Following on from the TechNet Live! events we ran throughout the last financial year; we are kicking off our first TechNet Virtual Conference on a range of technologies. Instead of running one session we are running a “virtual conference” with 4 different sessions going on throughout the day. So hopefully there will be something of interest for everyone. You don’t have to attend all sessions but of course we would love it if you did! Anyway please see the details of each session below. Make sure you register today!
TechNet Virtual Conference Friday 25 September 10.00am-11.00am IT Manager Session: How Microsoft does IT: Save Time, Save Energy Speaker: Jonathan Lewis – Senior IT Manager – Microsoft Australia Abstract: This session is designed to demonstrate to customers how Microsoft IT uses our technologies internally, as well as other general best practices, to Save Time, Save Energy and Save Money for the company. Key themes such as using Unified Communications to improve employee productivity and reduce T&E expenses and our carbon footprint, using virtualization technology built natively into Windows Server 2008 to better utilize hardware and decrease power consumption in data centres, consolidation of data centres and infrastructure through Microsoft’s enabling technologies and Power Management features of Windows will be explored among other topics. 11.30am-12.30pm Desktop/End User Specialist Session: Windows 7 Manageability Solutions Speaker: Jeff Alexander – IT Pro Evangelist – Microsoft Australia Abstract: This session will explore Windows 7 manageability features for increased automation, reducing help desk calls, and flexible administrator control. We will discuss how Windows Powershell V2.0 automates desktop administrative activities to improve productivity and how Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences enhancements and Applocker make it easier and more flexible for IT Professionals to manage desktop systems. Then we will discuss improvements to desktop auditing to monitor system changes and improvements in system restore capabilities. Finally, we will discuss Support tools such as built-in Windows Troubleshooting Packs, Problem Steps Recorder capabilities, Windows Recovery Environment, Startup Repair tool, Resource Monitor that provides detailed resource utilization, and Reliability Monitor that includes more robust capabilities to help identify and solve system issues. 1.00pm-2.00pm Line of Business/Applications Specialist Session: SQL Server Consolidation/Virtualisation Speaker: Shashank Pawar – Technical Solutions Professional – Microsoft Australia Abstract: Microsoft SQL Server supports multiple options for server consolidation, providing organizations with the flexibility to choose the consolidation approach that best meets their requirements in order to centralize data services management and reduce hardware and maintenance costs. By providing centralized management, auditing, and monitoring capabilities, SQL Server makes it easy for you to manage multiple databases and data services, significantly reducing administrative overheads in large enterprises. SQL Server can provide you with the reassurance of industry-leading performance and scalability, and unprecedented control over server resource utilization to maximize the performance of your consolidated data services. Join this session to find out more about the various options for server consolidation with SQL Server, and best practices to get the most out of your environment. 2.30pm-3.30pm Infrastructure Specialist Session: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Group Policy Changes Speaker: Jeff Alexander – IT Pro Evangelist – Microsoft Australia Abstract: This session will explore Group Policy enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. We will show you how Administrative template improvements make it easier to configure and Group Policy preference improvements to configure defaults for non-Group Policy-aware Windows components. Then we will discuss Starter GPO improvements and scripting Group Policy Objects using Windows Powershell Group Policy cmdlets.
So hopefully there is a topic of interest there for you. But don’t fear we are going to be running these throughout the year so there will be more information to get to you. Of course we would love to hear your feedback on the format of this and what content you would like to see. Please let me know so we can tailor these events to your needs.
Thank you Jeff.