Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Microsoft Codename "Max"

    Create beautiful albums

    As a digital photography enthusiast, I’m really excited about this!

    Microsoft has a new product just for folks like me.  The current codename for the product is “Max”. 

    Did I say product?  Wrong.  It’s not a product;  It’s an “experience”.  (<sniff>.. I smell marketing.  Bleah…)

    Seriously though, it sounds a lot like FlickR or other online photo sharing… but it claims to have a new, cool interface built on WinFX

    Sounds to me like it’s worth a good long look!

    For more informaton, here is the Max site.

    Download Max here.

     

    Have you tried it?  What do you think?

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    UPDATE: I'm playing with it now.   Here are a couple of notes..

    1.  It's not like Flickr at all.  I was way off.  You have to install it (and the installation requires and does the installation of WinFX Beta 2 as well), and then sign in using your Passport account.  What happens is, you create these cool "lists", which are your photo albums... and there are several (well, three) ways to display your pictures:

    • Thumbnail - just picture after picture one at a time in the viewing window
    • Album - It does some cool photo-album-esque arranging on the page.. like pages out of a scrapbook.  And the pages are interactive... you full-page a picture by clicking on it's little part of the photo album page
    • Mantle - Similar to Album, you have multiple pictures on a "page", but in this case, they're arranged tilted and ordered in 3-D... kinda like you would see framed pictures sitting on your fireplace mantle.  Again, you click on an image to bring it to full-page.  Clicking it again brings back the mantle look.

    2.  What about sharing?  Well.. that's something I haven't tried yet.  I need one of my family members (Dad?  PaulCarl?  Are you reading this?) I sent the installation link to to actually install it so I can share these lists with them.  Apparently once they have it installed, I can share my lists with them, and the photos will be sent to their computer for their own viewing.  Later they can delete them if they're taking up space.  (And according to the help (which is all coming off the Max team blog, by the way), space is something that Max needs a lot of.).

    3.  It looks and feels a lot like Windows Vista!  The graphics are smooth, glossy (at least on my computer), the buttons are animated, and the way it twists and bends the images is really amazing.  If you want a good idea of what Windows Vista looks and feels like, play around with Max.

    Give it a go!  If you want, share your list with me.  Contact me and let me know you're interested, and what your email address is, and I'll email you my Passport identity to use.

  • Blonde Developers Have More Fun

    Marilyn at the PDCWell.. it’s been said that “Blondes have more fun”.  And we all know that Developers are having more fun than IT Pros this week, so it must follow that blonde developers are probably having more fun than anybody.

    Yes.. I must confess… this is NOT my natural hair color… AND I used to be a Software Engineer!  But then I started playing with TCP/IP, the Internet, NT Domains, and I was hooked. Group Policies were in my blood.  IT was in my future.  (And so was “Just for Men”)

    Here’s a discussion I had with a coworker back in 1989…

    Younger, less grey me: “Wow!  Come look at this!  I just made an FTP connection to a file server in f***ing Finland!”

    Him: “Huh?  FTP?”

    Me: “File Transfer Protocol.  It’s an Internet standard.”

    Him: “Huh?  Internet?”

    Me: “Yeah.. it’s this groovy** inter-connection of networks.”

    Him: “Oh.  That’ll never catch on.  So.. what’s so cool?”

    Me:  “I just told you!  I’m not just looking at some directory on the server downstairs.. I’m looking at a directory of files IN FINLAND!”

    Him:  (leaning over to look at the file listing.  Finally, a light-bulb goes on over his head)…”Wow!  …Porn!”

    Me: “No!  That’s not the point!  I’m connecting to a server that’s way over… Hey!  Where are you going?!”

    Him: “Porn!  FTP!  File Transfered Poooorn!…” [rushing off to his workstation to start his own FTP-enabled porn collection]

    ** Okay.. maybe “Groovy” was already out of style in ‘89.  But so was the tie I was wearing.

    And so the Internet flourished.  Because of porn.  But I digress…

    I spent several years as a developer even after those first FTP porn downloads.  And I loved it!  I went to a few cool conferences.. Borland’s, C|Net Web Builders, TechEds.. and it was at TechEd’s 94 and 95 that I saw more and more how Microsoft was making it easier to get porn..er.. to connect computers and manage directories of users.  And in the small company I was developing for, we needed someone to manage the network, email, set up Internet connectivity, file servers, etc. And I stepped into the role partly out of necessity, but mostly because I really thought this stuff was groovy..er.. cool.  Eventually I gave up development for full-time IT work.

    Sound familiar?  I know many IT Pros who have similar stories.  Some not even involving porn.

    Now.. flash-forward to this week.  HUGE news coming out of the PDC.  Developers are going nuts with fun stuff.. Windows Vista demos.. Office 12 demos… Max, Sparkle, LINQ, WPF, WCF, WWF… whoo-hoo!  PDC is where it’s at!

    “But Kevin.. you went to TechEd, didn’t you?”

    <yawn>  Yeah… I did.  And it was fun.  But… that fun pales in comparison to the all-out geek-O-rama that is this year’s PDC.

    Granted – there are some really kick-butt products and technologies coming out yet this year and next year.  Things that make a young IT Pro’s heart jump for joy.  But when developers have so much fun… wow.  It makes me think maybe I should start working through the new Visual Studio demos, watch a few MSDN webcasts.. maybe attend a few MSDN Events

    Yep.  I think I’ll go back to being a developer.

    …And I’ll color my hair blonde.

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2005 10

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: October 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.

     

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    New Webcasts: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth: Master concepts and optimize your server environment
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

     

    SP2 Week October 17-21

    Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) brings a host of new enhancements for even better protection, reliability, easier administration, and significantly improved mobile messaging. Join us for this week of webcasts as our technical experts explain these enhancements in detail and show you how Exchange Server 2003 SP2 can reduce your administrative burden, up-level protection against e-mail attacks and offer a richer mobile messaging solution.  Attend all four webcasts in this series by October 31 (live or on demand) and you will receive a certificate of attendance*.

     

    14-part in-depth series starts October 26

    Are you looking to get the most out of your messaging environment? Then join us for this in-depth 14-part series as we show you the ins-and-outs of Exchange Server 2003. Through the use of live product demonstrations, interactive presentations, "pop" quizzes and weekly homework assignments, our subject matter experts will help you understand key concepts which are critical for any Exchange Administrator or IT Professional to understand. Topics covered will include Managing Recipient objects, SMTP, Exchange Server Security, Troubleshooting, Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Administrative Best Practices and more! 

     

    NEW Series: A More Secure and Well-Managed Enterprise: Liberate your infrastructure
    Attend this series and learn how to become a dynamic IT organization and achieve operational effectiveness through delivering higher quality of service, email availability, and a more secure Windows environment. Our technical experts will help guide you through step by step instructions on how to install, configure, automate and mange a more secure and well managed infrastructure.  Bonus: attend four of the five webcasts (live or on demand) in this series during the month of October and you will receive a “geek” t-shirt**.

     

    NEW Webcasts: Scripting Week 3: Script it up a Notch

    Live webcasts available October 24-28; On-demand webcasts available now
    During Scripting Week 3, the Scripting Guys will show you how to kick your scripts up a notch (and sometimes 2 or 3 notches). Learn how to quickly modify your scripts so they run against all the computers in an OU or all the computers listed in a text file. Learn how to create output that not only has aesthetic appeal but is much easier to read and understand. Learn how to craft graphical user interfaces that feature checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown lists, and all the other GUI controls you know and love. Learn all these things, and have a chance to win some great prizes as well. Scripting Week 3: it’s the answer to all of life’s problems. (Legal disclaimer: Scripting Week 3 is not the answer to all of life’s problems. But it can’t hurt.)

     

    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.

     

    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.


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

    §          SMS

    §          Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series

    §          To Active Directory and Beyond: Learn Windows migration strategies

    §          Windows Server 2003 Administration

    *Offer good for the first 1000 Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Webcast series attendees to attend all four webcasts in this series (live or on demand) by October 31, 2005. A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. Eligible webcasts are: A Comprehensive Look at Anti-Spam Technologies in Exchange 2003 SP2; Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Features; Accessing Exchange Server from Your Mobile Device Using SP2; E-mail Authentication: Importance in Your E-mail Hygiene Strategy. This offer is non-transferable. This offer open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (void in Quebec) and is valid from October 17, 2005 through October 31, 2005. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

     

    ** Offer good for the first 1000 attendees of the A Secure, Well-Managed Infrastructure webcast series to attend 4 of the 5 October webcasts by October 31, 2005.  A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. Eligible webcasts are TechNet Webcasts: A More Secure, Well-Managed Infrastructure Parts 1-5 of 18. This offer is non-transferable. This offer open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (void in Quebec) and is valid from October 14, 2005 through October 31, 2005. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

     

    Microsoft TechNet Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn some of the basic concepts of Active Directory directory services. This webcast looks at what a directory service is, the benefits Active Directory offers, and the logical concepts as they relate to Domain, Trees and Forests. We also examine the physical concepts of Domain Controllers and Sites and explain the relationship between the Active Directory and the Domain Naming Service. We also cover some operation functions such as Replication, both Inter-site and Intra-site and the Active Directory Operations Masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282264&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032282273&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Managing Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 03, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kelley DuBois, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you planning a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) deployment? If so, do not miss this essential webcast. Learn how to prepare for deployment, starting with an overview of the best practices for testing mission-critical applications under SP2. You learn how to use Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 to deploy SP2 and how to slipstream SP2 into new Windows XP installations. We also show how Group Policy can provide centralized and simplified management of SP2 components such as Windows Firewall and Automatic Updates.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282372&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policies (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Charles Denny, Technical Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The practice of physically isolating computers and networks to protect data or communications from being compromised has been used for many years. The problem with physical isolation is that the information technology infrastructures of many enterprise organizations cannot easily be protected behind hard physical boundaries. This webcast shows how to use domain and server isolation techniques to create a layer of security to achieve logical isolation of the network traffic that moves between computers or networks. This logical isolation helps enable the development of a flexible, scalable, and manageable isolation solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281823&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Office Communicator 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kelley LeBeau, Service Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how the Microsoft information technology group deployed the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 client. Office Communicator raised the bar for internal collaboration at Microsoft by building upon previous Microsoft Windows Messenger features to enable telephony integration and richer presence. This webcast highlights Office Communicator enhancements such as better integration with the Microsoft Exchange Server messaging system, improved public space instant messaging connectivity and multi-party application sharing. We look at Office Communicator's robust find features, enhanced video and convenient methods for integration to other collaboration services such as third-party audio conferencing and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51123

     

    TechNet Webcast: The Working Network: Building the Windows Intelligence Network (Level 100)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Rebholz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Stefan Weitz, Director -- WS Community, Microsoft Corporation

    Should you create a tool or get it "off-the-shelf"? Off-the-shelf is convenient, but how do you find the vendors and sort through the products to find what you need? Join this webcast to learn about The Working Network, which introduces information technology (IT) professionals to third party Internet services. They also bring users together to combine their experience and knowledge. Together, they enable a simple, no-hassle means to contribute to and derive value from the resulting affinities. The result is a community of IT professionals that is better connected, better informed, and more productive: in short, a technology intelligence network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280304&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Collaboration: 30 New Applications for SharePoint Services (Level 100)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, SR. Product Manager - WSS, Microsoft Corporation

    Collaborative workspaces are one of the most important and easiest ways to jump-start your collaboration efforts. Microsoft has released 30 new applications, all available as free downloads, that can be installed on top of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. These applications are tailored to address the needs and requirements of specific business processes. Join this webcast for an overview of these 30 new applications and how you can make them available to your users and learn how to customize them to fit your needs. Scenarios include roles such as sales, marketing, human resources, finance, and operations, as well as vertical scenarios for financial services, professional services, and government.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280956&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Roadmap (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Today's information technology organizations are under pressure to reduce costs and prioritize spending on new equipment. Virtualization technology is emerging as an effective way to increase both productivity and deployment flexibility. Virtualization technology can play a key role in uncoupling workloads from server resources and enabling a dynamic and automated datacenter. Microsoft is investing heavily in the next generation of virtualization technology and the management tools that will drive it. This session presents Microsoft's virtualization roadmap and strategy, starting with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  We then discuss the Windows hypervisor technology, which will be incorporated into the next release of Microsoft Windows Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282127&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Designing the Active Directory Structure (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn the less common Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast goes through the reasons why you might need these more complex designs, explains how to plan effectively, what pitfalls to avoid, and recommendations that will help make these complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282268&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: MOM and AVIcode: Incorporating the Operations Perspective in Dynamic Systems Initiative (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Stephen Pelletier, VP Business Development, AVIcode, Inc.

