Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Vista? Microsoft Windows Vista? It's cool. What else would you like to know?

    Creating a Vista Presentation...

    One of the last times I posted something about Windows Vista my blog got lots and lots of hits.  I also used the same animated graphic in that post.  So… either Windows Vista is hot, or this picture is. 

    Anyway… I’m working on a Windows Vista presentation.  I have one hour to convince folks not only that Vista has a lot of cool new functionality and features, but that Vista is a necessity in their businesses.  Tough sell?  Maybe… if you don’t know exactly what it can do to help your business.

    “What do you want from me, Kevin?”

    My question to you is: What would you want to know more about?  Is there something you’ve heard of in Vista that you think a 60 minute talk should cover or “clarify” for you?

    For example, the three main bullets on the Windows Vista intro web page currently hint at some really great stuff…

    • It enables a new level of confidence in the PCs so you can lower IT cost and help your users get more out of their PCs.
    • It introduces clear ways to organize and use information to help people focus on what’s most important.
    • It seamlessly connects your users and applications to the information, people, and devices they need to maximize their results.

    “Confidence”.  “Lower IT Cost”.  “Get more out of…”.  “ways to organize”.  “seamlessly connects”.  “maximize”.  “and”.  “to”….

    Anything else jump out at you?  Please enter comments!

    “Where are you going to be delivering this presentation?”

    I’m glad you asked!  I’ll be speaking at three events being put together by Angelbeat.com:

    I’d love to see you there!

    PS – Their website says that the “Microsoft Keynote” (that’s me) will be about “Windows Vista, Windows Mobile 5.0, and Collaboration Technology”.  Either they’ll be updating their web site soon to just say “Windows Vista”, or I’ll be learning a whole lot about Windows Mobile 5.0 in the next couple of weeks.

  • Sounds like something I would do, Chris...

    …although, I never have. 

    Lawnmower

    But you had me laughing out loud!

    PS – the picture above is from a cute short film I found while looking for lawnmower images.  Here is that film.

     

  • For attendees of my Windows Server 2003 Admin (part 2) webcast...

    …or for anyone who wants to learn more about the tools available for Security Update management, there is what looks to be a very useful webcast getting into greater detail about using MBSA 2.0, WSUS, and SMS going on tomorrow. 

    “Hey!  Those are three of the four topics you discuss today!”

    Right!  My session (a part of the Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series) is an introduction to these tools, showing you some of the basics.  The session tomorrow (a part of the Management Webcast Series) will focus more on using these tools together specifically for the sake of Security and managing the roll-out of updates.

    Here are the details:

    TechNet Webcast: Security Update Management with Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and Systems Management Server (Level 300)
    TechNet Webcast: Security Update Management with Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and Systems Management Server (Level 300)

    Thursday, August 25, 2005
    11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

    View this top-rated breakout session from Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, and learn about
    Microsoft's strategy for update management.

  • Bloggers: Watch your back (and your comments)...

    C.Y.A.

     

    Wow.  I don’t get a lot of comments on my blog.  Aparently nobody reads it.  Or perhaps I’m not controversial enough to promote discussion often enough.  I’ll have to change that…

    Or should I?

    WARNING: Long Blogger Chain Here…

    Robert Scoble recently pointed to an article by Dave Taylor who was talking about Aaron Wall… a person being sued for comments left in his blog comments area.  It wasn’t something Aaron said in his blog, but something that Aaron or his company left buried in the comments, probably unknowingly, that got him sued.

    “What I find most telling about this lawsuit is that it's aimed directly at a blog and a blogger, not related to what the blogger is writing about, but about what others are adding in his comments.”

    That’s just downright scary.  I and many of my coworkers like to leave comments wide open, just because we want to promote good discussion, and also often are travelling and have longer periods where we might not be able to moderate all the comments. 

    Perhaps a new, longer, more complete disclaimer will have to be added to the margin, removing myself from any responsibility for whatever garbage, slander, or confidential information some bozo might post to my blog. 

    I’ll have to ask my friend Chris Avis or some other former BBS SysOp what legal disclaimer they might have used way back when “comments” were “unmoderated” in the open discussion areas…

    What do you think?  Comment away!...

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 009

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 009

    Manly SQL DBA

    Ooops.. missed a day.  Well.. let’s get back into these!

    I got this from my coworker and friend, Matt Hester...

    Q: Can you upgrade Small Business Server SQL 2000 to SQL 2005?

    A:  The feedback I have gotten is that technically you can upgrade to SQL 2005 but it is not supported!.  However, Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will add SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition for SBS Premium Edition customers.  There are also a lot more enhancements to this moving forward.  For more information on SBS and SBS R2: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/techinfo/overview/generalfaq.mspx —

    Got an IT question?  Give me a comment, or contact me.

     

  • Old Music Video meets "Family Guy"

    Family GuyOkay all you Family Guy fans… some of you might be old enough to remember this music video on MTV. 

    “What?  MTV played music videos?”

    Shut up.

    Anyway, credit to Michael J. “Brother” Murphy for finding this gem. 

    CLICK HERE

  • His Master's Voice

    Blog Jet

     

  • Is the Blog the Problem?

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    An Associated Press article that I was pointed to on MSNBC talks about how a company fired a bunch of employees for posting bad things on their blogs.  Very bad things.  Bad things meaning sexually harassing in some cases, and downright insubordinative (is that a word?) in others. 

    I agree.  They deserved to be fired.

    The article, however, didn’t get written because these people got fired for sexual harassment or insubordination.  It makes it sound like they got fired for how they used a blog.  What’s so interesting about people being fired for being harassing jerks?  Or for threatening work slowdowns?  No… it’s only interesting because these were blog posts by idiots who didn’t realize that putting something on blog is just like writing something hateful on the company conference room white board… only this white board is big – really REALLY big – so big that the whole world can see it.

    And what really strikes me as silly is that now the company is considering adding a policy on blogging to their company’s employee handbook.  <sigh> 

    I hope they put it on the same page as their official company policy on “Proper use of the second-floor conference room white board”. 

    What do you think?

  • Windows Server 2003 System Administration Webcasts

    LiveWebcasts

    This Wednesday, August 24, 2005, I’m delivering Part 2 of the two-part webcast set on Windows Server 2003 System Administration.  We’ll be covering:

    • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0
    • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
    • System Management Server (SMS)
    • Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)

    Here is the link to register for Part 2.

    And if you missed it, Part 1 is available for On-Demand viewing HERE.

    See you there!

  • XBOX 360 Pricing Announced

    Xbox

    Pricing for the new version of the XBOX, the XBOX 360, has been announced, as well as some details about versions, components and options, and how widespread the rollout will be.

    Will you be getting one for Christmas?

    Will I?

    Will my kids? 

    (If you’re reading this boys… I’m not ready to answer that one yet.  Santa is still compiling his lists.)

     

     

  • Windows Vista Beta 1 Distribution "Clarified"

    ...so to speak.

    Pretty Windows Vista Logo

    I’ve heard it many times…

    “I want the Vista beta!  How do I get the beta?”

    This page spells it all out.  It’s available currently “in English to select Beta 1 testers through the technical beta program, as well as to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.”

    If you’re an MSDN subscriber of the proper “level”, you can download it today.

    If you’re a TechNet subscriber at the plus level, you’ll be receiving it on disc in your September disc shipment.

    And if you happen to be at my Spokane, Washington event on August 9, or my Redmond, Washington event on August 11, I might be pursuaded to give you a little demo on my spare laptop.

  • Vista Shmista

    Having a bad day?

    According the The Register (“Biting the hand that feeds IT”… I like it.), there are already viruses being created that target the new scripting shell Microsoft is developing.  If they're looking for a name for the virus, I propose "Shmista".

    “Scripting Shell?  Really?  And it will be in Vista?”

    Whether or not it’s in Vista remains to be seen.  However, the command shell formerly code-named “Monad”, now called MSH, is what they’re referring to.  Last I heard they are planning on shipping it along with and as a feature of the next version of Exchange Server (Exchange 12 coming in 2006).  I saw it in action for the first time at the Microsoft Global Briefing in Atlanta last week, and… all I can say (or am allowed to say), is… WHOA BABY THAT’S COOL. 

    “The goal of Monad (now MSH) is to provide a powerful command-line management solution. It is both a language and a framework for easily creating commands to manage windows platform. So - it's more command-line oriented than WSH but has a lot of the scripting abilities of the WSH languages. It's somewhat of a higher level language than VBScript, etc. Another quite significant difference is that it's an interactive environment.”

    Back to the Register… I wouldn’t be surprised that people are already trying to break it.  That makes sense.  It was true with IE 1.0, is true today, and will be always: When Microsoft makes available functionality that makes coding or administration simpler, there is always someone ready to exploit it.  And with MSH, well.. BRING IT ON.  I’m sure the team would rather find the vulnerabilities sooner rather than later.

    What do you think?

  • Okay.. so I had like this great blog idea...

    I was thinking the other day, which I do from time to time, about what you might want to read about here.  I post resources to events and webcasts, questions and answers, random geeky or fun news, etc… but I thought perhaps you might like to see an entry containing “a day in the life” of a TechNet Presenter on one of his TechNet Event days.  And I was going to document the entire thing with photos so you could get a feel for my day visually, because as I always say, “a picture paints 999 words”.   (Yeah… That one is mine. Are you going to argue with me?)

