This just came into my email.  Lots of webcasts coming in October.

Microsoft Webcast: Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2
Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Julius Sinkevicius, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Eric Kidd, Director Windows Server Business, Microsoft Corporation

Are you ready for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2? This webcast takes you on a tour of the new Windows Server 2003 R2, covering the Windows Server release cycle, product roadmap, and business benefits of Windows Server 2003 R2. The discussion includes a look at the new Windows Server 2003 R2 scenarios: branch management, identity access and management, and storage management.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281976&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)
Monday, October 3, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Kevin Remde, 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=1032282273&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Roadmap (Level 300)
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Today's information technology organizations are under pressure to reduce costs and prioritize spending on new equipment. Virtualization technology is emerging as an effective way to increase both productivity and deployment flexibility. Virtualization technology can play a key role in uncoupling workloads from server resources and enabling a dynamic and automated datacenter. Microsoft is investing heavily in the next generation of virtualization technology and the management tools that will drive it. This session presents Microsoft's virtualization roadmap and strategy, starting with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  We then discuss the Windows hypervisor technology, which will be incorporated into the next release of Microsoft Windows Server.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282127&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: MOM and AVIcode: Incorporating the Operations Perspective in Dynamic Systems Initiative (Level 200)
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Stephen Pelletier, VP Business Development, AVIcode, Inc.
Dhananjay Mahajan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Application development and application maintenance are no longer separate. Closing the loop between operations and development is critical for keeping the total cost of operations down. In this webast, learn how Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System and AVIcode Intercept Studio 2.3 extend the capabilities of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. AVIcode Intercept Studio and MOM 2005 provide the foundation for "friction-free" application health modeling and operational monitoring of distributed Microsoft .NET applications. Find out about the powerful capabilities this solution provides for software architects, systems operators and administrators.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282311&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)
Monday, October 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Knowing the finer points of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can help make your information technology infrastructure more secure. This second part of the Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. 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. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282276&Culture=en-US
 

TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 End-to-End (Level 200)
Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

This webcast explores the three key areas of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2: Branch Office, Storage Management and Active Directory Federation Services. Learn how Windows Server 2003 R2 extends Windows Server 2003, providing the most efficient way to manage and control access to local and remote resources while easily integrating into your existing Windows Server 2003 environment. It also enables new scenarios including simplified branch server management, efficient storage management and streamlined collaboration with partners. Windows Server 2003 R2 builds upon the increased security, reliability and performance that came with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280083&Culture=en-US
 
TechNet Webcast: Introducing Systems Center Reporting Manager 2005: Understanding, Architecting and Deploying (Level 200)
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

Reduce troubleshooting time and improve your planning capabilities with Microsoft Windows Server System Center Reporting Manager 2005. In this webcast, learn the basics on System Center Reporting Manager 2005 architecture and the best practices for deployment.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278633&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 1 of 18): Microsoft Operations Framework Overview (Level 100)
Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

This opening webcast of this series looks at the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), and shows how to use the framework to control and manage an organization's infrastructure. The webcast outlines effective implementation and optimization of MOF to facilitate continuous improvement in an information technology organization. This webcast sets the framework for this 18 part series.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282327&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 3 of 3) (Level 200)
Friday, October 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

If the prospect of migration looms in your future, or you'd like to improve information technology security, you'll find it useful to know more about Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy. In this final part of the 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=1032282280&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Does IT: Protecting the Branch with Data Protection Manager (Level 300)
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Calvin Keaton, Operations Manager, Microsoft IT, Microsoft Corporation

Learn the details behind the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Data Protection Manager (DPM) deployment, including the process they used for pre-deployment planning. Find out the lessons learned during and after the deployment process, as well as the operational details of running a day-to-day branch office data protection operation with DPM. In this webcast we detail the technology behind DPM and the planning that went into the Microsoft IT deployment of DPM.
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51255

TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 2 of 18): Management with Active Directory (Level 200)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

This webcast looks at the general issues of managing users, groups, computers and infrastructure for larger office locations and branch office locations. Learn how Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory addresses these issues. This webcast demonstrates how to plan and design an Active Directory deployment to meet your requirements. The planning considerations also require considerations for Microsoft Exchange Server, and this webcast shows you how to take these allowances into account.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282087&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 3 of 18): Deploying Active Directory in the Branch Office (Level 200)
Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Are you confident with the thought of deploying Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory to your organization's branch offices? That webcast addresses the deployment of Active Directory in the branch office environment. Topics include replication issues with Branch Office and how Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 addresses these issues and elaborates on deployment best practices.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282091&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 4 of 18): Microsoft Identity Integration Server Technical Overview (Level 200)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) enables the integration and management of identity information across multiple repositories, systems and platforms. MIIS augments Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory by providing broad interoperability capabilities. This session addresses the topic of identity and access through MIIS. The webcast provides an overview of MIIS, and then shows when and how to use it to synchronize between directory services.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282145&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 5 of 18): Client Management via Group Policy (Level 200)
Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

How many desktop computers are in your organization? Are you satisfied with your ability to manage all of them efficiently and accurately? This webcast shows how implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can address the issues of desktop management and control. This presentation specifically addresses the challenges of managing clients on different devices in different locations with consistent policies for security, managing and updating these policies. We discuss how to make policy updates centrally, and how to perform analysis models when users move around.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282153&Culture=en-US