    Dhananjay Mahajan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Application development and application maintenance are no longer separate. Closing the loop between operations and development is critical for keeping the total cost of operations down. In this webast, learn how Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System and AVIcode Intercept Studio 2.3 extend the capabilities of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. AVIcode Intercept Studio and MOM 2005 provide the foundation for "friction-free" application health modeling and operational monitoring of distributed Microsoft .NET applications. Find out about the powerful capabilities this solution provides for software architects, systems operators and administrators.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282311&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Configuring Security Enhancements in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Rob Westover, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is here. What does it offer you? This webcast provides information about the improvements to functionality that are implemented in Windows Server 2003 SP1. Such enhancements raise the security, reliability, and productivity of Windows Server 2003. This webcast shows how to use the Security Configuration Wizard to configure networking enhancements and manage security policies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282374&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Lifecycle Management of Windows Mobile-based Devices (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Samir Kumar, Mobile Devices Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    How does your organization procure mobile devices? How do you support them? Do you know how to update them? What do you do when they start getting "old"? Do you have an effective plan to repurpose or retire them? Join this webcast to learn the best practices for managing Windows Mobile devices in the corporate environment, from initial deployment through end of life. We examine secure manageability options for Windows Mobile from a device perspective and a server perspective. We discuss native functionality and partner solutions for life cycle management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281861&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Windows and Linux Interoperability: Shattering the Myths (Level 200)

    Friday, October 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jeremy Moskowitz, Author, Instructor, Infrastructure Architect and founder of www.WinLinAnswers.com

    For many organizations, interoperability is critical to their technology environments. To cooperate with Linux, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (and the upcoming R2) is designed with interoperability in mind. If you are in an environment where you need to Linux and Microsoft Windows to work cooperatively, you need to know what Windows Server 2003 has to offer to make that communication easier. This webcast shows you the features built into Windows Server 2003 which help you make contact with Linux.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281351&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Services and Critical Accounts (Level 200)

    Friday, October 07, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your organization implement network services or applications that require the use of a service account? Service accounts are often configured to run with the highest possible privileges, resulting in membership within the Domain Administrators group. This setup can enable an attacker to gain unrestricted access to a computer, domain, or entire forest. This webcast identifies which Microsoft Windows services are set to run with the highest possible privileges.  In addition it explains how you can restrict these privileges, thereby helping to secure your environment. This webcast also provides information on securing administrative level accounts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282376&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimizing Live Meeting Audio and Recording (Level 200)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Nickerson, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, but would like to make better use of its audio capabilities? If you are ready to take Live Meeting to the next level, join this webcast for discussions and demonstrations of scenarios and solutions for optimizing the audio experience within Live Meeting. Topics include Integration with Traditional Audio Conferencing Providers for conference call control within Live Meeting, Internet Audio Broadcasting to support large meetings with one-way audio, Tips for Interacting with Attendees, Broadcasting Audio without an Audio Conferencing Provider, How Recording Works, Media Characteristics, Editing Recordings, Managing Recordings, and Hosting Options.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279314&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can help make your information technology infrastructure more secure. This second part of the Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. 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. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282276&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Minimize Blocking with New Snapshot-Based Isolation Levels in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sunil Agarwal, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are deadlocks giving you grief? Tune into this webcast and learn how you can increase the availability of your applications to your end users. Learn how to minimize blocking by using snapshot-based isolation levels. These new isolation levels eliminate blocking (including deadlocks) between readers/writers, and provide a transactionally consistent snapshot of the database. This presentation focuses on basic concepts, how to manage row versions, and how to troubleshoot.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282056&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security Risk Management (Part 1 of 3): Concepts and Prerequisites (Level 300)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    An organization will never get on top of its security issues without a means to identify, assess, and manage its risks. This initial webcast about Security Risk Management introduces the Security Risk Management Guide, designed by Microsoft to help organizations establish a process for risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and implementation of security countermeasures. This webcast introduces the concepts of Security Risk Management and illustrates the differences between risk assessment and risk management. The webcast compares the similarities and differences of the requirements of Risk Assessment and Risk Management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282378&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering HTML Applications (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

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

    Go graphical with scripts that utilize the HTML Application (HTA) format. See how you can use Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition to create scripts with a robust graphical user interface. In this webcast you will learn how HTAs work, what their capabilities and limitations are, and a step-by-step methodology for creating HTAs from scratch. You will also find out how to keep HTAs bug-free and how to debug them quickly when bugs do creep in.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276554&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automate, Automate, and Automate More: Scripting IIS 6.0 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Internet Information Server? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? Relax: use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories and enable security for those Web servers. In this webcast, you find out how to use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts to easily and quickly create websites and other key metabase objects. After finishing this webcast, you receive sample scripts that you can use in your environment to automate several typical tasks performed by Web administrators.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280619&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Tuesday, October 11, 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: Active Directory Remote Administration (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Domain and Forest functional levels. Join this webcast and examine the special considerations for designing and planning for a branch office environment, and the use of command line and graphical user interface tools for remote management and scripting. In this webcast we show how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link. We present the options available for remote management using the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line tools. Finally we cover other available remote management tools that administer Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282331&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are involved in branch office technologies, you need the most reliable and efficient means for remote replication of large blocks of data. Join this webcast for a comprehensive view of the Branch Office Technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. The presentation begins by introducing the new Distributed File System (DFS) replication engine. Learn about the feature set that enables DFS to efficiently replicate large quantities of data over Wide Area Networks. This presentation reviews the service architecture, examining basic operations, the Remote Differential Compression algorithm which enables the engine to replicate file changes instead of full files, and other mechanisms designed to optimize replication in branch office environments.

     

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282074&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: DNS Setup for Live Communications Server 2005 (Level 300)

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

    Joe Schurman, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Steve Milroy, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Randy Thomas, Consultant, Connected Innovation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005? Would you benefit from the guidance of people who have already implemented Live Communications Server 2005? If so, then this webcast is for you. Experts from the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server team will host this technical webcast. We discuss setting up your Domain Name System when using Live Communication Server 2005, problems you may encounter, and we share some strategies and tools for debugging.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279245&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Introduction to How SQL Server 2005 Can Help You Deliver Highly Available Database Systems (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Don Vilen, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your current database system ensure that critical enterprise data always remains available? Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces several new technologies to dramatically improve this critical function. This webcast discusses the various features in SQL Server 2005 that can help you deliver high availability: Failover Clustering, Database Mirroring, Peer-to-Peer Replication, Database Snapshots, Snapshot Isolation, and Online Index Operations. An overview shows how you can use these technologies to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime, provide solutions for disaster recovery, and provide greater system availability to your end users. The presentation includes guidance on when to apply each technology.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282294&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security Risk Management (Part 2 of 3): Risk Assessment (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast continues to track the processes of the Security Risk Management Guide, designed by Microsoft to help organizations establish a process for risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and implementation of security countermeasures. This webcast provides detailed information on performing a complete Risk Assessment process at your organization, tying in best practices from both the industry and the internal Microsoft Information Technology Group.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282380&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Information about Microsoft October Security Bulletins (Level 200)

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

    Mike Reavey, Lead Security Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Stephen Toulouse, Security Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    On October 11th, Microsoft will release its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the October 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=1032282125&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support Webcast: Active Directory synchronization behavior and troubleshooting in Project

    October 12, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kyle Lewallen, Support Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Felicia Jacobs, Support Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This WebCast will discuss Active Directory synchronization behavior with Microsoft Project Server and describe steps to troubleshoot some of the more common issues. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032281059

     

    TechNet Webcast: Free Windows SharePoint Services Applications to Help Your IT Department (Level 100)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the free Collaborative Workspace applications Microsoft just released. These Collaborative Workspace applications address the requirements for specific business processes or task groups for organizations of any size. Each application is comprised completely of out-of-the box Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services capabilities. See how you can use applications such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Desk Dashboard, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Project Team Site and the Microsoft Windows SharePoint IT Developer Team Site in your daily information technology department activities. Join us for a demonstration of these applications, and learn how to download and start using them today.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281802&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introducing Systems Center Reporting Manager 2005: Understanding, Architecting and Deploying (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    Reduce troubleshooting time and improve your planning capabilities with Microsoft Windows Server System Center Reporting Manager 2005. In this webcast, learn the basics on System Center Reporting Manager 2005 architecture and the best practices for deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278633&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 13, 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: Protecting Your Business from Spyware (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Bain, Senior Director of Product Marketing - SSCP, Security+ C, Network Engines

    Marcus Schmidt, Senior Product Manager, ISA Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Spyware is software that is installed without the user's knowledge or consent, and collects and reports information about the user's computer use and Web surfing activities. Spyware threatens businesses of all sizes, endangering customer privacy, financial data security, and other proprietary information. Spyware comes in a variety of forms that range from Internet usage tracking to the theft of sensitive information. This webcast explains what spyware is and details the threats associated with it. We propose a solution for mitigating the risks associated with spyware by using Network Engines NS Series firewall appliances running Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282089&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security Risk Management (Part 3 of 3): Decisions, Controls, and Program Effectiveness (Level 300)

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast concludes the series overview of the Security Risk Management Guide. This segment shows how to convert information-gathering and assessment into careful planning, implementation, and metrics for your Risk Management program. This webcast (and the series) concludes with a presentation of best practices from both the industry and from the internal Microsoft Information Technology Group. These best practices will help security risk planners make sound decisions in the planning phase, implement controls, and measure the overall effectiveness of the program.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282382&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Multifactor Authentication Using Smart Cards (Level 200)

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Do user name and password combinations provide enough security for your organization's network resources? Many users choose passwords that can easily be compromised. This particular security vulnerability can be difficult to control. To address this issue, multifactor authentication uses a combination of components external to the user and password combination to provide more secure access to network resources. Deploying a smart card solution is an increasingly popular way to do this. Join this webcast to understand the challenge of securing critical administrator accounts and remote access logon sessions, and how to implement multifactor authentication using smart card technology.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282384&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 1 of 18): Microsoft Operations Framework Overview (Level 100)

