Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Ooo.. I wish I were a lawyer...

    FireFox

    …because I agree with Vineeth Raja.  This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Check out www.ie7.com.

    The trace of the route to this site ends up in London (Southwark), registered to some BLTC.NET (so it’s hosted by Knightsbridge Online), through tucows domain registration. 

    Similarly, www.ie7.org leads right to a firefox link and plug. 

    Hey.. www.ie7.net is available.  For now.   

    I’m guessing there’s not much Microsoft can do about it except be happy that IE 7 is so much better than firefox. (just my biased opinion) 

    What do you think?  Should Microsoft sue ‘em? 

  • Answers to Event Questions - Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2006

    Data Protection ManagerG’Day!

    This is the fifth of many long-overdue, promised blog posts containing answers to questions I’ve received at our TechNet Events.

    These questions are about Data Protection Manager 2006 and the Virtual Shadow Copy for Shared Folders client…

     

    "When is the client install necessary?  When is it not?  Does DPM take care of this for me if the client doesn't have it already installed?"
    Yes, you will need the Previous Versions client installed on your desktops if it doesn't  already exist there. 


    There are two clients for Shadow Copies for Shared Folders:

     

    Previous Versions Client for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This client can be installed on Windows XP from the Windows Server 2003 installation media or it can be installed using the .msi package that is available at the Microsoft Download Center. Previous Versions Client is installed by default on Windows Server 2003 and is included when you install Windows XP Service Pack 2.

     

    Previous Versions Client for Windows 2000. This client is only available from the .msi package available at the Microsoft Download Center. In order for Windows 2000 clients to view shadow copies, a registry key must be set on the computer running Windows Server 2003 that enables access by Windows 2000 clients. The .msi package that contains the Windows 2000 client also contains an installation package for the server that will set this registry key.

     

    Here's an introduction to Shadow Copies for Shared Folders, which is what this functionality is based on.  In the case of DPM, the file and folder images are maintained on the DPM server instead of the File Server.  (NOTE: If you have Shadow Copies for Shared Folders configured on the File Server, you may have problems, because now that client will look at versions saved there rather than on the DPM server.  Make sure you do NOT have it enabled in both places.)

     

    "What are the requirements for the servers managed by DPM?  Do they need to be running R2?"
    No.  These servers may run Windows 2000 (SP4 with the Update Roll-up), Windows Server 2003, or Windows Storage Server 2003. DPM can’t be used to protect clustered servers or servers that are not members of the same Active Directory domain as the DPM server.  The servers also will have a DPM agent installed on them.  You'll do this from the DPM administration application.

     

    "What about the clients?" 
    As long as the Previous Versions client is supported, the client OS can take advantage of DPM shadow copies.  Note that there is a hotfix that must be installed on the clients also. 
    In general, here is an article on "How to install the Shadow Copy Client Software"
     

    Any more questions?  Enter a comment or contact me here.

  • Resources for Webcast - Exchange Server 2003: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (March 24, 2006)

    Happy MOM UserKevin’s Webcast Resources:

    Exchange Server 2003 – Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

    Here are some resources relating to the webcast topic presented.  I hope you find them useful.

    Kevin

     

    Tools for Exchange 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/downloads/2003/tools.mspx

     

    Overview: Microsoft Exchange Server Analyzer Tools

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/downloads/2003/analyzers/overview.mspx

     

    Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recover Tool v1.0

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C86FA454-416C-4751-BD0E-5D945B8C107B&displaylang=en

     

    Microsoft Exchange Server Outlook Web Access Web Administration

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4bbe7065-a04e-43ca-8220-859212411e10&displaylang=en

     

    Exchange Server MSSearch Administration Tool

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=46fd5644-bd0d-4cfa-95f8-64ba34bde6a7&displaylang=en

     

    Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9A49C22E-E0C7-4B7C-ACEF-729D48AF7BC9&displaylang=en

     

    Microsoft Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer Tool v1.0

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4BDC1D6B-DE34-4F1C-AEBA-FED1256CAF9A&displaylang=en

     

    Exchange 2003 – Migration from Exchange 2000

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/exchange2003/exchange_2003_upgrade_2000.htm

     

    Out-of-Office Messages are sent to distribution lists that are in the BCC field

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=825370

    All versions of Outlook are allowed to access the server
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/Analyzer/69e7ac7b-9f0b-4b0d-879a-334c1b41242b.mspx

