Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Song Fight! ...and a Microsoft Employee wins!

    Another in the “this is too good NOT to post” category…

    Song Fight!

    I used to be a Music Student.  Seriously.  I was a Theory and Composition major at the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!).  So I have a lot of respect for creativity in music… and this one really floors me.  I love it!

    “Jim of Seattle” (I’m not sure if he wants his name out there) won a recent “Song Fight” at www.songfight.org.

    Here’s his entry: “Welcome to _______”

  • Are you certifiable? There's a new generation of Microsoft Certifications!

    Certified IT Pro

    New Microsoft Certifications!

    That’s right!  Microsoft is changing the certification program.

    “Huh?  I’m an MCSE!  Why are they changing things?”

    I’m an MCSE, too.  But what are your specialties?  You’re obviously an IT Professional.  You’re not a developer (or perhaps you are), but other than that, what do you do, really? 

    If you’re certified on a particular technology, let’s call you a Microsoft Certified Techology Specialist

    If you’ve proven that you’ve mastered several techologies relating to being an IT Professional, then let’s call you a Microsoft Certified IT Professional

    If you’re a developer (and you know who you are), maybe you should/could be a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

    And if you’re even more skilled than that, and if you can stand before a panel of experts and actually answer some tough questions about IT Architecture (whether IT Pro or Developer), we’ll call you a Microsoft Certified Architect.

    New Certification Heirarchy

    Here are some more reasons – straight out of an internal email that was forwarded to me:

    Increased Value through Relevance, Efficiency, and Alignment

    Today’s announcement marks a milestone toward the increased value of our certification program and its positive influence on deployment and satisfaction with Microsoft.

    • More relevant: aligned with expertise on technology, job roles, and usage scenarios
    • Easier to distinguish: three simple series of credentials; clear logos and branding
    • More targeted: shorter, cost-effective exam paths that are more focused and rigorous 
    • Outstanding return on customer investment: straightforward exam and upgrade paths; continued recognition of old credentials
    • Tightly aligned with the business: redefined certification requirements in the Microsoft Partner Program and deep collaboration with the Visual Studio and SQL Server BGs; similar partnerships are in development for BizTalk Server, Office, Vista, Exchange, and beyond.

    Here’s the press release about it all.  And the best information about certifications, as always, is found at the “mcp” page of the Microsoft Learning site.

    Questions?  Concerns?  Comments?  Give me a comment, or contact me.

  • Everything is virtual someday (Welcome to "The Matrix")

    The Matrix

    “Kevin, why are you bringing up Virtuality?”

    I think you mean “Virtualization”. 

    Geez!

    I’m bringing it up because there has been a cool announcement about Virtual Machine Technology from Microsoft – specifically around licensing.

    “What is this Virtual Machine Technology of which you speak?”

    From the Microsoft Virtual PC – FAQ page:

    A. Virtual machine technology applies to both server and client hardware. Virtual machine technology allows multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a single machine. In particular, the Virtual PC and Virtual Server products allow one or more legacy operating systems to run on the same computer system as the current Windows operating system. Today, many older x86-based operating systems are supported by Virtual PC and Virtual Server. Virtual PC for Mac allows for one or more Windows operating systems to run on the Macintosh operating system, allowing users to run a Windows operating system and Windows applications on a Mac.
     
    Also, here’s a description of what makes up a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk).

    “But what about licensing?”

    “Effective with the release of the December 2005 PUR, customers will be able to take advantage of new flexible licensing use rights impacted by virtualization technology. Apart from per processor server licensing, all other Microsoft servers will no longer specify the number of times the software can be installed and used on a server. Rather, each license enables customers to run a certain number of instances of the software on a server at a time.”

    Ah yes.  As I read it, we’re clarifying and simplifying how software is licensed in a virtual environment.  For example – if I buy a product (a “Software License”), I can now legally install a specified number of virtual “instances” of that software in virtual machines, as  long as all of those instances from that software license are running on the same server.

    The updates also allow you to store unlimited numbers of “non running” instances of virtual machines on file servers or storage media, so you can easily run them on “ANY of your licensed servers”. (emphasis is mine)

    For example, if you have purchased Windows Server 2003, you can run it as the host OS on a server, AND you can run any number of instances of that product on that server.  As long as you have one software license per physical server (and note that “each hardware partition or blade is a separate physical hardware system, and therefore a separate server”), you can run as many virtualized instances as you want.   That’s huge!

    There are some limitations and other considerations (when AREN’T there?), so you’ll want to go through the information carefully to understand what applies to you.  In particular you’ll want to look into what version of the “Product Use Rights” (PUR) you’re covered under.  You may have to update some licenses to be covered this way.

    “Why is Microsoft doing this?”

    Well… think of the possibilities in the near future with virtualization!  It’s exciting!  I’d like to have a big server or several blades with processing power to spare… So when I suddenly need to add more power, or if one of my “servers” (likely virtual) has problems, I have a hyperactive supervisor (heck, let’s call it a “Hypervisor”… because that’s what Microsoft is calling it) dynamically launch additional “instances” of machines that can take on the required workload. 

    “Sweet!”

    Sweet!

    Here is the announcement, and the  Virtualization Licensing Brief for your reading enjoyment.

    Questions?  Give me a comment, or contact me.

     

     

     

  • Windows Vista to RTM in July?

    Yep.  I blame myself.

    Vista

    If Windows Vista heads to OEMs on July 25th, 2006, then I’m responsible.  I, like many Microsoft employees, am running new Windows Vista builds whenever I get the chance.  And I’m submitting bugs as I find them.  Heck… most of the time I’m submitting bugs I don’t even KNOW I’m submitting bugs.  (The system is WAY smart about sending back information when things stop, hang, crash, or even faintly hiccup.)

    But according to http://www.thehotfix.net/ and others, unofficially (and as yet unconfirmed by Microsoft as far as I know), July 25th is when Windows Vista will be available to OEMs so they can start testing and building systems in time for the 2006 Holiday season.

    I'm currently playing with 5247.  What build are you running?

  • Gas prices are "low" here...

    Bill Steele says that prices are down to $2.33 where he lives.  They’re actually down to around $2.21 near me, after hitting $3.00 only about 2 months ago. 

    He hates these cans!!

    We complain so much in the U.S., because to us, these are still very high prices compared to what they were earlier this year.  But compared to the rest of the world, we’re still getting our gas really cheap.

    Now someone please tell me why we have to deal with all of this up-and-down prices nonsense….  I have yet to hear a good, believable explanation.

     

  • New Windows XP Security Guide

    I just learned from Chris Avis’ blog that there is a new Windows XP Security Guide out. 

    This is Chris:   Chris Avis

    And this the overview text from the Security Guide:

    Overview
    The Windows XP Security Guide has been updated to provide specific recommendations about how to harden computers that run Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) in three distinct environments:

    • Enterprise Client (EC). Client computers in this environment are located in an Active Directory directory service domain.
    • Stand-Alone (SA). Client computers in this environment are not members of an Active Directory domain.
    • Specialized Security - Limited Functionality (SSLF). Client computers in this environment are subject to extraordinary security concerns. These concerns are so great that a significant loss of functionality and manageability is acceptable.
  • Ouch! Business Travel Stops HERE!

    Happy Webcasters using LiveMeeting

    Yes indeed… as a frequent user of Microsoft LiveMeeting for doing our TechNet Webcasts I’m thrilled to see this new video.  Very funny!

    (Saw first on Eileen Brown's and Michael J. Murphy's blogs.)

  • Migrating from Novell Netware to Active Directory?

    Rick Claus Canadian IT Pro Advisor and Blogger Rick Claus has written a write-up (?!) on some resources available for helping with the Novell-Netware-to-Microsoft-Active-Directory migration process.

    You’ll find his article here

     

  • "Our Trial and Error May Reduce Yours"

    How do we do IT?Yep.  You could say that when it comes to Information Technology, Microsoft is full of IT. 

    A question I get asked a lot – and in fact one that I always wondered when I was managing IT at a software company, was, “How does Microsoft do their own e-mail/security/backup-restore/software distribution/blah/blah/blah?”

    Here’s a webcast series that will help answer that question (for you AND for me.)

    The description from the series’ landing page follows:

    The latest internal experiences of Microsoft are at your service in the ongoing How Microsoft Does IT series of webcasts. Presented by top authorities from the Microsoft IT organization,these topical presentations illustrate how Microsoft deploys and manages its own worldwide enterprise environment.

    You can register to watch live presentations using Microsoft Office Live Meeting or search the archives for previous presentations below. You can also view related whitepapers, access case studies and listen to streaming audio presentations simply by clicking on the appropriate links on this page. We hope you find this insight beneficial and look forward to sharing more experiences with you.

     

  • We-SYP Video is online!

    We-SYPMany of you who have been to my live events recently have seen this great video done by our Microsoft TechNet counterparts in the UK.  I haven’t been able to share it with you until now – now that I’ve just learned that they’ve made it available for online viewing, anyway.

    Enjoy!

    And remember: We Share Your Pain

    (Thanks to UK SQL Specialist and blogger Mat Stephen for sharing this.)

  • Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is LIVE

    Exchange SP2 includes Sender ID support!

    Yes indeed, SP2 for Exchange Server 2003 went live yesterday (Oct 19, 2005). 

    Here’s where you can get it, as well as find additional information.

  • November 2005 Microsoft Webcast Schedule is LIVE

    Mmmmm... Webcasts!  The schedule of Microsoft Webcasts for November is ready to go. 

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

    See you there!

     

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2005 11

    Upcoming Microsoft Webcasts: November 2005

    Attend a live webcast from the convenience of your office and experience how-to technical and thought-provoking business perspectives from a host of Microsoft and industry experts. Microsoft webcasts are 30-90 minutes in length and feature interactive presentations, product demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions. Multiple new live webcasts are offered every day, and all content is available on-demand.

     

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

     

     

     

    Microsoft Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand: Learn all about Visual Basic during a 15-part webcast series; join the Scripting Guys for an entertaining scripting series; learn the ins & outs of Office during a special tips & tricks series; and much more.

     

      

    Microsoft Webcasts: for business executives, topics include: solutions for corporate compliance (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley Act); increasing productivity and efficiency; reducing costs; and improving strategic planning in your organization. For technology managers, topics include: business value of technology solutions, ROI, business intelligence, security and enterprise integration.

     

    TechNet Webcasts: for IT professionals, topics include: planning, deployment, migration and management.

    §         TechNet Support Webcasts: specifically cover issues around support including troubleshooting, configuration, diagnostics and break/fix topics.

    §          TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

     

    MSDN Webcasts: for developers, topics include: developer tools and development best practices.

    §          MSDN Architecture Webcasts: specifically cover application architectural topics and scenarios.

    §          MSDN Support Webcasts: specifically cover developer support issues with troubleshooting, configuring, and break fix topics for Microsoft developer tools and technologies.

    §          MSDN Webcasts Weblog.

     

    Microsoft Office System Webcasts: for business professionals, topics include: using Microsoft Office System products such as Visio, Project and OneNote.

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions, Small Business and Momentum Webcasts: for executives and professionals in small to mid-size organizations, these webcasts focus on providing live demos and relevant information about business management software and services that help organizations automate processes, make more profitable decisions, and accelerate growth.

     

    Security: for IT Professionals and Developers to stay technically updated on the latest Microsoft Security Guidance. These webcasts concentrate on security information and are presented by senior executives and other subject matter experts. They feature interactive technical presentations, product demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions.

     

    Additional Webcast Resources: links to more webcasts.

     

     

    Microsoft Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    Microsoft Webcasts

     

    Microsoft Project: Align people, work and priorities
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003 plays a key role in planning projects and streamlining processes. Tune in to this series of live and on-demand webcasts and learn how it can help you increase ROI across your organization.

     

    Windows Mobile Solutions: Increase revenue and reduce costs

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    The ability to collaborate and communicate while remaining highly mobile can be the key to business success and reduced costs. Tune in and learn how the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform, which includes the Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, and Smartphone, delivers the technology your company needs to be agile.

     

    Real-Time Collaboration: Enable next generation productivity

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Microsoft Office real-time collaboration technologies provide the easiest, most integrated and innovative ways to immediately and effectively share ideas and information, in real time, regardless of location.  Tune in to our webcast series to learn more about new RTC technologies from Microsoft. 

     

    Additional Live & On-Demand Webcast Series Available Now:

     

    §          Conversations with Ron Markezich: A CIO webcast series

    §          Digital Pharma: Enable innovation in life sciences

    §          Microsoft Office System:  Achieve organizational efficiency

    §          Portals in Action

    §          Road to Success: Experience changes in capital markets

    §          Security360

     

     

    Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast Calendar

    Executive Circle webcasts listed in an easy-to-use calendar format.

     

    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. 

     

    TechNet Webcasts

    NEW: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Internal Threats: Mitigate the Risks in Your Environment

    Today's IT Professionals work in a challenging environment where there's a constant effort to protect resources and vital information from internal misuse. Attend this webcast series and learn about the risks, business challenges and recommendations for protecting your network from internal threats. We will cover topics such as Security risk management, assessment, and implementation as well as steps for meeting your business needs of operating in a more secure environment.

     

    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! 

     

    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 six of the seven webcasts (live or on demand) in this series during the month of November and you will receive a Microsoft toolkit**.

     

    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 organization unit 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.


    TechNet Webcast Calendar

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

     

    Security Webcast Calendar

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

     

    TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

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

    §          Microsoft Office Visio 2003

    §          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 6 of the 7 October webcasts by November 30, 2005.  A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. Eligible webcasts are: TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well Managed Infrastructure Parts 6-13 of 18. This offer is non-transferable. This offer open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and is valid from November 1 through November 30, 2005. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

    MSDN Webcasts

    Visual Studio Team System 2005: Power in simplicity
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Are you interested in building robust and reliable, mission-critical applications? From architecture through development and testing, the integrated tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System enable you to be more productive throughout the stages of application development.

