Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • News of my death is highly exaggerated...

    IMG_3631 Yep… I haven’t been blogging much lately.  But I’m still here.

    “What’s up, Kevin?”

    Well… last weekend after celebrating Thanksgiving here with my in-laws, I and the whole family flew out to San Francisco to celebrate my brother Carl’s wedding.  He married a lovely woman (Danielle) and we couldn’t be more happy for the two of them.  The picture above is me with my wife and kids, along with Carl and Danielle.  And we all enjoyed the long weekend doing the usual touristy things around San Francisco.

    See?

    Golden Gate Bridge

    And this week I’m currently in Des Moines doing a TechNet Event for the folks here.

    So that answers one of your questions.  The other question is:

    “Kevin… what’s going on with the graphics on your blog?  The pictures are not showing up!”

    Yeah.. well… the site I'm using to host my images has had some difficulties lately.  So please be patient… hopefully the pictures will be back soon.  OR I’ll have to find a different location for the photos.  (I’d use MSN Spaces, but I don’t like the manual upload and then linking to them in the blog post.  I really LOVE how BlogJet just automatically connects to an FTP server and uploads them for me.)

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 037

    American_chopper

    This question was asked at our event TODAY in Des Moines, IA.

    “Can the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) aslo tune databses running on SQL 2000?”

    Short answer.  YES!

    And in fact, something I didn’t mention at the event, but is also quite useful in the new tool; the new Database Engine Tuning Advisor (DTA) can also tune against MULTPLE databases at a time.  So you’re not limited to, oh, ONE database as you were in the SQL 2000 version of the tool (Index Tuning Wizard).

    Here’s a screenshot I saved that shows I’ve connected to that SQL 2000 instance, and have even selected multiple databases to tune.

    DETA Example

    (click it to see the enlarged screen capture)

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

     

  • Korean Rap - Visual Studio Team System Excitement!

    Korean Visual Studio site

    If you haven’t seen this yet, you really need to.  It’s fantastic! 

    And if you don’t speak Korean, it’s okay.  The text of the video is printed below the video.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 036

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 036

    Data Storage?

    Credit for this one goes to Chris Avis, who had this asked of him in an event recently…

    “With ‘instant file initialization’, what is it really doing?”

    Here’s a document that describes it well.

    From the document:

    In SQL Server 2005, data files can be initialized instantaneously. This allows for fast execution of the previously mentioned file operations. Instant file initialization reclaims used disk space without filling that space with zeros. Instead, disk content is overwritten as new data is written to the files. Log files cannot be initialized instantaneously.

    Interestingly – Instant File Initialization requires that the SQL Server 2005 be running on either Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

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

     

  • Windows Server 2003 Administration Webcast Series (Part 8 - DNS) Q&A

    ToolsHere is a “best of” Q&A from our webcast we did today on an overview of DNS.  This was part 8 of the 12 part Windows Server 2003 Administration series I delivered earlier this year. 

    BIG THANKS to Mr. Bryan von Axelson for helping out as our sole Q&A person today.  As you see below, he did a great job of finding answers to some tough questions.

    Additional resources for this session are also available HERE.

    “Mr Remde did the win 2003 server series few months ago, is this the same series or material??”

    Same part #8 session, only longer!  I was unable to get through the 3rd demo when I only had an hour for that content last time.  This time you got the full session in all of its glory!

    “Can you refer me to the past webcasts on shadow copy and ASR?”

    Yes indeed.   http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/events/windows2003srv/tnt4-04-links-7.mspx

    “Will Kevin discuss the scenarios where reverse lookup zones are required?”

    We didn’t really address that in the session, but here is some information on DNS Reverse Lookup that might help - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/edf68cca-86f1-4b89-8e44-79f768963e95.mspx

    “So does it do the same thing without recursion checked or does it directly go to the root servers?”

    Without recursion checked it will NOT go to the root servers.  It will also not use any configured forwarders.  

    Here’s a really good troubleshooting document:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/ServerHelp/e42d510a-443d-4c31-96da-f66a67a89d86.mspx

    “Why is the _msdcs zone delegated to the same DNS server in Server 2003?”

    This Microsoft-specific sub-domain allows location of domain controllers that have Windows Server 2003–specific roles in the domain, as well as the location by globally unique identifier (GUID) when a domain has been renamed. Check out - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/08eb226b-0192-4c05-b919-c9311bafae35.mspx

    “Poll question states: ‘With recursion enabled, where does your local DNS server first look when it receives a query for an external URL?’. If recursion is not enabled will it go to the local cache or Internet root servers first?”

    No - DNS process recursion can be enabled or disabled. - This means the processes of trying to satisfy a query is repeated until a solution is found. This is enabled by default causing DNS servers to contact other servers to resolve queries.  If recursion is disabled, it will not look to the root servers or any external server or forwarder.  It will only return results for what it knows and is locally authoritative for.  

    “I understand the functionality of the zone, but what doesn't make sense is that if you look under the contoso.com zone, you see that the _msdcs has been delegated, but the delegation is to a zone that exists on the same server, which is viewable just about the contoso.com zone in the GUI. Why is that done?”

    This Microsoft-specific subdomain allows location of domain controllers that have Windows Server 2003–specific roles in the domain, as well as the location by globally unique identifier (GUID) when a domain has been renamed. - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/08eb226b-0192-4c05-b919-c9311bafae35.mspx

    “Where was that datacenter photo taken! I've never seen such a thick mesh of cat5!!!”

    Love it!

    Wall of Yellow 

    “Is there anyway to get the SOA serial number to follow the more conventional YYYYMMDDNN Year,Month,Day,Version numbering?”

    I am not finding anything on making it more conventional - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/Operations/f800ced0-617e-4a20-a00e-9d44a4fad1ca.mspx

    “Will secure updates work with non-windows workstation?”

    Depends on the settings in the Access Control List (ACL).  See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/c4291308-ab72-49bb-88f6-4aa56fa21661.mspx

    “If getting AD and DNS communication errors 4004 and 4015 on a reverse lookup zone, Ad is functioning correctly, can you force the removal of the zone in AD?”

    I wasn’t able to find the answer to this.  I did see several people online have asked the same question.  If you are reading this and you’re the person who asked this, please email me directly, and I’ll see what more I can find for you.  Or if someone else reading this wants to share their solution for this, please add a comment!

    “When setting up a split DNS (local and Internet for the same name space), you set up the local DNS to forward but how do you answer ‘Do not use recursion for this domain’?”

    I don’t think I understand this question.  You’re setting up an internal DNS Server for your AD domain, maybe corp.contoso.com, where contoso.com is an externally known and managed DNS namespace.  So internally on your DNS server you probably have it set up with a forwarder to some external DNS Server.  Recursion shouldn’t be a problem, because queries that are internal will be resolved right away.  All others will be sent to the forwarded DNS Server for that server to be responsible for finding an answer.

    If I don’t get it, please comment or email me.

    Cheers!

  • Resource Page for TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of DNS in Windows Server 2003

    Yep… another day, another webcast! 

     

    I’m presenting this “TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview of DNS in Windows Server 2003” today.

     

    Here are some resources relating to this session’s topic.  I hope you find them useful, and that you are either joining me live for the webcast, or will be viewing it at some later date.

     

    Kevin

     

     

    “Deploying DNS”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/dnsbd_dns_overview.asp

    “How DNS Works”
    http://www.microsoft.com/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/w2k3tr_dns_how.asp

    “How DNS Query Works”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_HowDnsWorks.asp

    “DNS Domain Names”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_DomainNames.asp

    “DNS Requirements for Installing Active Directory”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_dns_und_dcpromo_requirements.asp

    “Understanding Zones and Zone Transfers”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_ZoneTransfers.asp

     

    “Active Directory Integration”

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

     

    “DNS Overview – Server Features”

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

     

    MSDN – Platform SDK – Active Directory Partitions

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/ad/ad/application_directory_partitions.asp

    “Delegating Zones”

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

     

    “Dynamic Updates”

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

     

    “Understanding Aging and Scavenging”
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/enterprise/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/enterprise/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_und_AgingScavenging.asp

     

    “Using Server Debug Logging Options”

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_DNS_imp_UsingLoggingOptions.asp

     

    Microsoft TechNet
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet

    Official Series Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt4–04

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

    New and improved Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

     

     

  • TechNet Virtual Labs

    TechNet Virtual Lab

    TechNet Virtual Labs

    “Ever wanted to test Microsoft's newest software in a sandbox environment? Wouldn't it be great to be able to test new servers immediately, without formatting hard drives or dedicating one or more computers to the project? Now you can, with the TechNet Virtual Labs.”

    For those of you not already aware of these, I wanted to bring them to your attention.  And for you who have used them in the past, you might want to know that the address to get to them has changed.  It is now http://www.microsoft.com/technet/virtuallab.