    However:

    I found out today that “a day in the life” of a TechNet Presenter is too busy to have time for photographs.    So you’re just going to have to bear with the extra wordinesses.

    —-

    05:30 – Room at the Marriott Residence Inn, Redmond Town Center

    [Phone Ringing] 

    Gaaaa! What?  Huh? … oh man…<yawn-n-stretch> what was I thinking?  That wake-up call was WAY too early.  Okay… I’m up.  Turn on the coffee maker.  Turn on the computer.  Get in the shower.  Shower.  Lather.  Rinse.  (No… I do not repeat.  I got stuck in that infinite loop once… and that’s why I’m no longer a developer.  Fool me twice, and all that.)  Get out. Dry off.  Fix hair.  Shave.  Fix hair again.  Put on aftershave balm and deodorant.  Put on extra deodorant. (Presenting events is stressful.  Presenting Microsoft events IN REDMOND, doubly-so.)  Fix hair one more time.  Get dressed.  Dang… I lost my comb somewhere… gonna have to buy one.  Pour a quick cup of coffee and attempt to download the most recent event data to my cell phone (for event registration on our PDAs later), and do a quick check of email.

    Out of the hotel.  Checked out.  Turn on the GPS and wait for the thing to see the satellites… plug in the address of the theater, and I’m off.

    06:15 – Arrive at Theater. 

    Ooo… I’m early.  Hmm… there was a Starbucks across the way (Really?  In the Seattle area?  Go figure.), and as luck would have it, the grocery store next to it is open.  Do they have a comb?  Yes!  Purchased: One extra-heavy-duty comb.  …and a tall black coffee at Starbucks.  Mmmmm yeah.  Head back to the theater. 

    06:30am – Arrive at Theatre (for my friends in the UK)

    “Which Theater am I in?”  The bigger one is Theater #1, and since we and MSDN have BIG registration today, we take that one.  Upload event data from cell phone to PDAs.  Help our concierge Angel (that’s both her name AND her title, in my opinion) set up, and then go plug in my laptop.  “Are we going to have two speakers today?”  (two of our AV Company’s speakers were stolen in Spokane, so we had to make due with one speaker in each room.)  I’m told that we will.. but probably not until the afternoon.  <sigh>  Complete setup… Hmm… I have a choice of the room being too bright for people to see the screen, or too dark for them to see their evaluations (or me up front).  I make the call that it’s better for them to see the screen, so we have the big flouresent lights turned off.  (Theaters don’t usually have many lighting options… and why should they, really?)

    07:30am

    Take one of my two photos as people are just coming in.  This is my view for the day.

    Click for the full picture

    08:00am – We begin!

    Good turnout.  Full room.  GREAT questions!  …pretty tough ones… some I don’t have the answer to…but I’m okay with that if they are.  (Are they?  Depends on the audience.  Anyway, I’ll have the answers for them via email or on my blog.) 

    Am I having fun?  You bet!  I love this.  Sincerely – the biggest thrill is to deliver really good news about cool new technology, functionality, or just ways to help these people have a better life in their jobs.  I was an IT pro for a lot of years, so I KNOW WHAT THIS IS LIKE to sit there in those seats and hope to find something useful.  And now… wow… I’m in a job where I’m able to DELIVER IT TO THEM!  Am I a lucky guy, or what?!

    09:30am – Break

    09:45am – Part II

    10:40am – Break II

    10:50am – Part III

    11:50am – Wow!  Nice timing today, Kev! 

    We wrap it up, collect the evaluations, and draw for prizes.  (BIG thanks to Rob Westover for running over to his office and picking up some additional goodies for this.)

    12:02pm – Rats… we went over. 

    Oh well… two minutes isn’t too bad.  But I’m feeling pumped up about a GREAT day!

    Now I pack up the laptop, get out to the front table, and it’s my turn to help out with registration for the MSDN event.

    12:20pm – 1:15pm – Just a blur.

    We had so many people registered for the MSDN event, and it felt like just about every one of them came.  I’m frantically scanning people in… and then one of my coworkers runs out and tells me to stop, because for some reason they’re getting all the wrong names printing out.  Very odd.  So I take the other PDA and help scan some more. 

    1:30pm – Meeting with a Microsoft person.

    This will remain mostly a secret.  But suffice to say, our discussion over coffee will set the course for Microsoft for years to come.  (Okay.. maybe I exaggerate.  A lot.  But we were focused on all sorts of cool ideas on how to “engage” the “IT Pro” “community” in ways that will bring “value” and “promote” “good will” to our “audience”.  Stay “tuned”.)

    1:35pm – …no, actually 2:10pm.  Go get lunch.

    Ordinarily in the past the theater would order lunch for us through their caterer – often it was Boston Market or some-such.  This year, though, they’re being more flexible and giving us a choice of what local restaurant we’d like them to bring in food from.  I like it!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure if my meeting might include lunch, so I passed on the brought-in food.  No worries, though… I walked over to Nicholson-in-the-Box and had me an adequate burger and limpy “curly” fries.

    2:45pm – Return to theater. 

    Look over my evals.  Ouch… a couple of people didn’t like the lighting… and others were hard on me for not having all the answers.  Fair enough.  I didn’t write the product.  I’ve never been a DBA, even.  But I still felt I gave them a good talk.  Oh well.  I’m still here as a resource, and I will learn from what I didn’t know for the next audience.  I still feel like I’ve done a great job.  I’m exhausted… so I know I certainly have expended enough energy into this morning!

    3:15pm – ooo… I gotta run. 

    Ordinarily I need to stay until the afternoon events are over and help out with the giveaways, etc.  But Rob Westover (these were his events I was covering this week) was here and kind enough to fill in on that part of it so I could get back home tonight.  I say my goodbyes to the team (the most excellent people a person will ever have the opportunity to work with.  Seriously.), get the GPS fired up in the car (“To the Airport!  And step on it!”), and I’m on my way.

    3:30–5:00pm – STUCK IN TRAFFIC

    Ouch.  They weren’t kidding.  Southbound I-405 is a parking lot.  My flight is scheduled to leave at 5:55pm.  I’m wondering if I’m going to make it to my pre-checked-in first-class seat. Ah… finally traffic lets up, and I do.

    05:10pm – Get my boarding pass. 

    “What?  Delayed?!”  Just my luck.  Flight isn’t leaving ‘til 6:45pm.  I guess I would have had time to gas-up the rental car.  <sigh>

    05:20–06:10pm – Eat dinner

    I parked myself at the bar near my gate.  Sam Adams.  Tall.  And another, as I eat my turkey sandwich.  And upload the event data from my PDA. 

    06:30pm – Boarding!

    I’m in seat 2A.  Nice.  A320.  More room than the 737 I came over on.  But they are asking me what I would like for a “pre-flight beverage”.  That’s okay.  They’re anxious to get under-way, and so are we all.

    07:00pm – Takeoff!  …and I sneak a quick nap right through it. 

    Now… I have grown so very accustomed to flying recently, that the minute I hear, “Please direct your attention to the front of the cabin for some important safety…. “… It’s like hypnosis.  I’m asleep.  And snoring.  Snoring loudly.  I suppose I could wait to sleep/snore until the plane is actually in the air and generating some “cover noise”, but no.  I usually wake up to the sound of “We have now reached an altitude where it is now safe to turn on all approved electronic devices…”, and I find that my mouth is open.  And I’ve been drooling. 

     Homer

    But the view from seat 2A is worth taking my 2nd photo.

    Click for the big picture

    09:20pm (Now on Central Daylight Time)

    Type up a silly blog post about how I wanted to create a silly blog post using pictures, instead I typed and typed and typed.  If you’ve read this far, you can have the other half of the Gin and Tonic that I’m nursing here.  Good goin’!

    11:55pm – Lug my tired self out of my seat. 

    Oh… they tell us that there is no gate agent available yet, so we’re stranded for several more minutes.  We’re thinking they need to wake the agent up.  Or honk the plane’s horn to get their attention.  Finally, we’re off.  Walk the 2.8 miles to the “Off-Site Parking Shuttles”.  I’m in luck.. my off-site shuttle is on-site and in sight.  15 minutes later I find I’m standing behind my car, trying to find where I put my keys in my backpack.  Found ‘em.  Now… I drive home.

    12:25am – Ah… it’s good to be home!

    “Kevin… why on earth are you rushing home?  Why didn’t you stay over and come home on Friday?”

    It’s simple.  I love my children and my wife.  And this week my boys are up at a beautiful Scout Camp in Northern Minnesota, and I want to drive up there for their last evening, spend the night in a tent next to a beautiful lake, listening to Loon calls, and help drive a bunch of scouts home on Saturday.  Yep.  That is truly “what it’s all about”.  And that’s where I’m heading right now.

     

  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcasts

    LiveWebcasts

    I’m delivering a webcast this Wednesday on Windows Server 2003 Administration.  Actually, I’m delivering two of them on two Wednesdays.  It’s a “two-parter”.