    Digital Blackbelt Series: Defend your code from attacks
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Join us for the Digital Blackbelt webcast series as Developer Community Champion Joe Stagner discusses security risks, vulnerabilities, and solutions from the software developer's perspective. We will provide real-life examples and security tips and tricks that can help you gain the knowledge and techniques to become an experienced “blackbelt” in writing secure code. BONUS: If you are one of the first 100 to attend at least one live webcast in the Digital Blackbelt series, submit an evaluation, and complete one Microsoft Security virtual lab, you will receive an official Microsoft Digital Defense blackbelt!*

    Essential ASP.NET: Explore configuration to Webforms
    Live webcasts August-December; on-demand webcasts available now

    Fritz Onion is back, introducing Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 to developers who are currently working with ASP.NET 1.1. During this new 15-part series, learn the new features of this platform, which range from declarative data binding to storing per-client profile data, and hear practical advice about how to best incorporate these features into your applications. Each webcast has an accompanying online virtual lab, which gives you an opportunity to test the concepts yourself.

    Microsoft Architecture: Design enterprise-class systems with .NET Framework 2.0
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    In this webcast series, we focus on a variety of design and architecture topics for both developing mission-critical business systems and doing rapid application development. Specific topics include everything from software patterns to code libraries to Class and Object-oriented design for Web, Smart Client, and backend systems. We also discuss the new Visual Studio Team System and the advantages of architecting with the .NET Framework 2.0.

    SQL Server 2005: Discover the next paradigm for database development
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Join us for a special 10-part initial developer primer series presented by Kimberly Tripp, industry-renowned SQL Server expert from SQLskills.com. Kimberly will show through best practices how to effectively design a scalable and reliable database with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, including how applications present data, what view of the data should be seen, and what data should be stored.

     

    Visual Studio 2005: Develop Smart Client applications
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Smart Clients that are developed with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 offer a robust user experience and developer productivity combined with the responsiveness of rich clients and the small footprint, ease of deployment, and simple change management offered by Web applications. Register for this Smart Client Development webcast series to learn how to transcend the problems of rich client and Web applications.  You’ll discover how to leave behind the complications that plague large-footprint, tough to deploy, and DLL-laden rich clients, as well as how to avoid the burdens of network dependency, poor user experience, and difficult to develop traditional Web applications.

    MSDN Webcast Calendar

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

     

    Security Webcast Calendar

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


    MSDN Webcasts Weblog.


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

     

    Additional Live & On-Demand Webcast Series Available Now:

      

    §          .NET Unwrapped

    §          Ask the Security Experts

    §          ASP.NET Webcast Series

    §          Explore Web Development with ASP.NET 2.0

    §          Gearing Up for 64-Bit Computing on Windows Server

    §          Office Developer Live!

    §          Modern Software Development: Use Visual Studio 2005

    §          Soup to Nuts: Build windows forms applications with .NET

    §          Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series

    §          Web Development: Increase the security of your applications

    §          Windows Mobility Marvels

    §          Video Game Development

    §          Visual Basic 2005

     

    *Offer good for the first 100 Digital Blackbelt Webcast series attendees to attend a live webcast in the series and complete a Security virtual lab. A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. This offer is non-transferable. In order to earn a blackbelt, attendees must attend at least one webcast in the Digital Blackbelt Series and a virtual lab on security, located at http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/tryit/hosted/security/default.aspx. Completion of a virtual lab requires at least 20 minutes of time spent in the lab. This offer open to U.S. residents only and is valid from August 2005 through December 2005. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

    Microsoft Office System Webcasts

    NEW: Simplify Your Workday with Work Essentials

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Work Essentials presenters share strategies that have worked for them, as well as helpful tips and advice, customizable templates, and creative new ways to approach your work and help simplify your day.

     

    Microsoft Project: Align people, work and priorities

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Plan projects and streamline processes more effectively with Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003. Tune in to this series of live and on-demand webcasts and learn how this powerful tool can give you greater control over all your projects.

     

    Microsoft Office System Webcasts: Enhance your skill set with expert tips
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Learn about the Microsoft Office System and productivity software such as Microsoft Outlook, OneNote, Visio, and Project by taking part in these live and on-demand webcasts. These online and interactive webcasts for business professionals are an effective way to learn how Microsoft products and technologies can help them be more efficient.

     

    Discover Today’s Office: Learn tips and tricks for increased productivity
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Discover how to get the most out of Microsoft Office System to save time and be more productive. Tune in to these live and on-demand webcasts for time-saving tips on optimizing today’s Microsoft Office System. Explore products such as Microsoft Outlook 2003, Word 2003, Excel 2003, OneNote 2003, InfoPath 2003, and PowerPoint.

     

    Microsoft Office System Webcast Calendar

    Microsoft Office System webcasts listed in an easy-to-use calendar format.

     

    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:

     

    §          Real-Time Collaboration 

    §          Digital Note Taking

    §          Microsoft Office Visio 2003

    §          Office Tips and Tricks for Administrative Assistants

     

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions, Small Business and Momentum Webcasts

     

    MICROSOFT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS WEBCASTS

     

    CRM: Focus on the customer
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Tune in and learn how you can help increase sales success, deliver superior customer service, and make informed, agile business decisions with Microsoft Business Solutions CRM. Whether your organization is currently using Microsoft CRM or considering it, this webcast series offers demos and interaction with CRM experts that you won’t want to miss.

     

    Manufacturing: Improve productivity and competitiveness
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Don't miss this series as we describe the foundation for the Infrastructure management technologies, products, solutions, and practices from Microsoft that can dramatically improve the reliability, availability, and performance of your company's mission-critical applications while saving you time.

    Successful Professional Services Firms: Achieve profitability without sacrificing service

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Discover how to deliver excellent client service without sacrificing overall profitability.  Tune in as we explore the financial management methods used in different professional services markets, including accounting, architecture and engineering, consulting, legal, and software development.  Webcasts examine topics such as key performance indicators, industry benchmarks, reporting, and budgeting.

     

    Additional Live & On-Demand Webcast Series Available Now:

     

    §          Real-World Solutions: Learn from business experts

    §          Small Business Financials


    MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS WEBCASTS

     

    Sales and Marketing Solutions: Get organized and save time

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    When you care about your customers, it shows. These free webcasts provide informative sales and marketing how-to sessions to help your business see results. You'll hear from Microsoft technology experts who can answer questions and walk you through getting the resources you need for effective sales and marketing. It's all designed to help you attract and retain customers and sell more effectively.

     

    Small Business Server: Do more with less
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Sessions in this series show you how to plan, install, and migrate your company onto the Small Business Server. Learn about server administration with topics such as creating user accounts, locking down your network, and creating group policies. These webcasts offer the opportunity to have your Small Business Server questions answered by Small Business technology experts who understand where you are coming from.

     

    Microsoft Office System Webcasts: Enhance your skill set with expert tips
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Learn about the Microsoft Office System and productivity software such as Microsoft Small Business Accounting, Outlook, OneNote, Visio, and Project by taking part in these live and on-demand webcasts. These online and interactive webcasts for business professionals are an effective way to learn how Microsoft products and technologies can help them be more efficient.

     

    Additional Live & On-Demand Webcast Series Available Now:

     

    §          Real-Time Collaboration

    §          Small Business Financials

     

     

    Bonus: Attend any live Small Business webcast through December 2005 and you could win a Kodak 5.0 megapixel digital camera. See official rules for more info. Offer open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. 

     

    MICROSOFT MOMENTUM WEBCASTS

     

    Microsoft Momentum: Drive your business forward
    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Microsoft Momentum is designed for growing and midsize organizations, providing expert advice, tips, and techniques to drive your business forward. Join us for complimentary Microsoft Momentum webcasts, during which field experts discuss technology strategies to transform your business and impact your bottom line. We will explore ways to secure your systems, increase productivity, improve customer relationship management, and obtain the solutions you need.

    Enterprise Resource Planning with Microsoft Business Solutions: Accelerate your business toward profit

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Learn how Microsoft Business Solutions Enterprise Resource Planning products and services can make it easier for you to do business with your customers, vendors, and partners. Take part in this free webcast series and interact with technology experts to help you make more profitable decisions and accelerate your business's growth.

     

    Real-Time Collaboration: Enable next-generation productivity

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Are you seeking ways to reduce costs for your business? Would you like to connect more efficiently with customers and partners while reducing travel to and from off-site meetings? Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2005 can help you and your employees run and participate in interactive meetings with remote teams, prospects, customers, partners, colleagues, and audiences across town or across the country—in real time and at a moment’s notice.

     

    Combined Microsoft Business Solutions, Small Business and Momentum Webcast Calendar

    Microsoft Business Solutions, Small Business and Momentum webcasts listed in an easy-to-use calendar format.

     

    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. 

     

    Microsoft Security Webcasts

    NEW: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Internal Threats: Mitigate the Risks in Your Environment

    Today's IT Professionals work in a challenging environment where there's a constant effort to protect resources and vital information from internal misuse. Attend this webcasts series and learn about the risks, business challenges and recommendations for protecting your network from internal threats. We will cover topics such as Security risk management, assessment, and implementation as well as steps for meeting your business needs of operating in a more secure environment.

     

    Defense in Depth: Strategies to help secure your environment and reduce malware

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    Attend this webcast series and learn how to help secure your environment from malware attacks. Our experts provide guidance and resources for understanding malware and the associated risks, and for taking appropriate countermeasures using Microsoft and partner technologies. Tune in to all webcasts in this series and walk through the steps for malicious code planning, protection, detection, and response in your environment.

     

    Security360: Learn best practices to guide your security strategy

    Live webcasts third Tuesday of every month; On-demand webcasts available now

    Learn best practices to guide your security strategy during this monthly webcast series. Each webcast focuses on a specific security topic and includes commentary from industry experts outside of Microsoft.

     

    Digital Blackbelt Series: Defend your code from attacks

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    How would your code stand up to an attack? If you are not sure, join us for the Digital Blackbelt webcast series as Developer Community Champion Joe Stagner discusses security risks, vulnerabilities, and solutions from the software developer's perspective. We will provide real-life examples and security tips and tricks that can help you gain the knowledge and techniques to become an experienced “blackbelt” in writing secure code.

     

    Security Webcast Calendar

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

     

    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. 

     

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    Microsoft Webcasts

     

    Microsoft Executive Circle Webcast: Five Things You Must Know Now About Managing Public Relations for Your Business in the Age of the Blog (Level )

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Robert Scoble, Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Frank X. Shaw, Executive Vice President,

    Waggoner Edstrom Strategic Communications

    Web logs—or "blogs"—are transforming your relationship with your customers, your employees, and the press. These Web-based journals have dramatically reduced the amount of time you have to respond to comments about your business or products. While companies used to have up to a week to react to newsworthy events before they received calls from the media, today you may have only four hours. Are blogs your friend or your foe? Join blogging guru Robert Scoble and public relations expert Frank X. Shaw to discover the five things you must know now to make sure blogs are helpful instead of harmful to your business.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284266&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Webcast: Optimizing Time and Attendance Management Using Speech-Enabled Solutions

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Albert Kooiman, Sr. Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Rob Khoury, Sales Manager, pulse Voice, Inc.

    Suresh Patel, Sales Engineer, pulse Voice, Inc.

    Managing workforce time and attendance can be a complicated and time-consuming task, especially for large enterprises. Manual processes are prone to errors and inaccuracy, while automated processes generally require dedicated personnel to coordinate input of information. Incorporating phone access and speech technology into any powerful workforce management back-end gives employees an easy, user-friendly way to submit their time and attendance information while eliminating time delays caused by processing manual or punch card records. This webcast demonstrates how to integrate speech into a workforce management solution using Microsoft Speech Server 2004, and highlights the features and benefits of such solutions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283763&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Webcast: Doing More with Less: Best Practices for the Program Management Office

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Stephen A. Moritz, Vice President – Project Delivery Services, Sogeti USA, LLC a subsidiary of Capgemini

    Many information technology and business executives are frustrated that their organizations have not delivered the desired results. Is there is a way to do more with less? This webcast introduces you to the five value areas of a program management office (PMO) and the initiatives that drive business benefit. Learn why companies are implementing PMOs, how PMOs can deliver higher levels of business value, and how PMOs can adapt to a consultative model of support rather than an auditor model. Join us to learn how a Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Solution can improve the operation of your PMO by supporting these best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283756&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Webcast: Protect Critical Data While Lowering IT Costs with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006 and HP

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Christopher Whyte, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Brad Parks, Product Marketing Manager, HP

    How much down time can your business afford? More than 50% of companies that experience a major data loss will close their doors forever. Increasing rates of data growth, higher service level expectations, and tighter technology budgets have left IT managers with fewer resources to protect critical data. Join HP and Microsoft for a webcast that presents strategies that you can use to protect your data while lowering IT costs. Learn about the HP ProLiant Data Protection Storage Server, a disk-based backup solution that is easy to deploy, powered by Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2006, and built on the ProLiant server platform.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283982&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Webcast: Bring Innovation to Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server (Level )

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ed Wu, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you think that e-mail is just another boring commodity? This webcast provides an overview of the current features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and the exciting ways that organizations are currently using this messaging software. You will also learn about new features in the next release of Exchange Server that innovate in areas like mobility, content filtering, and collaboration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283914&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Office Communicator for Telephony (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Todd Eby, Director of Solutions Engineering, Genesys

    Is your company's implementation of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 integrated with your phone systems? Genesys Enterprise Telephony Software is a solution that brings telephony to the Microsoft collaboration platform. This webcast explains how this combined solution can help enterprises to either use their existing public switched telephone network infrastructures or migrate to IP telephony at their own pace. You will also learn about architecture that enables telephony.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284377&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 3 of 14): Managing Recipient Objects (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast we will cover recipient objects in Exchange Server 2003, starting with a look at the types of recipient objects available-User, Contact, Group, Public Folder, and InetOrgPerson. From there, learn how to create, configure, and manage them. We also cover the information store as it relates to these objects and the address lists for locating these objects.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281701&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Persistent Group Chat and Collaboration for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bob Serr, Chief Technical Officer, Parlano

    Nick Fera, Chairman & CEO, Parlano

    Rarely are decisions or processes executed by an individual. Most critical business decisions represent the collective intelligence of the team. Designed to work in conjunction with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and Active Directory, the MindAlign Enterprise Group Messaging & Collaboration Solutions from Parlano provide persistent group chat, intelligent messaging management, and advanced content filtering capabilities for real-time communications and information flow. This webcast highlights examples of leading organizations utilizing these features to improve the efficiency of communications and gain competitive advantages including faster time to market, improved customer service, compliance, information security, and overall productivity.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283668&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 4 of 14): Public Folders (Level 200)

