These just came into my inbox.  Checkout the upcoming webcasts in September .

TechNet Webcast: Implementing Security Patch Management (Level 200)

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

Your security depends upon quick and effective response to published security bulletins and establishing patch compliance across your infrastructure. Attend this webcast to learn how to apply security best practices. See how to use available tools and technologies to implement a patch management process and strategy within your organization. This session covers patch management life cycle and demonstrates the usefulness of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and Microsoft Windows Server Update Services.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279901&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)

Friday, September 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This webcast provides guidance to familiarize you with the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. We show you what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects are, and how they are applied to users and computers. We help you understand the benefits of using Group Policy. Learn how to create a test and staging environment, and see how to use the two most common tools used to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279687&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Manageability Using Management Pack for MOM (Level 200)

Friday, September 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Vipul Shah, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

Are you paying attention to Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)? This webcast shows how to manage Microsoft SQL Server 2005 better by using MOM. See what is new in the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Pack. Learn how to use different capabilities in Management Pack such as Client Side Monitoring, Service Availability, Performance Monitoring, Space Monitoring, and the ability to launch tasks. We show you how to effectively monitor your SQL Server installations using built-in Reports and State Components in MOM.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280135&Culture=en-US

 TechNet Webcast: Mastering Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 200)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Don Jones, Microsoft MVP, Book Author, and Founder of ScriptingAnswers.com

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a robust technology for administering Windows through scripts. In this webcast, we examine how WMI works and show you the wide variety of things it can do, such as collecting information from computers and reconfiguring systems. Learn a methodology for incorporating WMI into your scripts quickly and easily. You will  find out how to use the tools and utilities that can make writing WMI scripts simple and painless.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276552&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: What's New in SMS 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

The next service pack for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 is in development. If you want to see the new features this new service pack will provide to your SMS 2003 environment, this webcast is for you. Join us as we look at the new features and updates in the service pack, as well as how to upgrade to SMS 2003 Service Pack 2.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278629&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

Friday, September 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

This second part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. We provide the knowledge you need to deploy and manage Group Policy in your environment. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether it is an in-house application or an update to already-installed software. Finally, we look at the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279689&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 3 of 3) (Level 200)

Friday, September 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

In this final part of the Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy series we demonstrate the management of Group Policy through the use of the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects across domains. Learn various ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security polices in your environment. We show you scripts to help implement and manage Group Policy. Finally we look at some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279691&Culture=en-US