    Part one, this Wednesday (Aug 17, 2005) at 11:30 Pacific Time (2:30 Eastern), we’ll be talking about:

    • Configuring servers using the “Configure Your Server” and “Manage Your Server” tools
    • Setting up various types of cross-forest trusts
    • Using RIS (Remote Installation Service) to deploy a new Windows Server 2003 OS
    • Managing Users with the User State Migration Tool (USMT)
    • Using Group Policy to lock-down a desktop and distribute software

    And next week in Part 2 (Wednesday Aug 24, same time as part 1) we’ll be discussing the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and brief introductions to the capabilities of System Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM).  And who knows but that we might throw in a few extra Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) just for good measure.

    I hope you can join me.  HERE is the link to register for part 1.

    And HERE is the registration page for part 2.

    See you there!

  • If you're running un-patched Windows 2000, PATCH IT NOW

    SecurityThere’s a nasty worm making the rounds right now.  It was reported yesterday afternoon that the worm “Worm:Win32/Zotob.A” is currently circulating.  It’s taking advantage of a Windows Plug and Play vulnerability in Windows 2000, which was addressed in MS05–039 (one of the ones that came out last week). 

    This worm does not affect Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Server 2003.  But if haven’t updated your system yet, now would be a really good time to do it.  And if you’re running Windows 2000 and haven’t patched it yet, DO IT NOW!

    Some more details:

    • If you believe you have been attacked, please contact your local FBI office or post your complaint on the Internet Fraud Complaint Center Web site. If you’re outside the U.S., you should contact the national law enforcement agency in your country.
    • If you are in the U.S. or Canada and you believe you may have been affected by this possible vulnerability, you can receive technical support from Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PCSAFETY.  There is no charge for support that is associated with security update issues or viruses.  Outside of North America you can receive support by using any of the methods that are listed at Security Help and Support for Home Users Web site.

    So – Are any of you feeling the effects of this?  Or have you already rolled out the patches?  I’m interested in hearing what those of you supporting Windows 2000 are using in your environments for patch management.  Maybe you can share some of your “best practices” here.

  • Live Communications Server 2005 IMF is here!

    Live Communication Server

    If you’re running LCS (SP1), and if you’re familiar with the functionality of IMF for Exchange Server 2003, then you’re going to love this new version of IMF built specifically for LCS. 

    And if you’re NOT familiar with IMF, here is the overview from the Download page:

    Live Communications Server 2005 Intelligent IM Filter application allows administrators greater flexibility in the protection of their instant message networks than the default IMFilter application that is installed on all Live Communications Server 2005 with SP1 servers.  The default IMFilter blocks all URLs and file transfers, but the enhanced functionality that the Intelligent IM Filter permits several options for configuring how URLs and file transfers are handled.  This new enhanced filter also includes configurable logging options and multiple performance counters for tracking network usage and identifying security or performance issues before they cause problems.

    “Sounds cool, Kevin.  But.. How much does it cost?”

    It’s FREE! 

    Download it from HERE.

    Thanks to my friend and teammate Harold Wong for finding this first.  His post about it is here.

  • The Karaoke Challenge

    Oh my… the gauntlet has been thrown down! 

    Karoake1

    I love it.  Chris Avis (friend and fellow IT Pro Champion on the TechNet team) has a “Karaoke Challenge” that he’s promoting to his audiences.  You can read his excellent post about it if you wish, but in a nutshell, he is challenging any and all of his live event attendees to a sing-off.  The evening after an event, he and the challenger will go to any local club that’s hosting Karaoke.  And if the audience likes the challenger’s song better than Chris’, Chris will provide the challenger with a full retail copy of Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition. 

    This gives me an idea… I’m going to do this, too!

    Yes, that’s right.  You heard me.  I can sing.  Better than you. 

     

    Kevin’s Karaoke Challenge

    I challenge any and/or all of my live event attendees to a sing-off!  You email me before the event, and let me know that we’ll be going out for some Karaoke.  If the audience likes your singing/song/style better, you’re gonna get a copy of Windows Server 2003 Standard Ed.  Retail copy – “no timeout crap”).

    2008 UPDATE: That particular software package doesn't make sense these days.  How 'bout I just surprise you?  (Yes, it will be real software that would otherwise need to be purchased.  I'll make it worth your while.)

    (Heck.. I might even give a prize to anyone brave enough to take me on.)

    So Chris – Are we going to get to challenge each other at the team meeting in October?  And what can you afford to lose? 

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2005 09

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: September 2005

    TechNet webcasts are designed specifically for the IT Professional, offering in-depth information on how to plan, deploy, and manage Microsoft products and technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows Server, Microsoft Internet Information Services, and Microsoft Content Management Server.

     

    TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts

    ·          By Topic

    ·          By Product/Technology

     

     

    §          New: Escape Yesterworld and learn about SQL Server 2005/Visual Studio 2005 with this entertaining website: www.escapeyesterworld.com.

    §          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

    §          TechNet Webcast Calendar

    §          Security Webcast Calendar

     

     

    Now you can register for an on-demand webcast and choose how you would like to view the archive (for webcasts that took place December 1, 2004 or later). Register to view an on-demand webcast and download a .wmv of the webcast immediately. By registering, you will also receive a confirmation email the following day with a link to the PPT download.

     

    Additional Webcast Resources

     

    TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    TechNet Webcasts

     

    SQL Server 2005: Get ready!

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Learn how Microsoft SQL Server 2005 can help you leverage your existing investment in business intelligence without sacrificing the ability to extend and add cutting-edge functionality. Through the use of interactive presentations and live product demos, we will step you through all the major enhancements in SQL Server 2005 to give you a head start in your plans to bring these benefits to your organization.

     

    Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series: Learn, solve, grow

    Live webcasts available in August and September; On-demand webcasts available now

    Did you miss a breakout session at Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, or have coworkers who could not attend? Tune in to our "best of" Tech·Ed 2005 webcasts in August and September for live presentations of the most popular sessions.

     

    Master Administrative Scripting with Don Jones

    Second Tuesday of every month; on-demand webcasts available now

    Join us as Scripting guru Don Jones—Microsoft MVP, creator of ScriptingAnswers.com, MCSE, author, speaker, consultant, scripting geek, and all-around Windows administrator—presents timely topics targeted at administrators, helping you script better, faster, and more.

     

    Exchange Server 2003 In Depth: Master concepts and optimize your server environment
    On-demand webcasts available now

    IT professionals, keep your skills and knowledge about Exchange Server 2003 up to date with tips and best practices from Exchange 2003 experts. Through the use of Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations and product demos, our subject matter experts cover in-depth topics such as operations, mobility, migration, management, and security, providing you with the tools and knowledge that help optimize your Exchange 2003 environment. Whether you are currently administering Exchange 2003 or looking to migrate to Exchange 2003, you do not want to miss these webcasts.


    TechNet Webcast Calendar

    TechNet webcasts listed in an easy-to-use calendar format.

     

    Security Webcast Calendar

    Security webcasts listed in an easy-to-use calendar format.

     

    TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

    BONUS: Attend any live webcast through November and you could win a Portable Media Center. See official rules for more details. Offer open to U.S. residents only.

     

    Additional Live & On-Demand Webcast Series Available NOW:

     

    §          Active Directory

    §          Ask the Security Experts

    §          Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005

    §          Desktop Deployment

    §          Group Policy 

    §          IIS

    §          ISA Server 2004

    §          Managing a Microsoft Infrastructure

    §          Microsoft Project

    §          Real-Time Collaboration

    §          Scripting

    §          SMS

    §          To Active Directory and Beyond: Learn Windows migration strategies

    §          Windows Server 2003 Administration

     

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: A Technical Overview of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The multiple platform environment has become common in information technology (IT). Virtual machine technology, which allows multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a single machine, could help boost your productivity and save IT operating costs. In this webcast we will take a look at Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, provide an overview of a virtual environment, and explain how and when to use this server product as compared to the Microsoft Virtual PC desktop product. We will cover the installation and setup of the product from the physical server to the physical drives.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279578&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels. In this webcast, we show you special considerations for the designing and planning for a branch office environment. We also demonstrate the use of command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. Join us and see how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279516&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Essentials of Security (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Everybody knows that security is important to an information technology infrastructure. Agreeing in principle and creating an effective implementation are two different things, however. In this webcast, gain knowledge and skills essential for the design and implementation of a secure computing environment. The webcast covers important security concepts and discusses the need for establishing a process for security within an organization. Learn how to identify system-critical points, understand and assess system vulnerabilities and apply best practices to improve the security of your infrastructure.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279960&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Security Patch Management (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Your security depends upon quick and effective response to published security bulletins and establishing patch compliance across your infrastructure. Attend this webcast to learn how to apply security best practices. See how to use available tools and technologies to implement a patch management process and strategy within your organization. This session covers patch management life cycle and demonstrates the usefulness of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and Microsoft Windows Server Update Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279901&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This webcast provides guidance to familiarize you with the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. We show you what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects are, and how they are applied to users and computers. We help you understand the benefits of using Group Policy. Learn how to create a test and staging environment, and see how to use the two most common tools used to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279687&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Manageability Using Management Pack for MOM (Level 200)