    We have self-paced, fully installed labs in each of these eight areas:

    Hmm… I haven’t worked with LCS yet and don’t know much about it.  I’m gonna have to check that one out, too.

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 035

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 035

    Data Storage?

    Credit for this one goes to Chris Avis, who had this asked of him in an event recently…

    “What is the max number of filegroups supported as part of a single database?”

    Well… it’s a nice big binary number: 111111111111111 (or 32,767 for you decimal lovers). 

    The answer is found here.

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

     

  • Best of Q&A from our TechNet Webcast: Successfully Implementing a Complex Active Directory Design (Level 200)

    Planning a BIG Forest... Earlier Today I delivered a webcast (content number ADD-03) on considerations for planning a complex AD design.  I thought I’d post some of the Q&A here, and maybe expand on some of the answers also.

    Thanks again to Blain Barton, Chris Avis, and Rob Westover, for helping out in a pinch to handle Q&A for all of us. 

    Also, if you’re interested, here is the Resource Document I put together for this webcast. 

    “Cross Forest GPO's, can I use local resources in forest #2 with a forest #1 GPO's? Should the users from forest #1 have ACL & Share permissions so they can access the resources instead of having them access the resources back on Forest #1 and across a WAN connection. Looking for some advice.”

    Re: GPOs working cross-forest… this is not possible.  Group Policy is defined in a domain, and is applicable to domain member machines and users at the site, domain, OU, or sub-OU levels.  If you want Group Policy objects to exist or be applied in other forests, you can back them up from where they have been created and then IMPORT them into pre-existing or newly created Group Policy objects in the other forest. 

    As for your ACL question… well, that’s the beauty of Forest trusts.  As long as Forest 2 trusts Forest 1, your users in Forest 1 can be granted access to resources in Forest 2.  

    I am not sure if that answers all of your question.  If you have more, please contact me here or email me.

    “I have a site without a DC. How can I force a client at that site to logon through a particular DC?”

    If you have defined your site links properly, then the user should login using the path to the nearest (least cost path) DC.  However, as one of my Q&A helpers pointed out, there are situations where you can, for example, tell Outlook to contact a particular GC…

    “In some situations, you may notice excessive network traffic when Microsoft Outlook attempts to contact the global catalog server. This article describes how to configure Outlook to a specific global catalog server or to the closest global catalog server. Note If the global catalog server and the Exchange Server computer are in the same site as the Outlook client, you do not need to make this registry setting. The normal referral mechanism provides the best performance. Check out: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;319206

    “Do you recommend to create a site corresponding a VLAN where there is no DC at remote site for a group of 20 users (20 users have a different VLAN or network ID)?”

    You should at least apply Global Catalog caching, but I would make every attempt to have a DC in each site - purely for authentication reasons. The latency caused by authentication traffic just becomes too burdensome.

    “Is there a source for these numbers being presented?”

    Check this blog entry for the resources supporting the numbers presented.

    “Can you briefly explain what is a schema master? We have not run into any usage of that particular term. We run a single domain.”

    The domain controller that holds the schema master role is the only domain controller that can perform write operations to the directory schema.  Schema updates are replicated from the schema master to all other domain controllers in the forest.

    “what happens when the needed bandwidth grows to exceed the allotted bandwidth”

    Traffic slows down to levels below desired targets

    “Which Performance monitors should i use to analyze AD replication traffic?”

    Start Here --> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/technologies/activedirectory/maintain/opsguide/part1/adogd02.mspx

    Holding the Sun

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 034

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 034

    Data Storage?

    The following question was asked at a Recent “Best of SQL Server 2005 Launch” TechNet Event in Kansas City (Overland Park Kansas, actually.  Had a lovely time there, thank you!  …and although it was a bit of a dive, the Karaoke at the Red Balloon was a lot of fun!)

    “DDL Triggers…  Do you have to delete them to get rid of them?  Can you simply disable and later re-enable them?”

    Glad you asked, because I didn’t know, and now I do.  Yes, that would certainly make sense.  And indeed, it’s as simple as using the Transact SQL (T-SQL) commands DISABLE TRIGGER and ENABLE TRIGGER.  Here’s some DDL Trigger sample code from the Books Online…

    CREATE TRIGGER safety
    ON DATABASE
    FOR DROP_TABLE, ALTER_TABLE
    AS
       PRINT 'You must disable Trigger "safety" to drop or alter tables!'
       ROLLBACK;
    GO
    DISABLE TRIGGER safety ON DATABASE;
    GO
    ENABLE TRIGGER safety ON DATABASE;
    GO

    The same holds true (though the syntax is different) for DML Triggers as well.

    (NOTE: You’ll need to have SQL Server 2005 Books Online installed for the TRIGGER links above to work.  I highly recommend it!  It’s FREE!)

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

     

  • Resource Page for TechNet Webcast: Successfully Implementing a Complex Active Directory Design (Level 200)

    Complex Active DirectoryResource Page for

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

    Here are some resources relating to the TechNet webcast topic presented on November 21, 2005.  I hope you find them useful.

    Kevin

     

    This session’s Content Resource Page

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/ADD-03

     

    Planning and Implementing Federated Forests in Windows Server2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/activedirectory/fedffin2.mspx

     

    Service Administrator Scopt of Authority

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/2f956712-68b6-48de-8d2f-d2e22dffbb44.mspx

     

    Autonomy vs. Isolation

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/e638db7d-ae87-45b2-beba-ec5815876ca2.mspx

     

    Forest?

     

    Determining the Number of Forests Required

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/0c1cfacb-ff12-466f-81c6-9d29c7c2c427.mspx

     

    Forest Design Models

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/0e40afb5-4504-4990-b579-052abe6bc599.mspx


    Mapping Design Requirements to Forest Design Models

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/056cc631-3c06-4f2a-842c-2a8dc49078ff.mspx


    Reviewing the Domain Models

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/7928a6f2-3a50-4a4a-a349-ef8523798061.mspx

     

    Windows 2000 Domain Architecture: Design Alternatives

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/technologies/activedirectory/plan/w2kdomar.mspx

     

    Single Domain Model

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/0d2a5ac5-1b41-4b2f-8c02-ea9d2ee8e29f.mspx

     

    Regional Domain Model

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/2b92c3d9-e89a-43c0-a10d-f5f134c9db03.mspx

     

    Using the Organizational Domain Forest Model

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/782d4351-ba53-4576-9f8c-3d2b576816a3.mspx

     

    Determining the Number of Domains Required

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/d390f147-22bc-4ce3-8967-e65d969bc40b.mspx

     

    Overview of Designing a Site Topology

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/786fa311-b6ea-40c0-ad8d-8f09a441622e.mspx

     

    Planning Forest Root Domain Controller Replacement

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/beb34f73-cf1a-4146-9497-2e54ec59e614.mspx

     

    Planning Regional Domain Controller Replacement

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/05db0f72-0e18-453b-b294-49cfc8f9d6d2.mspx

     

    Planning a Global Catalog Server Replacement

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/0e4d2466-68e8-40d8-8c72-099f8bc259ff.mspx

     

    Planning Operations Master Role Replacement

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/edeba401-7f51-4717-91bd-ddb1dca8a327.mspx

    Creating a Site Design

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/072996eb-c3c8-4426-acc1-65cf8edb9fbe.mspx

     

    Connecting Sites with Site Links

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/2048f9f3-f272-4fba-afbf-63bde19e1837.mspx

    Determining the Cost

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/ac7aa369-16c4-49ab-b985-0225ae6261f8.mspx

     

    Determining the Schedule

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/0af81e7f-7ab6-4099-8c02-0a4d59b0e755.mspx

     

    Determining the Interval

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/4c9a255a-80bd-4fa5-bcc3-7019ab387faf.mspx

    Official Series Content Resource Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/adaug.mspx

    Free Windows Server 2003 Virtual Labs:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/windowsserver2003.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Evaluation kit:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/evalkit.mspx 

    Windows Server 2003 Training and Events:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/default.mspx

    New and improved Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

     

    LIVE and IN PERSON TechNet Events

    http://www.technetevents.com

     

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 033

    Data Storage?

    The following question was asked at a Recent “Best of SQL Server 2005 Launch” TechNet Event in Kansas City (Overland Park Kansas, actually.  Had a lovely time there, thank you!  …and although it was a bit of a dive, the Karaoke at the Red Balloon was a lot of fun!)

    “I heard somewhere that you now can replicate some table schema changes during replication.  Is this true?”