    Friday, November 4, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offer great storage flexibility, and with it, potential complexity, which could make storage management difficult to administer. Start off right with this webcast about the basics of public folders in Exchange Server 2003. First, get an overview and architectural view of public folders. From there, learn about the overall management of public folders-creating them, setting and managing public folder permissions, replication, referrals, and storage requirements. The webcast concludes with tips on monitoring public folder status and mail-enabling public folders.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281706&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: High Availability Architecture with Microsoft.com Operations (Level 200)

    Monday, November 7, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Hear from the Microsoft.com Operations system engineers who operate the highest-scale Microsoft Internet Information Services solutions on the Internet, including www.Microsoft.com, Windows Update, MSDN/TechNet, Downloads, and more. These experienced engineers share their Web hosting secrets for high availability architectures, including the areas surrounding network security, cluster and host-level load balancing, and Web and database server distributions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283678&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Configuration Management of Web Farms with Microsoft.com Operations (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Get one-on-one interaction with the Microsoft.com Operations senior system engineers responsible for running www.Microsoft.com and Windows Update to see how they perform scripted administration and deployment of configuration settings across the infrastructure. In this webcast, the engineers show sample scripts and provide visibility into how they leverage various commands to be released with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283692&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Get Ready for the New and Improved Microsoft Software Assurance Program (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    The Microsoft Software Assurance program provides you with the technologies, tools, support, and training that can help you deploy and use Microsoft software more efficiently. This webcast explores the improvements to the program that will soon be available and explains how get ready for it. Join this webcast to learn about the program’s new requirements, dependencies, system roles, tools, and service offerings.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284161&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Finding IIS Bottlenecks using Server Performance Advisor (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) has been a "black box" for many versions now. Have you had the urge to open it up? IIS 6.0 on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 delivers a strong infrastructure for finding problems with Web applications. Using Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Tracing for Windows (ETW), the Server Performance Advisor (SPA) can compile statistical data on your Web applications for later review. This webcast covers the basics around SPA and ETW and looks at how to set up, configure, and analyze the data collected by SPA.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280403&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Storage Server: An Overview (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shola Aluko, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explores the new advanced features in Microsoft Windows Storage Server R2 such as single instance storage, text search, replication, and server clustering. Learn how Windows Storage Server integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructures and heterogeneous environments by using the improvements in Windows Server 2003 R2.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284381&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 5 of 14): Virtual Server Components (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 offers quite a few virtual servers, and you have to decide which ones to use, and know how to configure them. This webcast covers what virtual servers are and how Exchange Server 2003 integrates with Microsoft Internet Information Services to provide them. Learn about the five main virtual servers—HTTP, POP3, Internet Message Access Protocol version 4rev1, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and Network News Transfer Protocol—with some coverage of Remote Procedure Call over HTTP. Going beyond technical descriptions, this webcast shows how to create and configure the various settings of each server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281710&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Change and Release Management Strategies with Microsoft.com Operations (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft.com Operations team provides pointers on how you can effectively manage your software updates, providing examples from the team's experience with operating system deployments, service pack releases, and security updates. This webcast also covers the approach that Microsoft.com Operations takes to application releases. You will learn about the strategies that the team uses to work with the product development teams across Microsoft including developers, testers, and program managers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283694&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying the Branch Office Technologies in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 300)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers the essential elements that you must include in your planning and implementation of a branch office deployment. Learn to identify the key requirements that can influence your design through usage scenarios and an emphasis on the most effective ways to apply the branch office technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. These technologies include distributed file system (DFS) namespaces, DFS replication, DFS management tools, DFS diagnostics tools, and the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack. You will also gain an understanding of how important a test plan that is based on usage requirements is to a successful deployment. This webcast concludes with a survey of the tools and best practices that can help you to successfully deploy branch offices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283985&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introducing System Center Capacity Planner (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Manish Kalra, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Matching hardware capability to server-based application demands can be a tricky task. In this webcast, learn how to use a new member of the Microsoft System Center suite, the System Center Capacity Planner. This tool can help you determine proper sizing for your Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Operations Manager servers. Join us to learn how to make best use of this great tool.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278635&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Monitor and Manage an Enterprise Platform with Microsoft.com Operations (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Partner with the senior engineers at Microsoft.com Operations to learn how they manage over 2,000 servers running Microsoft Windows 2000 Server in three remote data centers. This webcast describes how the Microsoft.com Operations team uses a suite of technologies and operational processes for asset management, performance data collection and reporting, and system and application level uptime analysis. This session also describes how Microsoft.com uses Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Operations Manager for server management.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283907&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Windows Hypervisor and Virtualization in Windows Vista (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides a technical overview of the Microsoft Windows hypervisor, a technology that allows more than one operating system to run on the same computer. The Windows hypervisor is the foundation of the Windows virtualization solutions from Microsoft that are planned for release with Microsoft Windows Vista (formerly code named “Longhorn”). Join this webcast for an in-depth look at the hypervisor and related input/output virtualization layers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284285&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 6 of 14): Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    The more you know about Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), the better you can configure Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. The SMTP protocol is core to Exchange 2003 and Exchange Administrators require a sound knowledge of the protocol. Join this webcast to gain an in depth understanding of SMTP. Topics addressed include commands and ports for both SMTP and Extended Set of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, how to configure Domain Name System for SMTP, Relays, and Smart Hosts. This webcast includes an important segment on security, which explains how to configure and secure SMTP, firewall requirements, and what makes traffic secure.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281714&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting and Debugging Web Hosting Environments with Microsoft.com Operations (Level 300)

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Dive under the hood with our senior system engineers at Microsoft.com Operations to learn how they troubleshoot and debug hosted Microsoft ASP.NET applications and database-driven systems. This webcast provides real-life examples that explain how to use popular tools such as LogParser, Server Performance Advisor, Performance Monitor, and Network Monitor. The webcast also includes some common procedures that you can use when these tools fail to help you find the root cause of a problem.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283696&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Maintenance and Monitoring Enhancements to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, November 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Enhancements to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 focus on security, reliability, and performance to give you a solid, dependable foundation for your business applications. This webcast covers maintenance and monitoring features in SQL Server 2005 like maintenance plans, database tuning, dynamic management, views, and logs.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284132&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Windows Script Files (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

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

    The Microsoft Windows Script File (WSF) XML format allows Microsoft Visual Basic script files to do things they normally can not do. WSF can turn scripts into stand-alone command-line utilities and multi-script repositories. During this webcast you will discover the many uses for this complex-looking format. You will learn how to use the tools and utilities that can make writing a WSF as easy as clicking a few buttons.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276556&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Evaluating Novell Open Enterprise Server (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Gregory Marshall, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you currently use Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or Novell NetWare? Are you evaluating which platform will best meet your infrastructure needs in the coming years? If so, you have probably heard about various Linux options, including Novell Open Enterprise Server. To help you better understand Open Enterprise Server and how it relates to Netware, this webcast provides an in-depth examination of the product, as well as demonstrations. You will come away from this webcast knowing what factors to consider when you decide whether to include Open Enterprise Server as part of your mission-critical architecture.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284003&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding Availability, Scalability and Replication in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you ready to learn about the availability, scalability, and replication functionality in Microsoft SQL Server 2005? This webcast takes you on a tour of the enhancements to this functionality, including topics like partitioning, concurrency controls, peer-to-peer replication, and database mirroring.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284141&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Model Network Changes in Minutes Using Visio 2003 (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Betsy McClain, Vice President, Visual Network Design, Inc.

    Increased government regulations and shrinking budgets are driving the need to automate the documentation and administration of networking infrastructures. Visual network design integrates artificial intelligence logic and an extensive database of hardware specifications, allowing Microsoft Office Visio 2003 users to streamline the process of network design, visualization, and documentation. This webcast shows you how to quickly create comprehensive rack drawings and reports that clearly outline resources and statistics such as power requirements, heat loads, and asset summaries. Qualified attendees of the live webcast are eligible for a free 10-day trial of Rackwise.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283675&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 8 of 14): Backup, Restore, and Recovery (Level 200)

    Friday, November 18, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers the critical tasks of backup, restore, and recovery, broken down into their three separate processes. The backup section explains what needs to be backed up both on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and the operating system, types of backups, the role that logs can play in backup strategies, verification, and volume shadow copy. The restore section covers the different restore needs that may arise, from an entire server down to a mailbox, and public folder restoration. The webcast concludes by showing how to recover Exchange servers, focusing on recovery groups and mailbox recovery.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281716&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get the knowledge you need to upgrade a server running either Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or SQL Server 2000 to the recently released SQL Server 2005. This webcast introduces you to the tools and processes you need to make a smooth transition. You will learn about Upgrade Advisor, a tool for planning and preparation. You will also learn about two different upgrade strategies: the migration strategy (installing SQL Server 2005 on a new server and then migrating data), and the in-place strategy (upgrading your existing installation). Based on this information, you can decide which upgrade strategy is right for your servers, and plan your next steps.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284147&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Successfully Implementing a Complex Active Directory Design (Level 200)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides best practices that you can apply to more complex, less common deployments of Microsoft Active Directory. Two examples of complex Active Directory designs are several forests that are connected by trusts, and organizational domain structures. You will learn why you might need a more complex design and how to avoid pitfalls while controlling the costs of your deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284225&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of DNS in Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast begins with a quick overview of Domain Name System (DNS) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and its associated terminology. We then cover name resolution, zones, caches, and Time To Live. Next we move on to the subject of installing and configuring one DNS server. We discuss the different types of zones and settings, such as scavenging, that help manage the server. With our one server installed, we consider how to add more servers, the types of servers we can add, and how to replicate and delegate.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284231&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Remote Administration Tools (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn about the improvements to Microsoft Active Directory in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. We will focus on functionality at the domain and forest levels and explain what you should consider as you design and plan a branch office environment. You will learn from an example of how to deploy a domain controller to support a remote branch office that is connected over a wide area network (WAN) link. We will also learn about command-line tools and graphical user interface (GUI)-based tools that you can use to remotely manage Active Directory, including the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) command-line tools and others.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284228&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Clustering and High Availability with Virtual Server 2005 R2 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast introduces you to the new clustering and high availability features in Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. Features like guest clustering and host-based clustering can help you ensure a robust production server consolidation. This webcast also introduces you to third party products that you can use with Virtual Server 2005 R2 to ensure high availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284290&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 12 of 18): Managing and Protecting Storage (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    As an information technology professional, you spend a significant amount of time managing storage. Are you combining this task with sound security practices? This webcast discusses the management and protection of storage inside an organization, why a storage and recovery plan is vital, how to plan for storage and recovery, and what features in the operating system can help you successfully implement your plans. This session also introduces Microsoft Data Protection Manager, what it is, and how to implement and use it. The presentation includes information about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Windows Rights Management Services as a method for securing information on the network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282169&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 9 of 14): Monitoring, Performance, and Tuning (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    To get the most performance out of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, you must be able to monitor its performance and tune it. This webcast covers the various Exchange Server 2003 monitoring tools and techniques: basic monitoring practices such as event logs and queues, and events and queue issues to monitor; Exchange Monitors that monitor queues, services and disk space; recommended Exchange counters to use and what to look for. The webcast discusses the use of Microsoft Operations Manager as a management tool. The tuning segment present tips and information that can help tune the Exchange Servers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281725&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Third-Party Tools to Migrate Notes Databases to the Microsoft Collaboration Platform (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how you can migrate your Lotus Notes databases to the Microsoft collaboration platform, based on Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies, quickly and easily. This webcast introduces and demonstrates several tools offered by third-party providers that facilitate the migration from Lotus Notes to the collaboration platform from Microsoft.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284167&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Working with the VHD File Format in Virtual Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mike Neil, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft has set the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file format as the standard for running and managing virtual machines using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. The VHD file format provides for a range of disk types, including dynamically expanding, linked, undo, and differencing disks. This webcast provides detailed information about the file format. In addition, you will learn about best practices and partner offerings in the areas of disk image management and migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284292&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Host Headers with SSL-Enabled Web Sites in IIS 6.0 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    According to Microsoft Knowledge Base, using host headers with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) enabled Web sites in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is not supported. With IIS 6.0 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), however, IIS can now host multiple Web sites (virtual servers) using the same IP address and unique host headers. This webcast describes the minimum requirements necessary to use this SP1 feature and also explains how to configure it. Follow along as the presenter shows you how to use wildcard certificates to enable you to use host header sites with SSL.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280958&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 13 of 18): Installing and Configuring SMS (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Software and patch management are time-consuming and costly. Making sure systems are current and have only licensed software can be very labor-intensive. An information technology (IT) management product can reduce these costs? This and the next two webcasts in this series show how Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) helps IT professionals manage and maintain servers and clients quickly and efficiently. This series-within-a-series webcast demonstrates what SMS 2003 is and does, and discusses how you can get SMS 2003 up and running. Learn how to inventory the current environment, deploy software, update software, and deploy and check patch status.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282173&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 10 of 14): Troubleshooting (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting tools can actually complicate your life if you don't know when to use which tools, and the sequences in which to use them. This webcast covers various Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 troubleshooting tools and the scenarios where the tools are used. Examples include using DCDiag and Netdiag to troubleshoot network and Domain Controller Connectivity issues, RPC Ping Utility to check Remote Procedure Call connectivity, isinteg to check database integrity, and ESEUTIL for various database tasks. This section also recaps the firewall information about what ports to open and how to look for issues in firewall logs.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281775&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support Webcasts

     

    TechNet Support WebCast: Configuring subnets for Active Directory sites in Windows Server 2003 - Level 300
    Thursday, November 03, 2005: 10:00 A.M. Pacific time (Coordinated Universal Time - 7 hours).

