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  • Resource Page for Windows Server 2003 Administration Series Webcast (Part 1 of 12)

    Resource Page for

     

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    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 1 of 12): Administration Tools Overview (Level 100) 

     

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

     

    -Kevin

     

     

    Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx

     

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation Kit 

    (Get the trial OS, install it as virtual machines, and try out what we discuss in class!)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx

     

    Windows Server System online documentation – Terminal Services

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/ts_chm_top.asp

     

    Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Desktop

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/rdfaq.mspx

     

    Understanding Windows Firewall

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_wfintro.mspx

     

    Group Policy Webcast Series (for great in-depth coverage of Group Policy by my college Matt Hester)

    http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/series/grouppolicy.mspx

     

    Step-by-Step Guide to Remote Assistance

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/rmassist.mspx

     

    Using Remote Assistance to Get Help When You Need It

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/remoteassist/intro.mspx

     

     

    ..and here is the link to use for registering or viewing Series Webcast Part 2:

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 Administration Series (Part 2 of 12): User Account Management (Level 100)
    Wednesday, February 16, 2005
    1:00–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time, United States and Canada (UTC-8)

    (Or On Demand thereafter)

  • Windows Server Administration Webcast Series

    Greetings!

     

    Well… I’m excited now!  And anyone of you IT Pros out there who wants some in-depth, free training on Windows Administration should be excited, too.  “Your admin skills are about to be upgraded.”

     

     I’ve been tagged to lead a series of 12 weekly webcasts all about the ins-and-outs of Windows Administration.  The series starts on February 9th, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. PST (4:00p.m. EST) with Administration basics, and with new topics and sessions at the same time every week, for a total of 12 hour-long events.

     

    And that’s not all – anyone who attends these sessions and fills out a session evaluation has a chance to win some kick-butt prizes like a Portable Media Center!  (Of course I was disappointed that Microsoft Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win… but maybe I can convince the webcast producers to give me one anyway.  I mean.. I should really have one and learn to like it if they expect me to promote this thing properly, right?  Email my boss if you think he should give me one of these.)

     

    Anyway.. I hope that many of you will register to join me in these sessions.  Send me a Q&A note “Hi Kevin!  I heard about this on your blog!” when you’re there, too!

     

    By the way – Did you know that another thing people really love about our webcasts is the fact that we have very knowledgeable people answering their questions LIVE while the session is happening?  Feel free to bring your laundry-list of questions and see if you can stump these folks!  They’re my teammates, and they love taking the tough questions!)

     

    Also - Our team and others do quite a few webcasts on other topics as well, so if you’re interested in seeing the huge wealth of free training, check out http://www.microsoft.com/webcasts.

      

    See you there!

     

    PS – This week I am at Microsoft’s “Envision” conference, which is a week-long internal event for our worldwide technology specialists and the "technical sales" folks.  I’m actually writing this as I’m on the plane and on my way to Redmond.  I will likely continue to post new and exiting things here that I’ve learned or seen -  provided they are okay to talk about in public.  Of course I have to refrain from giving away any secrets. :)  Sorry!

  • Application Compatibility Tools

    A question came up in my Chicago TechNet Briefing about the Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit – specifically:

    “Kevin… What OS’s support the running of the Application Compatibility Analyzer?”

    The Analyzer’s Collector tool (collector.exe) will run on Windows 95 and up.

    The Analyzer’s Analyzer tool (analyzer.exe) will run on:

    Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server

    Microsoft Windows XP

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003

    For all the ins-and-outs of the Analyzer tool, check out this link:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/appcompatibility/analyzer.mspx

     

  • The Question of What's New in the Exchange ADC Version SP1

    (Footnote: I’m using the Blog here to answer questions that were posed to me in TechNet Briefing Events or Webcasts, for which I didn’t have an immediate answer.  I like to treat that as an opportunity for “Win-Win”, so I learn something new, and the attendees will benefit if they look here and find the results of my research also.)

    An attendee in my Muncie, Indiana TechNet Briefing asked a really good question.  I was demonstrating the installation of the ADC (Active Directory Connector), and was describing the fact that I was using the most recent version that is included in the Exchange Server 2003 SP1.  The question was…

    “Hey Kevin… What’s new in the SP1 version of the ADC?  What’s the difference between that one and the one that’s on the Exchange 2003 CD?”

