A guide to Windows at Microsoft Ignite 2018
Published Sep 21 2018 11:16 AM 9,500 Views

As you start to fine tune your Microsoft Ignite schedule, you’ll notice the more than 100 sessions focused on Windows, making it difficult (to say the least) to know which sessions should be on your list. From a first look at Desktop Analytics and the Microsoft Managed Desktop to deep dives on Windows Autopilot, Windows servicing, Delivery Optimization, and credential protection, there is so much to learn.

The good news is that nearly every breakout and theater session will be streamed live—and available on demand after the event. Simply visit MyIgnite and sign in with the account you used to register for the event to browse the session catalog and attend any session virtually. Can’t attend in person this year? Not a problem, visit MyIgnite and sign in with your Tech Community account to access daily live streams featuring a pre-show and end-of-day wrap-ups.

Unless you’ve mastered quantum physics and discovered a way to be in two places (or three or four) at once, you can’t attend every session. So here’s a quick, day-by-day guide to the activities that will put you on your way to becoming an expert in Windows 10 and the modern desktop.

Breakout and theater sessions






Ask the experts

In addition to breakout sessions featuring demos and presentations on the latest technologies and tools, which typically include time for Q&A, we’ve also organized some dedicated Q&A sessions so you have an opportunity to ask questions and talk to experts from Microsoft and the worldwide IT pro community. Check out the Ask the experts: Successfully deploying, servicing, and managing Windows 10 and the Configuration Manager Product Team Chalk Talk on Thursday afternoon.

Hands-on labs and Immersion Workshops

If you’re onsite, you can gain valuable hands-on experience with Windows 10 security, deployment, and management scenarios with hands-on labs, Hands-on with Modern Desktop Deployment: Deploying Windows 10 + Office 365 ProPlus Tech Workshops, or one of our Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Immersion Workshops. An Immersion Workshop (also known as CIE) is a hands-on introduction that will take you through everyday business scenarios and let you see how to address those scenarios in an easy, convenient, and secure way using Microsoft 365 and the latest modern desktop environment.

Here’s a list of the some of the labs you’ll find at this year’s conference:

  • HOL2026 - Using Credential Guard
  • HOL3003 - Getting started with co-management using System Center Configuration Manager and Intune
  • HOL3004 - Secure your enterprise data on mobile devices with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Intune, including Conditional Access and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
  • HOL3008 - Managing Configuration Manager OS deployment and update task sequencing
  • HOL2024 - Hands on with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: You protect, we attack!
  • HOL2027 - Manage Windows Autopilot by using Microsoft Intune
  • HOL2028 - Migrating GPOs to MDM
  • HOL2030 - Integrate your on-premises Active Directory domain with Azure AD

Microsoft Mechanics Live!

Microsoft’s official show on the latest tech is live again at Microsoft Ignite this year. We’ll start off the week with Brad Anderson talking about how to shift to the modern desktop on Monday evening, then journey through the latest improvements in desktop virtualization, device and app readiness, Azure Active Directory, security and compliance, and more throughout the week. Then, back by popular demand, we’ll wrap up the week with the Desktop Deployment Jeopardy Game Show featuring MVPs Ami Arwidmark, Johan Arwidmark, and Mikael Nystrom.

Win big prizes

This one is only for those who are onsite at the conference. Attend select sessions, expo activities, and hands-on labs to learn about the modern desktop and get a chance to take one home. Scan your badge at designated locations to be entered in a daily drawing for a Surface Laptop, Surface Book 2, or Surface Studio.

Visit us at the Modern Desktop booths in the Expo West Hall to learn more!

Build your schedule

To build your personalized schedule, download the Microsoft Ignite app or use the web-based session scheduler. Want to slice and dice by day, start time, speaker, session type, etc.? Check out this cool Microsoft Ignite Session Browser Power BI report and add sessions directly from the report to your agenda in the session scheduler.

Stay tuned

For the latest updates and news from the conference, make sure to follow us on Twitter @MSWindowsITPro. We’ll be posting updates daily and keeping you apprised when content is available on demand.

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