    Discusses how to configure subnets for Active Directory sites in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Discusses IP subnets and subnetting, Active Directory sites, and configuring subnets in Active Directory Sites and Services.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=909429 

     

    MSDN Webcasts

     

    MSDN Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Masterclass: The New Features of T-SQL in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mike Benkovich, MSDN Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    The demands on databases keep increasing-demands to use them in new ways, and demands to sort across new relationships. Wouldn't it be nice if something came along to make database development easier? Something has come along:  Transact-SQL (T-SQL) in Microsoft SQL Server 2005.This webcast describes the new features of T-SQL that provide a powerful way to manage relational data and make the developer's life easier. Learn about the new features and functionality in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and how they can help you achieve your goals.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284458&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Overview of Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Jacob Cynamon, MSDN DEVELOPER COMMUNITY CHAMP, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn how Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 can help you as a Web application developer to dramatically reduce the amount of code you write for common tasks and the amount of time it takes to write it. Learn about other productivity enhancements in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and explore new features like personalization, master pages, navigation controls, and Web part customization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284460&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Explore the Microsoft .NET Framework Class Libraries from A to Z (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Bill Sheldon, Principal Engineer, InterKnowlogy

    Explore the extensive Microsoft .NET Framework Class Library, a rich set of interfaces, as well as abstract and concrete (non-abstract) classes. The .NET Framework types are the foundation on which .NET applications, components, and controls are built. This webcast provides an overview of the functionality that these classes offer and demonstrates how the classes are easy to use. Join us to learn how the .NET Framework truly simplifies application development.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284300&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Use Multithreading to Create Better Responding Smart Client Applications (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Maarten Struys, Product Manager, PTS Software

    Do you often find yourself looking for ways to improve the performance of your smart client applications? With the processing power available in today's personal computers, it makes sense to consider whether splitting up your application into multiple threads will improve performance. In this demonstration-loaded webcast, we show you how to create multithreaded applications using functionality that is provided in the Microsoft .NET Framework. Learn how to properly create and terminate threads, and how to update user interface controls properly from inside worker threads. Find out how to choose between Thread and Thread Pool objects, and learn when it is necessary to synchronize multiple threads with each other.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284262&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Intelligent Reporting: Using the Visual Studio 2005 Report Viewer Controls (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Geoff Snowman, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 provides report viewer controls for both Windows Forms applications and Microsoft ASP.NET applications. These controls can either take advantage of a server running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, or they can process reports locally, without the Reporting Services component. This webcast explains how you can integrate reports into your applications. We discuss the advantages of control-only and server-based approaches, demonstrate both controls, and build an application that displays reports without requiring a Reporting Services server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284444&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 2.0 Membership and Personalization (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Jacob Cynamon, MSDN DEVELOPER COMMUNITY CHAMP, Microsoft Corporation

    To keep your Web sites competitive, you are likely challenged to increase the levels of personalization and authentication. What if you could do both and work more efficiently at the same time? Join this webcast to discover the new membership and personalization features in Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 that make it possible to customize user personalization. You also learn about codeless security controls that you can use to handle logon and create users. Join us and learn how to write less code more quickly while adding powerful features to authenticate users and create highly personalized Web sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284446&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: User Interface Techniques for Windows Mobile Devices (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Jim Wilson, President, JW Hedgehog Incorporated

    Discover how to build Windows Mobile applications that make "write once, display anywhere" a reality using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0. This step-by-step demonstration shows you how to build a user interface that makes no assumptions about available screen real estate, scales effectively to any screen layout, and works equally well on both Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. Learn a variety of techniques for developing scalable and logically composable user interfaces, and find out how to avoid many of the assumptions commonly made during development that prevent application user interfaces from scaling effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282498&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Increase Your Productivity with the .NET Framework (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Juval Lowy, Software Architect & Principal, IDesign Inc

    There is much more to development with the Microsoft .NET Framework than the raw aspects of the technology. This webcast, presented from Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, shows how to deal with common real-life hurdles and how to effectively utilize the .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio by presenting a set of tools, tips, tricks, best practices, utilities, and ideas that can increase your productivity significantly. Packed with demonstrations, this webcast covers a wide range of topics including little-known utilities, Visual Studio tips, Microsoft Windows Forms techniques, Microsoft Visual C# nuggets, thread management, and interface factoring techniques.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284302&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Building Microsoft Office 2003 Solutions Using XML and XML Web Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ron Cundiff, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to use XML technologies with Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Office Excel 2003 to build solutions. This webcast includes topics such as object models, reference schemas, and how to use custom-defined XML schema and transforms. To get the most out of this webcast, you must have a working knowledge of XML, XML technologies and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284448&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Designing Three-Tier Applications with SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Martin Schray, Academic Developer Evangelist Manager, West, Microsoft Corporation

    Tune into this webcast to learn how you can use Web services and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition to build three-tier applications that run on mobile devices. This webcast explores partitioning considerations for Microsoft .NET Compact Framework applications. It also discusses the options for integrating desktop and mobile applications.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284264&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Essential ASP.NET for the Web Developer (Part 12 of 15): Resources and Internationalization (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Fritz Onion, Partner, Pluralsight, LLC

    Learn the fundamental concepts you need to know in order to internationalize your Web applications. In addition to the App_Code directory, Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 defines two new directories designed to store resources for compilation; App_LocalResources and App_GlobalResources. In this webcast we look at both declarative and programmatic techniques, and discuss when the use of each is appropriate.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278457&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Overview of the Visual Studio 2005 Express Products (Level 200)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ron Cundiff, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the capabilities of the Microsoft Visual Studio Express products and how you can use them to create rich applications for the Web and the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Questions that this webcast answers include: What is Microsoft Visual Studio 2005? What is the Express product line, and what features does it have in common with other versions of Visual Studio? How does the development environment make it easier and faster for you to create applications? How does Windows Forms 2.0 make it easy for you to create Windows user interfaces (UI)? How can you use Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 to create powerful, secure, and manageable Web sites? This webcast also describes the support system that surrounds Visual Studio 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284462&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introducing Service Broker in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Roger Wolter, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Broker makes it easier than ever for you to build reliable, scalable, asynchronous, queued database applications. When combined with the common language runtime and XML features, SQL Server 2005 provides a great platform for building the next generation of business applications. This webcast highlights the major features of the Service Broker, including queues as database objects, data integrity for queued messages, activation of processing logic triggered by message arrival, and reliable, transactional delivery of messages between SQL Server instances. We also look at scenarios for Service Broker applications and show how Service Broker integrates with other Microsoft messaging solutions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284274&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Using the Enhanced GridView and DetailsView Controls in ASP.NET 2.0 to Work with Data (Level 200)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ken Getz, Senior Consultant, MCW Technologies

    The GridView control in Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 is similar enough to the DataGrid control in version 1.x that you can get started right away, but its capabilities have been enhanced dramatically. The GridView control can be much easier to use, requires less code, and provides far more power than the DataGrid control. In this webcast, we demonstrate how to display and edit data using the GridView control, how to work with the GridView and DetailsView together, and how to take advantage of several GridView controls events to get exactly the behavior you need.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284298&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 2.0 Soup to Nuts: HTML Basics (Level 200)

    Monday, November 07, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    William J. Steele, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    The first webcast in this series introduces the concepts behind the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). HTML is a powerful tool that you can use to describe the visual aspects of a Web-based application. This webcast provides a brief history of HTML, its current status, and its plausible future scenarios. This webcast is just the first in of the "ASP.NET 2.0 - Soup to Nuts" series that covers everything from the basics to the most advanced concepts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284452&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Using C# 2.0 Language Features in .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Applications (Level 300)

    Monday, November 07, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Maarten Struys, Product Manager, PTS Software

    You can create code that performs better and is more readable, compact, and type safe by using the new features of the Microsoft Visual C# development tool that are available in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. This webcast explores the features you can use in your managed Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 applications. Using a sample multithreaded application, we will explore the possibility of using anonymous methods, delegate inference, generics, and iterators. This webcast is loaded with samples and is a "must" for every software developer who creates applications for Microsoft Windows CE devices and wants to prepare for the next version of Visual Studio.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284308&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bernard Wong, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you curious about Microsoft SQL Server 2005, but unsure about committing to it? Would a free download of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition help you decide? SQL Server Express is based on SQL Server 2005 technology and includes the unique Application XCopy feature. However, its networking and security features differ from other SQL Server 2005 editions. This one-hour webcast examines the differences between SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and the rest of the SQL Server 2005 family. You will also learn how SQL Server Express compares with-and exceeds-its predecessors like Microsoft Data Engine. Join this webcast to learn about this powerful, free download, and find out which edition of SQL Server 2005 is right for you.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284454&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Designing the Data Access Tier (Part 6 of 15) (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Joe Hummel, Associate Professor, Joe Hummel, Inc.

    This sixth session in our series on designing desktop applications with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 discusses the design of the Data Access tier. We cover the Microsoft patterns & practices Data Access Application Block, and discuss new features in Microsoft ADO.NET 2.0. We look at how to use Object Role Modeling tools to create data access tiers automatically.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280464&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introducing XML in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Shankar Pal, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    XML has become a widely recognized standard for both the transmission and storage of data. With the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, XML has now become a first-class data type. In this webcast, we look at how this affects your database applications and show you some simple examples of how to take advantage of XML support within your data-driven applications.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284318&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Creating Custom Controls for Managed Code in Visual Studio 2005 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Xin Yan, Software Developer, Microsoft Corporation

    Building custom controls with design-time support using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework has never been easier! In this webcast, we demonstrate how to use features of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 to build a sample DVD catalog application that uses Microsoft SQL Server Mobile Edition as its data source. We also dig into the source code and discuss accessing data, passing information between forms, and building user interface that meets Microsoft Windows Mobile design guidelines.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284322&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introduction to the New Managed APIs in Windows Mobile 5.0 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Jim Wilson, President, JW Hedgehog Incorporated

    This webcast introduces the new managed application programming interfaces (APIs) in Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. Step-by-step demonstrations show you how to improve on an existing application by making use of these new interfaces. Tune in to learn how to use these APIs to simplify your existing code or extend your existing applications to make use of the many new capabilities in Windows Mobile 5.0.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283134&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: T-SQL Exception Handling in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Sara Tahir, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces rich exception handling features to the T-SQL language. This webcast highlights some of the most useful of these features. Join this webcast to learn how you can use the TRY…CATCH construct and the accompanying error information retrieval functions to create simple yet powerful routines that capture, process, and log error information in SQL Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284324&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Authoring Workflows Through Code and Dynamic Update (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bernard Pham, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how you can build workflows purely by writing Microsoft .NET code. In other words, no designer is required. You will learn how to modify a workflow after you deploy it. In addition, you will learn how to modify a workflow while the instance of that workflow is still running.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283436&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Essential ASP.NET for the Web Developer (Part 13 of 15): Diagnostics (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Fritz Onion, Partner, Pluralsight, LLC

    Examine how Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 simplifies the way tracing works, and makes it much easier to redirect trace output to alternate sources. This webcast demonstrates several new diagnostic features, including performance counters and the new Web events. We discuss these features and provide examples of where to apply each feature.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278462&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Building Compelling User Interfaces with Ease in Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Friday, November 11, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Glen G. Gordon, MSDN DEVELOPER COMM CHAMPION, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 takes Web user interfaces (UI) to a whole new level with a fresh set of rich controls and new features of the integrated development environment (IDE). Tune into this webcast to learn how you can establish a common look and feel using master pages, "skin" your site with themes, and manage the navigation of your site through site maps and navigation controls.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284464&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Working with New Data-Enabled Controls in ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Friday, November 11, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Glen G. Gordon, MSDN Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Data access and data-driven Web pages play a crucial role in most Web applications. Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 reduces the amount of code required to perform common data access tasks by adding several data-enabled controls. In this webcast, we show you how to work with these new controls in your applications, focusing on data retrieval from a variety of sources and formats.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284328&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Using the Time-Saving Membership Features in Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

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

    Ken Getz, Senior Consultant, MCW Technologies

    Microsoft ASP.NET developers no longer need to create “helper” pages and the other administrative plumbing that every Web site needs. The membership features in Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 take care of the details for you. From storing users and roles in a data store to providing a rich set of controls that allow for a no-code solution to managing users and roles, ASP.NET 2.0 dramatically reduces the amount of work needed to manage these tasks. This webcast illustrates these benefits, and explains how you can easily configure membership and roles; create pages using the built-in controls, and write code to manipulate the membership application programming interface directly.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284268&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Connecting Your Business with Service Orientation (Level 300)

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

    Mike Burner, Architect - .NET Tech Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

    See the Microsoft vision for service orientation and service-oriented architecture in enterprise computing. In this webcast we first explore the promise of service orientation and discuss the role service orientation plays in developing connected systems. Next, we examine the Microsoft offerings and initiatives in the area of service orientation. The webcast concludes with practical guidance for our customers and partners. Learn where to invest the skills and technologies needed to capitalize on the short- and medium-term promise of service orientation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284272&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 2.0 Soup to Nuts: Web Server Basics (Level 200)

    Monday, November 14, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    William J. Steele, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    The second webcast in the "Soup to Nuts" series introduces the basic concepts behind a Web server. A Web server manages a Web site.  A Web application runs on the Web server and is served from it. Join this webcast to learn the principles you need to understand before you develop your own Web site.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284466&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Extending SQL Server Integration Services with Custom Components (Level 300)

    Monday, November 14, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ashvini Sharma, Development Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    What can Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) do for you? This webcast introduces the remarkable integration capabilities of SSIS, and demonstrates how to write reusable, custom components with code created using the Microsoft .NET Framework. Is there some specific business logic you need to encapsulate for reuse? Do you have some unique technology you would like to enable in your enterprise data integration? Custom components are easy to write for SSIS. They enable you to extend the rich functionality with your own specific logic and technologies. Check out this enlightening webcast to learn what SSIS can do for you and your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284330&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Automating .NET Build Processes to Interact with COM Components (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brent Clark, Build Process Architect, SunGard

    From a Microsoft .NET Framework build perspective, consuming evolving Component Object Models (COM) is not a trivial matter. This webcast describes how SunGard in Christchurch, New Zealand has extended its automated build processes to be able to interact with .NET and COM components. Learn how SunGard was able to compile .NET solutions from Microsoft Visual Source Safe with strong naming, version stamping, and copyright stamping. You will also learn how SunGard automatically produced interoperability files for the ever-changing COM components. This webcast also describes how SunGard produced publisher policy files that allow the company to patch the minimum number of files in a client installation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284332&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Creating an RSS Reader Using Visual Basic Express (Part 1 of 3): Designing the User Interface (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Tabor, www.LearnVisualStudio.NET