    Yes indeed!  From the Books Online:…

    If you make the following schema changes to a published article, they are propagated, by default, to Microsoft SQL Server Subscribers:

    • ALTER TABLE
    • ALTER VIEW
    • ALTER PROCEDURE
    • ALTER FUNCTION
    • ALTER TRIGGER


    You can use replication stored procedures to specify whether these schema changes are replicated. The stored procedure that you use depends on the type of publication.

    The full books online article is found HERE.

    (NOTE: You’ll need to have SQL Server 2005 Books Online installed for that link to work.  I highly recommend it!  It’s FREE!)

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

     

  • Look 3P0! It's Virtual Server 2005 R2!

    R2D2I just now saw on Jeff Alexander’s blog that Virtual Server 2005 R2 has RTM’d (Released To Manufacturing).  It’s shipped!

    The announcement was made at IT Forum in Barcelona.  Here’s the Press Release that followed this annoucement, and here’s the Virtual Server 2005 R2 web page.

    Just one more reason, Nancy*, that we need to replace our home “server” with a 64 bit box.

    * Nancy is my lovely wife as well as my better financial conscience.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 032

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 032

    Happy SQL Express User

    “I want to program against and/or use table and database configuration information.  Is there a way to access the metadata associated with those?  Could I add my own metadata or comments into that area?”

    This gentleman was looking for manipulating and using hidden information.  He suggested that if it wasn’t available, it should be, perhaps in the form of a hidden column of data for each table.

    I don’t know the answer to how programmable Metadata information is.  (If someone else knows, please add it as a comment to this blog posting!)

    However, you do have visibility to object metadata in SQL Server 2005 – although in fact, it’s much more tightly secured now.  You won’t have the ability to access metadata about objects to which you haven’t been given permissions on.

    For a description of Metadata Visibility, see the SQL Server 2005 Books Online “Metadata Visibility Configuration”

    (NOTE: You’ll need to have SQL Server 2005 Books Online installed for that link to work.  I highly recommend it!  It’s FREE!)

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

     

  • Big list of RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators

    You Will Be Blogged

     

    Today finds me sitting in a hotel room in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It’s getting cold outside, so sitting in here doing work in a quiet location is quite enjoyable.  And as you see from the number of blog posts I’ve made today, I’ve been quite productive.

    One of my tasks today was also to work on an RSS talk I’m going to give to anyone on my team who wants to listen.  I volunteered to lead some informal internal training on the subject, since the multiple and powerful uses of RSS is a subject I’m passionate about.

     

    In fact, check out what the weather is doing outside my hotel room now(click to enlarge).

    View from my hotel room.

    In doing some research on blog reading tools options for my attendees, I did a search for “blog reader online”, and found this very useful list of Web-Based, PC-Based, and multi-platform news readers, complete with mini-summaries of each one.  Thank you, Haiko Hebig!

    Personally, I use SharpReader.  I like being able to set up my subscriptions in a folder heirarchy that lets me view and work with either individual blogs or sources, or higher level folders (and all items contained within).  I might start playing with Bloglines, though… or some other online reader, mainly because I would like to have the same list and view of read/unread items whether at my desk, on my mobile phone, or any other Internet-connected computer.

    What do you use?  How did you receive this post?  And how are you reading it now – on the blog directly, or via some reader?

  • Finally! Cable HD to Media Center PCs!

    Cable guy

    Yeah!  I know a lot of people have been waiting for this. 

    (Not me, however.. I don’t yet have a Media Center. <sigh>  They are so cool…)

    Previously, if you wanted HDTV to play or be recorded through your Media Center, it had to come from an over-the-air HDTV broadcast. 

    Today, however, Microsoft and CableLabs have agreed to enable sending HDTV over the Cable to the PC… so future versions of Media Center PCs will be able to record High Def that comes in via Cable.  Sweet!

    “When are you gonna get YOUR Media Center, Kevin?”

    Well… that was actually one of the hurdles I was waiting for them to overcome.  Others are my kid’s braces, my kid’s college educations, a replacement TV for the TV we got as wedding gift 21 years ago (It’s as old as our marriage, and even more beat up!)…  Oh… and a 64 Bit Server to support my home Exchange 12 installation… At this rate, I figure I’ll be able to buy a new family entertainment room setup probably sometime after 2017 and only slightly before the next ice age.

    Do you own a Media Center?  What do you think of this news?

  • December 2005 Microsoft Webcast Schedule is LIVE

    Wanna see my webcast, big boy?The schedule of Microsoft Webcasts (TechNet Variety) for December is ready to go. 

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

    [Shameless Plug Alert]

    Also, I’m delivering a couple of these.  On December 20th I’ll be talking about using Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 for Active Directory manangement.  And on December 21st I’m covering the Management and Administration of SQL Server 2005.

    And on December 22nd I’ll be doin all of my Christmas shopping.  Ho Ho Ho.

    See you there!

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2005 12

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: December 2005

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

     

    TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts

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    ·          NEW: TechNet Events and Webcasts blogger site.

    §          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

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    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.

     

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    NEW: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Regulatory Compliance

    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 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

    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 help you understand key concepts which are critical for any Exchange Administrator or IT Professional to understand. Topics covered include Managing Recipient objects, SMTP, Exchange Server Security, Troubleshooting, Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Administrative Best Practices and more!  Plus, attend any of the live webcasts through December 14, 2005 and you could win an i-mate Smartphone!  See official rules for more details. 

     

    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.

     

     

    A More Secure and Well-Managed Enterprise: Liberate your infrastructure

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now

    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 help guide you through step by step instructions on how to install, configure, automate and mange a more secure and well managed infrastructure.  Bonus: attend four of the five webcasts (live or on demand) in this series during the month of December and you will receive a Microsoft Lexan water bottle*.

     

    Scripting Week 3: Script it up a Notch

    On-demand webcasts available now
    During Scripting Week 3, the Scripting Guys 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. 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: Upgrade your skills to 2005

    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 step you through all the major enhancements in SQL Server 2005 and demonstrate how you can bring these benefits to your organization.

     


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    TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

    Bonus: Attend any live webcast through June 2006 and you could win a 40 GB MP3/WMA player. 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 Office Visio 2003

    §          Microsoft Project

    §          Real-Time Collaboration

    §          SMS

    §          Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series

    §          To Active Directory and Beyond: Learn Windows migration strategies

    §          Windows Mobile

    §          Windows Server 2003

     

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

     

    Microsoft TechNet Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Windows Event Logging to Enhance Compliance and Security (Level 200)

    Thursday, December 01, 2005 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Upesh Patel, Vice President, Product Marketing, Network Intelligence Corporation

    Have you considered your security and compliance posture from an “inside” or host-based perspective? The event logs in Microsoft Windows contain crucial information about your system, security, and applications. This information can help you identify and resolve real-time security breaches such as root kit installations. This webcast demonstrates how to use the monitoring and reporting data that you can automatically collect with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA), Microsoft SQL Server, and the Windows platform. This data provides you with an accurate picture of failed attempts to log on, changes to the status of accounts and privileges, and accounts that have been misused or locked out. We also show you how to map specific Windows compliance reports with regulatory rules and requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285990&Culture=en-US

     

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

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Overview of the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Process (Level 200)

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

    Michael Schechter, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This overview webcast provides you with the background you need to choose the best strategy for upgrading your system to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Find out how to identify any incompatibility issues that you must address before you begin the process and how to prepare your system for a successful upgrade. We also offer tips and techniques that can help you make the most effective use of the upgrade tools and minimize downtime during the upgrade process.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285803&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 14 of 18): SMS 2003 Software and Patch Management (Level 300)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing on from the points addressed in our previous webcast, this webcast session shows how to use Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) for patch management and software management. Learn how to use this product and how SMS 2003 can help you deploy software and patches to numerous locations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 11 of 14): Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 200)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. An essential tool for any Exchange administrator the ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast as we will cover what the tool is and how to install it, set it up, and use it.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281782&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Does IT: Using Business Scorecard Manager 2005 to Enhance Business Performance (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bruno Aziza, Microsoft Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Daniel Rubiolo Mendoza, Office Business Scorecard Manager - Microsoft Operations Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft IT team has integrated Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 into its business performance management system. Would you like to learn the methods the team used and their advantages? Join this webcast to learn how to enhance the execution of your business strategy by integrating performance information into an accessible Microsoft SharePoint user environment. The performance information is clearly associated with supporting contextual data and seamlessly shared across the enterprise. This webcast shows how Microsoft IT monitors performance against objectives and facilitates accountability.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=55934

     

    TechNet Webcast: Virtual Server: Advanced Scripting and Other Secrets (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Allen Stewart, Architect - Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft Corporation

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 provides a powerful selection of Component Object Model (COM) interfaces for manipulating all facets of a virtual machine. These interfaces can support everything from provisioning to day-to-day management operations. Join this webcast as we showcase the COM application programming interface (API) and demonstrate a range of scripting examples. We also demonstrate how partners are using the API to turn provisioning and management functionality into products.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285651&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Making the Transition from Lotus Domino Messaging to Exchange Server (Level 200)

