tiki Get ready for Spring and join our local TechNet Events team to discuss the Windows Client OS Roadmap - Why Windows Vista is an important foundation for Windows 7. We’ll discuss security and application compatibility, as well as look at the new features of the Windows 7 Beta, presentations and demos delivered live by experienced IT Pros.

Session 1: Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap

In this welcome session, we will review the event agenda and discuss some of the key challenges IT Pros face in today’s economy.  We’ll discuss scenarios around Windows 2000, Windows XP, and the importance of moving to a modern OS.  In addition, we will cover Windows Vista and improvements that have been made with SP2 as well as review guidance concerning Windows Vista deployments.

Session 2:  Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility

This session discusses Vista security, data protection with the new Windows 7 “Bitlocker-To-Go”, rich support tools like Reliability Monitor, Resource Monitor, Windows Recovery Environment, the new System Restore and Problem Steps Recorder. We also cover application control using group policy and implement simple rule structures that include working with an application to Allow, Exception or Deny the installation. We’ll also discuss Group Policy Preferences and how a User can change their own policy settings!

Session 3:  Windows 7 Beta Sneak Peek

The way Microsoft develops Windows has changed. We’ll discuss the changes we have made in Windows Vista that will affect Windows 7 such as hardware, search as well as discuss new features that work with Windows Server 2008 R2 like DirectAccess™, a new network paradigm enables same experience inside and outside the office and makes seamless access to network resources increasing productivity of mobile users. We also will discuss BranchCache ™, which caches content downloaded from file and web servers, users in the branch can quickly open files stored in the cache, which frees up network bandwidth for other uses.

For more information, see http://blogs.technet.com/blainbar/archive/2009/02/23/it-pro-tiki-hut-tour-spring-2009-registration-opens.aspx.