    Friday, September 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Vipul Shah, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you paying attention to Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)? This webcast shows how to manage Microsoft SQL Server 2005 better by using MOM. See what is new in the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Pack. Learn how to use different capabilities in Management Pack such as Client Side Monitoring, Service Availability, Performance Monitoring, Space Monitoring, and the ability to launch tasks. We show you how to effectively monitor your SQL Server installations using built-in Reports and State Components in MOM.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280135&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Windows Mobile Can Make Your Life Easier (Level 200)

    Monday, September 12, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Steve Conn, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to make your information technology professional career easier with Microsoft Windows Mobile Software solutions. Integrating Windows Mobile device messaging capabilities with Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments is not only seamless and easy to manage, it is also inherently scalable. Many applications are available from Microsoft's rich ecosystem of partners to help mobile employees access and manage business information. Sign up for this webcast to learn how to reduce development time, effort and costs with a Windows Mobile solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Server Security on Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, September 12, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to apply prescriptive host hardening guidance to secure existing servers, domain clients, and high-security environments. This webcast will discuss configuring the domain infrastructure through Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory and applying security templates to establish security baselines. We provide you with information on the security enhancements available in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. Building on your knowledge, we show you hardening best practices for domain controllers and member servers operating in various roles.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279914&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Smart Cards for Securing Remote Access (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Larry Talbot, Microsoft IT Security Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    Is it time for your organization to move beyond basic password protection for its information technology (IT) infrastructure? Consider Microsoft, which provides over 70,000 employees worldwide with remote access to its corporate network. Previously, remote access pathways into enterprise networks were considered secure, but often they have little protection from malicious intruders. Microsoft IT responded to this threat by requiring users to employ smart cards, a form of two-factor authentication, for remote access into the network. This webcast discusses how Microsoft utilized and deployed smart cards company-wide, and includes the decision criteria in choosing smart cards over other available technologies.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50730

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Optimal Web Conferencing Security (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Max Stevens, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft

    Web conferencing is great at keeping your far flung organization in touch while lowering costs. How do you securely conference by Web? This technical webcast presents strategies for scheduling, conducting and managing Microsoft Office Live Meeting Web conferences in a secure manner. Max Stevens, lead program manager with the Microsoft Office Live Meeting development team, discusses and demonstrates best practices for using Live Meeting in the most secure fashion possible. Max also shows how to best evaluate and manage the tradeoff between ease of use and maximum security, using the intrinsic security features of Live Meeting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279526&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Don Jones, Microsoft MVP, Book Author, and Founder of ScriptingAnswers.com

    Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a robust technology for administering Windows through scripts. In this webcast, we examine how WMI works and show you the wide variety of things it can do, such as collecting information from computers and reconfiguring systems. Learn a methodology for incorporating WMI into your scripts quickly and easily. You will  find out how to use the tools and utilities that can make writing WMI scripts simple and painless.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276552&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Rob Walters, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is a new redistributable version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is available at no cost. Learn about the SQL Server 2005 Express Edition features intended specifically for database administrators and information technology professionals. In this session, we review deployment considerations and features. We look at XCopy and ClickOnce deployment, local instances, replication and service broker functionality in SQL Server Express.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280288&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint for the Lotus Notes Administrator (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Amy Blumenfield, Technical Writer, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you dealing with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, or would you just like to know more about SharePoint? WSS and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) are in many ways similar to Lotus Domino. In this session, you get to know WSS and SPS from a Domino point of view. Join us as we explore the integration points between these technologies. Discover how they are similar, how they are different and how this might matter.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280065&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Cloud Federation (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Trommsdorff, Program Manager, Microsoft

    Does your Microsoft Office Live Communications Servers (LCS) communicate with other LCS servers and ISPs the way you want them to? Join Michael Trommsdorff, program manager on the Live Communications Server team, as he leads this technical webcast covering the mechanics of federation between LCS servers and industry providers such as America Online, MSN and Yahoo. This webcast also addresses list configuration and setup along with a discussion of potential problems and ways to debug them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279166&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the first part of the webcast we continue demonstrating improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels, designing and planning for a branch office environment, and command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. This webcast specifically addresses the options available for remote management using the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation Command- Line tools. We also cover other available remote management tools to administer Microsoft Windows Server family Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Client Security on Windows 2000 and Windows XP (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Securing an information technology (IT) infrastructure involves applying separate rules and policies to servers and client computers. In this webcast for experienced IT professionals, learn the requirements for securing client computers in environments where Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server are present. We discuss the use of Microsoft Windows Server family Group Policy and Administrative Templates to secure Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP installations. We also provide guidance on software restriction policies, anti-virus strategies, distributed firewall technologies and the new security enhancements in Windows XP Service Pack 2. We even cover configuring Microsoft Office System and Microsoft Internet Explorer for increased client security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279963&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Information about Microsoft September Security Bulletins (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Kean, Director, Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft Corporation

    Stephen Toulouse, Security Program Manager, Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft Corporation

    On September 13th, Microsoft will release its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the September security bulletins followed by an extensive Q&A session. This webcast will focus on addressing your questions and concerns about the security bulletins. Therefore, most of the webcast session is aimed at giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279532&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Collaboration Beyond E-Mail (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Neha Sharma, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Is your implementation of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services safe? SharePoint benefits your organization because you can share information and documentation, and can reduce messaging overhead. But SharePoint can also allow users to bypass traditional antivirus and content scanning, and could provide an exploitable network security vulnerability. To ensure comprehensive network protection, your organization must adopt a layered defense strategy that encompasses communication policy, user training, and consistent application of security technology. Attend this webcast to understand existing and potential threats to corporate networks, and how to deploy practical protection for Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279973&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Performance Monitoring Analysis and Tuning (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Paul Bowden, Program Manager, Exchange Server Development Team, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting all the performance out of Exchange Server 2003 that you'd like? During this session, which was highly rated when presented at Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida (TechEd ID: MSG368), we explore all aspects of performance tuning for Exchange server 2003, covering Windows, Exchange, and system resources. Understand and learn best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring that can help your Exchange environment run more smoothly.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032277520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity and Access Management (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Dave Mowers, Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    As organizations grow, they tend to accumulate multiple systems and standards for storing and using digital identities. These systems can include directory services, human resource databases, financial systems, custom applications, and Web sites. This session focuses on the most recent prescriptive guidance in the Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solution Series (I&AM Solution Series) for Password Management, Self-service Provisioning GUI, and the Administrative Group Management tool. The session will also offer a sneak peak at the roadmap for the I&AM Solution Series and the team's current activities.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279715&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrate Live Meeting 2005 Web Parts with SharePoint Portal Server (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jay Vernon, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft

    Your organization uses Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, but do you have them working with each other? Join Jay Vernon, lead program manager with the Microsoft Office Live Meeting development team, as he discusses and demonstrates linkages between Live Meeting schedules and customized SharePoint team Web sites. This webcast covers the new Live Meeting Web Parts for SharePoint, and is rich with best practices on installation, configuration and management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279168&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: What's New in SMS 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    The next service pack for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 is in development. If you want to see the new features this new service pack will provide to your SMS 2003 environment, this webcast is for you. Join us as we look at the new features and updates in the service pack, as well as how to upgrade to SMS 2003 Service Pack 2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278629&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 End-to-End (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explores the three key areas of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2: Branch Office, Storage Management and Active Directory Federation Services. Learn how Windows Server 2003 R2 extends Windows Server 2003, providing the most efficient way to manage and control access to local and remote resources while easily integrating into your existing Windows Server 2003 environment. It also enables new scenarios including simplified branch server management, efficient storage management and streamlined collaboration with partners. Windows Server 2003 R2 builds upon the increased security, reliability and performance that came with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280083&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth Against Malicious Software (Part 1 of 3): Malicious Software Defense and Recovery (Level 200)

    Friday, September 16, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Malicious software has become increasingly advanced. Worms and viruses can propagate more quickly and evade detection more effectively than ever before. This series describes how a defense-in-depth approach to antivirus solution design can help protect a computing infrastructure from malicious software attacks. After providing overviews of malware and defense-in-depth, this webcast describes how to implement an effective plan for outbreak control and recovery. We also discuss how to identify, contain and remedy the effects of malicious software.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279534&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This second part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. We provide the knowledge you need to deploy and manage Group Policy in your environment. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether it is an in-house application or an update to already-installed software. Finally, we look at the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279689&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This two part series explains and demonstrates some of the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0. In this first webcast we explain the HTTP request processing architecture and application isolation capabilities. We show you how administrators can use these features to isolate applications. We also cover the management of Web sites and FTP sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279524&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Network and Perimeter Security (Level 200)