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

    Erik Ashby, Exchange Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to get in-depth knowledge of the recommended process for transitioning from an IBM Lotus Domino to a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging topology. Learn about the best path to an easy transition, and find out about recent updates to the tools available from Microsoft that can help you migrate from IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285630&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 15 of 18): Automating Desktop Configuration with SMS 2003 OSD (Level 300)

    Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Open Software Description (OSD) is an Extensible Markup Language technology that describes software components and their relationships to other components. The OSD vocabulary is a standardized way to describe software components, their versions, their underlying structures and their dependence on other components. Concluding this series-within-a-series about Microsoft Systems Management Server, this webcast shows how to use the OSD to enable organizations to deploy a standard set of desktop operating systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using the Security Configuration Wizard Effectively with IIS 6.0 and Windows Server 2003 and Service Pack 1 (Level 200) - Part I (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    In this two-part series, you learn about the updated Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) that ships as part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. This first session describes SCW's built-in capability to tighten security across all Web sites on a single server. The discussion highlights how the SCW is designed and how to use it to reduce the attack surface of your Web server. This configuration, which can be stored for later use, is vital for helping Web application servers achieve higher availability with less opportunity for service failures.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282095&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 12 of 14): Client Security (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers client security for use with Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), and POP3 and Internet Message Access Protocol version 4rev1 (IMAP4) access (except mobile devices, which are covered in Part 13). The Outlook segment presents security features that relate to attachments security, address book and object model access, security zones, S/MIME, Remote Procedure Call over HTTP and Information Rights, anti-virus protection, and spam protection through filters. The OWA segment shows how to secure OWA access, Secure Sockets Layer with OWA, how to enable and configure it, S/MIME within the OWA environment, the infrastructure, and integration with firewalls and publishing through Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server. The presentation concludes by addressing POP3 and IMAP4, following the same steps as with Outlook and OWA.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281733&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing SharePoint 2003 Sites with ISA Server 2004 (Level 300)

    Thursday, December 08, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    Colin Spence, Consultant/Partner, Convergent Computing

    This webcast provides guidelines for securing Web access to Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 sites using the advanced application layer filtering in Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004. Learn undocumented ways that you can secure SharePoint sites, such as using an ISA Server in the perimeter network (also known as DMZ, demilitarized zone, and screened subnet) of an existing firewall. Find out how to secure SharePoint Portals that are encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Get tips and tricks for increasing the security of an externally facing SharePoint environment. In addition, this webcast offers advanced techniques, such as port redirection and link translation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285703&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Introduction to SharePoint Products and Technologies (Level 100)

    Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server helps teams to work together, follow best practices, make better decisions, and obtain the information and applications that are most relevant to them. Designed for those new to the program, this webcast demonstrates the collaboration functionality that SharePoint products and technologies provide. Learn how to publish a consolidated view of the information pertinent to the knowledge workers in your organization. Join us online to find out how to personalize, integrate, and collaborate using SharePoint Portal Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285684&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Dialing for Desktops: Microsoft Communicator and PBX Integration Calling (Level 200)

    Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Adam Marlin, Director of Sales & Strategic Alliances, Siemens

    Would you like to simplify your desktop devices by using one device to manage all communication? Now you can. Siemens HiPath OpenScape Telephony Control Link (TCL) integrates your existing Private Branch Exchange (PBX) voice networks with Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, an open, standards-based Instant Messaging (IM) client for the enterprise. HiPath OpenScape TCL extends the capabilities of Live Communications Server and Office Communicator by enabling PBX telephony functions in the client. Check out this webcast to learn more about this valuable solution, and see how it can enhance your employees’ productivity and provide significant cost savings for your business.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285799&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Failover Clustering for SQL Server 2000 Users (Level 200)

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

    Allan Hirt, Consultant, Avanade, Inc.

    Have you implemented a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 failover cluster (or two)? If you plan to migrate your SQL Server 2000 implementation to a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 failover cluster, this webcast offers a comparison of failover clustering in the two versions. We discuss new features and issues that you should watch out for during your upgrade process. In addition, we highlight important things you should know when you implement a SQL Server 2005 failover cluster alongside one or more existing instances of SQL Server 2000.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285805&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 16 of 18): Using MOM to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Adding servers to an environment to add business value might seem easy, but you must consider the costs of keeping all those servers running, secure and up to date. This webcast presents an example organization that has chosen Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to help manage a rapidly growing network. This webcast and the one to follow examine how our example organization leveraged MOM and the MOM Management packs to reduce management overhead. See how our example organization monitors its servers worldwide, how the design points for deploying MOM were chosen, how the server locations were decided and how all servers were monitored.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282180&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 13 of 14): Mobility (Level 200)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers the mobility support in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, including the new mobility features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Mobile 5.0. The webcast provides a brief overview of Open Mobile Alliance, and then shows how to configure and enable OMA, before covering some security considerations. From there the webcast discusses Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) access considerations, examining WAP 1.x and WAP 2.0 gateways and how they affect Secure Sockets Layer traffic. The presentation concludes with a brief Windows Mobile 5.0 discussion featuring the Messaging & Security Feature Pack, its integration with SP2, the features of SP2, and what business issues it solves.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281784&Culture=en-US


    TechNet Webcast: Managing Windows Mobile Devices with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (Level 300)

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

    Khalid Siddiqui, Mobility Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    As mobile devices become a larger part of the information technology (IT) infrastructure, managing them becomes a greater challenge. Join this webcast to learn how device management works on the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. See demonstrations of features and functionality, and learn how to use the components of Windows Mobile that provide device management capability. We also illustrate how you can utilize the Messaging and Security Feature Pack in an enterprise environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285688&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, December 12, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning and deploying your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment helps to ensure that your installation is a success. This webcast presents the best practices for deployment and introduces the tools available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation. This webcast demonstrates the Capacity Planner tool in SMS 2003 that can help model the topology of your proposed SMS site and suggest appropriate configurations for your SMS site systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285708&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services: Preparing to Migrate (Level 200)

    Monday, December 12, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Thierry D'Hers, Program Manager Lead, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    T.K. Anand, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Migrating from Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 could be a daunting task. If you face this challenge, you will want to join this webcast to learn about the options available for migrating SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services solutions to SQL Server 2005. We explain the trade-offs involved to help you make better-informed decisions for your own implementation. We also summarize the known issues with backward compatibility and suggest some strategies that you might use to mitigate potential issues in your own implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285765&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Solutions for Windows Update Management (Level 200)

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

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    What is Microsoft Windows Update management? Why do you need to manage updates, and how should you go about it? Learn the answer to these questions and more in this webcast for information technology (IT) professionals. This webcast lays out the business case for update management, the vulnerability timeline, and how the vulnerability timeline shortens with every new vulnerability. Discover what the various severity ratings that are attributed to vulnerabilities mean and the ways that Windows Update management has improved the update experience by making it as straightforward as possible. Attend this webcast that explores the components of the update management solution and demonstrates how they work.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285714&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity and Access Management (Part 1 of 2): Technical Overview (Level 200)

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

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This two-part series describes how you can use identity management solutions to create and manage user account information efficiently and securely across multiple systems in an enterprise. This first webcast shows how identity information may be shared and synchronized even when distributed across several different locations. We show how access management solutions can help you to ensure that user accounts are granted the appropriate access to resources across different systems in an enterprise network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285735&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Distributed File Replication Services (DFSR) (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Puhl, Microsoft, Sr. Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a new component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that helps companies to extend their authentication infrastructure across enterprise and organizational boundaries. Come listen to engineers on the Microsoft IT team discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing and deploying an ADFS infrastructure.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=55997

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Multi-Computer Scripts (Level 200)

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

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

    Turn those single-computer scripts into multi-computer powerhouses. In this webcast, learn techniques for writing single-computer scripts that are easy to test and debug, and even easier to incorporate into multi-computer wrapper scripts. You will have access to several wrappers that target computers from lists, in Microsoft Active Directory, and more. Go from scripting a single computer to scripting your entire environment in less than an hour.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Reap the Immediate Benefits of Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Don Vilen, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you know what benefits you can deliver to your organization just by upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Join this webcast to find out. Even if you do not use all the new features in SQL Server 2005, such as database mirroring and partitioning, or writing stored procedures in Microsoft .NET languages, you can still reap great benefits. This webcast introduces the many new features in SQL 2005 that you can utilize, without rewriting your applications or undertaking any new development efforts. We provide many examples where you can improve your system’s performance, concurrency, and availability simply by upgrading.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285807&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automating a Dev/Test Lab with Virtual Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Sterling, Program Manager - Virtual Machine

