image I have really good news for those of you in my district.  First of all, everyone on the team formerly known as the Microsoft Across America TechNet team is now part of the US Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group.  My territory is now specifically defined as the Microsoft SouthCentral District (SCD) which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

The other good news is that I am not alone.  John Weston and I will be splitting the load.  The most immediate and visible indication of this is that we were invited to join the DPE Q3FY09 (Q1CY09) events already in progress.

In discussing this with DPE SouthCentral Audience Manager, Brian Moore, we decided to pick a topic we thought you would be interested in and that my team could deliver right out of the gate.  We picked Windows Server 2008 with the intention it would naturally flow right in some discussion around it’s successor (Windows Server 2008 R2) in Q4FY09.  We’ll also likely do some content on Windows 7 then as well.  Sound good?

For those of you in the other states, don’t worry much.  We are in a transitional period at the moment and the result of our move to DPE really means a LOT more events for everyone in my district.  I am really pleased about that and I know you will be as well. 

Please contact me directly if you want me to attend a User Group or MVP meeting you are holding and I will see if I can add it to my schedule of speaking engagements. In the meantime, here’s the description of the session we’ll be delivering this quarter.

Session Description

In this session we will look at Windows Server 2008 and the improvements that have been made to Microsoft’s premier server operating system.  Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.

Windows Server 2008 introduces several new capabilities including 64bit virtualization, a robust web and development platform, improvements in networking, security, high availability and disaster recovery.  In addition, there is a new “Core” installation option that reduces the operating system overhead by removing the graphical user interface thus freeing resources and lowering the potential security attack surface.  Come see demonstrations on many of the features in a technical deep dive you won’t want to miss!

After we discuss Windows Server 2008, we’ll briefly discuss the improvements coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 which is in development and now available for beta testing.

Event Schedule

TechNet Events Unleashed starts at 3:00 PM and end by 5:00 PM.  Click the city below to be taken to the registration page.

Austin, TX – March 10, 2009 3:00 PM

Irving, TX – March 19, 2009 3:00 PM

Houston, TX – March 24, 2009 3:00 PM

I’ll be delivering the events in Austin and Irving.  John will be delivering the session in Houston.  I look forward to seeing you there as we embark on a new journey with DPE.