Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Session 1: “Why Vista?”
While those “Mac vs. PC” commercials are entertaining, they don’t tell the whole story – especially when it comes to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. In this session, we’ll dispel some of the common myths and misperceptions about Windows Vista. We’ve been listening to your feedback since Vista’s initial release and we’ll address the top deployment blockers as reported by you, the customer. You’ll get quality technical information about why installing or upgrading to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 can increase end-user productivity, improve stability and reliability, give IT staff more control of the desktop, and help secure your networking environment. Learn the truth about Microsoft’s new operating system and prepare to leave this session with a fresh perspective on Windows Vista.
Session 2: Managing Windows Vista with Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell provides scripting capabilities to automate system administration activities that can really help IT pros increase their productivity. In this session, we’ll focus on using Windows PowerShell with Windows Vista to manage and automate common client administration activities. We’ll explore the features and capabilities of Windows PowerShell and the Windows Vista operating system functions that can be automated, plus activities that can be automated to troubleshoot Vista client computers. Finally, we’ll touch on the new capabilities you can expect in the next version of PowerShell.
Session 3: Group Policy Preferences, Templates and Scripting
As an IT professional, you’ve probably mapped user network drives with logon scripts – which meant you had to write and debug the logon script, store the script in a central location, then run the script by configuring user objects in Active Directory or by creating a Group Policy Object. Sound familiar? Now think about all the other settings you’ve configured using logon scripts or similar methods. With Group Policy Preferences, you can cut costs (and headaches) with a simple, central system to configure, deploy and manage operating system and application settings. In this session, you’ll get the inside track on the Group Policy enhancements in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. You’ll learn about Group Policy processing, scripting, features, and how to use the template format. Don’t miss this informative session on the latest Group Policy preferences.
[UPDATE for 07:00 CST on 8/14] John Baker and I spotted errors on the registration links above and we have notified the appropriate teams to fix them. Pay careful attention when you click the link to see that it’s pointing at the right city. I’d hate for people in Chicago to get directions to South Carolina because gas is expensive. It’s possible the links in the four other posts have some “irregularities” as well. I have asked that all links get verified.
Dallas/Fort Worth? Been a long time since I've seen an in person event in Dallas/Fort Worth beyond the launch events.
All I have to say is that I am disappointed in the number of live events being funded this year. On the bright side, we have a lot of good content we're developing for webcast and screencast deliveries.
I love the webcast's and screencasts, but at least at work I can't access them. Our internet connection is heavily filtered/monitored and all forms of web video/audio are blocked. While should be able to get video/audio if it comes directly from microsoft.com (or a microsoft IP), this isn't always the case. Also, I can't access audio/video if it comes from a partner site or 3rd party provider (as some webcasts seem to be). I frequently watch/listen to the webcasts/screencasts at home after work, but especially the webcasts just aren't the same if you can't fully participate.
While I love the idea of the screencasts/webcasts they just do not work in all environments (especially one where content filtering/monitoring are going on), and this is where live events need to fill-in. Also, a live event ensures that to some extent I am un-reachable so I'm allowed to focus on the material (at least where I work if you are sitting at your desk you are assumed to be "available", regardless of whether or not that is the case).