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Virtualization can significantly reduce the cost of developing and testing complex, multitier applications. Are you ready to take advantage of this new, automated technology? Join this webcast to learn how virtualization is changing development and testing. The webcast includes real world examples of how Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 can automate the configuration, integration, and management of virtual machines. Virtual Server 2005 also enables more flexible deployments and increases developer productivity for better test coverage. Learn how you can provision and manipulate several servers “virtually” without using a lot of physical hardware.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285712&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We discuss three key scenarios: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. We also examine new and improved features that are related to each scenario.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285747&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: From DTS to SSIS: Making the Move to SQL Server Integration Services (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    James Howey, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you considering the move from Data Transformation Services (DTS) in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) in Microsoft SQL Server 2005? SQL Server upgrades do not typically affect DTS processing, but there are some things you should know. With SSIS, you can: use the Upgrade Advisor to inventory your DTS packages and scope your migration efforts; use a wizard to ease the task of migrating and porting packages to SSIS; and successfully respond to situations that may require additional effort. Join this webcast to learn how to get ready to plan and implement your move to SSIS.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285810&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 17 of 18): Using MOM Management Packs to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

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

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing from the previous webcast, this webcast shows how our example organization used Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to manage its environment. This installment examines a variety of management packs to monitor Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration, Sybari Antigen and third-party servers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282182&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Upgrade Considerations for Query Optimizer Statistics (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Lubor Kollar, Group Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you facing the prospect of a statistics upgrade? Or do you need to consider it, but have not done so? If yes, what steps should you take? Does Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provide anything new in statistics? If so, how could you benefit? This webcast answers these questions and many more. Join us for a deep dive into “Upgrade Considerations for Query Optimizer Statistics.”

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285813&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 14 of 14): Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast looks at the new features within Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2. We will cover the improvements in the Intelligent Message Filter and the mailbox enhancements, increased storage limits for standard edition, as well as some of the mobility improvements in the service pack.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281786&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Take a tour of the day-to-day operations that administrators are likely to encounter after they deploy 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. This webcast covers a range of informative topics, including configuration, delegation, replication, monitoring, and the best practices that can help keep users at branch offices happy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283989&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft December Security Bulletins (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 14, 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 December 13, 2005, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the December security bulletins. The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of our time is devoted to giving you the opportunity to ask questions about the bulletins and get answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285741&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using the Security Configuration Wizard Effectively with IIS 6.0 and Windows Server 2003 and Service Pack 1 (Level 200) - Part II (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This second half of our webcast series shows how the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) stores the configuration used to tighten security on the Web server. The SCW can help Web administrators and developers ensure that Internet Information Server Web servers start with a similar configuration. This session shows how to create a standard SCW configuration file and extend it to make other Web servers behave the same. This presentation also explains how to roll back changes introduced by the SCW to ensure safe recovery.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282097&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity and Access Management (Part 2 of 2): Details of Intranet and Extranet Access Management (Level 200)

    Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This two-part series describes how you can use identity management solutions to create and manage user account information efficiently and securely across multiple systems in an enterprise. Having described the principles and concepts of access management in the first webcast, this second webcast explains in more detail how to apply these principles and methods specifically to your organization's intranet, and also how to apply them to an external network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285754&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Virtual Server: Architectural Best Practices (Level 300)

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

    Bryon Surace, Program Manager - Virtual Machine

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s information technology (IT) organizations are under pressure to reduce costs and prioritize spending on new equipment. Virtualization technology is emerging as an effective way to increase productivity and deployment flexibility. Virtualization can provide an effective way to consolidate production servers. Join this webcast for a discussion of using Microsoft Virtual Server in the real world and how you can apply it in your IT organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285717&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support WebCast: Troubleshooting public folder replication - Level 300
    Thursday, December 15, 2005: 10:00 A.M. Pacific time (Coordinated Universal Time - 7 hours).

    Provides an overview of public folder replication. Discusses how to troubleshoot public folder replication problems by reducing the problem area. Talks about what data to collect and what tools to use to troubleshoot public folder replication problems.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=907304

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity Management and Active Directory Federation Services in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This technical webcast focuses on the identity management scenario in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Our discussion includes a review of the Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and UNIX Identity Management features. We also provide an in-depth exploration of Active Directory Federation Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286158&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Upgrading to SQL Server Agent in SQL Server 2005: Issues to Consider (Level 200)

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

    Gops Dwarakanathan, SQL Agent Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Before you upgrade a component of Microsoft SQL Server, you must be informed of any issues that might arise. This webcast addresses what to consider as you prepare to upgrade to SQL Server Agent in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. We discuss changes to the following from an upgrade point-of-view: Agent stored procedures, tables and views, registry knobs, proxy accounts, notification mechanisms, master and target server (MSX/TSX) operations, and service accounts. We also explain architectural changes that positively affect you, and we describe known issues and how to work around them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285815&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast for a complete look at Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, whether you are upgrading or newly installing a MOM 2005 management solution. Learn about MOM 2005 features and components, deployment topologies and scenarios, planning considerations, upgrade tips, and security settings.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285727&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 18 of 18): Product Road Map and Beyond (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast examines the Microsoft product roadmap. It shows where the various products discussed throughout this series are heading and how they will integrate in the future.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282329&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast examines some of the common problems you are likely to encounter in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover issues involving both management points and Advanced Clients, including troubleshooting steps you can use to identify specific problems and techniques for resolving the issues you find.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285730&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 300)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Your organization is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and it is stable. What can you do to improve your Exchange operations, customize them, and optimize them to better meet the requirements of your organization? This webcast provides tips on how to customize system messages, create custom address lists, customize Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and control which versions of Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server. We also show you how to use Mailbox Manager and create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285640&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Strategies and Tools for Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get the knowledge you need to upgrade a server running either Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to the recently released Microsoft SQL Server 2005. This webcast introduces you to the strategies and tools that can help you make a smooth transition. We outline two different upgrade strategies: the migration strategy, which involves installing SQL Server 2005 on a new server and then migrating data; and the in-place strategy, in which you upgrade your existing installation. We also look at the Upgrade Advisor, a tool for planning and preparation. Using this information, you can decide which approach is right for your servers, and plan your next steps.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285817&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2006 provides you with state-of-the-art tools and guidance to help you create a system architecture model for deploying a Microsoft server application, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Tune in to this webcast to learn more about the capabilities and features of System Center Capacity Planner 2006, and find out how it can help you plan and implement a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285733&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Your Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Environment (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get an overview of security management and learn about the new security features that have been added to Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. In particular, this webcast introduces you to an important new scenario in MOM 2005, trusted monitoring. Discover how to secure your MOM 2005 deployments from the MOM management (server-side) and the MOM agent (client-side) perspectives.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285801&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

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

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285761&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 for Active Directory (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the Active Directory Management Pack in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, a valuable tool for monitoring events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various components and subsystems of Microsoft Active Directory directory services. This management pack provides important information in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. The Active Directory Management Pack is designed to provide monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. Join this webcast to explore the various monitoring scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285738&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Performance and Sizing (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how the configuration of key components in the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 architecture affects the performance of the monitoring environment as a whole. Join us to find out what the support limits are for MOM 2005 configurations and understand the reasons behind them. We conclude by showing common MOM problems that affect performance and the solutions to these problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285743&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 offers some new features for database administrators and information technology (IT) professionals. Join this webcast to learn about new administration tools, including SQL Management Studio; SQLCMD, the new command-line utility (and its GUI equivalent in SQL Management Studio); and SQLiMail, the new Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)-based replacement for SQLMail. We look at SQL Server Express 2005, a “light” version of SQL Server 2005 that replaces the Microsoft Desktop Engine (MSDE).  We conclude by exploring maintenance and performance tools included in SQL Server 2005, such as maintenance plans, SQL Profiler, and SQL Server Agent.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285819&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

     

     

    Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

     

    TechNet Webcast: Making the Transition from Lotus Domino Messaging to Exchange Server (Level 200)

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

    Erik Ashby, Exchange Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to get in-depth knowledge of the recommended process for transitioning from an IBM Lotus Domino to a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging topology. Learn about the best path to an easy transition, and find out about recent updates to the tools available from Microsoft that can help you migrate from IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285630&Culture=en-US

     

    FY05 Portals

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Introduction to SharePoint Products and Technologies (Level 100)

    Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server helps teams to work together, follow best practices, make better decisions, and obtain the information and applications that are most relevant to them. Designed for those new to the program, this webcast demonstrates the collaboration functionality that SharePoint products and technologies provide. Learn how to publish a consolidated view of the information pertinent to the knowledge workers in your organization. Join us online to find out how to personalize, integrate, and collaborate using SharePoint Portal Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285684&Culture=en-US