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This opening webcast of this series looks at the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), and shows how to use the framework to control and manage an organization's infrastructure. The webcast outlines effective implementation and optimization of MOF to facilitate continuous improvement in an information technology organization. This webcast sets the framework for this 18 part series.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282327&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your future, or you'd like to improve information technology security, you'll find it useful to know more about Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy. In this final part of the 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=1032282280&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Telephony-Enabled Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kenneth Chang, Director of Business Development, Genesys

    Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server can provide your organization with a standards-based enterprise real-time communications platform. The Genesys Enterprise Telephony System product enables telephony on the Microsoft platform. The combined solution enables information workers to collaborate with customers and colleagues, access presence information and seamlessly manage telephone calls by leveraging the computer integration with desktop phones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Novell Infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Drew Dennis, Solution Sales Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you planning a migrating your Novell infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System? Join us for this 90-minute webcast and learn some of the best practices on how to start your migration process. This session covers planning, deployment and execution of migration using existing resources and tools. The presentation also reviews a technical case study of successful migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282131&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A Comprehensive Look at Anti-Spam Technologies in Exchange 2003 SP2 (Level 300)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mihai Costea, Program Manager, Exchange Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Alexander Nikolayev, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    To keep your information technology infrastructure safe, you must be up-to-date on the latest threats and the countermeasures to block or mitigate them. This webcast presents the complete view of the anti-spam techniques in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2. It includes descriptions and technical drill-downs for features that originally shipped in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, plus the additions in Service Pack 2. The webcast concludes with tips and tricks for fighting spam.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282011&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Information with Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    How well protected are your organization's confidential data, intellectual property, e-mails, internal documents, and Web content? Is this sensitive content available only to those authorized to work with it? A rights management solution can protect information and define exactly who can open, read, copy, modify or redistribute the content. Join this webcast to learn about Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS). We discuss RMS server provisioning, client installation and activation, and the protection and consumption of data. We also introduce best practices for providing availability and scalability within the RMS environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282386&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Does IT: Protecting the Branch with Data Protection Manager (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Calvin Keaton, Operations Manager, Microsoft IT, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn the details behind the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Data Protection Manager (DPM) deployment, including the process they used for pre-deployment planning. Find out the lessons learned during and after the deployment process, as well as the operational details of running a day-to-day branch office data protection operation with DPM. In this webcast we detail the technology behind DPM and the planning that went into the Microsoft IT deployment of DPM.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51255

     

    TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Features (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Malvin M. Seale, Technical Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Get an overview of the new administration features for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This webcast covers changes to the 16GB limit and database size management, Public Folder management enhancements, and improvements to the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2003 SP2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281974&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimize Your SQL Server Environment for Availability with Storage Foundation for Windows (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Knight, Sr. Product Manager - Windows Solutions, Storage and Server Management Group, Symantec Corporation

    Donald Petersen, Senior Product Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you need high availability for your Microsoft SQL Server environment? Join this webcast to learn how to use VERITAS Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows to optimize your SQL Server environment. This webcast provides a complete overview of the process, from configuring the storage, to configuring local and global availability, to providing complete online disaster recovery validation and testing. Included are best practices for building a SQL Server solution for performance, availability, and quick recovery. The webcast also shows how to use this tool to help with server and storage consolidation in both 32- and 64-bit virtual server environments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282333&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Accessing Exchange Server from Your Mobile Device Using SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Max Ciccotosto, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your organization have all the mobile access it could use in the areas of security, flexibility, and affordability? This webcast discusses and demonstrates how Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 provides secure and affordable remote and mobile access to e-mail and Personal Information Manager information across a range of mobile devices. Explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, including the new always-up-to-date functionality, configuring personal identification number lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange, and other new mobility enhancements.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 2 of 18): Management with Active Directory (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast looks at the general issues of managing users, groups, computers and infrastructure for larger office locations and branch office locations. Learn how Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory addresses these issues. This webcast demonstrates how to plan and design an Active Directory deployment to meet your requirements. The planning considerations also require considerations for Microsoft Exchange Server, and this webcast shows you how to take these allowances into account.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282087&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How You Can Achieve Greater Availability with Failover Clustering Across Multiple Sites (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Elden Christensen, Program Manager, Windows Server Clustering, Microsoft Corporation

    As information technology infrastructures grow and spread out geographically, server availability and reliability become more challenging and require new solutions. In this webcast, learn how to turn a server cluster into a geographically-dispersed cluster whose nodes reside in different physical sites. Geographically dispersed clusters give your solution resiliency in the event of a disaster. This webcast covers network and storage considerations, the majority node set quorum model, best practices, the geographically-dispersed cluster solution listings on the Microsoft Windows Catalog, and enhancements for stretched clusters in the next release of Microsoft Windows Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282060&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SurfControl Web Filter for ISA Server 2004: Helping You STOP Unwanted Content Risks (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Brett Matesen, Senior Director Business Development & OEM, SurfControl, Inc.

    Marcus Schmidt, Senior Product Manager, ISA Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Is your organization threatened by unwanted content such as spyware, worms, viruses, and access to inappropriate and malicious Web sites? This webcast presents SurfControl Web Filter for Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. We show how to use SurfControl's flexible policy administration tool to develop, deploy, and enforce acceptable usage policies through your ISA Server. We demonstrate how to tailor policies specifically to your organization. Learn how to monitor your user community and discover Web usage patterns in your business. Join this webcast and regain control of your network resources by improving network security, network performance and employee productivity, and limit your organization's legal liability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282030&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Overview of the Messaging and Security Management Feature Pack for Enterprise Windows Mobile Device Management (Level 300)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Khalid Siddiqui, Senior Consultant, Microsoft Corporation

    As mobile devices become a bigger part of the information technology infrastructure, device management becomes a bigger challenge. Join this webcast to learn how device management works on the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. In this webcast, we demonstrate features, functionality and use of all components in the Windows Mobile Platform that provide device management capability. We discuss the messaging and security management feature pack to illustrate utilization of these features in an enterprise environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282093&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: What's the Protocol for Using Aculab Telephony Interface Manager? (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Schindler, Microsoft Speech Server Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    David Duffett, Head of Training, Aculab

    Microsoft Speech Server 2004 is an excellent means to create speech applications, but how do you connect them to the outside world? Don't miss this fun and fascinating insight into the murky world of telecom protocols. What is the difference between a T1 and an E1? Why could it be catastrophic to mix up A law and u law speech? How should you react if someone wants to rob your bits? This technical tutorial covers all the important stuff without getting stuffy. You also learn why the Aculab Telephony Interface Manager (TIM) is the only option, whether you are simply looking to enhance your in-house communication systems or if global domination is on your product road map.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282316&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery Best Practices for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Kline, SQL Server Specialist, Quest Software, Inc

    Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005 databases are doing more valuable and more mission-critical work in information technology shops today than every before. This webcast presents a variety of best practices around maximizing SQL Server uptime and availability, while minimizing service disruption to your customers, using Quest's SQL LiteSpeed. Quest expert and SQL Server MVP Kevin Kline presents a variety of disaster recovery best practices, such as runbooks, application stack configuring, application stack disaster recovery testing, single object restoration, and disaster post-mortems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282284&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Single Image Deployment with Tablet PC Edition 2005 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    This webcast will provide the information you need to build and deploy Tablet PCs, leveraging the same Microsoft Windows XP image you have used for your notebook PCs! We show how to use the System Preparation Tool to deploy Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, which eliminates the need to maintain separate images for Tablet PCs and non-Tablet PCs. We show you some of our quick tips and best practices for building and maintaining a single image-helping to save you time and increase your information technology efficiencies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280072&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Ravi Gopal, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Branch offices can be a vital and significant part of your business, and they can consume a large part of your information technology budget if your software, management strategy and network speeds are not designed to support branch office needs. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 includes technologies that are valuable for branch office organizations. Find out about the key benefits for branch offices that are included in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2003 R2. Learn how technologies such as the Distributed File System and Print Management Console enable efficient Wide Area Network file replication and enhanced remote management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support Webcast: Troubleshooting DNS configuration issues on domain controllers by using the DNS test in the Windows Server 2003 SP1-based version of the DCDIAG tool

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 10:00APM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Greg McConnel, Rapid Response Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This WebCast discusses the DNS test in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) version of the DCDIAG tool. This DNS test can be run against domain controllers on Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3-based computers, Windows 2000 SP4-based computers, and Windows Server 2003-based computers. This WebCast will discuss the six primary tests and how to resolve common issues.
    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032280756

     

    TechNet Webcast: Minimize Blocking Through Snapshot-based Isolation Levels (Level 200)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kalen Delaney, CFO and Principal Mentor, Solid Quality Learning

    What are snapshot-based isolation levels, and how can they minimize blocking and increase the availability of your applications? Join this webcast to learn how these new isolations eliminate blocking, including deadlocks between readers/writers. You will also learn how isolations provide a transactional consistent snapshot of a database at transactional and statement levels. This webcast will focus on basic concepts, managing row versions, and troubleshooting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282337&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 3 of 18): Deploying Active Directory in the Branch Office (Level 200)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you confident with the thought of deploying Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory to your organization's branch offices? That webcast addresses the deployment of Active Directory in the branch office environment. Topics include replication issues with Branch Office and how Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 addresses these issues and elaborates on deployment best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: E-mail Authentication: Importance in Your E-mail Hygiene Strategy (Level 300)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Craig Spiezle, Director, Microsoft Corporation

    Harry Katz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    E-mail authentication is as essential to e-mail hygiene strategy as it is to building online trust. This webcast outlines the myths and realities of Sender ID, an industry-wide approach to dealing with the problem of e-mail spoofing and phishing. In this webcast we show how the results of Sender ID must be included in the overall e-mail trustworthiness score. Learn the importance of adding reputation to identity, and see how this improves deliverability of legitimate mail, detection of phishing exploits and reduces the occurrence of false positives. This presentation includes a review of industry momentum and progress around anti-spam and anti-phishing efforts. The webcast also shows examples of creating records, and discusses various complementary e-mail authentication approaches.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282082&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Script It Up a Notch: Adding a Little Pizzazz (and a Lot of Functionality) to Your System Administration Scripts (Level 200)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Many of the e-mails received by the Scripting Guys sound like this: "That script is exactly what I needed. But how do I run it against multiple computers? Isn't there a better way to display data than in a command window? And, can't I select items from a list box instead of typing them in?" In other words, we show you a script, and you always want more. So in this opening webcast for Scripting Week Three, we introduce techniques for kicking your scripts up a notch—different ways to input and output data, incorporating graphical user elements—that we expand on throughout the rest of the week.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282298&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installation and Implementation Considerations: Adding Multipoint Audio and Video in Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    David Bundy, Chief Technical Officer, Radvision

    Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 supports point-to-point audio and videoconferencing between two Communicator clients. Radvision's Click to Meet for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (CTM for LCS) extends this support to multipoint audio and video for all participants so they can all see and hear each other directly within Communicator. Join this webcast to learn about this offering, and see how you can integrate and deploy CTM for LCS with Live Communications Server and Communicator. Learn how to deploy multiple servers in a distributed architecture and how to connect to room systems. We discuss firewall and proxy considerations, and how to manage bandwidth within your network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 1 of 3): Overview of Internet Protocol Security (Level 300)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Data Isolation: How can it make your information technology infrastructure safer, and how do you use Group Policies and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) to implement it? This three-part series presents the information and steps needed to implement data isolation using group policies and IPsec within an organization. Part one provides an overview of the nature of Internet Protocol security. Learn how IPsec can help manage the challenges to secure network communication, and the various ways you can implement IPsec to achieve different types of secure communication. Part two continues the discussion with a look at how to use IPsec to create network isolation zones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282388&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Security Updates (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Paul Thomsen, Patch Management Service Lead, Microsoft IT, Microsoft Corporation

    Successful security update management is crucial to maintaining computer security at any organization. Learn from the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) department's experience with over 200,000 clients in a challenging environment. Microsoft IT continues to improve its processes by merging datacenter and desktop security update operations using the new Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates. This new tool formalizes the security update management service, improves reporting solutions, and makes other improvements which Microsoft shares with other Microsoft Systems Management Server customers.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52131

     

    TechNet Webcast: Cheaper by the Dozen: Automating Multiple Machines Across Your Network (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are one of those lucky system administrators with only one computer to manage, you do not need to watch this webcast. Likewise if you enjoy walking around to machines on many sites, seeing new places and making new friends. But in most cases, scripting can save a lot of time and aggravation when you have to do a job on many machines. Happily, the main Microsoft Windows scripting technologies, Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Service Interfaces, both have built-in remoting capabilities. This webcast shows how to get names of machines from various sources and perform useful tasks on them with Visual Basic Scripts in a Windows Script Host environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282302&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Building Highly Available Database Systems that Scale with Peer-to-Peer Replication (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hollingsworth, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you looking for was to improve scalability and availability in your database deployment? This webcast provides an overview for how you can use Peer-to-Peer Replication in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to create geographically dispersed redundant copies of a database to improve both scalability and availability for database applications. The webcast also addresses positioning for other features such as clustering, database mirroring, and log shipping.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281661&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 4 of 18): Microsoft Identity Integration Server Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) enables the integration and management of identity information across multiple repositories, systems and platforms. MIIS augments Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory by providing broad interoperability capabilities. This session addresses the topic of identity and access through MIIS. The webcast provides an overview of MIIS, and then shows when and how to use it to synchronize between directory services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282145&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Looks Aren't Everything, but... (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Luckily for the Scripting Guys, flashy looks aren't everything in the Microsoft Windows scripting world. Still, even the most hardened scripter occasionally needs to script it up a notch, at least when it comes to output. In this webcast, we temporarily sidestep our beloved command line and explore various other ways of presenting script output, including everything from ASCII-graphic-infused text files to the oft-maligned HTML-based e-mail.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282305&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 1 of 14): Deployment Planning (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    How do you effectively plan and deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? Start with this first webcast of the Exchange Server 2003 Series, where we examine the planning phase of any Exchange deployment. Learn the basic consideration for deployment, including hardware and software required to support one or more Exchange servers. From there we examine the infrastructure requirements, covering basic services such as Domain Name System, Microsoft Internet Information Services and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Finally, we explain the biggest infrastructure requirement, Active Directory directory service. Covering integration and deployment paths, the presentation shows how Exchange and Active Directory are linked and how to deploy this critical service.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281666&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 2 of 3): Understanding Network Isolation Using IPsec (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the overview of Internet Protocol security (IPsec) in part one, this webcast shows how to use IPsec to create network isolation zones. Topics include the advantages and limitations of network isolation, where network isolation fits into a defense-in-depth scheme, and how to use group policies and Active Directory groups to restrict access to specific servers. Part three offers guidance on how best to apply these concepts within the context of several network isolation scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282390&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Going Beyond the Command Line with HTML Applications (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Scripts are all about using the command line rather than the GUI, right? While this is often true, that is not the case with HTML applications. In this webcast, learn how you can put a graphical user interface (GUI) on your scripts, complete with buttons, text boxes, and all the other typical GUI features.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282307&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Efficient Storage Management in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, an update of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, has just been released. Are you ready to take advantage of the new tools it offers? These new tools simplify many of the tasks for setting up an efficient storage environment for the Microsoft Windows platform. In this webcast, we explore the new quota management and storage area network (SAN) management features, and describe how these are designed and configured. We also show how administration tasks can be simplified and how to use these tools to improve the efficiency of your storage assets. The presentation provides details on Microsoft Virtual Disk Server 1.1 in the context of SAN.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279720&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling and Sustaining an Enterprise LEAN Transformation (Level 100)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Frank Kapper, Vice President, Orlando Software Group, Inc.

    The approach to LEAN is changing. As corporations move from an "inside the four walls of the plant" approach and begin to focus on enterprise value stream improvement, they are discovering that the typical processes used to capture, analyze and communicate value stream performance do not scale to meet their new requirements. This webcast provides specific examples of how John Deere and Lockheed Martin successfully employed a solution called LeanView™ to augment traditional manual Value Stream Management processes. This webcast is tremendously valuable for anyone engaged in enterprise LEAN Transformation. Join us to gain deeper insights into enterprise value stream performance. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of LeanView™.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280099&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling and Sustaining an Enterprise LEAN Transformation (Level 100)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ethan McConnell, Support Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This Support WebCast will provide an overview of the new mobility technology for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). The WebCast will talk about direct push, synchronization policies, and remote wipe. The last two topics will include a demonstration.
    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032281813

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 5 of 18): Client Management via Group Policy (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How many desktop computers are in your organization? Are you satisfied with your ability to manage all of them efficiently and accurately? This webcast shows how implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can address the issues of desktop management and control. This presentation specifically addresses the challenges of managing clients on different devices in different locations with consistent policies for security, managing and updating these policies. We discuss how to make policy updates centrally, and how to perform analysis models when users move around.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282153&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: The Antiques Script Show (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Like most people, the Scripting Guys have scores of old scripts tucked away in their attics and garages. Could any of these scripts actually be worth something? Check out the Antiques Script Show and find out what makes a script truly valuable.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282309&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 2 of 14): Coexistence and Migration (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Does migration have to be a headache? Not if you create a clear path and follow it. This webcast examines coexistence and migration scenarios when moving from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Connecting a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 environment to Active Directory as a starting point, the webcast shows how to connect the two directory services and troubleshoot them if they stop performing. With the Active Directory service established, learn how to integrate Exchange Server 2003 into this environment. The webcast concludes with a look at the upgrade path for Exchange Server 2000 deployments to Exchange Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281671&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 3 of 3): Advanced Network Isolation Scenarios (Level 300)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Shawn Travers, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Applying the concepts described in part one and two; this webcast describes several scenarios where you can enhance network security by using IPsec to create network isolation zones. This scenario-focused view of Group Policies and IPsec is based on Microsoft's prescriptive guidance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282392&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A Technical Overview of SQL 2005 High Availability Features (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    There are many barriers to achieving high availability in a database system, and only some of them are addressable by database management systems technology. This webcast examines some of the features of Microsoft SQL Server 2005-the next release of the SQL Server product-that can help you overcome some of these barriers. This webcast reviews several specific areas: database server failure or disaster, user or application error, data access concurrency limitations, and database mirroring and clustering.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282341&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimize Performance with Maximum Uptime by Creating and Maintaining Indexes Online with SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mirek Sztajno, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    See how in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 you can create indexes online using data definition language operations such as CREATE/ALTER/DROP index which can be executed concurrently with Data Manipulation Language operations. We explain the basic implementation mechanism behind these operations and show a number of scenarios where you can put these to use. We also show how you can use the new dynamic management views in SQL Server 2005 to help you with index statistics and index maintenance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282343&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deciphering the Tools of the Trade: A Review of IIS Stress Testing Toolsets (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? You can easily use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories, as well as enable security for all of them. In the past, the Microsoft Web Application Stress tool was used to apply load to a Web server to simulate the true usage of Web applications. This webcast outlines how IIS Manager tools work and helps administrators and developers determine the right tool for a given environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281354&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How to Increase Availability Using Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mark Wistrom, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Between mergers and acquisitions, expansion of branch offices, and the increasing popularity of databases, it's a major challenge to keep that data current and available. This webcast provides guidance and offers considerations for operational deployments of database mirroring in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The presentation examines examples of customer deployments to illustrate how and when Database Mirroring should be used. The presentation includes a discussion of performance characteristics and provides guidance for deploying database mirroring.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282289&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Office Live

    ·          Operational Efficiency & Productivity

    ·          Web Platform

     

    Office Live

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Office Communicator 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kelley LeBeau, Service Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how the Microsoft information technology group deployed the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 client. Office Communicator raised the bar for internal collaboration at Microsoft by building upon previous Microsoft Windows Messenger features to enable telephony integration and richer presence. This webcast highlights Office Communicator enhancements such as better integration with the Microsoft Exchange Server messaging system, improved public space instant messaging connectivity and multi-party application sharing. We look at Office Communicator's robust find features, enhanced video and convenient methods for integration to other collaboration services such as third-party audio conferencing and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51123

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimizing Live Meeting Audio and Recording (Level 200)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Nickerson, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, but would like to make better use of its audio capabilities? If you are ready to take Live Meeting to the next level, join this webcast for discussions and demonstrations of scenarios and solutions for optimizing the audio experience within Live Meeting. Topics include Integration with Traditional Audio Conferencing Providers for conference call control within Live Meeting, Internet Audio Broadcasting to support large meetings with one-way audio, Tips for Interacting with Attendees, Broadcasting Audio without an Audio Conferencing Provider, How Recording Works, Media Characteristics, Editing Recordings, Managing Recordings, and Hosting Options.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279314&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: DNS Setup for Live Communications Server 2005 (Level 300)

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

    Joe Schurman, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Steve Milroy, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Randy Thomas, Consultant, Connected Innovation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005? Would you benefit from the guidance of people who have already implemented Live Communications Server 2005? If so, then this webcast is for you. Experts from the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server team will host this technical webcast. We discuss setting up your Domain Name System when using Live Communication Server 2005, problems you may encounter, and we share some strategies and tools for debugging.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279245&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Telephony-Enabled Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kenneth Chang, Director of Business Development, Genesys

    Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server can provide your organization with a standards-based enterprise real-time communications platform. The Genesys Enterprise Telephony System product enables telephony on the Microsoft platform. The combined solution enables information workers to collaborate with customers and colleagues, access presence information and seamlessly manage telephone calls by leveraging the computer integration with desktop phones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installation and Implementation Considerations: Adding Multipoint Audio and Video in Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    David Bundy, Chief Technical Officer, Radvision

    Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 supports point-to-point audio and videoconferencing between two Communicator clients. Radvision's Click to Meet for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (CTM for LCS) extends this support to multipoint audio and video for all participants so they can all see and hear each other directly within Communicator. Join this webcast to learn about this offering, and see how you can integrate and deploy CTM for LCS with Live Communications Server and Communicator. Learn how to deploy multiple servers in a distributed architecture and how to connect to room systems. We discuss firewall and proxy considerations, and how to manage bandwidth within your network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282068&Culture=en-US