    Monday, September 19, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    As enterprises grow, firewalls get more complicated. Do you know which elements of a firewall are best implemented by software, and which elements are more secure when controlled by dedicated firewall hardware? In this session, you learn how to use hardware and software firewalls for network and application filtering, and how to implement intrusion detection mechanisms. We show you how technologies such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Internet Protocol Security and network access quarantine can help you achieve a balance of access and security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279916&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Rootkits in Windows (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Danseglio, Technical Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you aware of rootkits, the new silent threat to your information technology infrastructure? Rootkits are a special class of malware. They are special because they are nearly undetectable, almost impossible to remove and their ongoing processes are difficult to track. This technical webcast helps you know your enemy. We focus on the latest methods used by rootkit developers to hide their tools on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. The session demonstrates how rootkits work, why they penetrate defenses, and what, if anything can be done to stop them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279998&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Visualize, Analyze, and Manage a LEAN Transformation Using Value Stream Maps (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A LEAN transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics and action plans. The preferred approach is to document this information visually in a set of value stream maps. How do you create effective maps? This webcast shows you step-by-step how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create an integrated value stream map complete with flow, metrics, analysis and an action plan. The map we create is based on best practices from experienced transformation professionals. Learn how to create a successful value stream map from scratch. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free eBook of value stream maps showing typical LEAN calculations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278411&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Communicator Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Duffy, Product Manager, Microsoft

    Is your organization's remote communication still limited to the call-wait-response pace of e-mail? Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 delivers a fully integrated, enterprise-grade user experience that works easily with existing desktop applications and enables information workers to communicate in real time. As the recommended client for Microsoft Office Live Communication Server 2005, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 integrates with Microsoft Office System applications and enterprise telephony infrastructures. Join this technical webcast for a detailed overview of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005. We discuss how it integrates with existing telephony infrastructures, and we give guidance on how to ensure a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279241&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Ravi Gopal, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Distributed File System (DFS) solution helps administrators address key challenges by providing two technologies, DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. When DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication are used together they offer simplified, fault-tolerant access to files, load sharing, and WAN-friendly replication. This webcast explains DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication in detail, and the benefits these technologies can bring to your Microsoft Windows Server Branch Office environment. We show you how to manage file server resources efficiently while keeping them available and secure for users, whether your users are located in one site or in many geographically distributed sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279581&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defining and Monitoring Desired Configuration Across a Messaging Service (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Edhi Sarwono, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Robbie McAlpine, SR PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you consider it a challenge to monitor a configuration across a messaging service? This webcast presents a new solution: the Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) Solution Accelerator, which will be released in September. Learn about the DCM Solution Accelerator, how configuration manifests are generated, how the configuration check is processed and about the resulting reports of non-compliant services. The Solution Accelerator provides tools to alert users of differences or non-compliance between their present configuration and baseline or desired configuration. It also provides environmental configuration data to aid configuration management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Blogging for the IT Professional (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Scoble, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Jeff Julian, Principal Consultant, Alexander & Julian Inc.

    John Alexander, “.NET Practice Manager, Alexander & Julian Inc.

    Information technology (IT) professionals are starting Web logs ("blogs") by the droves. Are you to join the IT blog knowledgebase? Publications like ComputerWorld have started blogging services for IT professionals, providing a foundation for your Web log presence. You can use blogging and associated technologies, like Really Simple Syndication to expand your knowledge by keeping up on the latest news, information, and views from other IT Pros. This webcast provides help on building your own blog presence, brand, and traffic. See demos of newly available services that will get you blogging sooner.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279655&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Application and Data Security (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Protect data and restrict access to sensitive information by learning how to enhance security for applications and Microsoft Windows Server System components. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the technologies you need to master to implement more effective application and data security. This session covers security best practices for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Windows Small Business Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279920&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Server and Domain Isolation: Protecting Critical Endpoints Using Active Directory (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sinead O'Donovan, Product Unit Manager, Transports and Connectivity, Microsoft Corporation

    Did you know that you can isolate your corporate network with the standard features of Microsoft Windows server Active Directory? Join this webcast to learn how. By using Active Directory and Domain membership, you can prevent unauthorized access (external and internal) to trusted assets. The result is a more secure, segmented network of trusted zones with a higher security standard than other methods deployed today. This webcast will detail how this capability can be leveraged using Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. The session explains the roadmap for future uses of IPsec, including as an enforcement mechanism for Microsoft Windows Server Network Access Protection.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280056&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Your Exchange Server with Antigen and ISA Server (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Eicher, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Every enterprise needs inter-site communication, but it opens conduits for everything from bandwidth-gobbling spam to malicious attacks that can cripple your organization. This webcast shows how to use Sybari Antigen and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server to protect Microsoft Exchange Server from viruses, worms, spam and external attacks. Product managers from the ISA Server and Antigen teams discuss best practices for common Exchange deployment types, emphasizing configuration and tuning Antigen and ISA Server. This session is appropriate for information technology professionals who have a surface-level understanding of ISA and Antigen, and are ready to take their knowledge to the next level.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280058&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery Solutions (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Rand Morimoto, Author, President, Convergent Computing

    Are you encountering problems with Microsoft Exchange Server failures, database corruption, site failures or LAN/WAN failures? To deal with these and similar problems, join Rand Morimoto as he presents best practices for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 clustering, dial tone Exchange recovery strategies, non-Microsoft software replication utilities, snapshot Storage Area Network solutions and geo-clusters. Learn how to determine the best recovery solution for your needs. Gain tips, tricks, and best practices for these technical solutions, and see how other technical solutions improve Exchange Clustering for disaster recovery.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279693&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Live Communications Server 2005 Certificates (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sankaran Narayanan, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Huiwen Ru, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005? Could you benefit from the guidance of people who have worked with LCS 2005? If so, we have the webcast for you. Attend this highly technical discussion to learn from the experts about how to set up LCS certificates, potential problems you may encounter, and the tools and strategies you can use to resolve them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279243&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Web Single Sign-On and Identity Federation with Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dave Martinez, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Organizations are extending their information technology (IT) infrastructure to provide partners with Web-based access to Web-facing applications. This presents IT with difficult administrative and security challenges. This webcast provides you with an overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory Federation Services, a component that enables Extranet Single Sign-On (SSO) and Identity Federation. Learn how extranet SSO technology enables access control in an unmanaged, non-domain environment, and provides security and personalization for users of Web-based applications. See how Identity Federation technology enables more secure sharing of identity information across security boundaries, and reduces administrative complexity and security challenges that accompany the sharing of applications with business partners.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279717&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth Against Malicious Software (Part 2 of 3): Malware Defense for Client Computers (Level 200)

    Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Malicious software has become increasingly advanced. Worms and viruses can propagate more quickly and evade detection more effectively than ever before. This second webcast in our three-part series describes how a defense-in-depth approach to antivirus solution design can be applied specifically to help protect client computers from malicious software attacks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279538&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 3 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy series we demonstrate the management of Group Policy through the use of the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects across domains. Learn various ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security polices in your environment. We show you scripts to help implement and manage Group Policy. Finally we look at some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279691&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Simplifying SANs on Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you experiencing major trouble in scaling your direct-attach storage for your applications running in a Microsoft Windows environment? Are you being pressed by a backup window that is constantly shrinking? Today, new storage area network (SAN) technology coupled with the Microsoft Simple SAN program for Microsoft Windows Server family makes it easy to deploy and configure a SAN for the Windows environment. This webcast describes how to integrate Microsoft Windows Server 2003 storage technologies with storage devices and virtual disk services management. See how integration provides valuable technical benefits to your information technology (IT) infrastructure and your IT administration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280087&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In the second part of this webcast we finish looking at the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0. We examine the architecture and application isolation capabilities of IIS, and show how to configure the IIS environment. Join this webcast to learn how to manage IIS by editing the new XML Metabase. See how to use this XML file to create and use template configurations. We conclude by demonstrating the use of IIS command line scripts to manage the IIS environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279528&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Advanced Server and Client Security (Level 300)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shawn Travers, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    You are a responsible information technology professional, concerned and knowledgeable about server and client security. How can you "take it to the next level" and put theory into practice, especially in an ever-expanding enterprise? This webcast builds on your knowledge of server and client security. We present advanced prescriptive guidance to secure servers and clients in medium-sized and enterprise environments. The session will provide in-depth information on techniques for securing servers and demonstrates technologies and practices you can use to enhance security for local and remote clients.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279922&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Message Hygiene with Exchange Server 2003 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Scott Schnoll, Technical Writer, Exchange User Education Team, Microsoft Corporation

    Viruses, worms, spam and other unwanted email have become a destructive reality that many administrators of Microsoft Exchange routinely face. This session, one of the top-rated breakout sessions (MSG342) from Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, provides recommendations and guidance for slowing and stopping the unwanted messages entering your Exchange 2003 environment. Learn how the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter supplements existing anti-spam features in Exchange 2003, as well as how Virus Scanning API 2.5 provides greater protection and administrative flexibility against malicious and harmful messages.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278516&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Live Communication Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Achzenick, Group Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    What's your information technology (IT) department doing with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server? Are you deploying it or anticipating a future deployment? Would it help if some industry experts had successfully employed it in a challenging environment and could tell you about it? Then you'll want to join our webcast about how Microsoft IT designed and deployed the Live Communications platform at Microsoft. Learn how they use industry standard Session Initiation Protocol to provide presence information, encrypted real-time communications, a single namespace across trusted forests, and integration with Microsoft Office, telephony and other collaboration programs to enhance information worker productivity.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51117

