Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • I hope you're having as much fun as I am!

    The Extended Remde FamilyI love the week after Christmas.  When I was a kid, it wasn’t getting all the presents on Christmas eve or Christmas day that was the best part of the season.  It was the days immediately AFTER Christmas when you could actually PLAY with your new toys.  And now that I’m an “adult” (some would dispute that claim), I live somewhat vicariously through my kids and their toys. 

    So.. while I’ve been trying to work a little bit this week, and helping out the content development for the coming quarter of TechNet Events, I’ve also been editing family video footage, going through family Christmas photos, and compiling a DVD of my brother Carl’s wedding.  It’s nice to have a week where I can finally catch up on some of those things.  Oh.. and of course I’ve been completely available to help put together new toys or help with the instructions on some new game for my kids to enjoy, too.

    “Couldn’t you fit a minute or two in to post something to your blog?”

    What do you think I’m doing now? 

    “Something useful for IT Pros?”

    Oh… well… no. Not yet.  Sorry.  Maybe soon.  I’d say that it is a New Year’s resolution to blog more, but it’s too early to make that commitment. 

  • Best of Q&A from Webcast: SQL Server2005 Management and Administration

    Greetings!

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast on SQL Server 2005 Management Administration.  Big BIG thank you to Bryan von Axelson for handling the Q&A on the backend, and who’s work this really represents.

    -Kevin

    “As a technet subscriber I have been watching the development of SQL2k5 and have participated in some of the beta / ctp iterations, now I seem to be having problems eliminating those installs from my computer and am having problems installing SQL2k5 developers edition from my technet subscription, the install seems to see a nonexistent ‘default instance’ has this been an ongoing problem and is there a quick and fast solution?”

    I have experienced the same thing, here is a link to thread on microsoft.com looks like Dan Jones might have a script for you, see his response and try e-mailing him for the script - http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=150545&SiteID=1

    “If you installed SQL Server in Windows Authentication mode can you go back and change it to mixed mode later?”

    Yes, you go into the properties of the Server, and there is a checkbox to add mixed mode

    “If I have different domains which has different password policy exists. Which password policy will be used for SQL authentication logins if I opt Enable password policy.”

    The domain that the SQL Server is a member of.

    “Can you backup database and transaction log in the same backup job?”

    Yes

    “What are the advantages to registering servers, instead of just connecting to them in the object explorer?”

    Registered Servers are just a way to manage or maintain the list of servers you’re responsible for and can easily connect to.  You may not want to connect to all servers.  But if they are registered and something happens (it goes offline or is otherwise unavailable) you will see it in registered servers window.

    “Are the backups stored on the SQL server itself, when using the backup and restore tool?”

    If you choose it, it can be stored on a disk on the SQL Server, another server, or go to tape. This is setup when creating the backup job.  I typically will back it up to a different disk than the database files are on during the day, and then these backup files will go to tape at night during the server backup.

    “There are 2 data centers. both data centers have sql server, clusters, SAN. what kind of disaster recovery strategy will guarantee 0% data loss in case if data center 1 goes down (power outage or some other trouble).  All the users are working with data center 1, what is the safest and the fastest way to deliver data to data center 2?  SAN replication ms mirroring (not released till March if I’m correct), log shipping will not insure 0% data loss. between data centers is OC3 (155 Mb/s) ~45 ms latency typical.”

    You are on the right track.  Mirroring will address this because you can put it in a mode that the data has to be written to both servers until it tells the application it can continue. You might want to look at Peer to Peer Replication, it is transactional based replication and can eliminates distance, there still is a latency so it won't be 0 %.

    “Is there a functionality that will create a data dictionary for me on all the tables and view that i have?”

    You should be able to pull this with one of the new DMV (Dynamic Management Views).

    “What command did you type to get an editor? And is that editor part of SQL Server 2005 install?”

    The editor he used was the old ED editor.  It’s not included with SQL, but an old DOS-like tool.  You can set what your editor is in an environment variable and then launch it from within SQLCMD interactive mode.

    “I may have missed this but - to connect from one dbserver to another does a link have to be registered or can a connection be set up via a connection string only?”

    You can connect without registering a server, by selecting Connect in the Object Explorer.

    “Does SQLCMD replace OSQL?”

    Yes – but don’t fear.  OSQL is still in SQL 2005 and available to use your current scripts with.  It might not be in the next version of SQL, however.  This is so you’ll have time to migrate your scripts to SQLCMD.

    “But can you connect via a script, like you would in c#. If there is a global reporting server and maybe 30 sql servers in the field and want to have a script to run that programatically connects to the 30 servers and performs query. I was hoping to do this via a dynamic script - everything runtime.”

    Yes you could create a script to connect

    “How can I use SQLCMD to update record to related tables in one cmd.”

    Check out - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms170207.aspx

    “I didn't follow the reason why I should use config manager instead of service manager to manage SQL-related services. Could you elaborate more? thanks very much.”

    There are hooks into the SQL Service and operating system, it has been recommended by the SQL Product group to use the SQL config tool, because this tool has been developed to manage these services. The Service Manager does not, for example, know which registry areas also need to have special permissions granted to your service account chosen.

    EXTRA: Cool Tutorial on SQLCMD
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms170207.aspx

    “What is Physical Design Structure - is it like a Diagram in SQL Server 2000?”

    Is it partitions, indexes... - http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnsql90/html/sql2k5partition.asp

    “Does online indexing effect the SQL DB peformance?”

    A little, yes.  Minimally, it will take longe to index it as opposed to offline indexing, but that is okay because we are online.

    “If I have bad clustered index, [Database Tuning Advisor] will recommend I drop that clustered index”

    Yes

    “The Tunning advisor is available just in 2005 version how about the 2000?”

    In SQL Server 2000 we had the Index Tuning Wizard.  And yes, you can run the new DTA against a SQL Server 2000 served database.