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn some of the basic concepts of Active Directory directory services. This webcast looks at what a directory service is, the benefits Active Directory offers, and the logical concepts as they relate to Domain, Trees and Forests. We also examine the physical concepts of Domain Controllers and Sites and explain the relationship between the Active Directory and the Domain Naming Service. We also cover some operation functions such as Replication, both Inter-site and Intra-site and the Active Directory Operations Masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282264&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032282273&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: The Working Network: Building the Windows Intelligence Network (Level 100)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Rebholz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Stefan Weitz, Director -- WS Community, Microsoft Corporation

    Should you create a tool or get it "off-the-shelf"? Off-the-shelf is convenient, but how do you find the vendors and sort through the products to find what you need? Join this webcast to learn about The Working Network, which introduces information technology (IT) professionals to third party Internet services. They also bring users together to combine their experience and knowledge. Together, they enable a simple, no-hassle means to contribute to and derive value from the resulting affinities. The result is a community of IT professionals that is better connected, better informed, and more productive: in short, a technology intelligence network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280304&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Designing the Active Directory Structure (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn the less common Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast goes through the reasons why you might need these more complex designs, explains how to plan effectively, what pitfalls to avoid, and recommendations that will help make these complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282268&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can help make your information technology infrastructure more secure. This second part of the Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. 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. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282276&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Tuesday, October 11, 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: Active Directory Remote Administration (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Domain and Forest functional levels. Join this webcast and examine the special considerations for designing and planning for a branch office environment, and the use of command line and graphical user interface tools for remote management and scripting. In this webcast we show how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link. We present the options available for remote management using the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line tools. Finally we cover other available remote management tools that administer Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282331&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introducing Systems Center Reporting Manager 2005: Understanding, Architecting and Deploying (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    Reduce troubleshooting time and improve your planning capabilities with Microsoft Windows Server System Center Reporting Manager 2005. In this webcast, learn the basics on System Center Reporting Manager 2005 architecture and the best practices for deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278633&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 13, 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: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 1 of 18): Microsoft Operations Framework Overview (Level 100)

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This opening webcast of this series looks at the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), and shows how to use the framework to control and manage an organization's infrastructure. The webcast outlines effective implementation and optimization of MOF to facilitate continuous improvement in an information technology organization. This webcast sets the framework for this 18 part series.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282327&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your future, or you'd like to improve information technology security, you'll find it useful to know more about Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy. In this final part of the 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=1032282280&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Novell Infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Drew Dennis, Solution Sales Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you planning a migrating your Novell infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System? Join us for this 90-minute webcast and learn some of the best practices on how to start your migration process. This session covers planning, deployment and execution of migration using existing resources and tools. The presentation also reviews a technical case study of successful migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282131&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Features (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Malvin M. Seale, Technical Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Get an overview of the new administration features for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This webcast covers changes to the 16GB limit and database size management, Public Folder management enhancements, and improvements to the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2003 SP2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281974&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Accessing Exchange Server from Your Mobile Device Using SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Max Ciccotosto, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your organization have all the mobile access it could use in the areas of security, flexibility, and affordability? This webcast discusses and demonstrates how Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 provides secure and affordable remote and mobile access to e-mail and Personal Information Manager information across a range of mobile devices. Explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, including the new always-up-to-date functionality, configuring personal identification number lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange, and other new mobility enhancements.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 2 of 18): Management with Active Directory (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast looks at the general issues of managing users, groups, computers and infrastructure for larger office locations and branch office locations. Learn how Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory addresses these issues. This webcast demonstrates how to plan and design an Active Directory deployment to meet your requirements. The planning considerations also require considerations for Microsoft Exchange Server, and this webcast shows you how to take these allowances into account.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282087&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Ravi Gopal, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Branch offices can be a vital and significant part of your business, and they can consume a large part of your information technology budget if your software, management strategy and network speeds are not designed to support branch office needs. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 includes technologies that are valuable for branch office organizations. Find out about the key benefits for branch offices that are included in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2003 R2. Learn how technologies such as the Distributed File System and Print Management Console enable efficient Wide Area Network file replication and enhanced remote management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 3 of 18): Deploying Active Directory in the Branch Office (Level 200)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you confident with the thought of deploying Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory to your organization's branch offices? That webcast addresses the deployment of Active Directory in the branch office environment. Topics include replication issues with Branch Office and how Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 addresses these issues and elaborates on deployment best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 4 of 18): Microsoft Identity Integration Server Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) enables the integration and management of identity information across multiple repositories, systems and platforms. MIIS augments Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory by providing broad interoperability capabilities. This session addresses the topic of identity and access through MIIS. The webcast provides an overview of MIIS, and then shows when and how to use it to synchronize between directory services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282145&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 1 of 14): Deployment Planning (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    How do you effectively plan and deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? Start with this first webcast of the Exchange Server 2003 Series, where we examine the planning phase of any Exchange deployment. Learn the basic consideration for deployment, including hardware and software required to support one or more Exchange servers. From there we examine the infrastructure requirements, covering basic services such as Domain Name System, Microsoft Internet Information Services and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Finally, we explain the biggest infrastructure requirement, Active Directory directory service. Covering integration and deployment paths, the presentation shows how Exchange and Active Directory are linked and how to deploy this critical service.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281666&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Efficient Storage Management in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, an update of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, has just been released. Are you ready to take advantage of the new tools it offers? These new tools simplify many of the tasks for setting up an efficient storage environment for the Microsoft Windows platform. In this webcast, we explore the new quota management and storage area network (SAN) management features, and describe how these are designed and configured. We also show how administration tasks can be simplified and how to use these tools to improve the efficiency of your storage assets. The presentation provides details on Microsoft Virtual Disk Server 1.1 in the context of SAN.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279720&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 5 of 18): Client Management via Group Policy (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How many desktop computers are in your organization? Are you satisfied with your ability to manage all of them efficiently and accurately? This webcast shows how implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can address the issues of desktop management and control. This presentation specifically addresses the challenges of managing clients on different devices in different locations with consistent policies for security, managing and updating these policies. We discuss how to make policy updates centrally, and how to perform analysis models when users move around.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282153&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 2 of 14): Coexistence and Migration (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Does migration have to be a headache? Not if you create a clear path and follow it. This webcast examines coexistence and migration scenarios when moving from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Connecting a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 environment to Active Directory as a starting point, the webcast shows how to connect the two directory services and troubleshoot them if they stop performing. With the Active Directory service established, learn how to integrate Exchange Server 2003 into this environment. The webcast concludes with a look at the upgrade path for Exchange Server 2000 deployments to Exchange Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281671&Culture=en-US

     

    Web Platform

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automate, Automate, and Automate More: Scripting IIS 6.0 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Internet Information Server? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? Relax: use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories and enable security for those Web servers. In this webcast, you find out how to use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts to easily and quickly create websites and other key metabase objects. After finishing this webcast, you receive sample scripts that you can use in your environment to automate several typical tasks performed by Web administrators.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280619&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deciphering the Tools of the Trade: A Review of IIS Stress Testing Toolsets (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? You can easily use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories, as well as enable security for all of them. In the past, the Microsoft Web Application Stress tool was used to apply load to a Web server to simulate the true usage of Web applications. This webcast outlines how IIS Manager tools work and helps administrators and developers determine the right tool for a given environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281354&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          CRM

    ·          Exchange Server

    ·          Internet Information Server

    ·          Office Live Communications Server

    ·          Office Live Meeting

    ·          Operations Manager

    ·          Other

    ·          SQL Server

    ·          Virtual Server

    ·          Windows

    ·          Windows Mobile Smart Client Application

    ·          Windows Server

     

    CRM

     

    TechNet Webcast: The Working Network: Building the Windows Intelligence Network (Level 100)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Rebholz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Stefan Weitz, Director -- WS Community, Microsoft Corporation

    Should you create a tool or get it "off-the-shelf"? Off-the-shelf is convenient, but how do you find the vendors and sort through the products to find what you need? Join this webcast to learn about The Working Network, which introduces information technology (IT) professionals to third party Internet services. They also bring users together to combine their experience and knowledge. Together, they enable a simple, no-hassle means to contribute to and derive value from the resulting affinities. The result is a community of IT professionals that is better connected, better informed, and more productive: in short, a technology intelligence network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280304&Culture=en-US

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Features (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Malvin M. Seale, Technical Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Get an overview of the new administration features for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This webcast covers changes to the 16GB limit and database size management, Public Folder management enhancements, and improvements to the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2003 SP2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281974&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Accessing Exchange Server from Your Mobile Device Using SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Max Ciccotosto, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your organization have all the mobile access it could use in the areas of security, flexibility, and affordability? This webcast discusses and demonstrates how Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 provides secure and affordable remote and mobile access to e-mail and Personal Information Manager information across a range of mobile devices. Explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, including the new always-up-to-date functionality, configuring personal identification number lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange, and other new mobility enhancements.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 1 of 14): Deployment Planning (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    How do you effectively plan and deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? Start with this first webcast of the Exchange Server 2003 Series, where we examine the planning phase of any Exchange deployment. Learn the basic consideration for deployment, including hardware and software required to support one or more Exchange servers. From there we examine the infrastructure requirements, covering basic services such as Domain Name System, Microsoft Internet Information Services and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Finally, we explain the biggest infrastructure requirement, Active Directory directory service. Covering integration and deployment paths, the presentation shows how Exchange and Active Directory are linked and how to deploy this critical service.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281666&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 2 of 14): Coexistence and Migration (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Does migration have to be a headache? Not if you create a clear path and follow it. This webcast examines coexistence and migration scenarios when moving from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Connecting a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 environment to Active Directory as a starting point, the webcast shows how to connect the two directory services and troubleshoot them if they stop performing. With the Active Directory service established, learn how to integrate Exchange Server 2003 into this environment. The webcast concludes with a look at the upgrade path for Exchange Server 2000 deployments to Exchange Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281671&Culture=en-US

     

    Internet Information Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automate, Automate, and Automate More: Scripting IIS 6.0 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Internet Information Server? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? Relax: use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories and enable security for those Web servers. In this webcast, you find out how to use Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) scripts to easily and quickly create websites and other key metabase objects. After finishing this webcast, you receive sample scripts that you can use in your environment to automate several typical tasks performed by Web administrators.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280619&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deciphering the Tools of the Trade: A Review of IIS Stress Testing Toolsets (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you new to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)? Have you been assigned to deploy 200 Web servers in the next year, but you don't want to configure all of those servers individually? You can easily use IIS Manager to create a set of sites and virtual directories, as well as enable security for all of them. In the past, the Microsoft Web Application Stress tool was used to apply load to a Web server to simulate the true usage of Web applications. This webcast outlines how IIS Manager tools work and helps administrators and developers determine the right tool for a given environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281354&Culture=en-US

     

    Office Live Communications Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Office Communicator 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kelley LeBeau, Service Manager Microsoft IT Real Time Communication, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how the Microsoft information technology group deployed the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 client. Office Communicator raised the bar for internal collaboration at Microsoft by building upon previous Microsoft Windows Messenger features to enable telephony integration and richer presence. This webcast highlights Office Communicator enhancements such as better integration with the Microsoft Exchange Server messaging system, improved public space instant messaging connectivity and multi-party application sharing. We look at Office Communicator's robust find features, enhanced video and convenient methods for integration to other collaboration services such as third-party audio conferencing and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51123

