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NerdioCon Agenda

*Events and Times are Subject to Change

Arrival - February 21, 2022

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Check-In & Registration

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Welcome Party

Day One - February 22, 2022

6:30 AM – 9:00 AM


7:00 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Joseph Landes & Natasha Boyko Welcome

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

State of the VDI Market – Vadim Vladimirskiy

10:00 AM – 10:35 AM

Windows 365 – Scott Manchester

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM

Diamond Sponsor – Pax8

10:55 AM – 11:20 AM

Break & Vendor Booths

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM

Diamond Sponsor – Datto

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Diamond Sponsor – Blackpoint Cyber

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch & Vendor Booths Time

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Move to Breakouts

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Breakout Session 1

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout Session 2

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Breakout Session 3

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Day 1 Closing Keynote – Jay McBain — Forrester

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Cocktails with Sponsors

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Free Time

Day Two - February 23, 2022

6:30 AM – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

DEI Workshop with Gavriella Schuster

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Break and Vendor Time

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Vendor Quick Pitches

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM


12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Vendor Booths

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Move to Breakouts

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Breakout Session 1

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout Session 2

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Breakout Session 3

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Vendor Booth Time

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

NerdioCon Party

Health and Safety

We at Nerdio understand the severity of the global COVID-19 pandemic and we have done significant research to choose a resort that will offer as many safety precautions as possible.


The health and safety of attendees, partners, employees, and sponsors is of utmost importance to us, and we will be closely monitoring the CDC’s recommendations and well as local government regulations and will provide updates and update this page as we approach the event.


For the resort’s health and safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here and here. 

International Covid-19 Travel Guidelines

Effective January 26, 2022, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. This requirement does not apply to travelers entering the United States by land or sea or to children under two years of age. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.


For more information, click here.

Health and Safety

We will be sure to provide adequate space between seats and tables during NerdioCon sessions. 

We will be following the guidelines recommended by the resort, and anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any point. 

Yes, as of right now. We will be following all CDC guidelines and requirements put forth by the United States and Mexico to determine what is necessary for travelers leaving Mexico. 

We will be adding more information here as we approach the event. Check back soon!


February 21st – 23rd, 2022
Cancun, Mexico




Natasha Boyko

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Gavriella Schuster

DEI Advocate and Executive Board Director

About Gavriella Schuster

Gavriella has worked in the high-tech industry for the last 30 years. Most recently she was the Corporate Vice President at Microsoft which she recently left after 25 years and has led businesses across multiple disciplines driving digital and cloud transformation, strategy and execution spanning all aspects of business model and product development, launch, marketing, sales and partner development. As a builder and change agent, she specializes in building new businesses.


She is also a fierce advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the high-tech industry. She is a founding sponsor of both the Women in Cloud and Women in Technology Network. She sits on the board of directors for both organizations now as well as Chinasoft International, and the SHE Community. She is a board advisor for Berkshire Partners, Artificial Solutions, Corent Technology, The Women’s Business Collaborative, The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners and the University of Washington Bothell. Last November she launched her BeCOME framework through a TEDx talk on gender equity and was awarded the ATHENA global leadership award for her advocacy on behalf of women in IT.

Jay McBain

Principal Analyst - Channels, Partnerships, and Ecosystems at Forrester

About Jay McBain

Jay McBain is one of the most visible and respected thought leaders in the global channel. Named 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine, Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review, as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, he is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends. He has spent his 27-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, and ChannelEyes. Jay is the principal analyst for global channels, partnerships, and ecosystems at Forrester – one of the most influential global research and advisory firms in the world. 

Kyle Hanslovan

Founder & CEO at Huntress Labs

About Kyle Hanslovan

Kyle Hanslovan hails from the U.S. Intelligence Community where he supported defensive and offensive cyber operations for the past decade. After leaving the NSA, he co-founded Huntress Labs and actively participates in the ethical hacking community as a Black Hat conference trainer, STEM mentor, and Def Con CTF champion. Additionally, he served in the Maryland Air National Guard as a Cyber Warfare Operator. With his background in software development and malware analysis, he enjoys making hackers earn every inch of their access within the networks they compromise.

NerdioCon Terms & Conditions
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Nerdio prohibits discrimination, harassment, and bullying against any person for any reason—for example, because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Event conduct and safety

Nerdio is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment to all participants, including staff and vendors, at Nerdio-related events. Nerdio has no tolerance for discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any form at Nerdio-related events. Participants are expected to adhere to these principles and respect the rights of others.


Nerdio reserves the right to change, amend, add or remove any of the above Terms & Conditions in its sole discretion and without prior notice. If one or more of the conditions outlined in these Terms & Conditions should become invalid, the remaining conditions will continue to be valid and apply. These Terms & Conditions apply to all event participants (attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors).