    “Is xp_sqlmaint still supported?”

    Yes - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/ms188408.aspx

    “What is the better way to setup report server?  Snapshot, or backup and restore the database to report server?

    I would prefer the backup/restore.  Database Snapshot is only available in the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2005, so you may only have backup/restore as an option.

    “Is Analysis Manager Built in to the Management Studio as well?”

    Yes

    “Are there any tools to analize statistics, like space usage by database, table, how do they grow, the same for log, amount of connections, cpu usage, I/O, etc. any reports that allow to see how does the statistic change?

    Yes.  Look at the new DMV (Dynamic Management Views) as well as in the management studio you have some reports on the summary view.

    “Will we be going over Analysis Services?”

    No that is considered BI.  Here are some links for you to start with - http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=SQL+Server+2005+Analysis+Services

    “Is ED editor part of SQL Server 2005?”

    No, thank goodness.

    “Can you talk about enhancements to SQL Agent Centralized management (MSX/TSX) in 2005?”

    A lot of changes focused around security, and performance - Here is a great link on the changes - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/evaluate/newsqlagent.mspx

    “Does SQL Server have Database event alerts?”

    Yes

    “Is operation manager [MOM 2005] part of the SQL 2005 Install or is it an extra add on?”

    Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 is a separate product. 
    http://www.microsoft.com/mom

    “Good show.”

    Thanks!

    “In profiler can we trace activity based on Database_role?”

    There are numerous settings in profiler, but I am not aware of a "Role"

    “What was the blog URL again, please?”

    http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde  (but you already knew that)

    “How do you setup database mail?”

    Wow.. big question. But you'll find it under Management. Just right click on Database Mail and "Configure Database Mail". :)

    Now THAT's a Jet Ski!

  • A little System Administrator humor for your Wednesday...

    The System Administrator Song

    The System Administrator Song.

    I hope my employer forgives the fact that my friend KJ found this for me on Google. 

    (Thanks DeadTroll.com.)

  • Webcast Resources: Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005

    Merry Christmas!

    Ultimate Disappointment

    or Happy Holidays!

    As promised, here are some related resources and helpful web pages for the content delivered in my webcast today – Managing and Administering SQL Server 2005

    I hope you find them useful!

    -Kevin

    Official Resource Page for this content
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sql-02

    SQL Server 2005 Webcast Series
    http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetsqlserver2005.mspx

    SQL Server 2005 Books Online (downloadable, installable, searchable, and FREE)
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/downloads/books.mspx

    TechNet SQL Server 2005 Site
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/default.mspx

    SQL Security and Protection
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/library/security.mspx

    SQLCMD
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/ms162773.aspx

    A Cute Redhead

    SQL Server Editions (Feature Comparison)
    http://www.microsoft.com/sql/prodinfo/features/compare-features.mspx

    SQL Server 2005 Database Snapshots
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/ms175158.aspx

    Database Engine Tuning Advisor
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/ms173494.aspx

    Dynamic Management Views and Functions
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/ms188754.aspx

    SQL Server Profiler
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms173757.aspx

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

    Live-and-in-person TechNet Events
    http://www.technetevents.com/KevinRemde

    Yeeehaw!

    Now THAT's a Jet Ski!

  • Resources for "MOM 2005 for Active Directory" Webcast

    Happy MOM UserAs promised, here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

    Kevin

     

    Management Webcast Series

    http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/technetmms.mspx

     

    MOM Sizer Tool

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=93930640-FA0F-48B3-8EB0-86836A1808DF&displaylang=en

     

    MOM Case Study – Homeloan Management Limited

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=17085

     

    Getting Started with MOM (“MOM for Beginners”)

    http://www.microsoft.com/Mom/techinfo/training/getstarted.mspx

     

    DEMO: Monitoring with MOM Consoles

    http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/shared/asp/view.asp?url=/seminar/en/20040617tnt1-112d3/manifest.xml

     

    Management Packs for MOM

    http://www.microsoft.com/management/mma/catalog.aspx

     

    MOM Virtual Labs

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

     

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

     

    Live TechNet Events

    http://www.technetevents.com

     

    Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

  • Branch offices are tough to manage

    Hint: Windows Server 2003 R2 has big branch office support improvements.

    I was e-mailed about an online chat happening tomorrow.  Actually, the email begged me and probably a couple hundred other Microsoft Bloggers:

    “Would you mind placing this live chat announcement on your blog to let readers know:“

    Okay.  I can do that.

    It’s entitled “Live Branch Chat: Administering and Maintaining the Branch Office Technologies”, and it’s happening on December 16th at 10:00am Pacific Time.

  • A New Year of TechNet Webcasts Begins!

    Armed with Webcast Knowledge!

    Yes indeed!

    The January TechNet Webcast Schedule is Live!

    We’ve got lots of great content for you this month; especially the two sessions I’m doing on Exchange Server Security.

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Exchange Server 2003 Security (Part 1 of 2): Securing Services and Messaging Protocols (Level 200)
    Monday, January 16, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Exchange Server 2003 Security (Part 2 of 2): Protecting Against Unwanted E-Mail (Level 200)
    Monday, January 23, 2006
    - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    I’ve also posted the complete schedule, HERE.

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2006 01

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: January 2006

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

     

    TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts

    ·          By Topic

    ·          By Product/Technology

     

    ·          TechNet Events and Webcasts blogger site.

    §          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

    §          TechNet Webcast Calendar

    §          Security Webcast Calendar

     

     

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

     

    Additional Webcast Resources

     

     

    Microsoft TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    TechNet Webcasts

    NEW Webcasts: 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.

     

    NEW Webcasts: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Secure Applications and Web Services

    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.

     

    Scripting Week 3: Script it up a notch

    On-demand webcasts available now
    New!  Hear it on the go!  You can download an audio-only file for webcasts in this series directly from the events details page. 

    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.)

     

    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*.