    “Catch-All” Mailbox
    http://blogs.technet.com/dlemson/archive/2004/01/19/60388.aspx
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324021

    How to configure the SMTP connector in Exchange 200x
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265293

    How to add a disclaimer to outgoing SMTP messages in Visual Basic
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317327

    How to add a disclaimer to outgoing SMTP messages in Visual Basic script
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317680

    SMTP Tarpitting (on the Exchange Team Blog: “You Had Me At EHLO”)
    http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2004/12/06/275851.aspx

    Monitoring Features and Tools
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3HighAvGuide/56f58284-431c-4a57-a8d5-b4a54082f12b.mspx

    10 Tips to Optimize Exchange 2003 Performance (in two parts)
    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Optimize-Exchange-2003-Performance-Part1.html
    http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Optimize-Exchange-2003-Performance-Part2.html

    Recommended Mailbox Size Limits (on the Exchange Team Blog: “You Had Me At EHLO”)
    http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/03/14/395229.aspx

    SysInternals free CONTIG tool
    www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/contig.shtml

    Overview of Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access for Exchange Server 2003 Customization
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/owacustom.mspx

    Screencast: Creating Custom OWA Themes
    http://www.projecthurricane.com/ITPro/XboxOWA/Creating%20OWA%20Themes.wmv

    TechNet Exchange Site
    http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange
     

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

     

    Live TechNet Events

    http://www.technetevents.com

     

    Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

     

    Be Prepared

  • Webcast Series - Product Solutions Spotlights

    Forest-IT

    • Why do I need an upgrade strategy?
    • How will these changes assist me with my day-to-day challenges, as well as future performance of my business solutions?
    • When will the new products be available?
    • Will these changes affect security?
    • What's the potential trade-off between upgrading immediately and waiting for future new product releases?

    Want answers to these questions?  You’ll find the answers in a series of webcasts:

    Redefining CRM with Microsoft Dynamics 3.0

    March 17

    April 17

    May 17

    Collaboration and Communication – 2003 to 2007

    March 24

    April 24

    May 24

    The Road to Vista

    April 5

    May 5

    June 5

    Increase Your Business IQ with SQL Server 2005
    and Business Scorecard Manager

    April 12

    May 12

    June 12

    All are one hour in length, starting at 10:30AM Pacific Time (US & Canada).

  • Best of Questions and Answers from Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tuning

    Your BossHi!

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast on Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tuning

    BIG thank you to John “no, I’m from GREAT Britain” Baker for handling the Q&A on the backend, and who’s work this really represents.

    -Kevin

    Questions and Answers:

    “Will the expta be covered in this session?”

    The Performance Tuning Analyzer?  Not today, no. That was discussed (briefly, though not demonstrated) in a session I did last week on Exchange Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts.

    “You keep cutting in and out and I can't hear anything. Is there a number to dial into this conference?”

    Sorry about that.  Yes, there is always a number you can ask for.  Between you and me, I sincerely with the LiveMeeting folks would get that audio problem figured out. 

    And I’m told that sometimes the audio delay is around 10 seconds.  Any delay greater than a second or two is just unacceptable.  My $0.02.

    “Can the tools be used for Exchange 2000?”

    There are Exchange 2000 versions of the tools.

    “What is the difference between LoadSim and ESP?”

    ESP simulates large numbers of client sessions by concurrently accessing one or more protocol servers.  Loadsim simulates the performance load of MAPI clients with this benchmarking tool, which allows you to test how a server running Exchange 2003 responds to e-mail loads.

    “Would you use Jetstress or loadsim in a production environment (after hours of course...)”

    Neither.  They should only be used in test/lab environments

    “If you are running Windows 2003 Server, can Exchange 2003 benefit from 4 gigs of memory?”

    Yes.  (referenced later when discussing the /4GB and the /USERVA  switches)

    “Will you be covering the Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer? Is that a good tool to get a quick overview of how well a server is handling the load?”

    No, we didn’t cover it in this session – and yes, that’s exactly what it does.  It programmatically collects configuration data, performance counters and live tracing information from an Exchange server.  The tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks, and then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis.

    “SBS2003 installs SQL, ISA, Sharepoint, and Exchange 2003 on the same server and the license does not allow relocating the applications to other machines. With 10 users the Exchange Best Practice Analyzer recommends setting the 3GB switch. I feel like my system is running fine without it and it might have adverse side effects since I have all the standard SBS applications plus CRM and LCS on the same box. Do I need to use the 3G switch if I have 4G of RAM?”