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast to learn about the new version of the tool that was released in March 2005. We discuss enhancements such as scheduling and baseline support. See how to use ExBPA with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005. At the end of the presentation, we talk about future enhancements to the ExBPA tool.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279695&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Exchange Service Levels with the SLA Scorecard Solution Accelerator (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sanjiv Sharma, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Karri Alexion-Tiernan, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the solution and architecture of the service-level agreement (SLA) Scorecard Solution Accelerator for a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 environment. The solution accelerator can set SLAs, administer outages, and analyze performance and trend reports across the messaging services. During this webcast we introduce a solution accelerator that leverages MOM 2005 data to create management-level availability reports and manage outages. We also look at long term trend analysis that compares predefined SLA levels to actual availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280070&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Security for Wireless Networks (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    A wireless local area network (WLAN) presents its own special set of security problems. Are you confident that you have this aspect of your information technology infrastructure covered? In this webcast, you learn about security concerns and solution options for implementing a WLAN. Specifically, the session provides recommendations for implementing, configuring and troubleshooting security in a wireless network and how to implement more secure authentication mechanisms.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280060&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth Against Malicious Software (Part 3 of 3): Malware Defense for Servers and Networks (Level 200)

    Friday, September 30, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Malicious software has become increasingly advanced. Worms and viruses can propagate more quickly and evade detection more effectively than ever before. This final webcast in our three-part series describes how a defense-in-depth approach to antivirus solution design can be applied specifically to help protect servers and networking devices from malicious software attacks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279540&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

    ·          EMP

    ·          Mobility

    ·          Operational Efficiency & Productivity

    ·          Office Live

    ·          Web Platform

     

     

    Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint for the Lotus Notes Administrator (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Amy Blumenfield, Technical Writer, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you dealing with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, or would you just like to know more about SharePoint? WSS and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) are in many ways similar to Lotus Domino. In this session, you get to know WSS and SPS from a Domino point of view. Join us as we explore the integration points between these technologies. Discover how they are similar, how they are different and how this might matter.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280065&Culture=en-US

     

    EMP

     

    TechNet Webcast: Visualize, Analyze, and Manage a LEAN Transformation Using Value Stream Maps (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A LEAN transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics and action plans. The preferred approach is to document this information visually in a set of value stream maps. How do you create effective maps? This webcast shows you step-by-step how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create an integrated value stream map complete with flow, metrics, analysis and an action plan. The map we create is based on best practices from experienced transformation professionals. Learn how to create a successful value stream map from scratch. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free eBook of value stream maps showing typical LEAN calculations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278411&Culture=en-US

     

    Mobility

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Windows Mobile Can Make Your Life Easier (Level 200)

    Monday, September 12, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Steve Conn, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to make your information technology professional career easier with Microsoft Windows Mobile Software solutions. Integrating Windows Mobile device messaging capabilities with Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments is not only seamless and easy to manage, it is also inherently scalable. Many applications are available from Microsoft's rich ecosystem of partners to help mobile employees access and manage business information. Sign up for this webcast to learn how to reduce development time, effort and costs with a Windows Mobile solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280063&Culture=en-US

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels. In this webcast, we show you special considerations for the designing and planning for a branch office environment. We also demonstrate the use of command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. Join us and see how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279516&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This webcast provides guidance to familiarize you with the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. We show you what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects are, and how they are applied to users and computers. We help you understand the benefits of using Group Policy. Learn how to create a test and staging environment, and see how to use the two most common tools used to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279687&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the first part of the webcast we continue demonstrating improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels, designing and planning for a branch office environment, and command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. This webcast specifically addresses the options available for remote management using the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation Command- Line tools. We also cover other available remote management tools to administer Microsoft Windows Server family Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Performance Monitoring Analysis and Tuning (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Paul Bowden, Program Manager, Exchange Server Development Team, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting all the performance out of Exchange Server 2003 that you'd like? During this session, which was highly rated when presented at Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida (TechEd ID: MSG368), we explore all aspects of performance tuning for Exchange server 2003, covering Windows, Exchange, and system resources. Understand and learn best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring that can help your Exchange environment run more smoothly.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032277520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: What's New in SMS 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    The next service pack for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 is in development. If you want to see the new features this new service pack will provide to your SMS 2003 environment, this webcast is for you. Join us as we look at the new features and updates in the service pack, as well as how to upgrade to SMS 2003 Service Pack 2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278629&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 End-to-End (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explores the three key areas of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2: Branch Office, Storage Management and Active Directory Federation Services. Learn how Windows Server 2003 R2 extends Windows Server 2003, providing the most efficient way to manage and control access to local and remote resources while easily integrating into your existing Windows Server 2003 environment. It also enables new scenarios including simplified branch server management, efficient storage management and streamlined collaboration with partners. Windows Server 2003 R2 builds upon the increased security, reliability and performance that came with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280083&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This second part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. We provide the knowledge you need to deploy and manage Group Policy in your environment. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether it is an in-house application or an update to already-installed software. Finally, we look at the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279689&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defining and Monitoring Desired Configuration Across a Messaging Service (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Edhi Sarwono, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Robbie McAlpine, SR PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you consider it a challenge to monitor a configuration across a messaging service? This webcast presents a new solution: the Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) Solution Accelerator, which will be released in September. Learn about the DCM Solution Accelerator, how configuration manifests are generated, how the configuration check is processed and about the resulting reports of non-compliant services. The Solution Accelerator provides tools to alert users of differences or non-compliance between their present configuration and baseline or desired configuration. It also provides environmental configuration data to aid configuration management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery Solutions (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Rand Morimoto, Author, President, Convergent Computing

    Are you encountering problems with Microsoft Exchange Server failures, database corruption, site failures or LAN/WAN failures? To deal with these and similar problems, join Rand Morimoto as he presents best practices for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 clustering, dial tone Exchange recovery strategies, non-Microsoft software replication utilities, snapshot Storage Area Network solutions and geo-clusters. Learn how to determine the best recovery solution for your needs. Gain tips, tricks, and best practices for these technical solutions, and see how other technical solutions improve Exchange Clustering for disaster recovery.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279693&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Web Single Sign-On and Identity Federation with Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dave Martinez, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Organizations are extending their information technology (IT) infrastructure to provide partners with Web-based access to Web-facing applications. This presents IT with difficult administrative and security challenges. This webcast provides you with an overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory Federation Services, a component that enables Extranet Single Sign-On (SSO) and Identity Federation. Learn how extranet SSO technology enables access control in an unmanaged, non-domain environment, and provides security and personalization for users of Web-based applications. See how Identity Federation technology enables more secure sharing of identity information across security boundaries, and reduces administrative complexity and security challenges that accompany the sharing of applications with business partners.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279717&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 3 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy series we demonstrate the management of Group Policy through the use of the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects across domains. Learn various ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security polices in your environment. We show you scripts to help implement and manage Group Policy. Finally we look at some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279691&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast to learn about the new version of the tool that was released in March 2005. We discuss enhancements such as scheduling and baseline support. See how to use ExBPA with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005. At the end of the presentation, we talk about future enhancements to the ExBPA tool.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279695&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Exchange Service Levels with the SLA Scorecard Solution Accelerator (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sanjiv Sharma, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Karri Alexion-Tiernan, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the solution and architecture of the service-level agreement (SLA) Scorecard Solution Accelerator for a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 environment. The solution accelerator can set SLAs, administer outages, and analyze performance and trend reports across the messaging services. During this webcast we introduce a solution accelerator that leverages MOM 2005 data to create management-level availability reports and manage outages. We also look at long term trend analysis that compares predefined SLA levels to actual availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280070&Culture=en-US

     

    Office Live

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Cloud Federation (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Trommsdorff, Program Manager, Microsoft

    Does your Microsoft Office Live Communications Servers (LCS) communicate with other LCS servers and ISPs the way you want them to? Join Michael Trommsdorff, program manager on the Live Communications Server team, as he leads this technical webcast covering the mechanics of federation between LCS servers and industry providers such as America Online, MSN and Yahoo. This webcast also addresses list configuration and setup along with a discussion of potential problems and ways to debug them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279166&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrate Live Meeting 2005 Web Parts with SharePoint Portal Server (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jay Vernon, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft

    Your organization uses Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, but do you have them working with each other? Join Jay Vernon, lead program manager with the Microsoft Office Live Meeting development team, as he discusses and demonstrates linkages between Live Meeting schedules and customized SharePoint team Web sites. This webcast covers the new Live Meeting Web Parts for SharePoint, and is rich with best practices on installation, configuration and management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279168&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Communicator Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Duffy, Product Manager, Microsoft

    Is your organization's remote communication still limited to the call-wait-response pace of e-mail? Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 delivers a fully integrated, enterprise-grade user experience that works easily with existing desktop applications and enables information workers to communicate in real time. As the recommended client for Microsoft Office Live Communication Server 2005, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 integrates with Microsoft Office System applications and enterprise telephony infrastructures. Join this technical webcast for a detailed overview of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005. We discuss how it integrates with existing telephony infrastructures, and we give guidance on how to ensure a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279241&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Live Communications Server 2005 Certificates (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sankaran Narayanan, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Huiwen Ru, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005? Could you benefit from the guidance of people who have worked with LCS 2005? If so, we have the webcast for you. Attend this highly technical discussion to learn from the experts about how to set up LCS certificates, potential problems you may encounter, and the tools and strategies you can use to resolve them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279243&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Live Communication Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Achzenick, Group Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    What's your information technology (IT) department doing with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server? Are you deploying it or anticipating a future deployment? Would it help if some industry experts had successfully employed it in a challenging environment and could tell you about it? Then you'll want to join our webcast about how Microsoft IT designed and deployed the Live Communications platform at Microsoft. Learn how they use industry standard Session Initiation Protocol to provide presence information, encrypted real-time communications, a single namespace across trusted forests, and integration with Microsoft Office, telephony and other collaboration programs to enhance information worker productivity.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51117