    TechNet Webcast Calendar

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

     

    Security Webcast Calendar

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

     

    TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

    Bonus: Attend any live webcast through 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

    §          Exchange Server 2003 in Depth

    New!  Hear it on the go!  You can download an audio-only file for webcasts in this series directly from the events details page. 

    §          Group Policy 

    §          IIS

    §          ISA Server 2004

    §          Managing a Microsoft Infrastructure

    §          Master Administrative Scripting with Don Jones

    §          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: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you want to improve your understanding of the basic concepts of Microsoft Active Directory? This webcast explains the logical concepts as they relate to domains, trees, and forests. We also look at the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and the Domain Name System (DNS), and recognize how that relationship affects your work. We also examine the operation functions such as intersite and intrasite replication, and the Active Directory Operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287230&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Desktop Deployment (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Adam Gordon, Lead Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like managing a production line. Several different elements—for example, operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators—are constructed as discrete components and then brought together on the production line to make a finished product. This analogy encourages a project management approach to deployment, particularly when you view deployment readiness as a supply chain. Join us as we examine the various components and production lines that together form a comprehensive deployment solution. This webcast provides an overview of desktop deployment that sets the stage for other webcasts in the series that focus on specific areas like computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287461&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 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: Identity and Access Management (Part 2 of 2): Details of Intranet and Extranet Access Management (Level 200)

    Friday, January 06, 2006 - 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: Windows Vista Deployment Tools and Technologies (Level 200)

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Larry Engel, Director of Program Management, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system introduces significant innovations for easing deployments. This webcast provides an overview of the imaging and remote deployment technologies built into Windows Vista, along with a look at deployment-specific tools. Join us to get the background you need before you participate in more in-depth training and hands-on labs.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287668&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Information Security Protects Critical Information Assets (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Igor Volovich, Microsoft Information Security, Security Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    How does the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) team secure a computing environment that has more than 300,000 network devices in 96 countries? This webcast shows how Microsoft Information Security manages security risks by adhering to the following standards: fast, reliable, protected, and secure by design. Learn how we align the Information Security organization with the security life cycle, translating risk into a coherent plan composed of key strategies and tactics. Then take a deeper dive into enhanced auditing and monitoring. We discuss two hot topics, automated  vulnerability scans and network-based intrusion detection systems (NIDS). Learn our approach to protecting critical information by monitoring for vulnerabilities, complying with policy, and using NIDS.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57252

     

    TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth: Sybari Antigen Solutions for E-Mail Hygiene (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Peter Eicher, Sr. Product Manager, Enterprise Access and Security Products, Microsoft Corporation

    Now that 50% of all e-mail is spam and 85% of viruses use e-mail to propagate, comprehensive e-mail protection is critical for overall network integrity. This webcast presents defense-in-depth to strengthen e-mail—and thereby overall network—security. We describe the protection that Sybari Antigen Solutions offers from viruses, worms, and spam. We also discuss content protection technologies that you can combine to eliminate single points of failure and reduce the window of vulnerability for emerging threats. We also cover perimeter defense; layered elimination of unsolicited traffic; multi-engine, server-level threat detection, and incident containment. Learn how you can apply a defense-in-depth strategy to reduce infection rates and maximize performance in e-mail environments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287452&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 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 January 10, 2005, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the January 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=1032287360&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the less common Microsoft Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast examines scenarios in which these more complex designs might be appropriate. We explain how to plan effectively and what pitfalls to avoid. We also offer recommendations that can help make your complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287232&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Tune into this webcast to learn how to identify and fix problems with the branch office technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. These technologies include distributed file system (DFS) namespaces, DFS replication, DFS management tools, DFS diagnostics tools, and the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack. You will gain a strong working knowledge of troubleshooting tools and learn how to apply them to different problems. This webcast provides you with the essential knowledge you need to solve potential problems during branch office deployments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283993&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Connecting Windows Workflow Foundations to Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino (Level 400)

    Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Marc Mercuri, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundations is an exciting new technology from Microsoft. IBM Lotus Notes/IBM Lotus Domino has been building on the concept of workflow for a long time. Luckily, both systems have standard interfaces that allow them to interoperate. This webcast shows you how to connect a Windows Workflow Foundation workflow with a Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino workflow, including a look at the code that makes the connection.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285632&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (Level 300)

    Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jen Field, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how you can successfully design and deploy Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) to help protect sensitive information across your organization. This webcast covers a range of topics related to RMS deployment and maintenance, including capacity planning, designing for high availability and performance, backup and recovery, and deployment best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286986&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrating Your SharePoint Technologies with Project Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, January 16, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Colin Spence, Consultant / Partner, Convergent Computing

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    Explore the integration of Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint technologies. This webcast focuses on the best practices for Project Server 2003 design and deployment, coexistence strategies with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and the pros and cons of different design choices. We provide several different overviews on effectively sharing project information, indexing and searching options, and Project Web Access interface and standard Web parts.  Join us and learn about accessing your Project Server 2003 project information and get a review of the Project Server and SharePoint security models.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284681&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Exchange Server 2003 Security (Part 1 of 2): Securing Services and Messaging Protocols (Level 200)

    Monday, January 16, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Securing communication over networks is essential to securing your organization from intrusions, overloads, and interruptions of many types. In this first webcast of a two-part series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 security, we describe how to deploy a more secure Exchange 2003 infrastructure and how to secure its server services and messaging protocols.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287339&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implements Exchange 2003 Anti-Spam Technologies (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

    Konstantin Ryvkin, Microsoft IT Group Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Alexander Nikolayev, Microsoft Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Wouldn’t we all like to improve how we manage spam? This webcast presents how Microsoft does just that, providing an overview of anti-spam technology in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and how the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) department uses these technologies to help control spam. The webcast also provides a complete overview of the anti-spam technologies available in SP2 and explains how the department implements them. Join us to learn best practices, tips, and other useful information for getting the most from the anti-spam technologies in SP2. We conclude with a question and answer session.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57276