    You don’t need to use it, if you’re happy with the current performance then you’re fine.  However, it’s not just Exchange that benefits.  /3GB reserves more user virtual memory for ALL user mode applications.  However – you need to be careful, and KNOW the applications you’re running will support this well. (Example: Many people think “Cool, I’ll make my Virtual Server machines run better because they’ll have more memory.”  But in truth, Virtual Server uses a lot of Kernel memory also, which is lost when you use that switch.  So.. be careful. J (See “the Virtual PC Guy”s WebLog for this info.)

    “What is the best way to find out if a PRODUCTION server can handle more users? (just pile on users until you see smoke?;-)”

    Test in a lab environment with a similar server, or as close as possible, using the tools discussed. If the server is in production that’s a little late in the game for doing sizing.

    There you should look at using the ExPTA: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4BDC1D6B-DE34-4F1C-AEBA-FED1256CAF9A&displaylang=en

    “Can the /3GB switch be used on servers running SBS 2003?”

    Yes it can.

    “Best Practice Analyzing Tool recommends to set also the /3GB at the GC what's the impact on exchange?”

    It could, probably will, affect performance.

    “FYI, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815372 is the ultimate article which covers all the 2003 server settings Kevin just went through”

    Yes, thanks.... http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815372

    “Should /3GB switch be used if i have 2 GB of memory in the server?”

    Yes.  It’s all a matter of how the server allocates the 4 GB of virtual memory space – whether or not the machine physically has 4GB.   The recommendation is to use /3GB if you have 1GB or more of physical memory.

    “Is the ‘/nopae’ switch a useful switch when optimizing the server? (Per KB827281)”

    It’s recommended that you disable PAE mode only to work around a hardware issue or to troubleshoot a specific issue that involves PAE or Address Windowing Extensions (AWE).

    “Will an offline copy of this presentation be made available?  Can I have the URL for it?”

    It will be available in 24 hours at www.microsoft.com/webcasts in the on demand section

    “Does Exchange 2k3 Standard Edition allow you create multiple storage groups?”

    One Storage group in Standard.

    “I have read that WINS is suggested for large subnetted networks but it was not clear as to what issues are caused by not having WINS and only using DNS. Are issues seen on on the clients like outlook or only see on the server side in form of performance issues?”

    Where did you read that?

    http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2006/01/26/exchange_wins.aspx

    In mixed enviroments it is used and helps.  Check http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=837391

    “The following Exchange functionality still depends on WINS name resolution: • The Exchange Server 2003 Setup program and the Exchange 2000 Server Setup program, especially on clustered servers. • Exchange Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge) on an Exchange 2003 computer and on an Exchange 2000 computer. • Changing a password for an Exchange 2003 mailbox or an Exchange 2000 mailbox through Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA). • Exchange System Manager on an Exchange 2003 computer and on an Exchange 2000 computer. Note Additionally, Microsoft Outlook clients that are earlier than Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 also require NetBIOS name resolution.”

    “How do you determine that you should be indexing a particular schema attribute?”

    Check this link http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/aacaf4d8-a0c1-42d0-8eda-1c410177a7ce.mspx?mfr=true

    “Isn't it better to set MinUserDC value to 1? This way as long as there is at least one DC available, Exchnage will not use PDCE?”

    Check http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;298879

    “Is there any consideration when I use specific tips in a cluster environment?”

    I'm sure there are, and the information is typically included with each article or chapter.

    Here is my blog resource page for this session again:
    http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/archive/2006/03/29/423267.aspx

     

  • Exchange 12 CTP Install... had me scratching my head.

    TN SubscriptionI was thrilled to finally get a new “server” set up and running at home so I could install a virtual playground (really.. I mean virtually.. I mean, using Virtual Server 2005 R2) to install lots of machines to test and learn.  And with my TechNet Plus subscription, I got a copy of Exchange 12 to install and play with now.

    Problem: No matter how I tried, I couldn’t get past an error that said the new 3.0 version of the MMC was required.  “Hey, but I’m running on a Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Ed. server.. so I’ve already got that version!”… 

    So then I thought, “Maybe it wasn’t ready to run on R2 yet.”  So I tried it on a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Ed. server.  Still no luck, even after following the suggested link and installing the new MMC.