    Learn how to create a Rich Site Summary (RSS) reader using Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express. Part one of this three-part webcast series walks you through the basics of the Visual Basic 2005 Express Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You will learn about the new features of Windows Forms, designer improvements, new controls, how to take advantage of the settings designers, and more. This information will prepare you to create a fully functioning RSS reader.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284351&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Building Mobile Web Sites with ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Andrew Wigley, Principal Technologist, Content Master Ltd

    Developing Web sites that work with mobile devices has become easier with Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, because all server controls are enabled for mobility. However, to achieve the best presentation on small-screen browsers, you must design your pages correctly and customize websites to work with certain devices. In this webcast, we introduce the basics of mobile Web design and show you the best way to achieve good presentation on handheld devices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284276&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introduction to the New Native APIs in Windows Mobile 5.0 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Jim Wilson, President, JW Hedgehog Incorporated

    This webcast provides an introduction to the new native application programming interfaces (APIs) in Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. See demonstrations that walk you through improving on an existing application by making use of these new interfaces. Discover how to use these APIs to simplify your existing code or extend your existing applications to make use of the many new capabilities in Windows Mobile 5.0.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283144&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Practical Migration Considerations: WinDNA and COM to .NET (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Asli Bilgin, .NET Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you have plans to migrate your Component Object Model (COM) and WinDNA architecture to .NET? Learn the architectural considerations for migrating COM-based applications to the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. In this webcast, we explore the various migration strategies, such as vertical and horizontal migrations, as well as provide best practices for choosing a migration strategy. We then drill down into the development process, pointing out tips and tricks for migrating your code to .NET. See the key enhancements and modifications in the .NET Framework 2.0, so you have the right information to make the decision that is best for you.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284379&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Creating an RSS Reader Using Visual Basic Express (Part 2 of 3): Components (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Tabor, www.LearnVisualStudio.NET

    Learn how to create a Rich Site Summary (RSS) reader using Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express. Part two of this three-part webcast series guides you as you code your business logic to pull XML RSS feeds and bind them to the user interface (UI). You will learn about new language and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) features that help simplify your work, including My, generics, and IntelliSense Code Snippets.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284353&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Essential ASP.NET for the Web Developer (Part 14 of 15): Client-Side Features of ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Fritz Onion, Partner, Pluralsight, LLC

    See the new client callback feature built into Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, along with other features that make it easier to integrate client-side script into your rendered pages. In this webcast you will learn how simple it is to add sophisticated client-side JavaScript that retrieves data from the server without performing a POST-back request. Both the TreeView and GridView controls have built-in support for dynamic data population with client callbacks. We discuss how to take advantage of this exciting feature in the existing controls, and show you how to build your own callbacks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278464&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Creating an RSS Reader Using Visual Basic Express (Part 3 of 3): Database Integration (Level 200)

    Friday, November 18, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Tabor, www.LearnVisualStudio.NET

    Learn how to create a Rich Site Summary (RSS) reader using Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express. Part three of this three-part webcast series walks you through the basics of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. You will learn how to create and design a SQL Server Express database using the Visual Basic Express Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You will also learn how the visual designers greatly simplify your work as you write code to bind data to Microsoft Windows controls.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284355&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Working with New Data-Enabled Controls in ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Friday, November 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Thom Robbins, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Data access and data-driven Web pages play a crucial role in most Web applications. Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 reduces the amount of code required to perform common data access tasks by adding several data-enabled controls. In this webcast, we show you how to work with these new controls in your applications, focusing on data retrieval from a variety of sources and formats.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284357&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 2.0 Soup to Nuts: ASP.NET Basics (Level 200)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    William J. Steele, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    The third part of this webcast series discusses the advanced framework provided by the Microsoft.NET Framework. Join us to learn just what ASP.NET is. This webcast explains how ASP.NET is managed by the .NET Framework and provides an overview of the functionality in both Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 and the .NET Framework.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284359&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Foreseeing the Risks Associated with Releasing Software (Level 300)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brendan Murphy, Researcher, Microsoft Corporation

    Although creating failure-free commercial software is a legitimate goal, no development process or language exists at this time to help developers reach it. To move closer to that goal of guaranteed quality, Microsoft analyzed the Microsoft Windows operating system. Based on the results of this analysis, Microsoft developed a model to help predict the risks associated with future releases of Windows products. This webcast reviews the results of the analysis and introduces the risk model. You will learn about the risk model’s limitations and future changes that may be made to it. If you are an experienced developer who is interested in producing quality software, you will not want to miss this webcast.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284278&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Preventing Attacks at the Application Level: Parameter Manipulation and Error Trapping (Level 300)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Dennis Hurst, Sr. Security Engineer, SPI Dynamics

    “Parameter manipulation” is a familiar term to many developers, but few are aware of its exact meaning. This webcast demonstrates the tools and techniques for parameter manipulation and shows how a hacker can use them to exploit a Web application. Learn how to protect your code from these types of attacks using parameter validation methods like data conversion and regular expressions. This webcast also explains how a hacker can gather sensitive data using unhandled exceptions and common elements like error messages. You will learn how to prevent these attacks by appropriately handling errors and disabling default error messages.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284280&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Best Practices for Developing N-Tier Applications (Part 7 of 15) (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Joe Hummel, Associate Professor, Joe Hummel, Inc.

    This is the seventh webcast in our series on Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 desktop application architecture. This webcast outlines best practices for developing N-tier applications, including exception handling, logging, instrumentation and documentation. We look at the Exception Handling, Logging and Instrumentation Application Blocks from the Microsoft patterns & practices team.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032280466&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Using Web Service Enhancements 2.0 for Messaging (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Benjamin Mitchell, Independent Consultant, Microsoft Regional Director - UK, none

    Utilizing messaging systems to support application functionality allows technical solutions to better match business problems. Microsoft Web Service Enhancements (WSE) 2.0 provides messaging implementations that range from low-level explicit messaging to high-level, more transparent models. This webcast demonstrates the various messaging levels within WSE by way of a custom WS-Eventing sample, and shows how message, network addresses, intermediaries, and queues need to become first-class citizens of your application. Learn how messaging allows you to create powerful Web services applications that cross machine and network boundaries.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284283&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: How to Write Microsoft ASP.NET Pages That Use IBM Lotus Domino (Level 400)

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Many developers think that Microsoft ASP.NET pages and the Web capabilities of IBM Lotus Domino are competing technologies. However, by writing ASP.NET pages that use Lotus Domino functionality, you can create a better user experience. This webcast walks you through the steps of writing an ASP page that acts as an interface for Lotus Domino functionality. We will use Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and LotusScript. You can also run the demonstrations yourself if you have Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. The only prerequisite for this webcast is a basic understanding of code.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283987&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 2.0 Soup to Nuts: Developing Your First ASP.NET Web Site (Level 200)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    William J. Steele, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    The fourth webcast of this series gives you an opportunity to apply your learning so far to creating a simple Web site. This webcast demonstrates how to build a Web site without using any additional "tools," then explores the various options for configuring this demonstration Web site. You also learn how Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 handles our application during various stages of its execution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284415&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Presenting Rich Tabular Data with the DataGridView Control (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Noyes, Principal Software Architect, IDesign, Inc.

    The DataGridView control is a powerful new grid control that you can use to present data in Windows Forms applications that are based on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. This control includes new functionality that is not available in the DataGrid from Microsoft .NET Framework 1x. It is also much easier to use for complex data binding scenarios. This webcast compares the feature set of the DataGridView control with that of the existing DataGrid control. Learn how to use the DataGridView control for sample binding scenarios that include elements like unbound columns, virtual mode scrolling, and embedded controls in columns.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284361&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Deploy Smart Client Applications with ClickOnce (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Brian Noyes, Principal Software Architect, IDesign, Inc.

    An organization is more likely to adopt a smart client architecture if it has an easy, flexible way to deploy client applications to a user's desktop. ClickOnce is a new capability in the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 runtime that meets this need: All the user has to do is click on a link to access a client application that runs on a single deployment server. ClickOnce supports many automatic and manual update scenarios and has strong security measures built into it. This webcast shows how you can use ClickOnce to easily deploy and update client applications in a trustworthy and secure manner.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284363&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Going Global Gets Easier with the New Localization Features in ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michele Leroux Bustamante, Principal Software Architect of IDesign, Microsoft Regional Director, BEA Technical Director, IDesign

    The release of Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 promises to improve the way you approach localization. There are now even more localization tools built into the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment, including new runtime capabilities and a rich new programming interface that specifically target localization requirements. This webcast takes you on a tour of the Visual Studio .NET enhancements for localization in ASP.NET. These include strongly typed resources, new declarative and runtime programming paradigms, automatic culture selection, improved design-time support and new deployment options. Learn how to build a localization strategy that includes themes, profiles, and caching. Find out how custom resource providers and localization expressions can be helpful.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284384&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Developing Multithreaded Applications with the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (Level 200)

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

    Maarten Struys, Product Manager, PTS Software

    Find out how to use the multithreading capabilities of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework (CF) 2.0 to create responsive applications that target Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 and Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices. This webcast shows you what you need to know to take advantage of the great support for managed multithreaded applications built into .NET CF 2.0, while avoiding much of the complexity that is often associated with multithreading. Learn step-by-step how to properly create and terminate threads, how to deal with the challenges of updating user interface controls from within worker threads, and which synchronization objects to use at different times.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283146&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Introducing Web Services in SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

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

    Srik Raghavan, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Using Microsoft SQLXML 3.0, developers have been able to expose Microsoft SQL Server data directly as a Web service. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 builds on this functionality by supporting Extensible Markup Language (XML) as a first-class data type. It also provides a new query language for XML documents and allows you to perform in-place modifications. This webcast introduces the new Web service features in SQL Server 2005 and explains how you can use SQL Server with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 as a Web service provider, without having to use Internet Information Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284288&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcasts

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: Design Human Workflow Solutions with BizTalk Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Marty Wasznicky, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to use Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 technologies to design human workflow solutions. Many processes-for example, handling a purchase order or responding to a request for proposal-require human intervention. You can automate them using Human Workflow Services, a standard part of BizTalk Server 2004 that provides a workflow infrastructure built on the BizTalk Server 2004 engine. This webcast discusses the BizTalk Server 2004 workflow infrastructure and examines a loosely coupled design that is used to prototype an online order application for a large utility company.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284450&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: patterns & practices Live! Learn How Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation Will Affect Your Architecture (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ron Jacobs, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    With the beta release of Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation, many architects want to know how this new technology will affect the architecture of service oriented systems. To find out, join this webcast. Windows Workflow Foundation is a programming model, engine, and tool set that can be used to quickly build workflow enabled applications on the Windows platform. It consists of a WinFX namespace, an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283991&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: What's New for Multithreaded Applications in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0? (Level 200)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Maarten Struys, Product Manager, PTS Software

    Version 2.0 of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework offers more functionality out of the box to help you develop managed, multithreaded applications. This webcast examines the differences between version 1.0 and version 2.0 of the .NET Compact Framework with a focus on multithreaded capabilities. Learn how to properly create and terminate threads, use synchronization objects effectively, and update user interface controls asynchronously from inside worker threads. This webcast has many code samples that will give you a head start when you develop multithreaded applications for mobile and embedded devices using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Compact Framework version 2.0.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284312&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: Creating a Shared Technology Vision (Level 300)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Hugh Rashid, CEO/CTO, Xavor Corporation

    Increasing business complexity and rapid industry changes are forcing business and information technology (IT) executives to seek new ways to use technology for strategic innovation and sustainable competitive advantage (top line), rather than just operational efficiency (bottom line). Enterprise architecture provides companies with the innovation and flexibility they need to organize their strategies, processes, and technologies into sets of services. Theoretical frameworks and service-oriented architectures are a key part of this organization process. In this webcast, Hugh Rashid from Xavor Corporation shares an effective and simple approach to bridging the gap between business and IT. Learn how to create shared technology visions that can power the organizations of the 21st century.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284248&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: Authoring Workflows Using Code and Dynamic Update in BizTalk Server (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bernard Pham, PROGRAM MANAGER, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how you can take advantage of the dynamic update feature in Microsoft BizTalk Server to build workflows without a designer, purely by writing Microsoft .NET code. Learn how to modify a workflow after you deploy it or while the instance of that workflow is still running.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284456&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: patterns & patterns Live! How to Discover Your Service Model (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ron Jacobs, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    So you have decided to jump on the bandwagon of service orientation...great! The first question you need ask is perhaps the most difficult one: Which services will I build? To answer it, you must know which services are needed. Tune into this webcast to learn about a simple methodology that you can use to analyze your business processes and discover your service model.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283995&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: patterns & practices Live! Build Solid Web Services with Web Services Baseline Architecture Toolkit (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ron Jacobs, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    There are many ways to build Web services, but until now there has been little guidance on how to create an architecture of the service interface and implementation. This webcast introduces you to the Web Services Baseline Architecture Toolkit. Built with the guidance automation toolkit, it is a new patterns & practices project that can help you save time by automatically generating services that have a solid architecture. The toolkit can also provide a basis for implementing patterns.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283997&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: The Value of Reusable Frameworks (Level 300)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Alfred DePietro, Architect, Avanade

    Frameworks provide the building blocks of component-oriented application development through inheritance, abstract types, interfaces, and design patterns. Microsoft and Avanade have been working together to create the Microsoft patterns & practices Enterprise Library, a set of reusable application blocks designed to help developers with common enterprise development challenges like security, data access, instrumentation, exception handling, and caching. Avanade extended the Enterprise Library with a set of advanced application blocks for implementing aspect-oriented programming and a service-oriented architecture called ACA.NET. This webcast provides an overview of the architecture of the Enterprise Library and ACA.NET.  The design patterns used to implement the application blocks are also discussed.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284250&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Support Webcasts

     

    There are no MSDN Support Webcasts for the month of November.