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 14 of 18): SMS 2003 Software and Patch Management (Level 300)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing on from the points addressed in our previous webcast, this webcast session shows how to use Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) for patch management and software management. Learn how to use this product and how SMS 2003 can help you deploy software and patches to numerous locations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 11 of 14): Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 200)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. An essential tool for any Exchange administrator the ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast as we will cover what the tool is and how to install it, set it up, and use it.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281782&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 15 of 18): Automating Desktop Configuration with SMS 2003 OSD (Level 300)

    Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Open Software Description (OSD) is an Extensible Markup Language technology that describes software components and their relationships to other components. The OSD vocabulary is a standardized way to describe software components, their versions, their underlying structures and their dependence on other components. Concluding this series-within-a-series about Microsoft Systems Management Server, this webcast shows how to use the OSD to enable organizations to deploy a standard set of desktop operating systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 16 of 18): Using MOM to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Adding servers to an environment to add business value might seem easy, but you must consider the costs of keeping all those servers running, secure and up to date. This webcast presents an example organization that has chosen Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to help manage a rapidly growing network. This webcast and the one to follow examine how our example organization leveraged MOM and the MOM Management packs to reduce management overhead. See how our example organization monitors its servers worldwide, how the design points for deploying MOM were chosen, how the server locations were decided and how all servers were monitored.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282180&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 13 of 14): Mobility (Level 200)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers the mobility support in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, including the new mobility features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Mobile 5.0. The webcast provides a brief overview of Open Mobile Alliance, and then shows how to configure and enable OMA, before covering some security considerations. From there the webcast discusses Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) access considerations, examining WAP 1.x and WAP 2.0 gateways and how they affect Secure Sockets Layer traffic. The presentation concludes with a brief Windows Mobile 5.0 discussion featuring the Messaging & Security Feature Pack, its integration with SP2, the features of SP2, and what business issues it solves.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281784&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, December 12, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning and deploying your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment helps to ensure that your installation is a success. This webcast presents the best practices for deployment and introduces the tools available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation. This webcast demonstrates the Capacity Planner tool in SMS 2003 that can help model the topology of your proposed SMS site and suggest appropriate configurations for your SMS site systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285708&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Distributed File Replication Services (DFSR) (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Puhl, Microsoft, Sr. Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a new component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that helps companies to extend their authentication infrastructure across enterprise and organizational boundaries. Come listen to engineers on the Microsoft IT team discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing and deploying an ADFS infrastructure.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=55997

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Multi-Computer Scripts (Level 200)

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

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

    Turn those single-computer scripts into multi-computer powerhouses. In this webcast, learn techniques for writing single-computer scripts that are easy to test and debug, and even easier to incorporate into multi-computer wrapper scripts. You will have access to several wrappers that target computers from lists, in Microsoft Active Directory, and more. Go from scripting a single computer to scripting your entire environment in less than an hour.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We discuss three key scenarios: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. We also examine new and improved features that are related to each scenario.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285747&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 17 of 18): Using MOM Management Packs to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

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

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing from the previous webcast, this webcast shows how our example organization used Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to manage its environment. This installment examines a variety of management packs to monitor Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration, Sybari Antigen and third-party servers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282182&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 14 of 14): Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast looks at the new features within Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2. We will cover the improvements in the Intelligent Message Filter and the mailbox enhancements, increased storage limits for standard edition, as well as some of the mobility improvements in the service pack.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281786&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Take a tour of the day-to-day operations that administrators are likely to encounter after they deploy 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. This webcast covers a range of informative topics, including configuration, delegation, replication, monitoring, and the best practices that can help keep users at branch offices happy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283989&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity Management and Active Directory Federation Services in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This technical webcast focuses on the identity management scenario in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Our discussion includes a review of the Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and UNIX Identity Management features. We also provide an in-depth exploration of Active Directory Federation Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286158&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast for a complete look at Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, whether you are upgrading or newly installing a MOM 2005 management solution. Learn about MOM 2005 features and components, deployment topologies and scenarios, planning considerations, upgrade tips, and security settings.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285727&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 18 of 18): Product Road Map and Beyond (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast examines the Microsoft product roadmap. It shows where the various products discussed throughout this series are heading and how they will integrate in the future.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282329&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast examines some of the common problems you are likely to encounter in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover issues involving both management points and Advanced Clients, including troubleshooting steps you can use to identify specific problems and techniques for resolving the issues you find.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285730&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 300)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Your organization is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and it is stable. What can you do to improve your Exchange operations, customize them, and optimize them to better meet the requirements of your organization? This webcast provides tips on how to customize system messages, create custom address lists, customize Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and control which versions of Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server. We also show you how to use Mailbox Manager and create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285640&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2006 provides you with state-of-the-art tools and guidance to help you create a system architecture model for deploying a Microsoft server application, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Tune in to this webcast to learn more about the capabilities and features of System Center Capacity Planner 2006, and find out how it can help you plan and implement a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285733&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 for Active Directory (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the Active Directory Management Pack in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, a valuable tool for monitoring events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various components and subsystems of Microsoft Active Directory directory services. This management pack provides important information in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. The Active Directory Management Pack is designed to provide monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. Join this webcast to explore the various monitoring scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285738&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Performance and Sizing (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how the configuration of key components in the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 architecture affects the performance of the monitoring environment as a whole. Join us to find out what the support limits are for MOM 2005 configurations and understand the reasons behind them. We conclude by showing common MOM problems that affect performance and the solutions to these problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285743&Culture=en-US

     

    Web Platform

     

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

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          Exchange Server

    ·          Internet Information Server

    ·          Mobility

    ·          Office Live Communications Server

    ·          Office

    ·          Operations Manager

    ·          Other

    ·          SharePoint Portal Server

    ·          SQL Server

    ·          System Management Server

    ·          Virtual Server

    ·          Windows Server

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 11 of 14): Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 200)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. An essential tool for any Exchange administrator the ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast as we will cover what the tool is and how to install it, set it up, and use it.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281782&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Making the Transition from Lotus Domino Messaging to Exchange Server (Level 200)

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

    Erik Ashby, Exchange Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to get in-depth knowledge of the recommended process for transitioning from an IBM Lotus Domino to a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging topology. Learn about the best path to an easy transition, and find out about recent updates to the tools available from Microsoft that can help you migrate from IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285630&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 13 of 14): Mobility (Level 200)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast covers the mobility support in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, including the new mobility features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Mobile 5.0. The webcast provides a brief overview of Open Mobile Alliance, and then shows how to configure and enable OMA, before covering some security considerations. From there the webcast discusses Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) access considerations, examining WAP 1.x and WAP 2.0 gateways and how they affect Secure Sockets Layer traffic. The presentation concludes with a brief Windows Mobile 5.0 discussion featuring the Messaging & Security Feature Pack, its integration with SP2, the features of SP2, and what business issues it solves.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281784&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 14 of 14): Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

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

    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast looks at the new features within Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2. We will cover the improvements in the Intelligent Message Filter and the mailbox enhancements, increased storage limits for standard edition, as well as some of the mobility improvements in the service pack.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032281786&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 300)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Your organization is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and it is stable. What can you do to improve your Exchange operations, customize them, and optimize them to better meet the requirements of your organization? This webcast provides tips on how to customize system messages, create custom address lists, customize Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and control which versions of Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server. We also show you how to use Mailbox Manager and create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285640&Culture=en-US

     

    Internet Information Server

     

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

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

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

    Mobility

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Windows Mobile Devices with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (Level 300)

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

    Khalid Siddiqui, Mobility Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    As mobile devices become a larger part of the information technology (IT) infrastructure, managing them becomes a greater challenge. Join this webcast to learn how device management works on the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. See demonstrations of features and functionality, and learn how to use the components of Windows Mobile that provide device management capability. We also illustrate how you can utilize the Messaging and Security Feature Pack in an enterprise environment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285688&Culture=en-US

     

    Office Live Communications Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Dialing for Desktops: Microsoft Communicator and PBX Integration Calling (Level 200)

    Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Adam Marlin, Director of Sales & Strategic Alliances, Siemens

    Would you like to simplify your desktop devices by using one device to manage all communication? Now you can. Siemens HiPath OpenScape Telephony Control Link (TCL) integrates your existing Private Branch Exchange (PBX) voice networks with Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, an open, standards-based Instant Messaging (IM) client for the enterprise. HiPath OpenScape TCL extends the capabilities of Live Communications Server and Office Communicator by enabling PBX telephony functions in the client. Check out this webcast to learn more about this valuable solution, and see how it can enhance your employees’ productivity and provide significant cost savings for your business.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285799&Culture=en-US

     

