT guy, who can use his or her admin rights to set the autoreply in Exchange Admin Center.

While many administrators don’t mind performing such small office tasks, others may find it distracting and would rather delegate setting autoreplies for users to a secretary or an HR specialist. In this article I am going to show you how you can grant Exchange or Office 365 autoreply editing rights to another user – not necessarily the admin – by installing a smart 3rd party tool called CodeTwo Out of Office Manager. Let’s get started then!

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New update to CodeTwo Exchange Rules product family released!

The product family of CodeTwo Exchange Rules and CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro has just been updated!

New version of CodeTwo Exchange Rules and CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro available.

The current release features some improvements and fixes to most recently reported issues. It also introduces a bunch of new features.

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Update to CodeTwo Exchange Sync: Synchronize Exchange folders on Exchange 2016!

For all those who have already moved to Exchange Server 2016 and can’t wait to synchronize exchange folders (e.g. public folders with users’ personal folders and view their content on mobile devices), we have good news – CodeTwo Exchange Sync is now compatible with Exchange 2016.

Update to CodeTwo Exchange Sync - synchronize Exchange folders on Exchange 2016.

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New Cloud-based email signature manager for Office 365

We are happy to announce a brand new addition to our line of acclaimed email signature management products – CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365.

CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365

The application combines our 8-years of experience developing email signature management solutions for Microsoft Exchange and other platforms with Microsoft Azure’s top-level security and data processing features. In effect, it is as scalable and secure as Exchange Online, but at the same time offers more capabilities and is easier to use.

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CodeTwo Backup version 1.5 released!

We have just released updates to our Office 365 and Exchange mailbox backup solutions – CodeTwo Backup for Office 365 and CodeTwo Backup for Exchange.

This update provides some major fixes to programs’ functionalities including:

  • changes to the Backup Job Time Filter (filter parameters were not applied to selected users)
  • improvements to the restore functionality (fixed problem with long-name and deeply-nested folders)
  • corrections to the notification system (no warning was displayed when the connection to Exchange was lost)

CodeTwo Backup software version 1.5 released!

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