    Microsoft Office System Webcasts

     

    Microsoft Office System: Tips and Tricks for Legal Assistants: Create Better Word Documents in Less Time (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 01, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert

    The less work you do, the better your results can be. If you want to produce better documents with less work but that sounds too good to be true, you might be pleasantly surprised. This webcast is all about getting documents done with no stress and great results. Learn insightful tips and tricks for the fastest, easiest approach to any document-including techniques for working with key Microsoft Office Word features such as styles, tables, document layout, graphics, and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282711&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Attorneys, Better Serve Your Clients Using OneNote 2003 (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 03, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Scott Rockfeld, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 is the new digital note-taking program that legal professionals can use to capture, organize, access, and share information more effectively. By keeping client notes in one place, lawyers and paralegals can quickly find the information they need, so they can be better prepared for cases and depositions. In the office or in the courtroom, case teams can even collaborate on the same set of notes by using the virtual whiteboarding feature. Join this webcast to learn how OneNote 2003 can help you deliver solutions with increased efficiency and higher client satisfaction.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283685&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Using Mission Control and Microsoft Outlook to Eliminate E-mail Overwhelm (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 08, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Doug Fisher, President, Mission Control

    If you receive more than 20 or 30 emails a day (the United States average is 56, according to a recent Microsoft survey), you are probably experiencing some degree of e-mail overwhelm. In this webcast, learn how Microsoft Office Outlook can help you get relief from the stress of e-mail overwhelm by establishing a new set of protocols and best practices to help you effectively manage your email, instead of allowing it to manage you.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282708&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Increase Collaboration and Efficiency on Your Board of Directors with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Board of Directors (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 08, 200510:00 AM-10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how members of a board of directors or executive board can use Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services to track their tasks, access current information about members, share a calendar, host discussions about key issues, and more. In this webcast, you will also learn how you can tailor this functionality to the needs of your specific organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283838&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Capture and Share Information Using Microsoft Office OneNote (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 09, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Scott Rockfeld, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Whether they are collaborating in meetings or working individually at their desks, employees at companies of all sizes are deluged with ideas and information that they must retain and make sense of later. Let Work Essentials show you how you can use Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 to capture, organize, use, and share information more effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283869&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Advanced Tips and Tricks for Legal Assistants: Better Legal Word Documents in Less Time (Level 300)

    Thursday, November 10, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert

    As a legal professional, you work with unique and complex documents. You might be surprised to learn that the less work you do, the better your results can be. Microsoft Office Word offers many options for accomplishing most tasks, but there usually is a best approach. This webcast provides tips and tricks to help you find the fastest, easiest solutions for a variety of complex legal documents like pleadings and offering memos. Discover techniques for working with key document elements such as styles, tables, graphics, and outline numbering. You can spend less time in Word and get better results.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282706&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Manage Your Case Loads and Client Information More Effectively with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Case Work Management (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 10, 200510:00 AM-10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    View this webcast to learn how case workers such as social workers in your organization can use Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services to manage their case loads and client information. You will learn how all case workers can go to one source to access, update, and store the information they need. You will also learn how you can tailor this functionality to the needs of your specific organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283840&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: A Prescription for Success: Streamlining the Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials Process (Level 100)

    Monday, November 14, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Rob O'Dell, Solution Director, Immedient Business Solutions from INS

    Streamlining the clinical trials process is a constant challenge and the stakes are high. Each day a trial is delayed can cost a million or more dollars in lost market opportunity. Immedient's Collaborative Product Development solution leverages Microsoft Office Project Server to provide a powerful enterprise schedule and resource management system. The result is improved collaboration between all the departments involved in your clinical trials process. Join this webcast to discover how to better collaborate and gain visibility into activities that optimize the clinical trials process. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free Collaborative Product Development needs assessment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283741&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Manage Change with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Change Management (Level 100)

    Monday, November 14, 200510:00 AM-10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jason Bunge, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    View this webcast to learn how Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services provides a platform that can help you manage the change order process of a professional services project. The webcast describes how you can track changes and document both the reasoning that led to them and their effects. You will also learn how you can tailor this functionality to the needs of your specific organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283867&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Increasing Project Team Productivity Using Mission Control and SharePoint Portal Server (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 15, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Stuhlmuller, Executive Vice President, Mission Control

    Do you lead project teams or manage people in your profession? Would you like to increase the productivity of your employees or teams? Find out more by attending this webcast. Learn how to apply the tools and practices of Mission Control and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server to enable people on your teams to operate at their peak performance, moving projects forward independently, and applying their talents in new and creative ways.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282702&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Quick and Customizable Reports with Microsoft Office Project 2003 (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 15, 200510:00 AM-11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Robert Happy, BBA, Senior Consultant/Partner, Project Management Practice Inc

    Project managers may spend up to 90 percent of their time communicating to team members, senior management, and customers. Microsoft Office Project 2003 streamlines this communication by offering a variety of views and reports that can be customized to meet each stakeholders unique requirements. This webcast addresses how Project enables you to create pre-defined views, tables, filters, and reports for presentation in Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint. Join us as we walk through a step-by-step guide to creating pre-defined and custom reports. Qualified attendees are eligible to receive a free project management health assessment. Templates are available to all attendees.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283736&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Supercharge Your Live Meetings with Insider Tips and Tricks (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 16, 20059:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Evan Archilla, Consultant, Projectline Services

    You and your employees can participate in interactive meetings from locations around the world with remote teams, prospects, customers, partners, colleagues, and global audiences—in real time and at a moments notice—thanks to the Microsoft Office Live Meeting Web conferencing service. With everyone participating from their desktops, teams can swap ideas, share information, mark up files, collaborate with whiteboards, or negotiate deals, all at a fraction of the cost of travel. Join us for this informative webcast and learn how you can help shorten sales cycles, increase productivity and improve the bottom line with Live Meeting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032278888&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Office System: Secure Your Legal Documents: Tips and Tricks for Managing Hidden Content in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (Level 300)

    Thursday, November 17, 20059:00 AM-10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert

    The topic of hidden data in documents (often referred to as metadata) has become so popular that there is almost no end to conflicting information on the subject. It can be hard to know where to begin when trying to protect the private content in your files. Join this webcast to get the straight scoop on what document metadata is and what it is not. Learn what types of hidden content can exist in your Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files including what you can do about it. The good news is that you can remove most hidden data from your Microsoft Office 2003 files yourself, using nothing but the Office programs.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282716&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions Webcasts

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: New Features in SQL Option for Navision 4.0 Service Pack 1 (Level 200)

    Monday, November 07, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Robert Miller, Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast discusses the improvements that are available with the recently released Microsoft Business Solutions—Navision 4.0 Service Pack 1 while using the Microsoft SQL Server Option. Join us for this free webcast and learn how you can surgically improve your database performance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282259&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: Using Business Intelligence to Gain an Advantage (Level 200)

    Monday, November 07, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Katherine Cxypoliski, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    The people in your organization have access to volumes of information that was once unimaginable. Success or failure can hinge on whether or not people can use this information to make wise decisions quickly. But without the ability to make sense of information, a knowledge gap exists, and the best anyone can do is guess or follow a hunch. Business intelligence helps you decipher and extract meaning from data so you can make informed decisions. Be sure to watch this webcast if your company accumulates customer information, transaction data, revenue and margin numbers, sales performance reports, and other business data.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282719&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: Learn What's New in Microsoft Business Solutions—Navision 4.0 Service Pack 1 (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Sherril McLeod, US-SST - MBS, Microsoft Corporation

    Expand your freedom to focus on your business and increase productivity through the new features in Service Pack 1 (SP1) of Microsoft Business Solutions—Navision 4.0. This webcast provides an overview of the new features and enhancements in Navision 4.0 SP1 that can help you improve quality and streamline processes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283876&Culture=en-US

     

    Microsoft Business Solutions Webcast: Introduction to Navision 4.0 SP1 Employee Portal and SharePoint Portal 3.0 (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Marc Palo, US-West Region Technical Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    A key component of the new Microsoft Business Solutions-Navision 4.0 service pack release is the new Microsoft Navision Employee Portal, a cost-efficient intranet solution that makes it easy for a company's employees to work with critical business information on the company intranet. Employees use Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server to access real-time business information directly from Microsoft Business Solutions-Navision 4.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This is integrated innovation at its best, and another great example of how Navision 4.0 SP1 works together with Microsoft products and technologies to help customers and partners around the globe realize full potential. Additionally, this new service pack offers a range of other time-saving cost evaluation and planning improvements.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281978&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Microsoft Small Business Webcasts

     

    Small Business Webcast: Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 Overview for Accounting Firm Professionals (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Lewis, Senior Marketing Manager, Accountant Relations for Microsoft’s U.S. Small Business group, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are an accountant in public practice, this webcast will tell you how you can better manage the finances of your small business clients by using Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006. Designed for businesses with fewer than 25 employees who use Microsoft Office 2003, this product offers built-in integration with Office 2003. The webcast walks you through the features that Small Business Accounting 2006 offers for financial data analysis, including forecasting tools and reports that you can customize.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284099&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Market Your Business on a Budget with Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacific Time

    Greg Randall, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how you can meet the challenge of marketing your small business on a budget by using the familiar, user friendly software in Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003. Learn how you and your employees can manage sales opportunities more effectively, create impressive sales and marketing materials in-house, manage e-mail messages, and share information more efficiently. The Small Business Edition contains five applications: Microsoft Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager, and Publisher 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284110&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Take the "Work" Out of Teamwork with Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

    Darin Browning, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Tired of trying to figure out whether you are working on the latest version of a document? This webcast will explain how you can avoid duplicating effort and work smarter with Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. Now you can track the changes to a document and see who made them. Learn how Word 2003 and SharePoint Services keep documents organized so that you can concentrate on growing your business.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284113&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Get Ready for the Future with Small Business Server 2003 (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Pacific Time

    Carl Preston, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    A majority of small businesses have limited information technology resources, employees, and time. This webcast explains how Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 can help you to stay connected, enhance security, and improve productivity. Have confidence that your data is secure, untap new productivity from your desktops, empower your employees to do more, and connect to your customers like never before.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284123&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Get Started with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Pacific Time

    Carl Preston, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast introduces you to Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003. Learn why this product is a complete business server solution and how to get started with it. Your questions will be answered by experts on Microsoft solutions for small businesses.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284126&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Learn why Microsoft Small Business Financials Is an Affordable, Flexible, and Reliable Accounting Solution (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Greg Randall, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    If your business requires accounting software that goes beyond the basics, this webcast explains how Microsoft Business Solutions—Small Business Financials North America Edition can meet that need. With sales, purchasing, inventory, payroll, and reporting functionality, this software can help your business excel in the areas of e-commerce, financial management, and supply-chain management. You will learn why Small Business Financials provides an affordable, flexible, and reliable accounting solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284155&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 Overview for Accounting Firm Professionals (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Bob Lewis, Senior Marketing Manager, Accountant Relations for Microsoft’s U.S. Small Business group, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are an accountant in public practice, this webcast will tell you how you can better manage the finances of your small business clients by using Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006. Designed for businesses with fewer than 25 employees who use Microsoft Office 2003, this product offers built-in integration with Office 2003. The webcast walks you through the features that Small Business Accounting 2006 offers for financial data analysis, including forecasting tools and reports that you can customize.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284106&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Work More Efficiently with Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

    Lara Pryor, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Save time by using Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 to quickly store and retrieve your sales and marketing information. This webcast will teach you how to organize your sales and marketing materials in OneNote 2003 and quickly retrieve information about past sales campaigns that can help you plan for the future.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284117&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Take Your Business to a New Level with Small Business Server 2003 (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Pacific Time

    Neketa Argrow, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    If you are a small business owner or manager who wants to take your business to the next level, this webcast is for you. Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 is an integrated solution that helps smaller businesses operate like larger companies through powerful yet easy-to-use applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server. Learn how Small Business Server can help your employees collaborate through your own internal Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services intranet site and provide your business with the security and reliability of Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282360&Culture=en-US

     

    Small Business Webcast: Develop Your Direct Marketing Campaign with Office Small Business Edition (Level 100)

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacific Time

    Carl Preston, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003 gives you an easy way to market your business. This informative webcast shows you how to use tools like Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 templates and Microsoft Office Word 2003 mail merge to create your own direct marketing materials.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282353&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcasts

     

    Momentum Webcast: Align Your Projects with Your Priorities Using Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management Solution (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Berg, solutions specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Many organizations struggle to get a full return on their investment in projects. Communicating the status of projects and allocating resources effectively can be a challenge. This webcast explores how the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution can help you to meet that challenge. You will learn about the tools in EPM that you can use to align projects and information technology spending with organizational priorities. You will also learn how EPM can free up project teams to do high value work by automating administrative tasks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283977&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Lean Manufacturing for High Tech Manufacturers (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Marc Puich,Ken Mapes and Melissa Paulik

    Learn key lean manufacturing techniques that can significantly improve your business and profitability. Traditional lean tools have already penetrated many companies in the industry. This webcast highlights ways to extend this success beyond the four walls and drive transformational improvement throughout the supply chain. We begin with a look at how the lean journey begins, and identify key obstacles to the success of lean programs as well as competitive challenges that lean can address. Hear about other industries where lean principles have been applied successfully, and gain insights into how you can eliminate waste, reduce unutilized inventory, decrease order-to-delivery time and improve supply chain execution in your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283796&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Secure Your Exchange 2003 Server with ISA Server 2004 and Antigen (Level 200)

    Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Tim Armstrong, Technology Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 and Sybari Antigen to protect your servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 from a variety of externally based attacks. You will learn about best practices for the most common deployment scenarios from product managers on the ISA Server and Antigen teams. The speakers will emphasize configuring and tuning both products. If you are a technical professional or an executive who has a basic understanding of ISA Server 2004 and Antigen, this webcast can help you take your knowledge to the next level.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283980&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Techniques for Effective Selling in Today's Business Climate (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael J. Nick, Megan Brown-Stocker and Bob Kantin

    In recent years, organizations have found that their sales forces have not delivered the results they have expected. Closing profitable sales has become more challenging while the performance of even top sales professionals has deteriorated. The days of the mid-to-late 90s, when selling was much easier and sales cycles were much shorter, are gone and are unlikely to return. This webcast shows you how to equip sales professionals with consultative selling strategies that can help make them more effective in the current sales climate.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284334&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Microsoft Volume Licensing Basics and the Value of Software Assurance (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Lorie Adolf, Licensing Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains the key benefits of the Microsoft Volume Licensing program and provides you with the information you need to determine the most effective purchasing options for your organization. Learn how adding Microsoft Software Assurance to your license purchases can give your organization automatic access to new technology and the support, tools, and training to help deploy and use it more efficiently. A part of the webcast is devoted to answering your questions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284336&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Using Customer Relationship Management to Build a Top-Notch International Partner Network (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Beach and Michael Belongie

