Conference Sessions

Why should I attend MMS?

MMS offers deep technical sessions on systems management and automation. MMS has over 100 sessions focused on MEMCM, Cloud, PowerShell, and SQL Server, featuring world-class presenters from around the world. In addition to sessions, you will also have the opportunity to have in-depth Q&A sessions with presenters. And probably more important than everything else is the opportunity to network with your peers—this is something that is nearly impossible at large conferences. Network with peers, share war stories, brain storm, and share best practices.

Are the sessions recorded?

No. We encourage you to attend the sessions and engage with presenters and attendees during the summit to maximize your summit experience.  We discourage sitting with your laptop open to work (sure if you get some emergency go ahead), but instead want you engaged with the speaker. We're small enough that you can often call out for a quick clarification. No recording of any sessions with your phones (or any other recording device)!

Is there an online alternative?

No. As mentioned previously, a significant value from MMS can be obtained just by being here and engaging with your peers. There is no online alternative to the opportunity to discuss your challenges, as well as meet people face to face.

When is the keynote session? I don’t see it on the agenda.

…And you won’t see a keynote session here. Catch the Microsoft keynotes for Ignite and other conferences on Microsoft Learn. MMS is at the 10 foot view, not that 1,000-foot view.

What is an MVP?

This is an annual award by Microsoft to recognize industry leaders in a specific Microsoft product – check out the MVP site.

Why only 750 attendees?

MMS was created to help foster the community that is lost in larger conferences. We want you to get to know people, share ideas, and not get lost in the crowd. No wallflowers! We want you to have time to ask questions at the end of a session, as well as participate in several Nerds of a Feather sessions.

Our smaller road edition conferences are generally around 200 or so attendees. We hold these smaller conferences when the main conference sells out.

What is a Nerds of a Feather (NoF) session?

NoF sessions are more of a two-way communication session, as compared to traditional presentations. It’s more about having a leader to moderate discussion and enable you to share ideas among a group of people with a common interest. You will find that many sessions at MMS end with a brief NoF experience to help you engage and share knowledge. You will also be able to attend NoF sessions each day. We all have something to share, and we can all learn from each other.

Is there a closing party?

There is no formal closing party hosted by MMS (but there is a welcome reception Sunday evening). Keep an eye on twitter (#MMSMOA), as well as converse with attendees to find out where attendees (and staff) are congregating.  Many sponsors throw some great parties too so be sure to visit their booth and ask!

Is there Wi-Fi in the breakout rooms?

Yes, but it can get saturated quickly if everyone opens their laptop/phone and starts working.  Try to limit your use for this reason alone. You or your company is paying for you to come learn, not logon and work!

Are there power outlets in the breakout rooms?

Generally not. Be sure to charge your devices before the day starts.

What is included with registration?

Registration will include access the welcome reception, to all sessions, to the vendor expo, and to a limitless amount of conversations with your peers - this one is priceless. Hotel bundle packages obviously include the hotel stay as well. Note that with MOA offering 50+ restaurants and food court, we don't serve meals. We offer coffee and snacks during the day as well as beer and wine for the "beer sessions" each evening.

How large are the breakout rooms?

Room size varies from 35 – 200 attendees, ensuring a community-feel for all.

Is breakfast or lunch included?

No. The Mall of America has more than 50 restaurant options to choose from, as well as a restaurant at Radisson Blu. (In fact, dinner is on your own too). This helps keep our costs down, gives you more variety, and the opportunity to have side discussions with vendors, teammates, new friends, etc.  You’ll find a food court if you’re thrifty or in the need for something quick. The hotel restaurant has excellent food (really!) and serves breakfast.

What is the level of content presented?

That’s a great question! Let’s start by saying that the info you learn in sessions at MMS, is probably not in a book, in the Microsoft Official Curriculum, or in TechNet documentation. The intent of MMS is to provide training and knowledge share for IT pros who have already mastered the standard training channels. MMS will help take your skills to the next level.

My company says they can't afford registration, now what do I do?