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Products with Web Services in Lotus Domino 7 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    IBM Lotus Domino 7 now includes Web services that provide a native way to create and host a Web service on a Domino server. This webcast explains how you can write a LotusScript Web service and call it from Microsoft Visual Studio .NET by using a few lines of code that you wrote in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.  If you are interested in simple steps that you can take to make your IBM Lotus Notes applications more powerful, join this webcast.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284164&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Data Consolidation with the Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 Feature Pack (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shola Aluko, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Would you like to reclaim the underutilized disk space that your company is probably spending thousands of dollars to maintain? Find out how you can create a highly reliable and available storage environment and migrate to it using the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 feature pack. This webcast explains the key features of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, such as the Single Instance Storage service, remote differential compression, and the replication and branch office technologies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284243&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft Active Directory Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. This management pack monitors events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various Active Directory components and subsystems. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. Learn how the Active Directory Management Pack for MOM 2005 can provide you with valuable monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. We also show how Active Directory Management Pack reports make important information available to you in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287391&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Performance Tuning Tips and Techniques (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael J. Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting the best performance you can from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? In this webcast, learn helpful performance tuning tips and techniques for Exchange Server 2003. We begin with a look at the tools available for monitoring Exchange performance. We then provide best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring techniques based on extensive, real-world experiences with Exchange 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287234&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning the deployment of your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment is an important step towards ensuring that your installation is successful and stable. In this webcast, we offer best practices for deployment and look at various tools that are available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287393&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Analysis of Self-Managing Dynamic Systems (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Windows Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Self-managing dynamic systems are information technology (IT) infrastructures that abstract, or virtualize, computing resources to help IT professionals deploy business services more nimbly and respond quickly to business requirements. Self-managing dynamic systems can have a powerful effect on how you approach your business. This webcast provides an in-depth analysis of self-managing dynamic systems. Learn how to create highly available, highly reliable server operations by combining key management technologies with virtualization and coupling them with the Microsoft Windows Server operating system.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284679&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support WebCast: Performance counters and tracing capabilities in Microsoft ADO.NET 2.0 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006: 10:00 A.M. Pacific time

    Discusses the updated performance counters and the tracing capabilities that are built in to ADO.NET 2.0.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=911731

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Girish Chander, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 offers improved capabilities to secure the database, but there are still other things to consider when upgrading. From a security perspective, this webcast prepares you to upgrade from a previous version of Microsoft SQL Server to Microsoft SQL Server 2005. This webcast covers configuration option changes, surface area controls, and feature enhancements. Take advantage of the new capabilities in SQL Server 2005 by learning about the other steps you can take to further secure your system after the upgrade.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287563&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Support WebCast: Server sizing recommendations for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)
    Thursday, January 19, 2006: 10:00 A.M. Pacific time

    Discusses server sizing recommendations for SQL Server 2005.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=911732

     

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

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating File Replication Service Replica Sets to Distributed File System Replication (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shobana Balakrishnan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast walks you through the essential steps in the process of migrating from the File Replication service (FRS) to the new Distributed File System (DFS) Replication service available in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We begin by showing you how to identify which FRS replica sets to migrate and how to collect FRS configuration settings. Next, learn how to delete the old FRS replica set configuration and the associated FRS system folders. Then learn how to clean up Microsoft Active Directory to remove all FRS remnants. Finally, we demonstrate how to deploy DFS replication.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287370&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding the Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server Architecture (Level 100)

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet, LLC

    Because they share the same underlying technologies, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is able to work with and build upon the architecture of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. This webcast focuses on the architectural features of SharePoint Portal Server, including a look at the architecture of services particular to SharePoint Portal Server. We also highlight key decision areas you must address during the design and planning phases of your own SharePoint-based solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286825&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 200)

    Friday, January 20, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

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

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287286&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be difficult unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common problems with SMS 2003 environments and illustrates straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover common problems and solutions, including those related to installing SMS management points and advanced clients, communication between the components in your SMS hierarchy, management point security, and Microsoft SQL Server access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287568&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get the knowledge you need to upgrade Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or SQL Server 2000 to the recently released SQL Server 2005. This webcast introduces you to the tools and processes you need for a smooth transition. We explain Upgrade Advisor, a tool for planning and preparation, and two different upgrade strategies: The migration strategy involves installing SQL Server 2005 on a new server and then migrating data. The in-place strategy involves upgrading your existing installation. This webcast can help you decide which upgrade strategy is right for your servers and plan your next steps

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287290&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Exchange Server 2003 Security (Part 2 of 2): Protecting Against Unwanted E-Mail (Level 200)

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This second webcast in a two-part series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 security describes how to increase the security of e-mail that flows through an organization's Exchange servers. We also introduce you to Exchange 2003 features such as Real Time Block List support and Intelligent Message Filtering, tools that make it easier to reduce the amount of unwanted e-mail before it spreads through your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287342&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Runs SAP on SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Hans Reutter, Microsoft Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes how the Enterprise Application Services (EAS) team in the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) department utilizes the new database mirroring and online indexing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to dramatically increase the availability of Service Advertising Protocol (SAP) R/3 at Microsoft. Additionally, by using the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005 with commodity 64-bit hardware, EAS was able to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing performance, scalability, and reliability in the SAP R/3 landscape. Join this webcast to find out how they did it.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57355

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Lean Value Streams Using Visual Workbooks (Level 100)

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A lean transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics, and action plans. The preferred approach is to plan the work using value stream maps, and then work the plan using visual workbooks linked to the maps. The previous webcast, “Visualize, Analyze and Manage a Lean Transformation Using Value Stream Maps”, demonstrated how to plan the work by developing and analyzing value stream maps. This companion webcast focuses on visually working the plan using simple visual workbooks that complement the value stream maps. See how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create, share, and link visual workbooks to value stream maps for effective lean transformations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286913&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, 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, address lists, and Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access. We also explain how to control which versions of Microsoft Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server, how to use Mailbox Manager, and how to create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287288&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Security Update Management with Systems Management Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn about the best practices you should consider when you develop an update management solution using Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003. Get detailed recommendations for all parts of a software update solution, including the setup stage and the software update cycle. We provide specific guidance on updating  desktop, mobile, and server computers. We also discuss using the Dell inventory tool to update Dell servers.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287454&Culture=en-US