    Office

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Does IT: Using Business Scorecard Manager 2005 to Enhance Business Performance (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bruno Aziza, Microsoft Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Daniel Rubiolo Mendoza, Office Business Scorecard Manager - Microsoft Operations Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft IT team has integrated Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005 into its business performance management system. Would you like to learn the methods the team used and their advantages? Join this webcast to learn how to enhance the execution of your business strategy by integrating performance information into an accessible Microsoft SharePoint user environment. The performance information is clearly associated with supporting contextual data and seamlessly shared across the enterprise. This webcast shows how Microsoft IT monitors performance against objectives and facilitates accountability.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=55934

     

    Operations Manager

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 16 of 18): Using MOM to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

    Friday, December 9, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Adding servers to an environment to add business value might seem easy, but you must consider the costs of keeping all those servers running, secure and up to date. This webcast presents an example organization that has chosen Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to help manage a rapidly growing network. This webcast and the one to follow examine how our example organization leveraged MOM and the MOM Management packs to reduce management overhead. See how our example organization monitors its servers worldwide, how the design points for deploying MOM were chosen, how the server locations were decided and how all servers were monitored.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282180&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 17 of 18): Using MOM Management Packs to Monitor Your Environment (Level 300)

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

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing from the previous webcast, this webcast shows how our example organization used Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to manage its environment. This installment examines a variety of management packs to monitor Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration, Sybari Antigen and third-party servers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282182&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast for a complete look at Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, whether you are upgrading or newly installing a MOM 2005 management solution. Learn about MOM 2005 features and components, deployment topologies and scenarios, planning considerations, upgrade tips, and security settings.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285727&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 for Active Directory (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the Active Directory Management Pack in Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, a valuable tool for monitoring events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various components and subsystems of Microsoft Active Directory directory services. This management pack provides important information in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. The Active Directory Management Pack is designed to provide monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. Join this webcast to explore the various monitoring scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285738&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Performance and Sizing (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast explains how the configuration of key components in the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 architecture affects the performance of the monitoring environment as a whole. Join us to find out what the support limits are for MOM 2005 configurations and understand the reasons behind them. We conclude by showing common MOM problems that affect performance and the solutions to these problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285743&Culture=en-US

     

    Other

     

    TechNet Webcast: System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2006 provides you with state-of-the-art tools and guidance to help you create a system architecture model for deploying a Microsoft server application, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Tune in to this webcast to learn more about the capabilities and features of System Center Capacity Planner 2006, and find out how it can help you plan and implement a successful deployment.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285733&Culture=en-US

     

    SharePoint Portal Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Introduction to SharePoint Products and Technologies (Level 100)

    Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

    Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server helps teams to work together, follow best practices, make better decisions, and obtain the information and applications that are most relevant to them. Designed for those new to the program, this webcast demonstrates the collaboration functionality that SharePoint products and technologies provide. Learn how to publish a consolidated view of the information pertinent to the knowledge workers in your organization. Join us online to find out how to personalize, integrate, and collaborate using SharePoint Portal Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285684&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: An Overview of the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Process (Level 200)

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

    Michael Schechter, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This overview webcast provides you with the background you need to choose the best strategy for upgrading your system to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Find out how to identify any incompatibility issues that you must address before you begin the process and how to prepare your system for a successful upgrade. We also offer tips and techniques that can help you make the most effective use of the upgrade tools and minimize downtime during the upgrade process.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285803&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Failover Clustering for SQL Server 2000 Users (Level 200)

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

    Allan Hirt, Consultant, Avanade, Inc.

    Have you implemented a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 failover cluster (or two)? If you plan to migrate your SQL Server 2000 implementation to a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 failover cluster, this webcast offers a comparison of failover clustering in the two versions. We discuss new features and issues that you should watch out for during your upgrade process. In addition, we highlight important things you should know when you implement a SQL Server 2005 failover cluster alongside one or more existing instances of SQL Server 2000.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285805&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services: Preparing to Migrate (Level 200)

    Monday, December 12, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Thierry D'Hers, Program Manager Lead, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    T.K. Anand, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Migrating from Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 could be a daunting task. If you face this challenge, you will want to join this webcast to learn about the options available for migrating SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services solutions to SQL Server 2005. We explain the trade-offs involved to help you make better-informed decisions for your own implementation. We also summarize the known issues with backward compatibility and suggest some strategies that you might use to mitigate potential issues in your own implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285765&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Reap the Immediate Benefits of Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Don Vilen, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you know what benefits you can deliver to your organization just by upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Join this webcast to find out. Even if you do not use all the new features in SQL Server 2005, such as database mirroring and partitioning, or writing stored procedures in Microsoft .NET languages, you can still reap great benefits. This webcast introduces the many new features in SQL 2005 that you can utilize, without rewriting your applications or undertaking any new development efforts. We provide many examples where you can improve your system’s performance, concurrency, and availability simply by upgrading.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285807&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: From DTS to SSIS: Making the Move to SQL Server Integration Services (Level 200)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    James Howey, Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you considering the move from Data Transformation Services (DTS) in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) in Microsoft SQL Server 2005? SQL Server upgrades do not typically affect DTS processing, but there are some things you should know. With SSIS, you can: use the Upgrade Advisor to inventory your DTS packages and scope your migration efforts; use a wizard to ease the task of migrating and porting packages to SSIS; and successfully respond to situations that may require additional effort. Join this webcast to learn how to get ready to plan and implement your move to SSIS.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285810&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Upgrade Considerations for Query Optimizer Statistics (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Lubor Kollar, Group Program Manager, SQL Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you facing the prospect of a statistics upgrade? Or do you need to consider it, but have not done so? If yes, what steps should you take? Does Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provide anything new in statistics? If so, how could you benefit? This webcast answers these questions and many more. Join us for a deep dive into “Upgrade Considerations for Query Optimizer Statistics.”

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285813&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Upgrading to SQL Server Agent in SQL Server 2005: Issues to Consider (Level 200)

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

    Gops Dwarakanathan, SQL Agent Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Before you upgrade a component of Microsoft SQL Server, you must be informed of any issues that might arise. This webcast addresses what to consider as you prepare to upgrade to SQL Server Agent in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. We discuss changes to the following from an upgrade point-of-view: Agent stored procedures, tables and views, registry knobs, proxy accounts, notification mechanisms, master and target server (MSX/TSX) operations, and service accounts. We also explain architectural changes that positively affect you, and we describe known issues and how to work around them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285815&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Strategies and Tools for Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Monday, December 19, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get the knowledge you need to upgrade a server running either Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to the recently released Microsoft SQL Server 2005. This webcast introduces you to the strategies and tools that can help you make a smooth transition. We outline two different upgrade strategies: the migration strategy, which involves installing SQL Server 2005 on a new server and then migrating data; and the in-place strategy, in which you upgrade your existing installation. We also look at the Upgrade Advisor, a tool for planning and preparation. Using this information, you can decide which approach is right for your servers, and plan your next steps.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285817&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 offers some new features for database administrators and information technology (IT) professionals. Join this webcast to learn about new administration tools, including SQL Management Studio; SQLCMD, the new command-line utility (and its GUI equivalent in SQL Management Studio); and SQLiMail, the new Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)-based replacement for SQLMail. We look at SQL Server Express 2005, a “light” version of SQL Server 2005 that replaces the Microsoft Desktop Engine (MSDE).  We conclude by exploring maintenance and performance tools included in SQL Server 2005, such as maintenance plans, SQL Profiler, and SQL Server Agent.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285819&Culture=en-US

     

    System Management Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 14 of 18): SMS 2003 Software and Patch Management (Level 300)

    Friday, December 2, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Continuing on from the points addressed in our previous webcast, this webcast session shows how to use Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) for patch management and software management. Learn how to use this product and how SMS 2003 can help you deploy software and patches to numerous locations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 15 of 18): Automating Desktop Configuration with SMS 2003 OSD (Level 300)

    Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Open Software Description (OSD) is an Extensible Markup Language technology that describes software components and their relationships to other components. The OSD vocabulary is a standardized way to describe software components, their versions, their underlying structures and their dependence on other components. Concluding this series-within-a-series about Microsoft Systems Management Server, this webcast shows how to use the OSD to enable organizations to deploy a standard set of desktop operating systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Planning and Deploying Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, December 12, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning and deploying your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment helps to ensure that your installation is a success. This webcast presents the best practices for deployment and introduces the tools available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation. This webcast demonstrates the Capacity Planner tool in SMS 2003 that can help model the topology of your proposed SMS site and suggest appropriate configurations for your SMS site systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285708&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast examines some of the common problems you are likely to encounter in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover issues involving both management points and Advanced Clients, including troubleshooting steps you can use to identify specific problems and techniques for resolving the issues you find.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285730&Culture=en-US

     