     

    TechNet Webcast: DNS Setup for Live Communications Server 2005 (Level 300)

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

    Joe Schurman, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Steve Milroy, Co-Founder, Connected Innovation

    Randy Thomas, Consultant, Connected Innovation

    Have you been thinking about installing or deploying Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005? Would you benefit from the guidance of people who have already implemented Live Communications Server 2005? If so, then this webcast is for you. Experts from the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server team will host this technical webcast. We discuss setting up your Domain Name System when using Live Communication Server 2005, problems you may encounter, and we share some strategies and tools for debugging.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279245&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Telephony-Enabled Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kenneth Chang, Director of Business Development, Genesys

    Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server can provide your organization with a standards-based enterprise real-time communications platform. The Genesys Enterprise Telephony System product enables telephony on the Microsoft platform. The combined solution enables information workers to collaborate with customers and colleagues, access presence information and seamlessly manage telephone calls by leveraging the computer integration with desktop phones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installation and Implementation Considerations: Adding Multipoint Audio and Video in Office Communicator (Level 200)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    David Bundy, Chief Technical Officer, Radvision

    Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 supports point-to-point audio and videoconferencing between two Communicator clients. Radvision's Click to Meet for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (CTM for LCS) extends this support to multipoint audio and video for all participants so they can all see and hear each other directly within Communicator. Join this webcast to learn about this offering, and see how you can integrate and deploy CTM for LCS with Live Communications Server and Communicator. Learn how to deploy multiple servers in a distributed architecture and how to connect to room systems. We discuss firewall and proxy considerations, and how to manage bandwidth within your network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282068&Culture=en-US

     

    Office Live Meeting

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimizing Live Meeting Audio and Recording (Level 200)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Nickerson, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, but would like to make better use of its audio capabilities? If you are ready to take Live Meeting to the next level, join this webcast for discussions and demonstrations of scenarios and solutions for optimizing the audio experience within Live Meeting. Topics include Integration with Traditional Audio Conferencing Providers for conference call control within Live Meeting, Internet Audio Broadcasting to support large meetings with one-way audio, Tips for Interacting with Attendees, Broadcasting Audio without an Audio Conferencing Provider, How Recording Works, Media Characteristics, Editing Recordings, Managing Recordings, and Hosting Options.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279314&Culture=en-US

     

    Operations Manager

     

    TechNet Webcast: MOM and AVIcode: Incorporating the Operations Perspective in Dynamic Systems Initiative (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Stephen Pelletier, VP Business Development, AVIcode, Inc.

    Dhananjay Mahajan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Application development and application maintenance are no longer separate. Closing the loop between operations and development is critical for keeping the total cost of operations down. In this webast, learn how Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System and AVIcode Intercept Studio 2.3 extend the capabilities of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. AVIcode Intercept Studio and MOM 2005 provide the foundation for "friction-free" application health modeling and operational monitoring of distributed Microsoft .NET applications. Find out about the powerful capabilities this solution provides for software architects, systems operators and administrators.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282311&Culture=en-US

     

    Other

     

    TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Collaboration: 30 New Applications for SharePoint Services (Level 100)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, SR. Product Manager - WSS, Microsoft Corporation

    Collaborative workspaces are one of the most important and easiest ways to jump-start your collaboration efforts. Microsoft has released 30 new applications, all available as free downloads, that can be installed on top of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. These applications are tailored to address the needs and requirements of specific business processes. Join this webcast for an overview of these 30 new applications and how you can make them available to your users and learn how to customize them to fit your needs. Scenarios include roles such as sales, marketing, human resources, finance, and operations, as well as vertical scenarios for financial services, professional services, and government.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280956&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering HTML Applications (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

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

    Go graphical with scripts that utilize the HTML Application (HTA) format. See how you can use Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition to create scripts with a robust graphical user interface. In this webcast you will learn how HTAs work, what their capabilities and limitations are, and a step-by-step methodology for creating HTAs from scratch. You will also find out how to keep HTAs bug-free and how to debug them quickly when bugs do creep in.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276554&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Free Windows SharePoint Services Applications to Help Your IT Department (Level 100)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the free Collaborative Workspace applications Microsoft just released. These Collaborative Workspace applications address the requirements for specific business processes or task groups for organizations of any size. Each application is comprised completely of out-of-the box Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services capabilities. See how you can use applications such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Desk Dashboard, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Project Team Site and the Microsoft Windows SharePoint IT Developer Team Site in your daily information technology department activities. Join us for a demonstration of these applications, and learn how to download and start using them today.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281802&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introducing Systems Center Reporting Manager 2005: Understanding, Architecting and Deploying (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

    Reduce troubleshooting time and improve your planning capabilities with Microsoft Windows Server System Center Reporting Manager 2005. In this webcast, learn the basics on System Center Reporting Manager 2005 architecture and the best practices for deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278633&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 1 of 18): Microsoft Operations Framework Overview (Level 100)

    Friday, October 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This opening webcast of this series looks at the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), and shows how to use the framework to control and manage an organization's infrastructure. The webcast outlines effective implementation and optimization of MOF to facilitate continuous improvement in an information technology organization. This webcast sets the framework for this 18 part series.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282327&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: What's the Protocol for Using Aculab Telephony Interface Manager? (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Schindler, Microsoft Speech Server Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    David Duffett, Head of Training, Aculab

    Microsoft Speech Server 2004 is an excellent means to create speech applications, but how do you connect them to the outside world? Don't miss this fun and fascinating insight into the murky world of telecom protocols. What is the difference between a T1 and an E1? Why could it be catastrophic to mix up A law and u law speech? How should you react if someone wants to rob your bits? This technical tutorial covers all the important stuff without getting stuffy. You also learn why the Aculab Telephony Interface Manager (TIM) is the only option, whether you are simply looking to enhance your in-house communication systems or if global domination is on your product road map.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282316&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Minimize Blocking with New Snapshot-Based Isolation Levels in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Sunil Agarwal, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are deadlocks giving you grief? Tune into this webcast and learn how you can increase the availability of your applications to your end users. Learn how to minimize blocking by using snapshot-based isolation levels. These new isolation levels eliminate blocking (including deadlocks) between readers/writers, and provide a transactionally consistent snapshot of the database. This presentation focuses on basic concepts, how to manage row versions, and how to troubleshoot.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282056&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Introduction to How SQL Server 2005 Can Help You Deliver Highly Available Database Systems (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Don Vilen, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your current database system ensure that critical enterprise data always remains available? Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces several new technologies to dramatically improve this critical function. This webcast discusses the various features in SQL Server 2005 that can help you deliver high availability: Failover Clustering, Database Mirroring, Peer-to-Peer Replication, Database Snapshots, Snapshot Isolation, and Online Index Operations. An overview shows how you can use these technologies to reduce both planned and unplanned downtime, provide solutions for disaster recovery, and provide greater system availability to your end users. The presentation includes guidance on when to apply each technology.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282294&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimize Your SQL Server Environment for Availability with Storage Foundation for Windows (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Knight, Sr. Product Manager - Windows Solutions, Storage and Server Management Group, Symantec Corporation

    Donald Petersen, Senior Product Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you need high availability for your Microsoft SQL Server environment? Join this webcast to learn how to use VERITAS Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows to optimize your SQL Server environment. This webcast provides a complete overview of the process, from configuring the storage, to configuring local and global availability, to providing complete online disaster recovery validation and testing. Included are best practices for building a SQL Server solution for performance, availability, and quick recovery. The webcast also shows how to use this tool to help with server and storage consolidation in both 32- and 64-bit virtual server environments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282333&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How You Can Achieve Greater Availability with Failover Clustering Across Multiple Sites (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Elden Christensen, Program Manager, Windows Server Clustering, Microsoft Corporation

    As information technology infrastructures grow and spread out geographically, server availability and reliability become more challenging and require new solutions. In this webcast, learn how to turn a server cluster into a geographically-dispersed cluster whose nodes reside in different physical sites. Geographically dispersed clusters give your solution resiliency in the event of a disaster. This webcast covers network and storage considerations, the majority node set quorum model, best practices, the geographically-dispersed cluster solution listings on the Microsoft Windows Catalog, and enhancements for stretched clusters in the next release of Microsoft Windows Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282060&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery Best Practices for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Kline, SQL Server Specialist, Quest Software, Inc

    Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and 2005 databases are doing more valuable and more mission-critical work in information technology shops today than every before. This webcast presents a variety of best practices around maximizing SQL Server uptime and availability, while minimizing service disruption to your customers, using Quest's SQL LiteSpeed. Quest expert and SQL Server MVP Kevin Kline presents a variety of disaster recovery best practices, such as runbooks, application stack configuring, application stack disaster recovery testing, single object restoration, and disaster post-mortems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282284&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Minimize Blocking Through Snapshot-based Isolation Levels (Level 200)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kalen Delaney, CFO and Principal Mentor, Solid Quality Learning

    What are snapshot-based isolation levels, and how can they minimize blocking and increase the availability of your applications? Join this webcast to learn how these new isolations eliminate blocking, including deadlocks between readers/writers. You will also learn how isolations provide a transactional consistent snapshot of a database at transactional and statement levels. This webcast will focus on basic concepts, managing row versions, and troubleshooting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282337&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Building Highly Available Database Systems that Scale with Peer-to-Peer Replication (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hollingsworth, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you looking for was to improve scalability and availability in your database deployment? This webcast provides an overview for how you can use Peer-to-Peer Replication in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to create geographically dispersed redundant copies of a database to improve both scalability and availability for database applications. The webcast also addresses positioning for other features such as clustering, database mirroring, and log shipping.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281661&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A Technical Overview of SQL 2005 High Availability Features (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    There are many barriers to achieving high availability in a database system, and only some of them are addressable by database management systems technology. This webcast examines some of the features of Microsoft SQL Server 2005-the next release of the SQL Server product-that can help you overcome some of these barriers. This webcast reviews several specific areas: database server failure or disaster, user or application error, data access concurrency limitations, and database mirroring and clustering.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282341&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Optimize Performance with Maximum Uptime by Creating and Maintaining Indexes Online with SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mirek Sztajno, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    See how in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 you can create indexes online using data definition language operations such as CREATE/ALTER/DROP index which can be executed concurrently with Data Manipulation Language operations. We explain the basic implementation mechanism behind these operations and show a number of scenarios where you can put these to use. We also show how you can use the new dynamic management views in SQL Server 2005 to help you with index statistics and index maintenance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282343&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How to Increase Availability Using Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, October 31, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mark Wistrom, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Between mergers and acquisitions, expansion of branch offices, and the increasing popularity of databases, it's a major challenge to keep that data current and available. This webcast provides guidance and offers considerations for operational deployments of database mirroring in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The presentation examines examples of customer deployments to illustrate how and when Database Mirroring should be used. The presentation includes a discussion of performance characteristics and provides guidance for deploying database mirroring.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282289&Culture=en-US

     

    Virtual Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Roadmap (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Today's information technology organizations are under pressure to reduce costs and prioritize spending on new equipment. Virtualization technology is emerging as an effective way to increase both productivity and deployment flexibility. Virtualization technology can play a key role in uncoupling workloads from server resources and enabling a dynamic and automated datacenter. Microsoft is investing heavily in the next generation of virtualization technology and the management tools that will drive it. This session presents Microsoft's virtualization roadmap and strategy, starting with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.  We then discuss the Windows hypervisor technology, which will be incorporated into the next release of Microsoft Windows Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282127&Culture=en-US

     

    Visio

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling and Sustaining an Enterprise LEAN Transformation (Level 100)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Frank Kapper, Vice President, Orlando Software Group, Inc.

