..there I am, up on the stage.. “

Yeah!  I’m currently in Omaha, about to do my first live TechNet Events of the new year, and I am excited about the content we’re bringing you this time around.

We start the day off with an “Up Close and Personal” look at Windows Server 2003 R2 and all that it can do for you.  We’ll talk about where it fits in with your Windows investments, what it can do for you in simplifying branch office management, how you can leverage Active Directory Federation Services to build more easily managed, secure authentication between you and your partner businesses, and some new and powerful storage management capabilities.  (Can R2 manage LUNs?  You bet!)

And that’s just the first part of the morning!

In the second half of the morning, we’ll “Enrich your IT Toolbox”.  I’m going to show you some valuable resources and tips for troubleshooting.  And in doing so, I’ll be briefly showing off some benefits of additional management tools in the process, such as MOM 2005 in managing Exchange, the new Data Protection Manager 2006 product, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Exchange Server 2003 SP2.   (I’ll even show you how cool SP2 is when combined with the new Windows Mobile 5 and the Windows Mobile Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP).  (Can you say, “Direct push e-mail”?  Yeah.  I knew you could.)

“Cool stuff, Kevin!  Where are you heading this week?”

Well, my first event is today, (January 31) in Omaha.  Then Thursday (February 2) we’re in St. Louis (Hazelwood), MO.  We’ve got huge registration numbers, so these are going to be GREAT events!

Watch for me in February and March as I go to Tennessee and Michigan, too.

See you there? I hope so!