    “Did you fix it?  What did you do?”

    The Internet is a wonderful thing. 

    I found a note about it on the Exchange Team’s blog.  (Actually, first I searched a newsgroup, and found someone who had answered that question with a link to the Exchange Team’s blog.)  But the solution is one of two choices:

    Install the older “RC1 Refresh” version of the MMC 3.0 (found here), or if you want to stay with the current released MMC 3.0, just add a registry key “MMC30Core” (no quotes) at this location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.

    Well.. the install has been running as I type.  Better go check to see how it’s going….

     

  • Best of Q&A from Webcast: Best Practices for Designing the Active Directory Structure

    Holding some real power!

    Greetings!

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of the Q&A from the webcast I delivered on March 20th: Best Practices for Designing the Active Directory Structure

    BIG thank you to Chris Henley for handling the Q&A on the backend, and who’s work this really represents.

    -Kevin

    Questions and Answers:

    “Will this webcast be available for download at a later time?”

    Yes it will, you can go to www.microsoft.com/webcasts

    “Is there a good definitive resource for Active Directory Deployments?”

    Good Question! I like the Active Directory Deployment Guide located here http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/directory/activedirectory/default.mspx

    “What about Desktop Deployments?”

    I always use the info located on the followign link. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/desktopdeployment/inframan/inframanad.mspx

    “Are there any other webcasts that focus on Active Directory?”

    There are tons. I would Recommend Michael Murphy's Active Directory Series as a great resource or Chris Henley's Migrating to Active Directory and of course Kevin Remde's Administration series. Links to these can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/events/AdvSearch.mspx?EventsAndWebcastsControlName=As1%3AAdvSrc&As1%3AAdvSrc%3AAudienceID=0&As1%3AAdvSrc%3AProductID=2e759425-9c39-421a-b53c-3f78ca563707&As1%3AAdvSrc%3AEventType=OnDemandWebcast&As1%3AAdvSrc%3ACountryRegionID=en%7CUS%7CUnited+States&StateProvinceID=0&As1%3AAdvSrc%3ATimeframeID=-1&As1%3AAdvSrc%3ASearchFilter=%C2%A0+Go+%C2%A0

    “If application requires different schema, would it be better to use ADAM and provision using something like IIFP?”

    That is a good possibility. You could also of course run separate Forests.  It really depends on network requirements. It is certainly nice that we have the ADAM option.

    “Most of the AD designing concepts applies to ADAM as well?

    In theory yes.  However, ADAM generally is used to provide AD access to applications and not to build network hierarchy. See the following http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/05c4f979-41c0-40d7-8687-2549d214643e1033.mspx

    “I'm looking for standard policies to apply on kiosk machines, do we have set of policies can be downloaded from web?”

    Start with this interactive GPMC training which illustrates the use of policy on a KIOSK. Then you can begin making your own choices for configuration. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/training/gpmctraining.mspx

    “Will we be able to download this webcast for viewing?”

    “Yes, you will be able to access this webcast on demand and have the ability to download in 24 hours at www.microsoft.com/webcasts.

    “What Program are you using to get this nice graphics - Sorry for the off the wall question ;)”

    It is actually just a PowerPoint presentation.

    “Application( Outlook 11) is looking for GC or PDC to open??”

    I believe it is looking for a simple domain controller only.

    “What if all DCs are also GCs?”

    It really depends on the size and the structure of the organization.  

    “We want to use DFS at all branch locations. Would you recommend a DC at those locations to limit traffic across the WAN link?”

    Interesting question. If you think about it, putting a DC at a branch office would actually increase the total traffic because it would add replication traffic. The traffic reductions would come from authentication traffic. Unfortunately there is no right or wrong answer. Yo need to look at the traffic on your network and then make the decision.

    “Always in my segment, a user always have to press retry to open Outlook (DC2 is a in the segment)what U think is wrong??”

    It sounds like a rpc issue try the information here. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;325930

    “Hey Kevin - Where are you getting your Circles and Domain graphics?”

    We have a content development team that does all of the initial creation for us, so I really don't know how they perform that graphical magic.

     

  • EXPRESS Yourself

    Made In Express ContestWanna win $10,000 just for expressing yourself? 