     

    Web Platform

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This two part series explains and demonstrates some of the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0. In this first webcast we explain the HTTP request processing architecture and application isolation capabilities. We show you how administrators can use these features to isolate applications. We also cover the management of Web sites and FTP sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279524&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In the second part of this webcast we finish looking at the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0. We examine the architecture and application isolation capabilities of IIS, and show how to configure the IIS environment. Join this webcast to learn how to manage IIS by editing the new XML Metabase. See how to use this XML file to create and use template configurations. We conclude by demonstrating the use of IIS command line scripts to manage the IIS environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279528&Culture=en-US

     

     

     

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          Exchange Server

    ·          Internet Information Server

    ·          .NET

    ·          Office Live Communications Server

    ·          Office Live Meeting

    ·          Other

    ·          SQL Other

    ·          SQL Server

    ·          Systems Management Server

    ·          Virtual Server

    ·          Visio

    ·          Windows

    ·          Windows Mobile Smart Client Application Web Platform

    ·          Windows Server

     

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Performance Monitoring Analysis and Tuning (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Paul Bowden, Program Manager, Exchange Server Development Team, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting all the performance out of Exchange Server 2003 that you'd like? During this session, which was highly rated when presented at Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida (TechEd ID: MSG368), we explore all aspects of performance tuning for Exchange server 2003, covering Windows, Exchange, and system resources. Understand and learn best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring that can help your Exchange environment run more smoothly.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032277520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defining and Monitoring Desired Configuration Across a Messaging Service (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Edhi Sarwono, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Robbie McAlpine, SR PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you consider it a challenge to monitor a configuration across a messaging service? This webcast presents a new solution: the Desired Configuration Monitoring (DCM) Solution Accelerator, which will be released in September. Learn about the DCM Solution Accelerator, how configuration manifests are generated, how the configuration check is processed and about the resulting reports of non-compliant services. The Solution Accelerator provides tools to alert users of differences or non-compliance between their present configuration and baseline or desired configuration. It also provides environmental configuration data to aid configuration management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery Solutions (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Rand Morimoto, Author, President, Convergent Computing

    Are you encountering problems with Microsoft Exchange Server failures, database corruption, site failures or LAN/WAN failures? To deal with these and similar problems, join Rand Morimoto as he presents best practices for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 clustering, dial tone Exchange recovery strategies, non-Microsoft software replication utilities, snapshot Storage Area Network solutions and geo-clusters. Learn how to determine the best recovery solution for your needs. Gain tips, tricks, and best practices for these technical solutions, and see how other technical solutions improve Exchange Clustering for disaster recovery.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279693&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast to learn about the new version of the tool that was released in March 2005. We discuss enhancements such as scheduling and baseline support. See how to use ExBPA with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005. At the end of the presentation, we talk about future enhancements to the ExBPA tool.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279695&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Exchange Service Levels with the SLA Scorecard Solution Accelerator (Level 300)

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sanjiv Sharma, SYSTEMS DESIGN ENGINEER, Microsoft Corporation

    Karri Alexion-Tiernan, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the solution and architecture of the service-level agreement (SLA) Scorecard Solution Accelerator for a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 environment. The solution accelerator can set SLAs, administer outages, and analyze performance and trend reports across the messaging services. During this webcast we introduce a solution accelerator that leverages MOM 2005 data to create management-level availability reports and manage outages. We also look at long term trend analysis that compares predefined SLA levels to actual availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280070&Culture=en-US

     

    Internet Information Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This two part series explains and demonstrates some of the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0. In this first webcast we explain the HTTP request processing architecture and application isolation capabilities. We show you how administrators can use these features to isolate applications. We also cover the management of Web sites and FTP sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279524&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS 6.0 Performance and Tuning (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In the second part of this webcast we finish looking at the new features of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0. We examine the architecture and application isolation capabilities of IIS, and show how to configure the IIS environment. Join this webcast to learn how to manage IIS by editing the new XML Metabase. See how to use this XML file to create and use template configurations. We conclude by demonstrating the use of IIS command line scripts to manage the IIS environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279528&Culture=en-US

     

    .NET

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint for the Lotus Notes Administrator (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Amy Blumenfield, Technical Writer, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you dealing with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, or would you just like to know more about SharePoint? WSS and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) are in many ways similar to Lotus Domino. In this session, you get to know WSS and SPS from a Domino point of view. Join us as we explore the integration points between these technologies. Discover how they are similar, how they are different and how this might matter.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280065&Culture=en-US

     

    Office Live Communications Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Cloud Federation (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Trommsdorff, Program Manager, Microsoft

    Does your Microsoft Office Live Communications Servers (LCS) communicate with other LCS servers and ISPs the way you want them to? Join Michael Trommsdorff, program manager on the Live Communications Server team, as he leads this technical webcast covering the mechanics of federation between LCS servers and industry providers such as America Online, MSN and Yahoo. This webcast also addresses list configuration and setup along with a discussion of potential problems and ways to debug them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279166&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Office Communicator Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Duffy, Product Manager, Microsoft

    Is your organization's remote communication still limited to the call-wait-response pace of e-mail? Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 delivers a fully integrated, enterprise-grade user experience that works easily with existing desktop applications and enables information workers to communicate in real time. As the recommended client for Microsoft Office Live Communication Server 2005, Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 integrates with Microsoft Office System applications and enterprise telephony infrastructures. Join this technical webcast for a detailed overview of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005. We discuss how it integrates with existing telephony infrastructures, and we give guidance on how to ensure a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279241&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Live Communications Server 2005 Certificates (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sankaran Narayanan, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Huiwen Ru, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005? Could you benefit from the guidance of people who have worked with LCS 2005? If so, we have the webcast for you. Attend this highly technical discussion to learn from the experts about how to set up LCS certificates, potential problems you may encounter, and the tools and strategies you can use to resolve them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279243&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Live Communication Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Achzenick, Group Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    What's your information technology (IT) department doing with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server? Are you deploying it or anticipating a future deployment? Would it help if some industry experts had successfully employed it in a challenging environment and could tell you about it? Then you'll want to join our webcast about how Microsoft IT designed and deployed the Live Communications platform at Microsoft. Learn how they use industry standard Session Initiation Protocol to provide presence information, encrypted real-time communications, a single namespace across trusted forests, and integration with Microsoft Office, telephony and other collaboration programs to enhance information worker productivity.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51117

     

    Office Live Meeting

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrate Live Meeting 2005 Web Parts with SharePoint Portal Server (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jay Vernon, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft

    Your organization uses Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, but do you have them working with each other? Join Jay Vernon, lead program manager with the Microsoft Office Live Meeting development team, as he discusses and demonstrates linkages between Live Meeting schedules and customized SharePoint team Web sites. This webcast covers the new Live Meeting Web Parts for SharePoint, and is rich with best practices on installation, configuration and management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279168&Culture=en-US

     

    Other

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity and Access Management (Level 300)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Dave Mowers, Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    As organizations grow, they tend to accumulate multiple systems and standards for storing and using digital identities. These systems can include directory services, human resource databases, financial systems, custom applications, and Web sites. This session focuses on the most recent prescriptive guidance in the Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solution Series (I&AM Solution Series) for Password Management, Self-service Provisioning GUI, and the Administrative Group Management tool. The session will also offer a sneak peak at the roadmap for the I&AM Solution Series and the team's current activities.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279715&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Blogging for the IT Professional (Level 100)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Scoble, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Jeff Julian, Principal Consultant, Alexander & Julian Inc.

    John Alexander, “.NET Practice Manager, Alexander & Julian Inc.