     

    MSDN Architecture Webcast: patterns & practices Live!: Authentication to Web Services with UsernameToken in WSE 3.0 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Don Smith, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast offers an in-depth look at authentication with a Web service using the Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 3.0 UsernameToken, and shows how to secure the communications with X.509 certificates. Learn about extensibility points in WSE, such as using a custom UsernameTokenManager to validate credentials presented to the Web service in a UsernameToken against various identity stores and authentication services. During the discussion, we consider design-level criteria that would lead to the decision to implement UsernameToken authentication. We then explain how the solution works, examining the code and configuration of the implementation along the way.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287594&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Antivirus and Antispam Managed Services: When and How to Outsource E-mail Hygiene (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Forrest Hobbs, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    Touted by many as a key component for the future of e-mail security, outsourced messaging protection has become the solution of choice for a number of informed information technology (IT) administrators and service providers. This webcast presents how outsourced e-mail security services provide enterprise antispam and antivirus protection and detail the benefits of such services in terms of cost, efficiency, security, policy enablement, and archiving. We also provide a checklist of considerations that you can use to decide when and how to outsource e-mail hygiene in a wide range of different business scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287346&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Visio Shortcuts to Increase Your Productivity (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Daniel Rohwer, Director of Business Development, Visibility.biz

    This webcast introduces the power of Microsoft Office Visio 2003 and provides shortcuts and best practice techniques to help you quickly visualize, diagram, and document your business concepts. Learn tips on how to connect, align, and group Visio SmartShapes, discover effective ways to use background pages and color schemes, work with SmartShape text fields, and manipulate shape text. We also cover page setup, printing, and sharing Visio diagrams in Web pages.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286940&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 for Exchange Deployments (Level 200)

    Friday, January 27, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the Microsoft Exchange 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and show how it can help your organization proactively identify problems. We discuss the monitoring capabilities provided by this management pack and demonstrate how they can help you to identify problems and quickly solve them. We also examine the reporting capabilities provided by this management pack and explain how they can help you avoid problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287397&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, January 30, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, 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=1032287292&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Messaging Security for Exchange Clients (Level 200)

    Monday, January 30, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    To ensure that e-mail messages can be read only by the intended recipients, it is as important to provide security for the clients of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 as it is to secure the server itself. This webcast describes solutions such as using Microsoft Exchange Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Service Extensions (S/MIME) and information rights management to protect e-mail content. We also discuss using remote procedure call (RPC) over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to help secure client connections to Exchange Server 2003 over the Internet. We conclude with a look at controlling access to e-mail attachments and show how to manage and secure Microsoft Outlook Web Access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287350&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Delivers Self-Service Identity and Access Management Solutions (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michelle Beaulieu, Microsoft IT, Senior Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how the Microsoft information technology (IT) department uses Microsoft Identity Integration Server (MIIS) 2003 to empower end users with a self-service identity and access management solution. The solution creates a personalized e-mail address, is user friendly, and provides flexibility for regional naming preferences. At the same time, the solution is robust, spans complexities, and enforces compliance with defined conventions for naming accounts. Join this webcast for an exclusive look at how Microsoft determined the business logic and deployed Easy ID in six months.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57350

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling Secure Remote Access to Exchange Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Tom Bartlett, ISA Solution Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    As operations become increasingly decentralized and working practices evolve to better suit market demographics, the need for efficient remote access has become increasingly prevalent. In this webcast, we outline best practices for securing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to ensure that network management, policy, and security are not compromised by remote e-mail access. The discussion covers a wide range of topics, such as faster Exchange publishing, more secure remote access, e-mail hygiene considerations, efficient bandwidth management, and enhanced Microsoft Outlook Web Access security. This webcast offers the knowledge you need to provide remote users with efficient, secure, and well-managed access to Exchange.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287354&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Makes Extensive Use of Tempdb (Level 200)

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mirek Sztajno, Program Manager, SQL Sever, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 user or administrator who wants to make better use of tempdb? This webcast is designed to prepare you to properly manage tempdb in SQL Server 2005. It discusses the purpose of tempdb and provides an overview of the design of tempdb including details of the objects in the tempdb database. This session also explains tempdb usage in SQL Server 2005 including new features that explicitly influence space usage and system performance, and provides guidance for monitoring and troubleshooting tempdb.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286963&Culture=en-US

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

     

    Connected Productivity/Office Professional Solutions

     

    TechNet Webcast: Connecting Windows Workflow Foundations to Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino (Level 400)

    Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Marc Mercuri, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundations is an exciting new technology from Microsoft. IBM Lotus Notes/IBM Lotus Domino has been building on the concept of workflow for a long time. Luckily, both systems have standard interfaces that allow them to interoperate. This webcast shows you how to connect a Windows Workflow Foundation workflow with a Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino workflow, including a look at the code that makes the connection.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285632&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Products with Web Services in Lotus Domino 7 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    IBM Lotus Domino 7 now includes Web services that provide a native way to create and host a Web service on a Domino server. This webcast explains how you can write a LotusScript Web service and call it from Microsoft Visual Studio .NET by using a few lines of code that you wrote in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.  If you are interested in simple steps that you can take to make your IBM Lotus Notes applications more powerful, join this webcast.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284164&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

    EMP

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Lean Value Streams Using Visual Workbooks (Level 100)