    Some of the most successful organizations surpass their competition by more effectively managing their relationships with prospects, customers, partners, and vendors. In this customer-led webcast, presenters from Compellent Technologies explain how they are landing the best resellers in their industry by delivering world-class business tools to their channel partners. Global selling, marketing, and servicing involve many business partners, consultants, and the Web. Compellent uses a combination of Axonom Powertrak and Microsoft CRM. Together, they provide a complete solution that can help multi-channel companies to increase customer loyalty by responding to customers faster, improving order accuracy, and getting rid of paperwork.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284338&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Control Costs and Optimize Your IT Environment with an HP BladeSystem Solution (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Al Jimenez, Sr. Engineering Manager, HP Solutions Alliances, Hewlett Packard

    Join this webcast to learn how Microsoft Windows-based blade servers can help your business simplify its information technology (IT) infrastructure. You will gain insights into why blade servers help to control IT costs through a unique combination of benefits that rack-based systems simply cannot match The adoption scenarios presented in this webcast will help you to determine whether blade servers are right for your business.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284036&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Take Advantage of New Enhancements for Mobile Devices in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 100)

    Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Smith, solutions specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Does your business have all the advantages of secure, flexible, and affordable mobile access? This webcast describes the mobility enhancements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 that connect users to e-mail and other data from a range of mobile devices. Learn how your business can take advantage of new functionality such as the Always-up-to-date Notification feature, PIN lock settings, the ability to wipe a mobile device clean from a remote location, the ability to configure soft certificates to access Exchange, and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284046&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Meet Your Business Needs More Efficiently with Microsoft Employee Self-Service Portals (Level 100)

    Monday, November 21, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Tim Armstrong, Technology Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are your employees able to meet your business needs efficiently by sharing information with partners and customers? Join this webcast to find out how your employees can use a self-service portal that is based on Microsoft collaboration tools and technologies to be more versatile and cost-effective in meeting your business needs. Employee self-service portals support a wide range of strategic and tactical business goals, such as making better use of corporate information, increasing collaboration, and streamlining business processes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284061&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Build for the Future with Microsoft Software Asset Management (Level 100)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Cory Lane, SAM Sales Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Because more and more companies are starting to view their technology as an investment, Software Asset Management (SAM) is becoming an important concept in the business world. Organizations are now looking for new ways to optimize their software assets, better secure their infrastructures, and build for the future. This webcast explains how the Microsoft SAM program can help you put the people, processes, and technology in place to effectively manage your organization's software assets.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284064&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Choosing High Performance Storage Options for Exchange Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Evan Morris, Senior systems Engineer - HP Microsoft Solutions Alliance Engineering, HP

    This webcast provides an overview of storage options for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, including storage area networks (SANs), network attached storage (NAS), and Internet Small Computer System Interfaces (iSCSIs). Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the SAN, NAS, and iSCSI storage types, and gain insight into the different options that you can choose to configure a high performance Exchange environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284066&Culture=en-US

     

    Momentum Webcast: Debunking the Top 10 Myths of Small Business Server in Larger Environments (Level 100)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Ron Grattopp, Winni Verhoef and Guy Haycock

    Find out why Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 is perfect for larger businesses with less than 75 users. This webcast examines and debunks some of the common myths regarding the reliability and scalability of Small Business Server environments. We discuss scenarios that use SBS 2003 for the most complex server workloads such as multi-server environments, line of business applications, and Terminal Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284430&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Security Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implements Encryption Using SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Devendra Tiwari, Microsoft Technology Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    With rising incidences of spyware, phishing, worms, viruses and hacker attacks, securing your data is becoming more challenging and more critical. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a high level of security for enterprise data. Join this webcast to learn how Microsoft uses the security enhancements in SQL Server 2005, which include database encryption column-level encryption capability, built-in encryption functions and application programming interfaces that store information securely within a database, secure default settings, password policy enforcement, fine-grained permissions control, and an enhanced security model.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52381

     

    MSDN Webcast: Essentials of Application Security (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ron Cundiff, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Do all your secure communication channels require authentication? Is the authentication method in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) providing you with the security you need? This webcast is the second of a three-part series about the importance of application security and its best practices and guidelines. Part two specifically addresses authentication in the context of secure application development. After an overview of the costs of inadequate security and the benefits of developing secure applications, we concentrate on authentication as part of a larger security solution, examining specific authentication techniques and best practices in IIS.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284304&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Implementing Application Security Using the .NET Framework (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ron Cundiff, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast is part two of a three-part series for experienced developers. This series explains how to implement additional security features to help protect applications that are built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. This webcast describes how security features are integrated into the .NET Framework. You will learn how to use both code access security and role-based security to limit vulnerabilities. You will also learn how to use the cryptographic provider support in the .NET Framework to encrypt and sign data. How to secure Web applications and Web services that are built by using ASP.NET is also explained. In conclusion, you will learn a few tips for writing secure code with the .NET Framework.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284386&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 6 of 18): Public Key Infrastructure (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Your need to be able to secure and guarantee identity is mission critical, and it is complicated by your need to provide secure access to appropriate information users. Additionally, your information technology infrastructure faces ever-growing and ever-changing malicious attacks and vectors of attack. This webcast is the first of five consecutive webcasts in our series that addresses network security issues. This first session covers Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), starting with a look at how PKI can address identity security issues. We discuss design points, multi-tier certificate implementations and how certification authority hierarchies work, including roles, managing and deploying certificates.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282156&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Configuring Exchange and VPN Connectivity Using ISA Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast shows how you can use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 to give users and partners access to e-mail and other resources while helping to secure your network. Learn how to publish resources such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 for Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, Microsoft Outlook clients, and Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) servers. We also show how to use ISA Server 2004 to create secure virtual private network (VPN) connections, enable and configure VPN for roaming clients, configure VPN Quarantine Control, and create a site-to-site VPN connection between a central office and a remote branch office.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284295&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Implementing Security at Design Time (Level 200)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Joe Stagner, MSDN Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast introduces how applications are compromised and helps you get inside the head of the attacker. In order to defend against attacks you must understand how, and why, they take place. After you understand the enemy, you can design security into your application and prevent mistakes from being exploited by using a security principle called defense in depth.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284320&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 7 of 18): Server and Network Security Configurations (Level 300)

    Friday, November 04, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast continues our discussion of network security topics with a look at how to secure the network with a look at Microsoft Windows Server 2003 IPSec and securing wireless networks with certificates and keys. The presentation also covers Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Security Configuration Wizard network isolation and server hardening.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282167&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Business Solutions Based on SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast takes an in-depth approach to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 from a security perspective, including topics such as security components, surface area configuration, password policies, agent proxies and other security enhancements. If SQL Server databases provide the foundation for your business solutions, it is critical to build the most solid base possible. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 enhances security, reliability, and performance to give your business a solid, dependable foundation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284134&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 8 of 18): Network Defense Using ISA 2004 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Any organization needs to protect its servers and company information from unauthorized access or attack. This webcast shows how to protect a network from external threats and attacks. The first step is to install a firewall and then configure it to allow trusted parties and applications through, while maintaining the highest available level of protection. This webcast shows specifically how to use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server. We discuss different firewall configurations, when to choose which configuration, methods for deploying ISA Server, and how to allow access to certain applications such as the Web and virtual private network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282171&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Your Mission Critical Systems with ISA Server 2004 and Antigen for SMTP Gateways (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Joe Licari, Director of Product Management, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn how Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 and Sybari Antigen for SMTP Gateways can protect your network perimeter and e-mail infrastructure from external threats. This webcast features a case study of how Avanade secures mission critical systems by using both ISA Server 2004 and Antigen for SMTP Gateways. It also gives an overview of the application layer firewall in ISA Server 2004 and the antivirus features of Antigen.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283942&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Christopher Budd, CISA, CISM, CISSP, ISSMP Security Program Manager, PSS Security, Microsoft Corporation

    Stephen Toulouse, Security Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    On November 8th, Microsoft will release its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the November 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 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=1032283901&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 9 of 18): Securing the Exchange Environment (Level 300)

    Friday, November 11, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    E-mail servers are the primary conduit for viruses entering information technology environments. Large quantities of spam can devour server space and network bandwidth through sheer volume. This webcast presents features and techniques that can help the Microsoft Exchange Server environment achieve strong, layered security. The first topic is the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer. We examine how this tool sets the baseline for the Exchange environment. The Best Practices Analyzer is crucial because ignoring the best practices for Exchange might negate any other practices used to secure Exchange. Next we examine how to secure Exchange, using the server hardening guidance for Exchange, integration with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Public Key Infrastructure environment, certificates, digital signatures and client protection.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282185&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Protecting Your XML-Based Data with XML Encryption (Level 300)

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

    Joe Stagner, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    As XML becomes ubiquitous, data security in XML documents becomes mission critical. Join us for this webcast and find out what you need to know about securing XML data. During this session we tour the options for securing XML data for storage and transport. We evaluate sample threat modeling for XML-centric applications and then investigate XML Encryption, XML Digital signature, XML Authentication and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032279469&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Microsoft ASP.NET and Web Services Security (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Alex Reich,

    Helping to protect Web sites against unauthorized access is a critical, complex issue for Web developers. This webcast aims to answer your questions about security and Microsoft ASP.NET. Topics include Forms authentication; Windows authentication, and Microsoft Passport authentication. Learn how to use Microsoft Internet Information Services to authenticate the user in ASP.NET. The differences between Microsoft Windows 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 in terms of how each operating system approaches ASP.NET security will also be discussed, along with authentication versus authorization issues.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284306&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 10 of 18): Sybari Antigen Overview (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast looks at how the Sybari products can be used to provide extra security for Microsoft messaging environments. See how Sybari products mitigate the issues that unwanted or malicious messages can cause.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282345&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 7 of 14): Server Security (Level 200)

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Server security is a discipline all its own, and any information technology professional needs a strong working knowledge of the issues and methods of securing servers. This webcast covers a variety of topics about server side-Security, starting with Microsoft Exchange Server and firewalls, and what ports are used and need to be configured. The webcast then discusses mailbox security-block lists and connection filtering, Sender and Recipient filters and the Intelligent Message Filter. The webcast concludes with a look at digital signatures and encryption features in Exchange, including both a brief description of them and a demonstration of how to configure them on the server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281720&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Using Secure Coding Best Practices (Level 200)

    Friday, November 18, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Joe Stagner, MSDN Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Help protect your applications against the most common attacks by learning how to code defensively. Any user input might be malicious, and your application must carefully examine it and accept only valid requests. This webcast explains how write code that is ready when attackers intentionally submit invalid data. When that happens, the application should display friendly error messages to end users, including the attackers, without revealing information about itself or the server. Join this webcast to learn the best practices that you can use now.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284326&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 11 of 18): Secure Data Access with SQL (Level 300)

    Friday, November 18, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Given the huge amounts of important data stored in databases, keeping data safe and secure is a major challenge for information technology departments. One layer of data safety is achieved with a good backup and recovery plan, but how do you keep the data safe and secure as it travels across the network between the database server and the clients or to other databases in a replication topology? How do you secure the server itself to ensure only authorized access? This webcast addresses these questions and shows you how to secure data and its transmission using Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282187&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Security Enhancements (Level 200)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Knight, SQL Server MVP, MCSE, MCDBA and Co-Founder of, SQLServerCentral.com

    With the recent release of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, the steps you must take to protect your database environment have changed significantly. In this webcast, we explore the many security enhancements in SQL Server 2005 that you can use to protect your environment against the latest hacks and attacks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284145&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Preventing Attacks at the Application Level: Misconfigurations and Administrative Errors (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Dennis Hurst, Sr. Security Engineer, SPI Dynamics

    This webcast explains how an application that you might think is secure can still be exploited due to production problems like misconfigurations and administrative errors. You will learn how to test a Web-based application for critical security defects and view demonstrations of how to edit Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) query string data, power-on self test data, HTTP headers, and HTTP cookies. In addition, this webcast presents real-life examples of Web applications that were exploited due to production problems. Attendees will receive an outline of best practices for configuring and managing Web applications.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284310&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Preventing Attacks at the Application Level: Phishing and Session Hijacking (Level 300)

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Dennis Hurst, Sr. Security Engineer, SPI Dynamics

    This webcast provides an in-depth look at a variety of techniques that hackers use to steal customers’ identities. You will learn about several methods that hackers use to hijack sessions, including cross-site scripting and token prediction. This webcast also includes current methods that hackers use to carry out phishing attacks, techniques you can use to prevent them, and how to respond to an ongoing phishing attack.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284314&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Writing Secure Code (Part 2 of 3): Threat Defense (Level 200)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Ron Cundiff, Developer Community Champion, Microsoft Corporation

    Does user input help you to build your Microsoft SQL Server statements? If so, you may be a victim of SQL injection. This is just one of the many items we will discuss in part two of this three-part series. In this webcast, you will learn established best practices for applying security principles throughout the development process. Join us to learn effective strategies for defending common security threats such as buffer overruns, cross-site scripting, SQL injection, and denial of service attacks.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284316&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Webcast: Building Secure and Interoperable Web Services with WSE (Level 300)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michele Leroux Bustamante, Principal Software Architect of IDesign, Microsoft Regional Director, BEA Technical Director, IDesign

    Web Services Enhancements (WSE) is an extension of the Microsoft .NET Framework that enables interoperable messaging with other platforms. Although tools like WSE promise to eventually remove the need to know any of the WS* Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards, implementing these standards today remains a challenge to developers who are less familiar with XML. This webcast explains how to secure Web services using WSE and work with the WSE wizard. You will also learn how to modify defaults to interoperate correctly with third-party Java development platforms like WebLogic from BEA. This webcast offers you a well-rounded overview of the tools that are currently available for securing Web services the interoperable way.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284344&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Exchange Servers Against External Threats with Antigen (Level 200)

    Monday, November 28, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Eicher, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to use Antigen antivirus to protect your Microsoft Exchange 2003 Servers against external viruses, worms, and spam. This webcast covers Antigen's multiple engine scanning methodology for identifying the latest virus and worm threats, its combination of anti-spam filtering techniques, as well as updating, configuration, and management capabilities that can help stop threats before they reach critical systems. This webcast is intended for information technology professionals who have a surface-level understanding of Antigen antivirus and anti-spam, and who are interested in expanding their technical knowledge.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283946&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Inside Application Layer Filtering (Level 300)

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Thomas W. Shinder, M.D., ISA Server MVP, TACteam

    How safe is your firewall? Buffer overruns, mail viruses, and other attacks penetrate many corporate firewalls and use protocols such as HTTP, SMTP and FTP to defeat port-based rules and pass attacks inside data streams. This webcast shows how Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 features such as URL filtration, pre-authentication, syntax checking, and intelligent content inspection help deliver a high-degree of protection through application awareness. Understand the SMTP filter model and the HTTP filtering engine, and see how these integrate with Internet Information Services 6.0, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service to help form a well-defined defensive strategy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283954&Culture=en-US

     

     

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  • The Week In Dallas

    MSBlackLogo  Yep.  I’m coming to you right now via text at several thousand feet up in the sky, on my way to Dallas, TX.  There, in the Las Colinas office of Microsoft, building 1, we’re holding a week of team meetings and training. 