    Well… I didn’t know.  So today I looked it up. 

    The first thing I noted was that the version number is different.  The version on the Exchange CD is 6.5.6944.0, while the SP1 version is 6.5.7226.0.  It’s a higher number.  Happy now?

    “Um… No.”

    Okay… then I’ll dig further.

    SP1 included some great improvements in enabling site consolidation from Exchange 5.5 to 2003 installations.  Cross-site resource moves are now possible.  Changes to the ADC were neccessary to support these new functionalities.  Also, improvements in the ADCTools give the user more flexibility when creating new connection agreements in “large, complicated environments”.  For a more detailed look at the changes included in SP1, check out Nino Bilic’s “Deployment Changes in Exchange Server 2003 SP1” article.

    This brings up another question.. 

    “So.. If I already have ADC installed and configured, and then I install Exchange Server SP1, will the ADC be upgraded automagically?”  

    No.  If you already have the ADC installed and running, and if you do just the upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 SP1, you won’t be automatically upgrading the ADC to the newer vesrion.  You will need to run the ADC setup included with SP1 to upgrade the ADC.  And you need to make sure that you’ve closed down any other Exchange related MMCs before running it so that you don’t attempt to update any files that are in use.  See KB.306505 for more about this.

    If you want details of what is new in SP1, I highly recommend that you view Evan Dodd’s prerecorded webcast on “An Overview of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1”.

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    Cheers!

    Kevin

     

  • TechNet Briefings Resources

    Hello again!

     

    “Back so soon, Kevin?”

     

    Well, yeah… when you’re sitting on the plane sipping beverages in first class (hey… I put in a lot of air miles… so I’ve earned them! J)  you get to thinking about all the things you’d like to use your blog for.  Well.. maybe YOU don’t, but I do… or at least I am right now.  And along with that I was thinking about what a great job our MSDN team of presenters is doing using their blogs to keep-in-touch with their event attendees (a.k.a. FRIENDS, because that’s what we like to think of all of you as.) and I thought, “Heck.. I really need to do that, too.”

     

    So now I intend to copy my MSDN colleagues (the sincerest form of flattery) by promoting my blog as a place to give you updates not only on my comings and goings, but also on training opportunities you IT Pros will have from our team and from Microsoft in general.  So… that said.. I hope that many of you reading this are here for the first time because you attended one of my live TechNet Briefings or attended one of the webcasts I delivered.  If so, WELCOME!  I hope you’ll keep this link in your favorites or keep in touch via an RSS feed (I have yet to personally understand those.  I need to investigate further, ‘cuz they sound really cool.) and that you will keep in touch either passively, or actively posting responses or questions about my postings and musings.

     

    “So Kevin – What are you teaching these days?”

     

    Our team is doing three very good bits of content at our live TechNet events this quarter – all about migration.  We’re talking about Directory Migration from NT 4 domains to Active Directory.  We’re covering how you can support your older “LOB” (Line of Business) applications by using various compatibility tools and migration techniques, so you can move these apps to newer hardware and software platforms.  And we’re discussing how to migrate from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003. 

     

    “But where and when will you be teaching next?”

     

    I’m going to be in Muncie, IN on January 25th, and Chicago, IL on January 27th.  Stop by and learn some cool stuff!  Win some prizes!  (Hey.. we’re giving away a copy of an MS Learning book – Windows 2003 Active Directory Technical Referenceto all attendees!)  Or just stop by to say ‘hi’.

     

    So – Do you have any online resources available for your attendees now?”

     

    I’m glad you asked!  As a matter of fact, I put together a document containing links to related resources for all of the content we’re delivering in our briefings this quarter.  I’m printing these for my attendees – but if you would like to have it in electronic form (with live links!) go ahead and download it from here.

     

    Also – if you want, you can download the powerpoints for our current sessions from http://www.technetbriefings.com.

     

    Sincerely, I hope to see you soon!

     

    Keep your stick on the ice!

    Kevin