    The approach to LEAN is changing. As corporations move from an "inside the four walls of the plant" approach and begin to focus on enterprise value stream improvement, they are discovering that the typical processes used to capture, analyze and communicate value stream performance do not scale to meet their new requirements. This webcast provides specific examples of how John Deere and Lockheed Martin successfully employed a solution called LeanView™ to augment traditional manual Value Stream Management processes. This webcast is tremendously valuable for anyone engaged in enterprise LEAN Transformation. Join us to gain deeper insights into enterprise value stream performance. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of LeanView™.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280099&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Windows

     

    TechNet Webcast: Single Image Deployment with Tablet PC Edition 2005 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    This webcast will provide the information you need to build and deploy Tablet PCs, leveraging the same Microsoft Windows XP image you have used for your notebook PCs! We show how to use the System Preparation Tool to deploy Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, which eliminates the need to maintain separate images for Tablet PCs and non-Tablet PCs. We show you some of our quick tips and best practices for building and maintaining a single image-helping to save you time and increase your information technology efficiencies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280072&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Mobile Smart Client Application

     

    TechNet Webcast: Lifecycle Management of Windows Mobile-based Devices (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Samir Kumar, Mobile Devices Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    How does your organization procure mobile devices? How do you support them? Do you know how to update them? What do you do when they start getting "old"? Do you have an effective plan to repurpose or retire them? Join this webcast to learn the best practices for managing Windows Mobile devices in the corporate environment, from initial deployment through end of life. We examine secure manageability options for Windows Mobile from a device perspective and a server perspective. We discuss native functionality and partner solutions for life cycle management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281861&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn some of the basic concepts of Active Directory directory services. This webcast looks at what a directory service is, the benefits Active Directory offers, and the logical concepts as they relate to Domain, Trees and Forests. We also examine the physical concepts of Domain Controllers and Sites and explain the relationship between the Active Directory and the Domain Naming Service. We also cover some operation functions such as Replication, both Inter-site and Intra-site and the Active Directory Operations Masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282264&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 3, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032282273&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Designing the Active Directory Structure (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn the less common Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast goes through the reasons why you might need these more complex designs, explains how to plan effectively, what pitfalls to avoid, and recommendations that will help make these complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282268&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Windows and Linux Interoperability: Shattering the Myths (Level 200)

    Friday, October 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jeremy Moskowitz, Author, Instructor, Infrastructure Architect and founder of www.WinLinAnswers.com

    For many organizations, interoperability is critical to their technology environments. To cooperate with Linux, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (and the upcoming R2) is designed with interoperability in mind. If you are in an environment where you need to Linux and Microsoft Windows to work cooperatively, you need to know what Windows Server 2003 has to offer to make that communication easier. This webcast shows you the features built into Windows Server 2003 which help you make contact with Linux.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281351&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, October 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can help make your information technology infrastructure more secure. This second part of the Group Policy series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software-restriction policies. 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. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282276&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Tuesday, October 11, 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: Active Directory Remote Administration (Level 300)

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Domain and Forest functional levels. Join this webcast and examine the special considerations for designing and planning for a branch office environment, and the use of command line and graphical user interface tools for remote management and scripting. In this webcast we show how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office connected over a Wide Area Network link. We present the options available for remote management using the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line tools. Finally we cover other available remote management tools that administer Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282331&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are involved in branch office technologies, you need the most reliable and efficient means for remote replication of large blocks of data. Join this webcast for a comprehensive view of the Branch Office Technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. The presentation begins by introducing the new Distributed File System (DFS) replication engine. Learn about the feature set that enables DFS to efficiently replicate large quantities of data over Wide Area Networks. This presentation reviews the service architecture, examining basic operations, the Remote Differential Compression algorithm which enables the engine to replicate file changes instead of full files, and other mechanisms designed to optimize replication in branch office environments.

     

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282074&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 13, 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, October 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your future, or you'd like to improve information technology security, you'll find it useful to know more about Microsoft Windows Server Group Policy. In this final part of the 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=1032282280&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Novell Infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System (Level 200)

    Monday, October 17, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Drew Dennis, Solution Sales Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you planning a migrating your Novell infrastructure to Microsoft Windows Server System? Join us for this 90-minute webcast and learn some of the best practices on how to start your migration process. This session covers planning, deployment and execution of migration using existing resources and tools. The presentation also reviews a technical case study of successful migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282131&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Does IT: Protecting the Branch with Data Protection Manager (Level 300)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Calvin Keaton, Operations Manager, Microsoft IT, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn the details behind the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Data Protection Manager (DPM) deployment, including the process they used for pre-deployment planning. Find out the lessons learned during and after the deployment process, as well as the operational details of running a day-to-day branch office data protection operation with DPM. In this webcast we detail the technology behind DPM and the planning that went into the Microsoft IT deployment of DPM.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51255

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 2 of 18): Management with Active Directory (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast looks at the general issues of managing users, groups, computers and infrastructure for larger office locations and branch office locations. Learn how Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory addresses these issues. This webcast demonstrates how to plan and design an Active Directory deployment to meet your requirements. The planning considerations also require considerations for Microsoft Exchange Server, and this webcast shows you how to take these allowances into account.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282087&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Ravi Gopal, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Branch offices can be a vital and significant part of your business, and they can consume a large part of your information technology budget if your software, management strategy and network speeds are not designed to support branch office needs. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 includes technologies that are valuable for branch office organizations. Find out about the key benefits for branch offices that are included in the upcoming release of Windows Server 2003 R2. Learn how technologies such as the Distributed File System and Print Management Console enable efficient Wide Area Network file replication and enhanced remote management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 3 of 18): Deploying Active Directory in the Branch Office (Level 200)

    Friday, October 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you confident with the thought of deploying Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory to your organization's branch offices? That webcast addresses the deployment of Active Directory in the branch office environment. Topics include replication issues with Branch Office and how Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 addresses these issues and elaborates on deployment best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282091&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Script It Up a Notch: Adding a Little Pizzazz (and a Lot of Functionality) to Your System Administration Scripts (Level 200)

    Monday, October 24, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Many of the e-mails received by the Scripting Guys sound like this: "That script is exactly what I needed. But how do I run it against multiple computers? Isn't there a better way to display data than in a command window? And, can't I select items from a list box instead of typing them in?" In other words, we show you a script, and you always want more. So in this opening webcast for Scripting Week Three, we introduce techniques for kicking your scripts up a notch—different ways to input and output data, incorporating graphical user elements—that we expand on throughout the rest of the week.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282298&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Cheaper by the Dozen: Automating Multiple Machines Across Your Network (Level 200)

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are one of those lucky system administrators with only one computer to manage, you do not need to watch this webcast. Likewise if you enjoy walking around to machines on many sites, seeing new places and making new friends. But in most cases, scripting can save a lot of time and aggravation when you have to do a job on many machines. Happily, the main Microsoft Windows scripting technologies, Windows Management Instrumentation and Active Directory Service Interfaces, both have built-in remoting capabilities. This webcast shows how to get names of machines from various sources and perform useful tasks on them with Visual Basic Scripts in a Windows Script Host environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282302&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 4 of 18): Microsoft Identity Integration Server Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) enables the integration and management of identity information across multiple repositories, systems and platforms. MIIS augments Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory by providing broad interoperability capabilities. This session addresses the topic of identity and access through MIIS. The webcast provides an overview of MIIS, and then shows when and how to use it to synchronize between directory services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282145&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Looks Aren't Everything, but... (Level 200)

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Luckily for the Scripting Guys, flashy looks aren't everything in the Microsoft Windows scripting world. Still, even the most hardened scripter occasionally needs to script it up a notch, at least when it comes to output. In this webcast, we temporarily sidestep our beloved command line and explore various other ways of presenting script output, including everything from ASCII-graphic-infused text files to the oft-maligned HTML-based e-mail.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282305&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Going Beyond the Command Line with HTML Applications (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Scripts are all about using the command line rather than the GUI, right? While this is often true, that is not the case with HTML applications. In this webcast, learn how you can put a graphical user interface (GUI) on your scripts, complete with buttons, text boxes, and all the other typical GUI features.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282307&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Efficient Storage Management in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2, an update of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, has just been released. Are you ready to take advantage of the new tools it offers? These new tools simplify many of the tasks for setting up an efficient storage environment for the Microsoft Windows platform. In this webcast, we explore the new quota management and storage area network (SAN) management features, and describe how these are designed and configured. We also show how administration tasks can be simplified and how to use these tools to improve the efficiency of your storage assets. The presentation provides details on Microsoft Virtual Disk Server 1.1 in the context of SAN.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279720&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure (Part 5 of 18): Client Management via Group Policy (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How many desktop computers are in your organization? Are you satisfied with your ability to manage all of them efficiently and accurately? This webcast shows how implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Group Policy can address the issues of desktop management and control. This presentation specifically addresses the challenges of managing clients on different devices in different locations with consistent policies for security, managing and updating these policies. We discuss how to make policy updates centrally, and how to perform analysis models when users move around.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282153&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: The Antiques Script Show (Level 200)

    Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Microsoft Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

    Like most people, the Scripting Guys have scores of old scripts tucked away in their attics and garages. Could any of these scripts actually be worth something? Check out the Antiques Script Show and find out what makes a script truly valuable.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282309&Culture=en-US

     

     

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  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 is now available

    OfficeYes, Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office is available today.

    Here are some notes from a memo I received about it…

    “Why should I upgrade?”

    SP2 is an update to Office programs and servers that addresses top customer experience issues. To optimize the customer experience with SP2, Microsoft recommends people update their Office applications and servers to take advantage of the improved stability of the Office system.

    Improved Security – SP2 includes an enhancement to Outlook to help prevent “Phishing.” Outlook has also improved the handling of “Junk” email. Junk messages are now rendered as plain text, preventing HTML information from being viewed inadvertently. Links are also now disabled in “Junk” email messages with SP2.

    Improved application stability – SP2 includes many fixes and enhancements for Office applications and servers based on customer and partner feedback as well as extensive internal testing.

    Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 – Microsoft Content Management Server, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft InfoPath 2003 have been updated to include support for the upcoming releases of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 has been updated to include support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

    Go to http://www.microsoft.com/office for more details.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 018

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 018

    Mirror

    Tidbit 18.

    A little birdie told me to expect a big announcement about SQL Server 2005 in the next day or two, originating from the floor of the PDC.

    Stay tuned…  As soon as it’s official, I’ll share it here. 

    UPDATE: It was announced today.  Here's my blog entry about it.

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

     

  • The SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Documentation and Samples: September CTP is now available!

    Express yourself!

    Fresh out of the oven

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 020

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 020

    Data Storage

    “Hey Kevin… Exchange 2003 sort of takes advantage of Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS).  Other things (like the file system) can use it to make quick snapshots of data.  Does SQL Server 2005 have any such capability?”

