April, 2007

  • Upcoming TechNet event: Web Administration Summit Tour

    WEB ADMINISTRATION SUMMIT TOUR - IIS7 Web Server Platform - Windows Server 'Longhorn'


    A secure, easy to manage server platform for developing and for reliable
    hosting Web applications.

    Microsoft Windows Server code name "Longhorn" is the next generation of the Windows server operating system that helps IT maximize control over their infrastructure. Windows Server "Longhorn" delivers Microsoft's most powerful pipeline of Web technology around the latest version of Internet Information Services (IIS). Far from a simple version upgrade, IIS version 7.0 is an extensible platform for more reliably and securely hosting Web applications and services that are easy to manage at scale.

    IIS 7.0 is a major enhancement to earlier versions, offering for the first time a componentized architecture with full extensibility, a single integrated pipeline for all IIS and ASP.NET processing, and a comprehensive Administration tool to support powerful diagnostics and delegated management.

    This comprehensive one-day seminar will introduce you to many of the key improvements in IIS 7, including administration, security and troubleshooting.


    Monday, May 21


    Microsoft's Next Generation Web Server: What's New in IIS7 for IT Pros
    This overview session will highlight the key points of interests for IT Pros in Internet Information Services version 7. IIS7 modularity increases security by allowing a reduced installation footprint and creation of specialized, streamlined servers. Application Pools are now “sandboxed” by default. You'll see how IIS7 eases administration with a new IIS Manage UI, delegated administration, and new tools for automating administrative tasks. Applications run more reliably as they are easier to troubleshoot with built in tracing and diagnostics. Finally, multiple servers can use a single configuration file with the shared configuration feature for web farms. (75 min)


    IIS7 Administration: The New IIS Manager
    IIS7 Administration centers around the new task-oriented IIS Manager. This redesigned administration tool has many major new capabilities including the ability to delegate features, edit .NET configuration and has significantly improved performance when managing many sites. The IIS Manager itself is an extensible, modular application that administrators can customize and developers can extend. In this presentation we'll explore how use and control the IIS Manager with a special focus on Delegated Administration. In addition, we'll explore how to use Granular Locking to fine tune your delegated settings beyond those available in the UI. (75 min)


    IIS7 Administration: Shared Configuration, Remote Control, and Automated Tools
    For web farms, IIS7 has a powerful new feature – Shared Configuration. This allows you to configure multiple servers to share a single configuration file. The benefits are clear - all web servers have identical configuration so there's no need to do configuration replication. In addition, IIS Manager has built in remote administration capabilities. Using https between the IIS Manager and the remote server, this feature includes the ability to define trusted users in IIS Manager and have identities securely stored in the IIS configuration, Windows SAM or AD, or a .NET provider. Of course, many organizations need to automate administration tasks. APPCMD is the new powerful, general purpose command line utility for controlling configuration, state for site and pools, and querying status. WMI has been improved specifically for IIS management, and there's a new managed code API Microsoft.Web.Adminsitration that makes it easy for developers use .NET to write IIS management tools. PowerShell can use the managed API or WMI, giving you a superior command line and scripting environment for managing your servers. (75 min)


    IIS7 Security: Less Exposure, Greater Control
    IIS7 security improvements can be found in many areas. In addition to the ability to control the server footprint, security is improved with the new URLFiltering and URLAuthorization capabilities. Also, you can now use Forms authentication with any content while leveraging .NET role and membership providers. In addition, there are key changes in the user principles and groups used by IIS7 that will make the server both easier to manage and more secure. Finally, application pool sandboxing helps to improve the security boundary between application pools. (75 min)


    IIS7 Troubleshooting: Failed Request Tracing
    One of the most exciting features in IIS7 for administrators is the new built-in failed request tracing capabilities. You can configure IIS7 to automatically create a detailed trace log of events that occurred in the request processing pipeline when specific error codes are seen and/or if a request takes more than N seconds to complete. This is configurable at the server, site, application, or file level, and can be configured in the UI or with a command line tool. The resulting trace log is ideal for identifying bottlenecks. Like everything in IIS7, it is extensible and can be customized with new events. (75 min)

    Q&A and Closing



    Spuibeekstraat, 5
    2800 Mechelen / Malines
    How to get there




    Hope to meet you there!