The views expressed by any event attendee, speaker, exhibitor, or sponsor are not necessarily those of Nerdio. All attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors are solely responsible for the content of all individual or corporation presentations, marketing collateral, and/or advertising.

Welcome Party

Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Event Information

Let’s kick off NerdioCon 2022 the right way! Come grab appetizers and drinks at what promises to be a lively evening get-together presented by Diamond sponsors Datto, Pax8 and Blackpoint Cyber.

State of the VDI Market – Vadim Vladimirskiy

Time: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Event Information

Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO and co-founder of Nerdio, will kick off NerdioCon with his perspective on the VDI market, its importance to MSPs, and will share several exciting new product announcements related to the Nerdio Manager offerings. 

Breakout Session 1

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM



Nerdio Manager for MSP Overview

Nerdio Manager provides the ability to seamlessly deploy AVD or connect with existing deployments, along with advanced auto-scaling capabilities, multiple customer image management and powerful scripting automation. This session will provide a demo and overview of the solution in addition to detailing how it allows partners to capitalize on SMB demand for desktop virtualization and remote work solutions while leveraging modern, cutting-edge Azure and Azure Marketplace technologies. 

Installing, updating, and delivering applications in AVD

Application management can be a challenge in pooled AVD environments. In this session you will learn best practices of installing applications, delivering them to specific users, and updating them on a regular basis.  Image-based app management, scripted actions, and installed app management with FSLogix app masking will be covered. 

Breakout Session 2

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM



Richard Harber, Decision Digital


AVD and Windows 365-Which One Should I Use as an MSP?

MSPs who strategically offer VDI services can leverage native Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 to price and sell services much lower than competitors reselling non-Azure solutions. This session will clearly communicate the revenue streams, technologies, and opportunities possible for MSPs when offering virtual desktop services in Microsoft Azure through Windows 365 and AVD. Attendees will walk away understanding each solutions’ technical architecture, management options and which use cases are most appropriate for each offering. 

6 Cost Optimization Strategies for AVD

In this session you will learn how to save up to 80% on Azure compute and storage costs with Nerdio Manager.  Automated VM power management, just-in-time burst capacity provisioning, Reserved Instances and storage optimizations will be covered. 

Breakout Session 3

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM



FSLogix Inside Out

FSLogix profile containers are a critical component of all AVD deployments.  This flexible profile management solution provides many capabilities but can also be a source of hidden challenges if not properly configured. In this session you will learn how FSLogix works, best practices for configuration, and some of the common mistakes to avoid.

Cocktails With Sponsors

Time: 5:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Event Information

Join us as we wrap up Day 1 with a fun evening cocktail and networking event presented by NerdioCon.

Breakout Session 1

Time: 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM



The Power of Scripted Actions in Nerdio

Nerdio Manager Scripted Actions provide infinite flexibility for building and maintaining your customers’ Azure environments.  In this session you will learn about the different types of scripted actions and how to create and use them.

Deciding between Active Directory and Azure AD when deploying AVD

Several directory options are available when deploying AVD like traditional Windows Active Directory running on a domain controller, managed Azure AD DS, or cloud-native Azure AD. Each directory has its unique advantages and considerations. In this session you’ll learn the pros and cons of using Windows Active Directory vs. cloud-native Azure AD and when to use which.

Breakout Session 2

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Blackpoint Cyber


How to build and sell a Cloud MSP

In this session, Nerdio CEO, Vadim Vladimirskiy, will talk about his journey in building and eventually selling a cloud MSP.  Vadim will share key takeaways from this process and what he would have done differently. You will learn what matters most in an acquisition and how to increase valuation.

Advanced auto-scaling in AVD

Auto-scaling of AVD resources can deliver significant savings on Azure costs. In this session you will learn some of the more advanced auto-scaling capabilities in Nerdio Manager.  Base vs. burst host VMs, CPU vs. RAM vs. session-based triggers, host VM pre-staging, and more will be covered.

Shifting from non-cloud to cloud best practices

Alongside the consistent rise in cloud adoption over the past decade, companies have increasingly turned to cloud-based and cloud-native solutions and methods for various components of IT management such as backup and recovery, network configuration, and managing servers and storage. This session will detail best practices and pitfalls to beware of for each component when considering moving from on-prem to the cloud.

Breakout Session 3

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Migrating from NFA to NMM

In this session you will learn the differences in technical architecture between Nerdio for Azure (NFA) and Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM), review the pre-requisites and considerations for a migration, and go over the recommended process to ensure a smooth migration from NFA to NMM.

Image Management Strategies and Best Practices

Ongoing host image management is a significant component of AVD administration. In this session you will learn how to create images and best practices to maintain them.  Image backup and roll-back procedures as well as using scripted actions to customize images will also be discussed. 

Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Overview

Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a “single tenant” AVD and Windows 365 management platform used by large enterprises around the world to manage millions of AVD users.  In this session you’ll learn about Nerdio Manager for Enterprise’s value proposition and deployment architecture.