    There is indeed an interface definition for something called the SQL Writer.  This guide (for backup application vendors) describes how you can write to this SQL Writer in order to support using the VSS framework.  

    So… there is hope that soon after (or maybe even, dare I say, right away when) SQL Server 2005 ships, you should be able to purchase backup applications that take advantage of VSS.

    “What about good ol’ Windows Backup?”

    I really don’t know about that one.  Windows Backup can use VSS for the file system, and there were limitations on how it could (or couldn’t) be used for Exchange 2003.   

    That’s a really good question.  I’ll tackle that one in a later tidbit.

    Do you know the answer?  Share it here, or add a comment with a link to the solution in your own blog.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 019

    BIG NEWS!

    Paul Flessner - Microsoft Sr. VP of Server Applications

    I promised there would be some news on SQL Server 2005, and it happened today.

    Paul Flessner announced today some good news, and some GREAT news.

    The good news:
    Database Mirroring will not be included in the release coming November 7.

    “Huh?!  Why is that good?”

    It’s good because, while we’re running 100 internal apps on SQL 2005, and we have many many enterprise customers (30 or so) running their businesses on SQL Server 2005, we’ve found that it’s not quite where we’d like it to be.  So.. better safe than sorry… we’re holding off on making that feature available.  No fear, though.. it’s still coming.  Expect to see it sometime in the first half of 2006.

    More good news:
    SQL Express Manager is going away.

    “Huh?  What’s good about that?”

    Here’s the thing we’ve learned… or rather, what YOU have told us.  You want an experience managing your SQL Express database that matches or compares to what you’re doing using the SQL Server Management Studio.  Make the experience consistent.  Express Manager was NOT that experience.  So, the decision was made to create a scaled down version of the Management Studio for the management of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. 

    “So, how will I manage my SQL Server 2005 Express databases without the Express Manager?”

    A beta of the SQL Management Studio Express tool will be available for download when SQL Server 2005 Express Edition ships.  In the meantime, the full-blown SQL Server Management Studio will also manage SQL Server 2005 Express Edition databases. 

    “Okay.. you said ‘Good news and GREAT news’.. what’s GREAT?”

    This week, Winter Corporation released the results of a study they did of the Top Ten database platforms, and SQL Server came out quite well in the results.  In fact, SQL Server currently supports the recognized LARGEST data warehouse system in the world – a whopping 19.5 TB.  We also support three of the largest OLTP systems and two of the largest data warehouse systems across all platforms.

    “So what?”

    So it proves again that SQL Server is a platform that even the most demanding applications can trust to perform well. 

    I think that’s pretty GREAT news!

    Here is the link to the official statement from Paul…

    SQL Server 2005 Update from Paul Flessner

    Find out about the September Community Technology Preview for SQL Server 2005 and how 300,000 of you have already helped make SQL Server 2005 ready for launch.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 025

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 025

    Happy SQL Express User

    This tidbit comes as an answer to a really good question asked at a recent TechNet Event:

    “What if a Maintenance Plan fails at some point?  Do I have the ability to restart the plan at a particular step?”

    The answer to this is similar to the answer to the one in tidbit 28 – You really should consider plans as full sets of work.  If the plan fails at some point, you would probably want to launch the task separately, or create a job just to tackle what wasn’t otherwise completed.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 027

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 027

    Happy SQL Express User

    This tidbit comes as an answer to a really good question asked at a recent TechNet Event:

    “In your demo of integrated log viewers, you showed looking at the SQL and NT Event logs on the database server you were managing.  Can you integrate and view IIS Log information from a remote IIS Server?”

    This question is a good one.  I can see why you’d like to see what’s gone on on the SQL Server at the same time as on the IIS Server where the web application that is using it is running. 

    However, in the log viewer in SQL Server 2005, you’re only looking at the logs on the one server.  You can open up two log windows side-by-side (for other servers), but you won’t be able to see it on the same timeline.

    A solution is to EXPORT the log from one machine, and IMPORT them into the log viewer currently looking the other.  Or export from both and import into the same console.  This functionality IS supported on the Log File Viewer.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 023

    Sqlvslogo

    “What’s gonna happen to my DTS packages, now that SQL Server 2005 has this new SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services)?”

    Well.. you’ve got several options.

    The SQL Server 2005 Books Online has hefty document all about it in the “Upgrading to SQL Server 2005” section.

    You basically have three choices:

    • You can migrate DTS packages to the SQL Server 2005 format,
    • Continue to run DTS packages by using the SQL Server 2000 DTS runtime, or
    • Incorporate DTS packages into SQL Server 2005 Integration Services solutions by using the Execute DTS 2000 Package task.

    You also might want to look at the information on Backward Compatibility.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 026

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 026

    Happy SQL Express User

    This tidbit comes as an answer to a really good question asked at a recent TechNet Event:

    “If I’m running SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition, and I use the Database Engine Tuning Advisor, will I see Partition options available?”

    This quesiton came about mainly because partitioning is available SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition, but not Standard.  The answer is that the Tuning Advisor will simply not make partitioning suggestions on Standard Edition. 

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

     

  • October 2005 TechNet Webcast Schedule

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

    I’m doing at least one of them; on Understanding Group Policy.

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

    And here are some additional resources:

    ·         NEW: TechNet Events and Webcasts blogger site.

    §          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

    §          TechNet Webcast Calendar

    §          Security Webcast Calendar

    See you there!

  • Scripting Guys Webcast Week #3 is coming! ...with prizes!

    Scripting Guys Webcasts Oh yes!  The Scripting Guys are at it again.  More fabulous, funny, and above all USEFUL content on how to use scripts to your I.T. management advantage.

    Mark your calendar: October 24 – 28, 2005.  Hurry up and register today. Space is limited!  Seriously! 

    See Dean Andrew’s TechNet Webcasts blog for more details, and more importantly for a list of all the prizes.  (Note: you must be present at all of the webcasts to be eligible for some of the prize drawings.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Happy Anniversary!

    Help me!Microsoft Word came out 22 years ago today.

    Microsoft Introduces Word
    9/29/83 Microsoft introduces its full-featured word processing program, Microsoft Word for MS-DOS 1.00. PC World subscribers receive a free demonstration floppy disk of Microsoft Word in the magazine's special Software Review. "This is the first time in the history of publishing that a magazine has featured a floppy-disk bind-in," said David Bunnell, Publisher of PC World.

    (And on a related note, today is the 21st anniversary of my marriage.  Wow.  Our marriage is of legal drinking age here.  …and it’s 5:00 somewhere…)

     

  • Introducing: The Minnesota Exchange User Group

    Minnesota Exchange Users GroupThe inaugural meeting of the Minnesota Exchange Users Group is happening this Thursday, September 29th, 2005, at the Microsoft Office in Bloomington, Minnesota, from 4:30–7:00PM. 

    Pizza and Soda Dinner provided.

    Speaker at the first meeting – Yours truly!  I’ll be talking about the new features and benefits coming soon in Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003.

    “What’s the purpose of this Users Group?”

    This is a peer to peer user group that will meet every other month; normally on the last Thursday of the month.  Members include IT administrators, managers, and consultants.  No formal experience with Exchange Server is required.  People come to learn, share tips and tricks, and network with other professionals.

    Go to www.mneug.org for more details, and to register to attend the meeting.

    See you there!

  • The new security bulletins are here! The new security bulletins are here!

    Jerk **

    …and there aren’t any! 

    That’s right.  Today is “Patch Tuesday”.  <sigh>  Just where did the month go?

    There are no Security Updates this month.  No new security bulletins.  None.  Zip.  Zilch. Nada.

    “Well… is there at least something?”

    Yes.  There’s a new version of the Malware Detection/Removal tool.  And there’s a “high priority, non-security related update” (KB891861) now being made available via Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Software Update Services, and Windows Server Update Services.

    Once again, that’s WU, MU, SUS, and WSUS.  PDQ.

     

    **Obscure Steve Martin movie reference.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 021

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 021

    LINQ Twenty-one.  Twenty one.  Isn't this a lot of fun.

    According to Simon Sabin, this feature got the biggest applause at the PDC 2005 Keynote on Tuesday, 9/13.

    It’s a little thing called LINQ.

    “What’s that?  Some Linux thing?”

    Ha ha very funny.  No.  It stands for “Language-Integrated Query” 

    It’s “a codename for a set of extensions to the .NET Framework that encompass language-integrated query, set, and transform operations. It extends C# and Visual Basic with native language syntax for queries and provides class libraries to take advantage of these capabilities.”

    “…Huh?”

    That’s what I said at first.  But looking into it further, I see that it provides new constructs.. ways… for querying data using the C# or Visual Basic languages.  These are part of the new CLR (Common Language Runtime) that comes as part of both Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.

    “Sounds like developer stuff to me!”

    Yep.  But it’s all about flexible, powerful, intuitive ways to work with data.  And because the CLR is also part of SQL Server 2005, you can program against it there, too.

    Simon has a more involved follow-up post about what he tried with it, here.

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

     

  • The new SQL Server 2005 September CTP is available for download!

    Happy DBAs

    Get the SQL Server 2005 September Community Technology Preview.

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 022

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 022

    Planning your Hardware and Software Needs

    “Just what ARE the Hardware and Software requirements for SQL Server 2005?”

    I’m glad you asked. 

    You can find great details here.

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

     

  • The SQL Server 2005 September CTP Books-Online is now available for download

    Data Data Data

    Get it while it’s still warm.

  • XBOX 360 "in-store" date set

    XboxXBOX 360 will be in stores November 22nd (two days before Thanksgiving) in North America.  Launch in Europe is December 2nd, with a December 10th launch in Japan.

    http://msnbc.msn.com/ID/9344952

    Game on!

  • Whoa! A Palm device powered by Windows Mobile 5.0?!

    Yessir!  That was the rumor, anyway, according to a Business Week article last week.

    And that rumor was confirmed.

    Check out the press conference announcement here.

    I'll add a link to the artlcles when they're available.

    ---

    UPDATE:

    Palm and Microsoft Join to Bring the Palm Experience to Windows Mobile; Verizon Wireless First to Market with New Treo Smartphone

    September 26, 2005
    Strategic alliance to accelerate the Smartphone market segment with a new device for mobile professionals and businesses.
    More...

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 024

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 024

    Happy SQL Express User

    “What are the differences between the MSDE and the new SQL Server 2005 Express Edition?”

    Here’s a good overview document containing a great comparison the two products.

    NOTE: This was based on an earlier Technology Preview.  Some items can and have changed since then.  But overall it’s a very good introduction to this product.

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

     

  • Webcast Resources - Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Tool

    Exchange Series

    Below are some additional resources for the “Exchange Best Practices Analyzer” webcast I delivered on September 28, 2005.

    Hope you find them useful!

    -Kevin

    Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool
    http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/exbpa/default.mspx

    Download
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=dbab201f-4bee-4943-ac22-e2ddbd258df3

    Overview
    http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/exbpa/overview.mspx

    System Requirements
    http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads/2003/exbpa/sysreqs.mspx

    Quick-start Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/exbpaqsg.mspx

    Exchange Team Blog: “You had me at EHLO…”
    http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2004/09/21/232516.aspx

    Tips
    http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/tips/previous.mspx#EHAA

    Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer – MOM Management Pack
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=583FA809-F151-4784-AFD4-44D0B7687E6A