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TechNet Launch Road Shows

TechNet Launch Road Shows

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The next round of road shows are going to focus on Windows Server 2008 and Vista sp1 so no SQL Server 2008 this time.  But no peace for the wicked like, many dba's, when not doing my day job I have to get my head around all of the other stuff that sits around the database, such as SharePoint, the operating system and networking.  So I will be on stage with the rest of my compadres talking about the new ways we can support the branch offices  that exist in many organisations.

In order for you able to see all the demos including James' 8pt PowerShell scripts Georgina has booked up cinemas up and down the country. Also we're adding Cardiff to the list this time, at the expense of Reading, so remember to get on the right platform if you are coming form Swindon or Bristol! 

The day pans out like this:

09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:45 Keynote

Consider the way you work today. Think about what’s changed in the last few years. You can be sure that there are plenty of changes along the way. How can you best position yourself to help your business make the most of change and improve your career at the same time?

During this session we well take a look at the opportunities offered by key technologies including software plus services and innovative approaches such as virtualisation and Infrastructure Optimisation. Change seems to be the only constant in our industry. Keeping ahead of the curve brings benefits to everyone. This session will help you plan for the next generation of infrastructure and your own personal development.
09:45 – 11:00 Windows Top Features

So many features. So little time. Where should you focus? This session will help you to decide where to invest your time and effort.

People’s expectations are changing. They expect to be able to work “their way”, free of the limitations of being “tied to a desk” or a particular device. Minimising the risk of security breaches while enabling flexible working can create interesting challenges. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter Network Access Protection.

Thankfully the days of one line of business application per server are numbered thanks to virtualisation. Lazy servers waste power, data centre space and maintenance charges. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter Hyper-V.

Traditionally ensuring consistent configuration of your web servers can be time consuming. Windows Server 2008 can help – enter IIS 7.
11:00 - 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:35 How to Manage Windows Server 2008

Where should you use Windows Server Core instead of the full installation of the operating system? If you use “core” then how on Earth are you supposed to manage it? Regardless of whether you use “core” or “full” where should you use Powershell and where does Windows Server Manager make more sense?

We’ll show you!
12:35 – 13:25 Lunch
13:25 – 14:40 How to Deploy and Manage the desktop? What’s in Vista SP1?

One desktop no cry? As anyone who’s ever managed a large number of desktops knows it’s well worth making the most of automation to ensure consistent user experiences and reduce support costs. We’ll dive into the range of operating system features available to you including WDS and WSUS plus we’ll investigate MDOP and SoftGrid’s application virtualisation.

Waiting for SP1 before deploying Vista? Wait no more! We’ll open the lid and explain exactly what’s in there.
14:40 - 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:15 How to overcome the challenges of Small Office AND branch offices

It’s often less likely anyone would notice a server going “missing” in a small or remote branch office. These servers hold replica copies of user account credentials and your production data. Windows Server 2008’s Read Only Domain Controller features and BitLocker on the server can help!

Moving to a World where small/branch offices connect via the Internet to your main server resources can reduce both your attack surface AND expense/complexity. Windows Server 2008’s much improved Terminal Services can help!
16:15 – 17:15 Q&A with the full team of presenters throughout the day
17.15 Close

Like Jimi Hendrix we love feedback so step 1: come along and step 2: tell us what you think.  As usual you need to register here, but it is filling up following on from the launch event at the ICC in Birmingham on 19th March.   

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