    Well… it does take more than self expression.  But we do have a contest going now for those of you who think you have a great program idea, and can make that idea a reality using any of the EXPRESS line of free tools (SQL Server Express, Visual Studio Express, etc.)

    Full contest description and rules are found HERE.

    And here’s my own idea for a cool tool:

    I want a very quick and easy photo web site generator / manager.  I want to be able to drag my photos onto an administration page, quickly enter a description of each.  And the creation of separate “event pages” to associate the photos with.  “Family trip to the Wisconsin Dells”, for example.

    The site generated should be easy to navigate to photo albums by year, and then by date or event.  Thumbnails for all photos for that date or event should then be displayed alongside of a description of the photo.  Clicking on the photo brings up the full-size photo, with next/previous buttons for navigating to other photos within the current date/event/view.

    Another idea for this tool – the web site should have a search page that lists all currently known photo keywords (or tags), and returns a page of thumbnails based on your tag selection.  Entry of photos into the site will pull the tag information from the photo meta-data itself.

    This application has keep all data in a SQL database in a way that can be simply backed up and restored.

    Build this for me, and I will be forever grateful!

  • Best of Q&A from Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tuning

    Your BossHi!

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast on Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tuning

    BIG thank you to John “no, I’m from GREAT Britain” Baker for handling the Q&A on the backend, and who’s work this really represents.

    -Kevin

    Questions and Answers:

    “Will the expta be covered in this session?”

    The Performance Tuning Analyzer?  Not today, no. That was discussed (briefly, though not demonstrated) in a session I did last week on Exchange Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts.

    “You keep cutting in and out and I can't hear anything. Is there a number to dial into this conference?”

    Sorry about that.  Yes, there is always a number you can ask for.  Between you and me, I sincerely with the LiveMeeting folks would get that audio problem figured out. 

    And I’m told that sometimes the audio delay is around 10 seconds.  Any delay greater than a second or two is just unacceptable.  My $0.02.

    “Can the tools be used for Exchange 2000?”

    There are Exchange 2000 versions of the tools.

    “What is the difference between LoadSim and ESP?”

    ESP simulates large numbers of client sessions by concurrently accessing one or more protocol servers.  Loadsim simulates the performance load of MAPI clients with this benchmarking tool, which allows you to test how a server running Exchange 2003 responds to e-mail loads.

    “Would you use Jetstress or loadsim in a production environment (after hours of course...)”

    Neither.  They should only be used in test/lab environments

    “If you are running Windows 2003 Server, can Exchange 2003 benefit from 4 gigs of memory?”

    Yes.  (referenced later when discussing the /4GB and the /USERVA  switches)

    “Will you be covering the Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer? Is that a good tool to get a quick overview of how well a server is handling the load?”

    No, we didn’t cover it in this session – and yes, that’s exactly what it does.  It programmatically collects configuration data, performance counters and live tracing information from an Exchange server.  The tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks, and then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis.

    “SBS2003 installs SQL, ISA, Sharepoint, and Exchange 2003 on the same server and the license does not allow relocating the applications to other machines. With 10 users the Exchange Best Practice Analyzer recommends setting the 3GB switch. I feel like my system is running fine without it and it might have adverse side effects since I have all the standard SBS applications plus CRM and LCS on the same box. Do I need to use the 3G switch if I have 4G of RAM?”

    You don’t need to use it, if you’re happy with the current performance then you’re fine.  However, it’s not just Exchange that benefits.  /3GB reserves more user virtual memory for ALL user mode applications.  However – you need to be careful, and KNOW the applications you’re running will support this well. (Example: Many people think “Cool, I’ll make my Virtual Server machines run better because they’ll have more memory.”  But in truth, Virtual Server uses a lot of Kernel memory also, which is lost when you use that switch.  So.. be careful. J (See “the Virtual PC Guy”s WebLog for this info.)

    “What is the best way to find out if a PRODUCTION server can handle more users? (just pile on users until you see smoke?;-)”

    Test in a lab environment with a similar server, or as close as possible, using the tools discussed. If the server is in production that’s a little late in the game for doing sizing.

    There you should look at using the ExPTA: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4BDC1D6B-DE34-4F1C-AEBA-FED1256CAF9A&displaylang=en

    “Can the /3GB switch be used on servers running SBS 2003?”

    Yes it can.

    “Best Practice Analyzing Tool recommends to set also the /3GB at the GC what's the impact on exchange?”