If this conference is relevant to what you do for a living, then there is no reason you can't pay for this out of pocket. Registration with hotel, your meals, and your travel expenses can all be written off your taxes. Talk to your tax preparer or CPA for more information. Don't let that stop you from joining us!.

What if I cancel registration?

We cannot refund your registration cost after March 2nd, 2022. As Eventzilla states, we have a 60-day policy. If you would like to send someone to fill your seat, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To cancel, click the button at the bottom of the registration page on Eventzilla that says "Contact the Organizer." If worried about Covid, please just wait for a 2023 event to register.

Hotel and Transportation

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
  • Radisson Blu offers a free shuttle from the airport (runs from 5am-11pm daily), just call +1 (952) 881-5258
  • After 11pm there is a light rail train you can take to the mall - and after 2am, well just take a cab!
  • Country Inn & Suites also offers a free shuttle from the airport, just call +1 (952) 854-5555
Are there extra charges for parking?

Complimentary self-parking is available based upon availability at time of arrival in the East and West Mall of America lots. If you are a registered hotel guest and are parking overnight in either of these lots, please bring the make & model of your vehicle as well as your license plate number to our front desk upon check-in. Hotel team will inform Mall team of your information. Latest details here.

I'm too lazy to go park myself, can I valet?

Valet parking is available based upon availability at time of arrival for $28 for overnight.

Are there extra charges for Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is free in the conference area for attendees. Wi-Fi is also free in the hotel for hotel guests. It would help everyone if you set your Win10 updates to pause for the week.

What if I want to stay extra nights at the hotel—is there a deal?

Of course! We want to you extend and enjoy your stay in Minnesoootah!

Note: Going forward, all registrations are booked by YOU! If you buy a hotel bundle, you can use our code to book and days you like, but MMS pays only for the hotel bundled nights (Sun-Thu). Extra nights are charged to you.

Conference Logistics

Where will the conference be held?

It will be on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Radisson Blu hotel.  Registration will be in the foyer in front of the Lakes ballrooms.

Radisson Blue 2nd floor with 3rd floor offset

When should I arrive/depart?

Unlike many other conferences, MMS will begin early on the first day, Monday May 2nd. Please try to arrive on Sunday, May 1st so you can make the welcome reception at 5pm. Check twitter (#MMSMOA) to find colleagues and connect the evening before the conference begins (you'll find many of us at FireLake). Also, sessions will run until 6:30pm on Thursday, May 5th. The airport is only 5 miles from the conference center. The MMS staff and volunteers will more-than-likely have some impromptu social gatherings on Thursday, May 5th - stay till Friday and enjoy more geek-speak!

How long is the walk from the Radisson Blu hotel rooms to the conference center?

This isn’t Vegas-style. You’ll get there in a minute or two walk from the elevator bank. If you're staying across the street at the Country Inn & Suites, there is a skyway you can use to cross the street.

Is there a coat/bag check at the conference center?

Currently, there is no plan to have a coat/bag check. Check with your hotel to see if it can hold your bags on the day of checkout (if needed).

Where do I eat?

The Radisson Blu has a nice restaurant, and there are more than 50 options to choose from at the Mall of Americas – it’s just a short walk from the conference center to the mall via the enclosed sky bridge.

How can I offer feedback?

Everyone involved with MMS wants to ensure this is a successful event. You will receive a survey to complete at the end of the summit. If you have something urgent, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do you accept PayPal or Purchase Orders?

If you need an alternative method to pay, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Is the conference handicap accessible?

Yes! Please contact Radisson Blu for specific questions.

Who are the event sponsors?

View our sponsors from our scheduling site (https://mms2022atmoa.sched.com/) as well as visit them on the sky bridge from lunch time on Monday through Thursday. If you would like to sponsor, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I sponsor?

Yes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link to our sponsor portal.

Can I volunteer?

Probably. Send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with information on how you would like to help.

May I bring my family?

Of course! The Radisson Blu and the Mall of America are very family friendly (check out the attractions at the Mall of America). However, only attendees with a badge will be permitted in the conference center.

How can I prevent my wife/husband/children/assorted relatives from spending all my money at the mall?

Great question, and if you find the answer, please be sure to share it at the summit.