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A lean transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics, and action plans. The preferred approach is to plan the work using value stream maps, and then work the plan using visual workbooks linked to the maps. The previous webcast, “Visualize, Analyze and Manage a Lean Transformation Using Value Stream Maps”, demonstrated how to plan the work by developing and analyzing value stream maps. This companion webcast focuses on visually working the plan using simple visual workbooks that complement the value stream maps. See how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create, share, and link visual workbooks to value stream maps for effective lean transformations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286913&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Visio Shortcuts to Increase Your Productivity (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Daniel Rohwer, Director of Business Development, Visibility.biz

    This webcast introduces the power of Microsoft Office Visio 2003 and provides shortcuts and best practice techniques to help you quickly visualize, diagram, and document your business concepts. Learn tips on how to connect, align, and group Visio SmartShapes, discover effective ways to use background pages and color schemes, work with SmartShape text fields, and manipulate shape text. We also cover page setup, printing, and sharing Visio diagrams in Web pages.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286940&Culture=en-US

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you want to improve your understanding of the basic concepts of Microsoft Active Directory? This webcast explains the logical concepts as they relate to domains, trees, and forests. We also look at the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and the Domain Name System (DNS), and recognize how that relationship affects your work. We also examine the operation functions such as intersite and intrasite replication, and the Active Directory Operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287230&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the less common Microsoft Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast examines scenarios in which these more complex designs might be appropriate. We explain how to plan effectively and what pitfalls to avoid. We also offer recommendations that can help make your complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287232&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Tune into this webcast to learn how to identify and fix problems with the branch office technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. These technologies include distributed file system (DFS) namespaces, DFS replication, DFS management tools, DFS diagnostics tools, and the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack. You will gain a strong working knowledge of troubleshooting tools and learn how to apply them to different problems. This webcast provides you with the essential knowledge you need to solve potential problems during branch office deployments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283993&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft Active Directory Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. This management pack monitors events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various Active Directory components and subsystems. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. Learn how the Active Directory Management Pack for MOM 2005 can provide you with valuable monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. We also show how Active Directory Management Pack reports make important information available to you in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287391&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Performance Tuning Tips and Techniques (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael J. Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting the best performance you can from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? In this webcast, learn helpful performance tuning tips and techniques for Exchange Server 2003. We begin with a look at the tools available for monitoring Exchange performance. We then provide best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring techniques based on extensive, real-world experiences with Exchange 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287234&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning the deployment of your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment is an important step towards ensuring that your installation is successful and stable. In this webcast, we offer best practices for deployment and look at various tools that are available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287393&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Analysis of Self-Managing Dynamic Systems (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Windows Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Self-managing dynamic systems are information technology (IT) infrastructures that abstract, or virtualize, computing resources to help IT professionals deploy business services more nimbly and respond quickly to business requirements. Self-managing dynamic systems can have a powerful effect on how you approach your business. This webcast provides an in-depth analysis of self-managing dynamic systems. Learn how to create highly available, highly reliable server operations by combining key management technologies with virtualization and coupling them with the Microsoft Windows Server operating system.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284679&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating File Replication Service Replica Sets to Distributed File System Replication (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shobana Balakrishnan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast walks you through the essential steps in the process of migrating from the File Replication service (FRS) to the new Distributed File System (DFS) Replication service available in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We begin by showing you how to identify which FRS replica sets to migrate and how to collect FRS configuration settings. Next, learn how to delete the old FRS replica set configuration and the associated FRS system folders. Then learn how to clean up Microsoft Active Directory to remove all FRS remnants. Finally, we demonstrate how to deploy DFS replication.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287370&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 200)

    Friday, January 20, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

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

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287286&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be difficult unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common problems with SMS 2003 environments and illustrates straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover common problems and solutions, including those related to installing SMS management points and advanced clients, communication between the components in your SMS hierarchy, management point security, and Microsoft SQL Server access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287568&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, 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, address lists, and Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access. We also explain how to control which versions of Microsoft Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server, how to use Mailbox Manager, and how to create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287288&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 for Exchange Deployments (Level 200)

    Friday, January 27, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the Microsoft Exchange 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and show how it can help your organization proactively identify problems. We discuss the monitoring capabilities provided by this management pack and demonstrate how they can help you to identify problems and quickly solve them. We also examine the reporting capabilities provided by this management pack and explain how they can help you avoid problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287397&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          Exchange Server

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2003 Performance Tuning Tips and Techniques (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael J. Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you getting the best performance you can from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? In this webcast, learn helpful performance tuning tips and techniques for Exchange Server 2003. We begin with a look at the tools available for monitoring Exchange performance. We then provide best practices, registry tweaks, and performance monitoring techniques based on extensive, real-world experiences with Exchange 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287234&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 200)

    Friday, January 20, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

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

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287286&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, 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, address lists, and Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access. We also explain how to control which versions of Microsoft Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server, how to use Mailbox Manager, and how to create catch-all mailboxes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287288&Culture=en-US

     

    .NET

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrating Microsoft Products with Web Services in Lotus Domino 7 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    IBM Lotus Domino 7 now includes Web services that provide a native way to create and host a Web service on a Domino server. This webcast explains how you can write a LotusScript Web service and call it from Microsoft Visual Studio .NET by using a few lines of code that you wrote in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.  If you are interested in simple steps that you can take to make your IBM Lotus Notes applications more powerful, join this webcast.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284164&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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

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

     

    Operations Manager

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft Active Directory Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. This management pack monitors events that are placed in the Application, System, and Directory Service event logs by various Active Directory components and subsystems. It also monitors the overall health of Active Directory and alerts you to critical performance issues. Learn how the Active Directory Management Pack for MOM 2005 can provide you with valuable monitoring information for most implementations of Active Directory. We also show how Active Directory Management Pack reports make important information available to you in the areas of trending, user account problems, configuration, and service level availability.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287391&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 for Exchange Deployments (Level 200)