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  • Upcoming Technet event: You're in Control


    You're in control


    When? Thursday, May 10th 2007

    Where? Kinepolis Brussels

    Topic? Microsoft System Center and Microsoft ForeFront put you in control

    Learn how these new products put you in control of an infrastructure that empowers your business at every stage. You’ll also learn how to plan and maintain an agile infrastructure and help protect it from harm.



    08:30 – 09:30

    Welcome & Registration

    09:30 – 10:15

    Take Control: Manage and Secure Your Environment

    As infrastructure IT professionals, you have three broad accountabilities: maintaining the health of your clients and servers, keeping users productive regardless of where they are, and maintaining visibility and control over the entire IT environment. In this keynote session, you will be introduced to Microsoft’s systems management and security solutions – System Center and Forefront. You will learn how these solutions work together to help put you in control of infrastructure that empowers your business at every stage. Through productive, simplified, and integrated products, System Center and Forefront can help you now and in the future by creating an IT environment that is well-managed, secure, and effective.

    Philippe Lemmens, Business Group Manager Server & Tools, Microsoft BeLux

    10:15 – 10:40

    Break & Expo

    10:40 – 12:00

    Forefront Security Anti-Malware Protection: a technical overview with special guest star “Forefront Client Security”

    Microsoft Forefront Client Security is a new security product that Microsoft is releasing to help protect business desktops, laptops, and servers from emerging threats such as spyware and rootkits, as well as viruses and other traditional attacks. This technical drilldown session provides a comprehensive product overview and an introduction to Microsoft Forefront Client Security's capabilities.

    Sasa Radosevic, Security Technology Specialist, Microsoft Netherlands

    12:00 – 13:00

    Lunch & Expo

    12:20 – 12:45

    Microsoft Services offerings delivered by Microsoft Premier Services (optional session during lunch break)

    This session will explain how we enable customers to easily operate and support core Microsoft products in a way that minimizes downtime and risks; maximizes supportability, change management and accountability; and enables data-driven IT decision making. We explore how you can achieve Operational Excellence with our Microsoft IP solutions: Service Level Management (SLM), Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) and Proactive Monitoring with Microsoft Operations Manager (PMM).

    Frank Bosman, Practice Manager Premier Services, Microsoft BeLux

    13:00 – 14:15

    End-to-end Service Management: technical best practices with System Center Operations Manager 2007 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007

    Learn how to insure performance and availability of your enterprise’s key applications with System Center Operations Manager 2007. This new product release delivers new capabilities which provide for client monitoring, service monitoring, and automated problem resolution for key Windows applications, while SMS 2003 and the upcoming System Center Configuration Manager 2007 deliver unprecedented capabilities to enable quicker and flexible scenarios for planning and deploying Vista and Office 2007.

    14:15 – 14:30

    Break & Expo

    14:30 – 15:45

    Remote Access to Applications and Network Edge Protection

    The Forefront edge security and access products, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 and Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007, provide enhanced network edge protection and application-centric, policy-based access to corporate IT infrastructure. This session will use slides and demonstrations to show how ISA Server 2006 and IAG 2007 combined allow network separation and full control of inbound and outbound content and access for businesses of all sizes.

    15:45 – 16:00

    Break & Expo

    16:00 – 17:00

    Unified Management for Midsized Businesses: a technical overview of System Center Essentials 2007

    Get an introduction to Essentials 2007, a new management solution in the System Center family of IT systems management products specifically designed for midsized businesses. Essentials 2007 provides a unified management solution that enables IT professionals in midsize organizations to proactively manage their IT environment with increased efficiency.

    Erik De Bondt, Partner Technical Specialist, Microsoft BeLux

    17:00 – 17:30

    Xbox Competition Finals!


    Registration? http://www.microsoft.com/belux/control/index.html

  • Upcoming User Group Events May 2007

    ProExchange UserGroup: EMC Exchange Solutions

    When? Thursday, May 3rd 2007
    Where? Sofitel, Brussels
    Topic? EMC Exchange Solutions (it will be a technical session, covering the products EMC has available for Exchange to pursue archivation, virtualization, etc) 

    18h30 - 19h00 registration
    19h00 - 21h00 Session EMC Exchange solutions

    21h00 - 22h00 Networking (including something to eat & drink)

    More info?
    If you are registered as a member of
    Pro-Exchange (it's free ;-), you will receive an email with more detailed information about this event.
    To subscribe?
    The event is free, and open for every registered member of Pro-Exchange!  