    Virtual Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Virtual Server: Advanced Scripting and Other Secrets (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Allen Stewart, Architect - Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft Corporation

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 provides a powerful selection of Component Object Model (COM) interfaces for manipulating all facets of a virtual machine. These interfaces can support everything from provisioning to day-to-day management operations. Join this webcast as we showcase the COM application programming interface (API) and demonstrate a range of scripting examples. We also demonstrate how partners are using the API to turn provisioning and management functionality into products.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285651&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automating a Dev/Test Lab with Virtual Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Mike Sterling, Program Manager - Virtual Machine

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Virtualization can significantly reduce the cost of developing and testing complex, multitier applications. Are you ready to take advantage of this new, automated technology? Join this webcast to learn how virtualization is changing development and testing. The webcast includes real world examples of how Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 can automate the configuration, integration, and management of virtual machines. Virtual Server 2005 also enables more flexible deployments and increases developer productivity for better test coverage. Learn how you can provision and manipulate several servers “virtually” without using a lot of physical hardware.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285712&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Virtual Server: Architectural Best Practices (Level 300)

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

    Bryon Surace, Program Manager - Virtual Machine

    Robert Osborne, Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Jim Ni, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Peter Doulas, Senior Product Manager with US BMO Windows Server Group, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s information technology (IT) organizations are under pressure to reduce costs and prioritize spending on new equipment. Virtualization technology is emerging as an effective way to increase productivity and deployment flexibility. Virtualization can provide an effective way to consolidate production servers. Join this webcast for a discussion of using Microsoft Virtual Server in the real world and how you can apply it in your IT organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285717&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Distributed File Replication Services (DFSR) (Level 300)

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Brian Puhl, Microsoft, Sr. Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a new component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that helps companies to extend their authentication infrastructure across enterprise and organizational boundaries. Come listen to engineers on the Microsoft IT team discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing and deploying an ADFS infrastructure.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=55997

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mastering Multi-Computer Scripts (Level 200)

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

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

    Turn those single-computer scripts into multi-computer powerhouses. In this webcast, learn techniques for writing single-computer scripts that are easy to test and debug, and even easier to incorporate into multi-computer wrapper scripts. You will have access to several wrappers that target computers from lists, in Microsoft Active Directory, and more. Go from scripting a single computer to scripting your entire environment in less than an hour.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032276558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2003 R2 Technical Overview (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We discuss three key scenarios: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. We also examine new and improved features that are related to each scenario.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285747&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Take a tour of the day-to-day operations that administrators are likely to encounter after they deploy 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. This webcast covers a range of informative topics, including configuration, delegation, replication, monitoring, and the best practices that can help keep users at branch offices happy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283989&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Identity Management and Active Directory Federation Services in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    This technical webcast focuses on the identity management scenario in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Our discussion includes a review of the Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and UNIX Identity Management features. We also provide an in-depth exploration of Active Directory Federation Services.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286158&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 18 of 18): Product Road Map and Beyond (Level 200)

    Friday, December 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This final webcast examines the Microsoft product roadmap. It shows where the various products discussed throughout this series are heading and how they will integrate in the future.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032282329&Culture=en-US

     

     

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  • Exchange 12 News coming out of IT Forum

    Exchange GuyEileen Brown has posted on her weblog the news coming out of IT Forum this week that the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server – “Exchange 12” – will only be available for 64 bit platforms.  (Yes, she said “only”.) 

    The official Press Release is here, outlining the 64–bit announcement as well as other great announcements that Bob Muglia made in his keynote speech.

    Other of my team have blogged this, too:

    Now… let’s discuss…

    Here’s what I think, right now.  I’m not sure.  I'm still "on the fence" about how the public will react to this news. Yes, it's great for Enterprise customers. They will absolutely love it.

    But small-to-mid-sized business is still quite skeptical about having to buy new hardware "just for the support of new software".  In this case I wonder if we're not just encouraging the notion that Exchange 2003 is "good enough" for a long time to come.

    What do you think?

  • Dude, I'm pretty sure that's gonna void the warranty...

    I want one, Santa!The folks at AnandTech have posted their first looks at the XBOX 360 – from the INSIDE!

    Yep.  They tore apart one of these babies, and have posted a bunch of photos and discussion on the various innerworkings.

    Makes for a fun, interesting, geeky read.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 031

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 031

    Happy SQL Express User

    We got 31 flavors of tidbits for ya…

    “I’d like some more information on the requirements for online defragmentation and indexing.”

    Well, first of all… The new online index operations are only available in the Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2005. 

    The SQL Server 2005 Books Online has a great section on the requirments for performing Online Index Operations. 

    From the manual…(And if you have the books online already installed, clicking on this link will bring you right to the correct topic: ms-help://MS.SQLCC.v9/MS.SQLSVR.v9.en/udb9/html/d82942e0-4a86-4b34-a65f-9f143ebe85ce.htm)

    When you perform online index operations, the following guidelines apply:

    • Clustered indexes must be created, rebuilt, or dropped offline when the underlying table contains large object (LOB) data types: image, ntext, text, varchar(max), nvarchar(max), varbinary(max), and xml.
    • Nonclustered indexes can be created online when the table contains LOB data types but none of these columns are used in the index definition as either key or nonkey (included) columns. Nonclustered indexes defined with LOB data type columns must be created or rebuilt offline.
    • Indexes on local temp tables cannot be created, rebuilt, or dropped online. This restriction does not apply to indexes on global temp tables.

    The following table shows the index operations that can be performed online and the indexes that are excluded from these online operations. Additional restrictions are also included….

    See the books online for the table, plus some additional considerations of Disk Space, Performance, and Transaction Log loads.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 030

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 030

    Happy SQL Express User

    30 tidbits.  The bit “3 oh”.  Our list is not a young list anymore.

    This tidbit as a result of really good questions (aka questions I didn’t have a sufficient answer for or that I wanted to research more thoroughly) at our TechNet Events in Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Which reminds me… I had a great time down there!  The people I met and worked with were so nice and friendly!  Thanks for making this northern boy feel right at home!)

    “You say that you can manage SQL Databases and even SQL 7 and SQL 2000 Servers with the SQL Server 2005 Management Studio.  But what can’t you do to or with those databases or servers?”

    Well… I have to correct myself on that one.  At the time the plan was to be able to manage SQL 7 databases with the Management Studio.  That changed before RTM.  Currently only SQL 2000 and newer database servers can be managed using the Management Studio. 

    Note that this doesn’t mean you can’t still run SQL 7 and replicate or otherwise interact with your new 2005 databases.

    That question is bigger than I can really address here… Your absolutely best source of answers to your specific questions of will-this-or-that-work-in-SQL-2005 is the books online.

    “But Kevin… Don’t I need to buy SQL Server 2005 to get the books online?”

    No!  You can get a free, full, stand-alone downloadable and installable copy of the documentation!  Click HERE for the download page.

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

     

  • Windows Live Safety Center is... LIVE!

    Windows Livebeta

    Yes indeed… your PC can be more secure and healthy.

    The Windows Live Safety Center is a place where anyone can quickly tune up their PC.  There are three “Service Centers” where you can

    your PC.  There is also an online community forming there as well.

    NOTE: This is a service still in BETA, but it’s well worth your time to check it out.

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 029

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 029

    Happy SQL Express User

    Another tidbit?  It’s been awhile! 

    FAR too long.  My apologies.

    This tidbit is about a new flexible security feature in SQL Server 2005: SQL Server Agent Proxies.

    In the past, if you wanted a job to have access to some secured subsystem, you had to basically give that job rights as the sa user, or some other account that you created specifically for all agent job steps.  So the job had all-or-nothing access.

    In SQL 2005, the SQL Server agent has access to some subsystems that it didn’t have access to before, such as SQL Server Integration Services, and Analysis Services. 

    But the big benefit in 2005 is that you can create or use Windows accounts or groups (but preferably accounts) that you specify, and then proxy those for the sake of agent jobs and those special protected tasks. 

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

     

  • A Virtual PC Puzzler for You

    Sweet!This question was asked recently of our team, and it was just interesting enough of a question to see if someone reading this blog might like to play with this scenario on their own. 

    Yes.. you are finally being encouraged to “try this at home”.

    Here’s the question:
    Can you create a virtual machine Windows Server 2003 guest being hosted in a Windows XP Virtual PC installation, and make the host XP machine a member of a domain running on the Windows 2003 Server?

    Hint: Some have suggested to use a loopback adapter installed on the XP machine as the common link between them… although I don’t see why the physical adapter on on the XP machine wouldn’t work just as well.

    It was discussed by a few people who said it couldn’t be done, but I’m not so sure.  And before I tried it I thought I’d toss it out here and see if someone wants to give it a whirl and share their experience with us.