    Friday, January 27, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore the Microsoft Exchange 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and show how it can help your organization proactively identify problems. We discuss the monitoring capabilities provided by this management pack and demonstrate how they can help you to identify problems and quickly solve them. We also examine the reporting capabilities provided by this management pack and explain how they can help you avoid problems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287397&Culture=en-US

     

    Other

     

    TechNet Webcast: Connecting Windows Workflow Foundations to Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino (Level 400)

    Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Marc Mercuri, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundations is an exciting new technology from Microsoft. IBM Lotus Notes/IBM Lotus Domino has been building on the concept of workflow for a long time. Luckily, both systems have standard interfaces that allow them to interoperate. This webcast shows you how to connect a Windows Workflow Foundation workflow with a Lotus Notes/Lotus Domino workflow, including a look at the code that makes the connection.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032285632&Culture=en-US

     

    SharePoint Portal Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Integrating Your SharePoint Technologies with Project Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Monday, January 16, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Colin Spence, Consultant / Partner, Convergent Computing

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    Explore the integration of Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 and Microsoft SharePoint technologies. This webcast focuses on the best practices for Project Server 2003 design and deployment, coexistence strategies with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003, and the pros and cons of different design choices. We provide several different overviews on effectively sharing project information, indexing and searching options, and Project Web Access interface and standard Web parts.  Join us and learn about accessing your Project Server 2003 project information and get a review of the Project Server and SharePoint security models.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284681&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Understanding the Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server Architecture (Level 100)

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet, LLC

    Because they share the same underlying technologies, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is able to work with and build upon the architecture of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. This webcast focuses on the architectural features of SharePoint Portal Server, including a look at the architecture of services particular to SharePoint Portal Server. We also highlight key decision areas you must address during the design and planning phases of your own SharePoint-based solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286825&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Server

     

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

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Matthew Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Get the knowledge you need to upgrade Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or SQL Server 2000 to the recently released SQL Server 2005. This webcast introduces you to the tools and processes you need for a smooth transition. We explain Upgrade Advisor, a tool for planning and preparation, and two different upgrade strategies: The migration strategy involves installing SQL Server 2005 on a new server and then migrating data. The in-place strategy involves upgrading your existing installation. This webcast can help you decide which upgrade strategy is right for your servers and plan your next steps

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287290&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Runs SAP on SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Hans Reutter, Microsoft Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes how the Enterprise Application Services (EAS) team in the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) department utilizes the new database mirroring and online indexing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to dramatically increase the availability of Service Advertising Protocol (SAP) R/3 at Microsoft. Additionally, by using the 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005 with commodity 64-bit hardware, EAS was able to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing performance, scalability, and reliability in the SAP R/3 landscape. Join this webcast to find out how they did it.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57355

     

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

    Monday, January 30, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, 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=1032287292&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 Makes Extensive Use of Tempdb (Level 200)

    Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mirek Sztajno, Program Manager, SQL Sever, Microsoft Corporation

    Are you a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 user or administrator who wants to make better use of tempdb? This webcast is designed to prepare you to properly manage tempdb in SQL Server 2005. It discusses the purpose of tempdb and provides an overview of the design of tempdb including details of the objects in the tempdb database. This session also explains tempdb usage in SQL Server 2005 including new features that explicitly influence space usage and system performance, and provides guidance for monitoring and troubleshooting tempdb.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286963&Culture=en-US

     

    System Management Server

     

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

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Planning the deployment of your Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 environment is an important step towards ensuring that your installation is successful and stable. In this webcast, we offer best practices for deployment and look at various tools that are available to assist you with your SMS 2003 installation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287393&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, January 23, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 installations can be difficult unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common problems with SMS 2003 environments and illustrates straightforward solutions with practical demonstrations. We cover common problems and solutions, including those related to installing SMS management points and advanced clients, communication between the components in your SMS hierarchy, management point security, and Microsoft SQL Server access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287568&Culture=en-US

     

    Visio

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Lean Value Streams Using Visual Workbooks (Level 100)

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dilesh Patel, President, GumshoeKI, Inc.

    A lean transformation requires a common understanding of opportunities, metrics, and action plans. The preferred approach is to plan the work using value stream maps, and then work the plan using visual workbooks linked to the maps. The previous webcast, “Visualize, Analyze and Manage a Lean Transformation Using Value Stream Maps”, demonstrated how to plan the work by developing and analyzing value stream maps. This companion webcast focuses on visually working the plan using simple visual workbooks that complement the value stream maps. See how to use Microsoft Office Visio 2003 to create, share, and link visual workbooks to value stream maps for effective lean transformations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286913&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Using Visio Shortcuts to Increase Your Productivity (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Daniel Rohwer, Director of Business Development, Visibility.biz

    This webcast introduces the power of Microsoft Office Visio 2003 and provides shortcuts and best practice techniques to help you quickly visualize, diagram, and document your business concepts. Learn tips on how to connect, align, and group Visio SmartShapes, discover effective ways to use background pages and color schemes, work with SmartShape text fields, and manipulate shape text. We also cover page setup, printing, and sharing Visio diagrams in Web pages.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286940&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows

     

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Desktop Deployment (Level 300)

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Adam Gordon, Lead Architect, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like managing a production line. Several different elements—for example, operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators—are constructed as discrete components and then brought together on the production line to make a finished product. This analogy encourages a project management approach to deployment, particularly when you view deployment readiness as a supply chain. Join us as we examine the various components and production lines that together form a comprehensive deployment solution. This webcast provides an overview of desktop deployment that sets the stage for other webcasts in the series that focus on specific areas like computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287461&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Deployment Tools and Technologies (Level 200)

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Larry Engel, Director of Program Management, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system introduces significant innovations for easing deployments. This webcast provides an overview of the imaging and remote deployment technologies built into Windows Vista, along with a look at deployment-specific tools. Join us to get the background you need before you participate in more in-depth training and hands-on labs.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287668&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Rights Management

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (Level 300)

    Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Jen Field, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how you can successfully design and deploy Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) to help protect sensitive information across your organization. This webcast covers a range of topics related to RMS deployment and maintenance, including capacity planning, designing for high availability and performance, backup and recovery, and deployment best practices.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032286986&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Do you want to improve your understanding of the basic concepts of Microsoft Active Directory? This webcast explains the logical concepts as they relate to domains, trees, and forests. We also look at the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and the Domain Name System (DNS), and recognize how that relationship affects your work. We also examine the operation functions such as intersite and intrasite replication, and the Active Directory Operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287230&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, IT Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn about the less common Microsoft Active Directory implementations such as multiple forests connected by trusts, organizational domain structures, and site design. This webcast examines scenarios in which these more complex designs might be appropriate. We explain how to plan effectively and what pitfalls to avoid. We also offer recommendations that can help make your complex deployments successful and cost-effective.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287232&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Tune into this webcast to learn how to identify and fix problems with the branch office technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. These technologies include distributed file system (DFS) namespaces, DFS replication, DFS management tools, DFS diagnostics tools, and the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack. You will gain a strong working knowledge of troubleshooting tools and learn how to apply them to different problems. This webcast provides you with the essential knowledge you need to solve potential problems during branch office deployments.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032283993&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Data Consolidation with the Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 Feature Pack (Level 300)

    Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shola Aluko, Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Would you like to reclaim the underutilized disk space that your company is probably spending thousands of dollars to maintain? Find out how you can create a highly reliable and available storage environment and migrate to it using the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 feature pack. This webcast explains the key features of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, such as the Single Instance Storage service, remote differential compression, and the replication and branch office technologies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284243&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: An In-Depth Analysis of Self-Managing Dynamic Systems (Level 200)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Peter Meister, Lead Product Manager, Windows Server, Microsoft Corporation

    Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Self-managing dynamic systems are information technology (IT) infrastructures that abstract, or virtualize, computing resources to help IT professionals deploy business services more nimbly and respond quickly to business requirements. Self-managing dynamic systems can have a powerful effect on how you approach your business. This webcast provides an in-depth analysis of self-managing dynamic systems. Learn how to create highly available, highly reliable server operations by combining key management technologies with virtualization and coupling them with the Microsoft Windows Server operating system.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032284679&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating File Replication Service Replica Sets to Distributed File System Replication (Level 200)

    Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Shobana Balakrishnan, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast walks you through the essential steps in the process of migrating from the File Replication service (FRS) to the new Distributed File System (DFS) Replication service available in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. We begin by showing you how to identify which FRS replica sets to migrate and how to collect FRS configuration settings. Next, learn how to delete the old FRS replica set configuration and the associated FRS system folders. Then learn how to clean up Microsoft Active Directory to remove all FRS remnants. Finally, we demonstrate how to deploy DFS replication.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032287370&Culture=en-US

     

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  • Wow... AOL to use MSN Search instead of Google?

    If it happens, that’s really gonna hurt Google. 

    Of course, it’s not a done deal, but this Reuter’s article sure is interesting.

    I think we (Microsoft) should just buy AOL – but what do I know.  At least we’re trying to work out some advertising cooperation with them. 

     

     

  • I love Vista, too! (But maybe not THAT much...)

    Incredible… I can’t believe he did this…

    Vista Tattoo

    The two guys in this video are famous at Microsoft these days for a very well-done series of video-blog postings around Windows Vista.  Lots of cool video demos that I’d likely be fired for telling you anything about.  (seriously cool stuff; you’ll just have to believe me!) 

    This video, however, was made available on Channel 9

    Click the picture above, and enjoy!

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 is RELEASED TO MANUFACTURING

    R2!

    R2D2

    Yep. Windows Server 2003 R2 is RTM.  (RTM stands for “Released to Manufacturing”) 

    “So what?  What’s in it for me?”

    Good questions.  If you want big improvements in identity management, branch server management, and storage configuration (local and remote), then this is an upgrade you should seriously consider.

    “Upgrade?  You mean I have to pay for this?”

    Yes, you do.  It’s a release.  It costs money.  Now… if you have Windows Server 2003 that is covered under a Software Assurance agreement, it costs you NOTHING.  (It’s a benefit of SA.)

    For more details, here is the R2 "What's New" web page, and here is today’s press release.

    UPDATE: Here is where you can order or download a trial copy of R2.

  • A Quiz to Die For

    Anders Hejlsberg - NOT a serial killer.

    “I’d know the difference between an inventor of a programming language and a serial killer if I saw one!”

    Oh?  Really?

    Team mate and friend Matt Hester sent this link out to the team.  I don’t know of anyone yet who got them all correct on the first try.   (I scored 7 out of 10.)

    Take the quiz: Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 039

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 039

    Data Data Data

    I have talked about and demonstrated the new SQL Server Upgrade Advisor in my live events recently.  When showing that you can include a profiler trace file for the sake of the analysis, I was asked,

    “But what events should we trace?  What trace would be the most useful for the advisor?”

    And the person asking also pointed out (and I verified later) that there really isn’t any good help on this currently available.

    So I asked some folks I know. 

    The answer: Use the TSQL_Replay template to create that trace file.

    TSQL_Replay is the best template to use. The goal would be to trace as many different queries as possible, rather than tracing the same query multiple times.

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

     

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 038

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 038

    Microsoft Developer Network

    The MSDN web site has links to some SQL Server 2005 Virtual Labs.

    “What’s this ‘virtual lab’ thing of which you speak?”

    Virtual labs are hosted sessions on a pre-installed virtual machine, along with lab notes to work through various scenarios on the installed software.

    “But, can’t I just do that on my own servers?”

    Sure… but WHY?  These are pre-installed, ready-to-go, and help you understand how to do things without spending the time setting up or using your own hardware.

    “Sounds great!  But what do they cost?”

    I knew you’d ask that.  They’re FREE!

    Enjoy them here.

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