    Information technology (IT) professionals are starting Web logs ("blogs") by the droves. Are you to join the IT blog knowledgebase? Publications like ComputerWorld have started blogging services for IT professionals, providing a foundation for your Web log presence. You can use blogging and associated technologies, like Really Simple Syndication to expand your knowledge by keeping up on the latest news, information, and views from other IT Pros. This webcast provides help on building your own blog presence, brand, and traffic. See demos of newly available services that will get you blogging sooner.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279655&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Other

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Manageability Using Management Pack for MOM (Level 200)

    Friday, September 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Vipul Shah, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you paying attention to Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)? This webcast shows how to manage Microsoft SQL Server 2005 better by using MOM. See what is new in the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Pack. Learn how to use different capabilities in Management Pack such as Client Side Monitoring, Service Availability, Performance Monitoring, Space Monitoring, and the ability to launch tasks. We show you how to effectively monitor your SQL Server installations using built-in Reports and State Components in MOM.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280135&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Rob Walters, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is a new redistributable version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 that is available at no cost. Learn about the SQL Server 2005 Express Edition features intended specifically for database administrators and information technology professionals. In this session, we review deployment considerations and features. We look at XCopy and ClickOnce deployment, local instances, replication and service broker functionality in SQL Server Express.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280288&Culture=en-US

     

    Systems Management Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: What's New in SMS 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    The next service pack for Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 is in development. If you want to see the new features this new service pack will provide to your SMS 2003 environment, this webcast is for you. Join us as we look at the new features and updates in the service pack, as well as how to upgrade to SMS 2003 Service Pack 2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278629&Culture=en-US

     

    Virtual Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: A Technical Overview of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The multiple platform environment has become common in information technology (IT). Virtual machine technology, which allows multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a single machine, could help boost your productivity and save IT operating costs. In this webcast we will take a look at Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, provide an overview of a virtual environment, and explain how and when to use this server product as compared to the Microsoft Virtual PC desktop product. We will cover the installation and setup of the product from the physical server to the physical drives.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279578&Culture=en-US

     

    Visio

     

    TechNet Webcast: Visualize, Analyze, and Manage a LEAN Transformation Using Value Stream Maps (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A LEAN transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics and action plans. The preferred approach is to document this information visually in a set of value stream maps. How do you create effective maps? This webcast shows you step-by-step how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create an integrated value stream map complete with flow, metrics, analysis and an action plan. The map we create is based on best practices from experienced transformation professionals. Learn how to create a successful value stream map from scratch. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free eBook of value stream maps showing typical LEAN calculations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278411&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 200)

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Don Jones, Microsoft MVP, Book Author, and Founder of ScriptingAnswers.com

    Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a robust technology for administering Windows through scripts. In this webcast, we examine how WMI works and show you the wide variety of things it can do, such as collecting information from computers and reconfiguring systems. Learn a methodology for incorporating WMI into your scripts quickly and easily. You will  find out how to use the tools and utilities that can make writing WMI scripts simple and painless.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276552&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Mobile Smart Client Application Web Platform

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Windows Mobile Can Make Your Life Easier (Level 200)

    Monday, September 12, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Steve Conn, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to make your information technology professional career easier with Microsoft Windows Mobile Software solutions. Integrating Windows Mobile device messaging capabilities with Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments is not only seamless and easy to manage, it is also inherently scalable. Many applications are available from Microsoft's rich ecosystem of partners to help mobile employees access and manage business information. Sign up for this webcast to learn how to reduce development time, effort and costs with a Windows Mobile solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280063&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels. In this webcast, we show you special considerations for the designing and planning for a branch office environment. We also demonstrate the use of command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. Join us and see how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279516&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This webcast provides guidance to familiarize you with the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. We show you what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects are, and how they are applied to users and computers. We help you understand the benefits of using Group Policy. Learn how to create a test and staging environment, and see how to use the two most common tools used to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279687&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the first part of the webcast we continue demonstrating improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels, designing and planning for a branch office environment, and command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. This webcast specifically addresses the options available for remote management using the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation Command- Line tools. We also cover other available remote management tools to administer Microsoft Windows Server family Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279520&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 End-to-End (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explores the three key areas of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2: Branch Office, Storage Management and Active Directory Federation Services. Learn how Windows Server 2003 R2 extends Windows Server 2003, providing the most efficient way to manage and control access to local and remote resources while easily integrating into your existing Windows Server 2003 environment. It also enables new scenarios including simplified branch server management, efficient storage management and streamlined collaboration with partners. Windows Server 2003 R2 builds upon the increased security, reliability and performance that came with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280083&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This second part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. We provide the knowledge you need to deploy and manage Group Policy in your environment. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether it is an in-house application or an update to already-installed software. Finally, we look at the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279689&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Ravi Gopal, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Distributed File System (DFS) solution helps administrators address key challenges by providing two technologies, DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. When DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication are used together they offer simplified, fault-tolerant access to files, load sharing, and WAN-friendly replication. This webcast explains DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication in detail, and the benefits these technologies can bring to your Microsoft Windows Server Branch Office environment. We show you how to manage file server resources efficiently while keeping them available and secure for users, whether your users are located in one site or in many geographically distributed sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279581&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Web Single Sign-On and Identity Federation with Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dave Martinez, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Organizations are extending their information technology (IT) infrastructure to provide partners with Web-based access to Web-facing applications. This presents IT with difficult administrative and security challenges. This webcast provides you with an overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory Federation Services, a component that enables Extranet Single Sign-On (SSO) and Identity Federation. Learn how extranet SSO technology enables access control in an unmanaged, non-domain environment, and provides security and personalization for users of Web-based applications. See how Identity Federation technology enables more secure sharing of identity information across security boundaries, and reduces administrative complexity and security challenges that accompany the sharing of applications with business partners.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279717&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 3 of 3) (Level 200)

    Friday, September 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy series we demonstrate the management of Group Policy through the use of the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects across domains. Learn various ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security polices in your environment. We show you scripts to help implement and manage Group Policy. Finally we look at some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279691&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Simplifying SANs on Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, September 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you experiencing major trouble in scaling your direct-attach storage for your applications running in a Microsoft Windows environment? Are you being pressed by a backup window that is constantly shrinking? Today, new storage area network (SAN) technology coupled with the Microsoft Simple SAN program for Microsoft Windows Server family makes it easy to deploy and configure a SAN for the Windows environment. This webcast describes how to integrate Microsoft Windows Server 2003 storage technologies with storage devices and virtual disk services management. See how integration provides valuable technical benefits to your information technology (IT) infrastructure and your IT administration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280087&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Additional Webcast Resources

     

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    §          ALL On-Demand Webcasts

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    §          Microsoft Executive Circle Webcasts

    §          Microsoft Office System Webcasts

    §          Microsoft Small Business Webcasts

    §          MSDN Webcasts

    §          MSDN Architecture Webcasts

    §          Security Webcasts

    §          TechNet Webcasts

     

  • September 2005 TechNet Webcast Schedule

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    The schedule of TechNet Webcasts for September is ready to go. 

    I’m doing two of them, too; one on Virtual Server 2005 and one on the Exchange Best Practice Analyzer 

    I’ve posted the entire schedule, complete with breakdowns by topic or product/technology, as well as full descriptions, as an article HERE

    You can also download a word document containing the schedule calendar, HERE.

    See you there!

    PS – Dean Andrews has a nice post and picture on his TechNet Webcasts blog of three of our webcasters.  I’m the geek on the right. 

  • Free W32.Zotob Removal Tool

    Symantec

    Disclaimer: I haven’t tested this tool, as I don’t have any systems currently vulnerable to this attack I mentioned earlier today in my blog

    However, I see now that Symantec has made available a free cleanup tool.

    NOTE: The best prevention is to install the update if you haven’t already.  But if you’ve already been affected (or infected), this tool may help.

     

    Credit: Saw this on Harry Waldron’s myITForum.

  • Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is coming!

    SP2

    Harold Wong posted about how a preview of Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 will be available soon – like in just a few days (August 19, 2005). 

    See Harold’s post, and check back here (or there) for the link to the download when it’s available.

    I don’t know about you, but I for one am really excited about the “new seamless Direct Push Technology” for email to my PocketPC Phone.

     

  • Do you have something to say?

    Get ready for your “15 minutes of Internet fame”  The MSN folks are previewing another new feature, MSN Filter.

    Filter.msn.com

    If you have a blog on MSN Spaces, you can submit your entries to the filter team.  If it’s worth sharing, they will add it to one of the categories: TV, Music, Sports, Lifestyle, and Technology.

    The filters are all RSS-able (And remember: RSS does not stand for Rocket Science Surgery).

     

  • Tuesday Security Bulletin Advanced Notice

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/advance.mspx

    The advanced notification for this coming Tuesday’s security update releases went live recently.  Looks like we’re looking at 6 Security updates, a new Malicious Software Removal Tool, and some non-security High Priority updates for Microsoft Update, Windows Update, WSUS, and SUS. 

    If you want to get these notifications via email, click here.

    Or even better, get them via Really Simple Syndication (NOT Rocket Science Surgery).

    Thanks to Donna’s SecurityFlash for finding this.  We love our MVPs!

  • Sam's Microsoft Club

    Meet Microsoft’s new COO.  (Microsoft PressPass story here.)

    Kevin Turner, Microsoft COO  Kevin Turner, the former CEO of the “Sam’s Club” part of WalMart, has joined us as our new Chief Operations Officer.

    Sam's loss is our gain!

    “Cool!  Does that mean…?”

    No, I don’t think this means that you’ll be able to go into a big warehouse and purchase Windows Software cheap, but in really big volumes.  At least not legally, anyway.

  • You're in for a Wednesday Webcasting treat...

    Live Webcasts

    My friend and coworker Chris Henley is delivering a webcast on Active Directory Remote Administration.  This is part 1 of a two part series.

    In this webcast, we discuss the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels. We show you special considerations for the designing and planning for a branch office environment. We also demonstrate the use of command line and GUI tools for remote management and scripting. Join us and see how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link.

    Those of you who aren’t sure who Chris Henley is may remember him as the person who delivered the Windows Migration series not too long ago.

    And as an added bonus, I’ll be doing the Q&A for the webcast, too!