For those of you hungering for more information on Exchange Server 2007, please know that the 24 Part Exchange Server 2007 Webcast Series has indeed kicked off!!! If you haven't already registered, please go here and register for the sessions that make sense for you: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/tnexchangeserver.mspx#24HoursofExchangeServer2007. I hope you can make all the sessions (you will be entered into a drawing for a Zune if you attend and fill out a survey). There are also 8 Guided Hands-On-Labs associated with the 24 part series. If you would like to participate in those as well, you will need to register for those separately.
I also know that it can be very painful to register for each session (part) individually and we are trying to figure out a way to let you register for the entire series by going through the registration process once rather than 24 times (or 32 if you are also attending the labcasts). Please be patient while we work on this solution.
I also have a "favor" to ask of all of you.
Since this is a 24 part series, I will be covering off on different aspects of Exchange Server 2007 in each of the 24 parts. As I looked through the Q&A Log from last Friday, I noticed quite a few questions (and multiple duplicates of the same question) on Exchange Server 2007 that won't be covered until later sessions. I understand that everyone wants all their questions answered right here and right now, but please understand that it is hard to address hundreds of questions in an hour session if everyone does that. Please take a moment to look at the session title / description for each session so that you know what will be covered at what time. If I am delivering the Installation session (part 4), then by all means ask away on installation based questions. But if you have questions on say, Publishing Exchange Server 2007 using ISA Server 2006, then I would really appreciate it if you could hold those questions until we get to part 15 which will be dedicated to that topic. Thanks for your understanding and help!!!
good stuff, today. thanks!
Great webcast yesterday. I especially like your reviews and your use of polling questions to make sure we are absorbing the message as we progress through the presentation.
I would like to address an issue I have with the take-aways from these and other TechNet sessions that are faced by the attendees.
Why does TechNet insist on crippling the functionality of PowerPoint by converting the presentations it makes during its webcasts into .pdf versions for download during the webcast? PowerPoint allows for live links; the .pdfs don’t. PowerPoint allows for such things as adding Notes, Comments and links to other documents, resources, websites, etc; the .pdfs don’t. In PowerPoint, one can change the font, the font size, and the size and location of graphics; the .pdfs don’t.
In my opinion, this move results in Microsoft spending huge sums of money to train their faithful IT Pro community each year and then having TechNet actively cripple the learning experience by abandoning the functionality of Microsoft’s own product and format in favor of using a much more limited product and format by a competitor that doesn’t particularly like them.
What message is that sending to their IT Pro community?
While I think this is an unwise move by TechNet, they compound it shortly thereafter by sending out emails with links to a downloadable PowerPoint version of the presentation. The only problem is that they have now password “protected” the presentation. The attendee gets a copy that presents a nag screen when first opened that allows him to either enter a Password that isn’t provided, to open the presentation in Read Only mode, or to Cancel opening it at all. If one does choose Read Only mode, he is left reading a presentation as crippled as the one downloaded in .pdf format during the presentation.
While I don’t know TechNet’s motivations in what I consider bizarre behavior, they apparently haven’t ever gone to the trouble of explaining it. I have found no rationale provided on their sites, in their blogs, during the presentations, or in their follow-up emails. I am wondering if it boils down to “that’s just the way it is.”
I would appreciate your help in getting this situation improved.