    SQL UG: Secrets of Fast Detection and Recovery from Database Corruptions by Paul Randal

    When? Thu May 24 by Paul Randal

    Where? Microsoft Av. Culliganlaan 1A, 1831 Diegem

    Topic? How can you tell whether your data is corrupt? If you have corruption, how do you work out what's wrong with the database? How do you ensure you have a valid backup? If you don't have a valid backup, how and what do you repair? If you do have a backup, how do you work out whether you should restore or repair? And at what granularity? How do you go about determining what went wrong in the first place? It's all about limiting downtime and data-loss when a corruption occurs - from knowing the tools to understanding the choices to planning a successful strategy. Some of the features discussed: torn-page detection and page checksums, IO read-retry, backup checksums, consistency checks (DBCC CHECKDB and related commands), and database repairs. Facing database corruption is almost inevitable in every DBAs career - make sure you're prepared when it happens to you.

    Timing? The starting hour 18:30, doors open from 18:00 hour.

    Registration? http://sqlug.be/content/NextUGEvening.aspx

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  • Offline :(

    WoW it has been a long time ago since I posted something onto this blog. It feels like I am writing my first blogpost again but for sure I will keen on blogging like I used to in the past. The reason for this is long silence is the following. First we had those amazing Dev & IT Pro Days 2007 back in March, for sure this was the best event our team ever organized. Mmm we will have a hard time next year to make it even better, it's something I look very much forward to.

    It was also a great pleasure to see all the Dev and IT Pro related UserGroups at the booth and during this event we were able to announce a new UserGroup in Belgium called WinSec which will have a focus onto some of our Edge security products like ISA and IAG. If you are interested to become a member please send them a mail info@winsec.be. 

    Here are some numbers to remember:

    • More than 1.350 registrations
    • More than 70 sessions
    • An architecture track with Ron Jacobs
    • 8 parallel break-outs
    • 2 pre-conference tracks

    Some less obvious facts:

    • At least 45 people were working in the background to make the conference a success from Monday 26 March till Thursday night 29 March
    • 6.500 minutes of sessions were recorded (pre-conferences were not recorded)
    • The technical teams needed 3 trailers to transport all their equipment.
    • +1.000 meters of category 5 UTP cable for the internet connections
    • +250 kilo's of t-shirts
    • 8.500 liters of water and soft drinks (that is almost 3 liters per person per day!), thirsty anyone?
    • 10.000 sandwiches, hungry anyone?

    Check out Tom Mertens who is my colleague, his blogpost where he looks back at the event. Today he released the link to 325 photos onto the conference. Those photos were taken by Ine Dehandschutter.

    A day after the conference I almost missed my flight heading to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt were I was enjoying two weeks of holidays and for the first time in years I was completely disconnected. I did not bring my laptop and I resisted the temptation to synchronize my mobile phone. I told you that I almost missed my flight we'll I slept over for about 2 hours when my Mom came into my house to wake me. From then on it was a rush to the airport but we made it and we had a perfect family holiday. I enjoyed the weather up to 30°c and also scuba diving into the red sea. I did a fantastic dive onto the wreck called "Thistlegorm".

    Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheik


    After two weeks we were back home and I was able to organize a surprise party for my lovely wife, she turned 30. The day after the party I needed to catch a flight heading to Athens in Greece and guess what? Yeps I slept over again, this time a friend of mine woke me up almost 2 hours before the flight in a rush to the airport I forgot my passport and went back home, yet again I made it. During the week I spent in Athens we, myself and my other colleagues Evangelists, had the opportunity to get training onto Longhorn server and at the same time to review the MS Learning content. It was a real honor to review the training content you might ever receive and please if you follow an Microsoft Official training on Longhorn give me your feedback. This was one of the best training sessions I ever had because we had some folks coming over from the product team in Redmond and even Michael Kleef an ITE from Australia came to Athens to deliver some security sessions.

    By now Longhorn Server Beta 3 has been released, you can download it from here. PowerShell is now included as feature and we have made yet some other improvements for the Terminal Services, more on that in an upcoming blogpost to finally finish my 10 posts about Longhorn server.


    Today I still need to catch up with tons of e-mails but suddenly realised that I didn't post anything onto this blog since the end of March. Bear with me this is the first post this month and I have some others to come.


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