    Should be fun.  I get to meet my new boss for the first time.  Also my new boss’s boss’s boss.  And my new boss’s boss’s boss’s boss.  Seriously… I’m not making this up.

    (I’d include links to them above if I knew what their blog addresses were – or if they have them.) 

    I’m also currently typing this message into BlogJet, installed on Windows Vista (build 5238).  I wonder if people around me are seeing some cool stuff for the first time.  (I’m being careful not to open anything TOO new around here. They’re all sleeping near me anyway.  <heh>)  Or perhaps they think I’m using a Mac.  

    I’m probably the least Mac-experienced person around.  I used one once… but was frustrated trying to figure out how to get the stupid floppy disk out.  For all I know that disk is still stuck in there.  And so I don’t know what it is about the new AERO (Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, Open) user interface that has people exclaim, “Oh… wow.. it looks more like a Mac now.”  Just shut up.

    So anyway.. I get into DFW at around 10:00AM CDT.  I tried to get to town early enough to go golfing with some teammates, but they decided to do a 7AM tee time.  <sigh>  So I guess I’ll be heading for the hotel early.  Hopefully they’ll have a room ready, and I can plug in and get some work done (the date of this posting should be an indication of what time I finally got connected). 

    Happy landings!

     PS – If you attended one of my TechNet Events in Chattanooga or Knoxville, keep watching this space.  I haven’t forgotten your questions, and will have the answers here soon.  Sorry for the delay!

  • WSUS Configuration Questions

    Happy WSUS User

    Doesn’t this guy look happy?  He’s found WSUS!

    I had a couple of really good WSUS questions in email recently, and I wanted to share them with you here.

    Dan P. writes:

    I am interested in chaining WSUS servers and have tried in a lab environment, but wasn't sure if correctly. Can you answer me this? Will the downstream WSUS server receive all downloads and metadata from the upstream WSUS, or only those updates approved by the primary WSUS? Can the downstream WSUS therefore only distribute or approve the already approved updates of say WSUS01, the update location.”

    Well, I have found some documents that may help you (if you haven't seen them already):

    This one is on "Choosing a Deployment Type":
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/WSUS/WSUSDeploymentGuideTC/ccf5da8c-62c3-4dfd-a5a4-b4da50f0b2ff.mspx

    The way I see it, there are two issues: Setting up the Chain (which is simply a transport for ALL update metadata - not any information about the approval information) and the "Management Style". 

    Here's a document on the why's and how's of "Choosing a Management Style":
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/WSUS/WSUSDeploymentGuideTC/ccf5da8c-62c3-4dfd-a5a4-b4da50f0b2ff.mspx

    So your choices are to create "Replica" WSUS Servers (Centralized Management), or "Autonomous" ones (Distributed Management).  Autonomous servers still get the updates and update metadata from the upstream servers, but they do not get any approvals forced down to them.  Replicas also receive the approval information.

    As to the issue of when the updates are actually transported down the chain, you could use the "Deferred Download of Updates" option.  In that case, only approved updates would then be downloaded and transported down the stream (in the Centralized Management Scenario).

    Here is the WSUS Deployment Guide:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E99C9D13-63E0-41CE-A646-EB36F1D3E987&displaylang=en

    And the Operations Guide:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E26BCDB4-EF0B-4399-8A71-9B3B00C4F4CD&displaylang=en

    Hope you find this useful, Dan!

  • "Windows Vista Reduces the PAIN of Update Management"? I'm not gonna wait for Windows Vista!

    Vista Update Management ProcessI was browsing the TechNet web site for solutions to a couple of great WSUS questions I received in e-mail, when a search result caught my eye:

    End to End Update Management – How Windows Vista Reduces the Pain of Update Management

    Here’s the paper’s “executive summary”:

    “This white paper describes how the Microsoft Windows operating system Windows Vista improves the update management experience for both information technology (IT) professionals and end users. The Microsoft four-phase update cycle highlights the changes in the end-to-end update experience of IT professionals. The paper also addresses the changes to the end-user experience resulting from the new Microsoft Update (MU), Microsoft Windows Update Agent (WUA), the new version of Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), and the reduction in reboots required when updating the Windows Vista client.”

    My take on the paper:

    It lays out quite nicely the goals of improving the update experience, for end-users and IT Pros alike.  Easy assessment and detection tools.  Smaller updates.  Quicker transfers.  Fewer reboots.  Overall – less disruption.  The article is worth the read if only to understand that Microsoft is trying to make the process better, and has the tools for you to do it.

    “Wow.. I can hardly wait to get my hands on this stuff, Kevin.  Do I have to wait for Windows Vista to improve our Update Process?”

    Emphatically – NO! 

    Okay… I have to say I’m a bit dissappointed at the way this article mixes how much better it will be when Windows Vista ships.. and “blah blah blah in the Windows Vista timeframe blah blah”, with the technologies and tools that are already available

    Many of the technologies and improvements that the article describes are available NOWMicrosoft Update is HERE!  And WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) gives you the flexibility and power as the article describes, TODAY!  Please don’t wait for Windows Vista.  Read the article and investigate these great resources if you haven’t done so already.

    “There’s got to be something new in there, though, right?”

    Yes, there are a couple of great tidbits.  For example – Windows Vista is a single binary (hardware and language independent), which means you have fewer images to patch, so less time patching and testing prior to rolling patches out.  New technology supporting fewer reboots is hinted at.  The Windows Update Agent (WUA) is going to be a standalone application, for a “more consistent and reliable end-user experience”.  BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) is improved to resume downloads based on state that now carries over even after a reboot or disconnect, and Windows Vista will include a download manager that can help you manage current download jobs. 

    My favorite new feature is going to be WIM (Windows IMages), which is a disk image format that can be patched directly.  Yep.. you heard me… you’ll be able to have images of installed Operating Systems that you can patch directly into… so your distributable images will be kept up-to-date without having to build a machine, patch it, and re-capture the image.  That’s HUGE!  (And it’s just a small taste of what WIM will be able to do.)

    So… read the article with the understanding that a lot of what it talks about is already here, and that things are definitely going to get even better!

    And the disclaimer at the end of the article applies to my posting as well:
    “Note: Features discussed on this site are subject to change. Some may not be included in the final product due to marketing, technical, or other reasons.”

  • It's Tuesday! It's PATCHday!

    Patches to Download

    Yep… today is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, which means that when they are available, new updates and security patches go live.  And today there are a couple moderate, several important, and even a few CRITICAL updates now available to download, test, and install.

    More information here.

    There is also an updated Malicous Software Removal tool.

    There are NO “high-priority, NON-security updates”. 

     

  • Bill Steele is Hung!

    Hmm… maybe I should clarify…

    Bill Steele shared with our team a very interesting situation he ran across while installing Office 2003 on a rebuild of his Tablet PC.

    Let’s all play “SPOT THE IRONY”!

    Hang Reporting

  • Security Announcements from Steve Balmer and Microsoft

    Mr. CEOSteve made some big announcements the other day about future product lines and services all around security – how Microsoft is going to take some of the security technologies recently purchased and developed (okay.. purchased) and roll them out in the coming months.

    Good stuff!

    Here’s the Press Pass article all about it.

  • My Exchange SP2 Slide Deck

    Exchange SP2

    As promised to the attendees of my Exchange Server 2003 SP2 talk I gave at the HP Exchange Academy yesterday, here is the slide deck:

    File Attachment: 20051005 Exchange SP2 Talk (cleaned).ppt (3842 KB)

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Webcast Series

    Windows Server 2003 R2 Webcast Series – Extend Connectivity and Control in Your Environment

    Did you know that there is a new version of Windows Server 2003 coming?  Did you know there are new features coming in Windows Server 2003 that will help you extend your connectivity and control your management costs?  Windows Server 2003 R2 is almost here.  In this webcast series for IT professionals, Microsoft subject matter experts walk through the new R2 enhancements.  For details and to register, visit the webcast series website.

    The sessions include:

    Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2

    Take a tour of the new Windows Server 2003 R2 software, covering the Windows Server release cycle, product roadmap, and business benefits of Windows Server 2003 R2. The discussion includes a look at the new Windows Server 2003 R2 scenarios: branch management, identity access and management, and storage management.

     

    Windows Server 2003 R2 End-to-End (level 200)

    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.

     

    Web Single Sign-On and Identity Federation with Active Directory Federation Services (level 200)

    Attend this session to get an overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Active Directory Federation Services, a component that enables Extranet Single Sign-On (SSO) and Identity Federation.

     

    Branch Office Benefits in Windows Server 2003 R2 (level 250)

    Learn how technologies such as the Distributed File System and Print Management Console enable efficient Wide Area Network file replication and enhanced remote management.

     

    Efficient Storage Management in Windows Server 2003 R2 (level 200)

    Join this session to explore new tools that simplify many of the tasks necessary to set up an efficient storage environment for the Windows platform.

  • Lord of the Halo Rings

    Halo 2

    Excellent!

    Peter Jackson, the producer/director behind the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has agreed to be the executive producer of the new “Halo” film, based on the game of the same name.

    Here’s the story at MSNBC.

    Hmmm…. I wonder…

    • Will it be “Halo 2” right away?  Will they then have to make a pre-quel at some later date? 
    • Don’t those Covenant fighters look suspiciously like orcs?
    • Since when did Master Chief start carrying that big staff? 
  • New and Improved IP Stack in Windows Vista

    Cableguy

     

    The Cable Guy’s article from last month talks about the new, “Next Generation” TCP/IP stack that has been built for Microsoft Windows Vista and the next version of Microsoft Server (codename: Longhorn Server). 

    The article lists a number of improved features as well as nearly a dozen new ones.  It also includes an architecture diagram showing the components and their APIs.

  • Getting excited for Exchange Server 2003 SP2

    Not to be confused with this delicious product of Hormel.I’m currently sitting in an airplane on my way to Philadelphia.  My trip this week is made possible by the Exchange Team, who needed a speaker to talk about the upcoming Service Pack at an HP Exchange 2003 Academy Conference.  And since I just delivered an SP2 talk at the newly formed Minnesota Exchange Users Group, I am well prepared. 

    Harold Wong was going to do it, but he couldn’t make it. 

    Anyway… I’m really excited about many of the new features.  One in particular that I’m excited to try out is the Custom Weighting Feature in IMF.  This gives you the ability to create an .XML document that adds your own text and weightings for what you would consider to be spam. 

    Here’s some text from the release notes:

    Sample XML File

    The following sample XML file and the table of values demonstrate how this feature can be used, and how the behavior of Intelligent Message Filter can be customized.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>

    <CustomWeightEntries xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/2005/CustomWeight">

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="BODY" Change="1" Text="foo1"/>

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="BODY" Change="-1" Text="foo2"/>

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="BODY" Change=”5" Text="the quick brown fox"/>

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="BODY" Change="-9" Text="über sentence"/>

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="SUBJECT" Change="MIN" Text=" ?????"/>

         <CustomWeightEntry Type="BOTH" Change="MAX" Text="J’aime Français!"/>

    </CustomWeightEntries>

    The new version of the Intelligent Message Filter (IMF version 2.0, now included IN the service pack) will read this file as the service starts up and add your text to the text it watches for.  Very cool!

    See the Custom Weighting Feature section of the Exchange Server 2003 CTP Release Notes for more information.

    Oh... and there are a couple of blogs you should watch if you're interested in more Exchange information.

    One is Eileen Brown's Weblog.  She's an IT Pro Evangelist and Manager in the UK, and one of the top "Microsoft Bloggers". 

    The other is the Exchange Team's Weblog: "You Had Me At EHLO..."

    If you're not watching these, or subscribing to them using RSS, you should.

  • Webcast Resources - Understanding Group Policy - Part 1

    Webcasters?Below are some additional resources for the “Understanding Group Policy - Part 1” webcast I delivered on October 3, 2005.

    Hope you find them useful!

    -Kevin

    Directory Service Operation Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/wssra/raguide/DirectoryServices/igdrog.mspx

    Introduction to Group Policy in Windows Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/gpintro.mspx

    Implementing Common Desktop Management Scenarios with the Group Policy Management Console
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/management/csws2003.mspx

    Staging Group Policy Deployments
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/e5288e42-62b8-4f9e-a665-95b6e02389a3.mspx

    Administering Group Policy with the GPMC
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/gpmcwp.mspx

    Group Policy Infrastructure (White Paper)
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d26e88bc-d445-4e8f-aa4e-b9c27061f7ca&displaylang=en

    Group Policy Manangement Console (Download)
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/info.aspx?na=22&p=1&SrcDisplayLang=en&SrcCategoryId=&SrcFamilyId=&u=%2fdownloads%2fdetails.aspx%3fFamilyID%3d0a6d4c24-8cbd-4b35-9272-dd3cbfc81887%26DisplayLang%3den