    It could, probably will, affect performance.

    “FYI, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815372 is the ultimate article which covers all the 2003 server settings Kevin just went through”

    Yes, thanks.... http://support.microsoft.com/kb/815372

    “Should /3GB switch be used if i have 2 GB of memory in the server?”

    Yes.  It’s all a matter of how the server allocates the 4 GB of virtual memory space – whether or not the machine physically has 4GB.   The recommendation is to use /3GB if you have 1GB or more of physical memory.

    “Is the ‘/nopae’ switch a useful switch when optimizing the server? (Per KB827281)”

    It’s recommended that you disable PAE mode only to work around a hardware issue or to troubleshoot a specific issue that involves PAE or Address Windowing Extensions (AWE).

    “Will an offline copy of this presentation be made available?  Can I have the URL for it?”

    It will be available in 24 hours at www.microsoft.com/webcasts in the on demand section

    “Does Exchange 2k3 Standard Edition allow you create multiple storage groups?”

    One Storage group in Standard.

    “I have read that WINS is suggested for large subnetted networks but it was not clear as to what issues are caused by not having WINS and only using DNS. Are issues seen on on the clients like outlook or only see on the server side in form of performance issues?”

    Where did you read that?

    http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/archive/2006/01/26/exchange_wins.aspx

    In mixed enviroments it is used and helps.  Check http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=837391

    “The following Exchange functionality still depends on WINS name resolution: • The Exchange Server 2003 Setup program and the Exchange 2000 Server Setup program, especially on clustered servers. • Exchange Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge) on an Exchange 2003 computer and on an Exchange 2000 computer. • Changing a password for an Exchange 2003 mailbox or an Exchange 2000 mailbox through Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA). • Exchange System Manager on an Exchange 2003 computer and on an Exchange 2000 computer. Note Additionally, Microsoft Outlook clients that are earlier than Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 also require NetBIOS name resolution.”

    “How do you determine that you should be indexing a particular schema attribute?”

    Check this link http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/aacaf4d8-a0c1-42d0-8eda-1c410177a7ce.mspx?mfr=true

    “Isn't it better to set MinUserDC value to 1? This way as long as there is at least one DC available, Exchnage will not use PDCE?”

    Check http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;298879

    “Is there any consideration when I use specific tips in a cluster environment?”

    I'm sure there are, and the information is typically included with each article or chapter.

    Here is my blog resource page for this session again:
    http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/archive/2006/03/29/423267.aspx

     

  • Resources for Webcast - Exchange Performance Tuning (March 29, 2006)

    Chicken FightingWebcast Resources:

    Exchange Performance Tuning

    Here are some resources relating to webcast I presented on March 29, 2006, entitled Exchange Performance TuningI hope you find them useful.

    Kevin

     

    Exchange Webcast Series

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

     

    Exchange Server 2003 Performance and Scalability Guide

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/perfscalguide.mspx

     

    Tuning Exchange Server 2003 Performance

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/c1af1369-c3cd-41ca-90f3-372e02ea30e4.mspx


    Exchange Server 2003 Performance Tools

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/10a935f2-cd76-4efa-967c-3f77657419b4.mspx

     

    Optimizing Memory Usage in Exchange Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/cca8ad17-462b-49b5-8647-2a69606245bb.mspx

     

    How to set up the /3GB Startup Switch in Windows

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/e834e9c7-708c-43bf-b877-e14ae443ecbf.mspx

     

    Configuring /Userva and System Pages

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3AdminGuide/05682ec0-95f6-4cbf-a29b-c22b3cede970.mspx

     

    How to Increase System Page Table Entries in Windows 2000

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/018cdf56-5c79-4b6a-a274-2212ddf27d06.mspx

     

    The “HeapDecommitFreeBlockThreshold” registry key

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315407

     

    How to Set the HeapDeCommitFreeBlockThreshold Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/9f4e9cbd-9f8b-4088-8d2a-568f1565e95b.mspx

     

    Exchange Store and Extensible Engine Tuning

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/1dbf7065-d7fd-4695-b6d5-4e266148ccdf.mspx

     

    How to Set the Compatibility Registry Value for IMAP4 Users

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/92e228e3-4b91-47a3-866b-92c086a900ee.mspx

     

    How to Set the Compatibility Registry Value for POP3 Users

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/5108783c-a162-4abe-a623-767d857277f1.mspx

     

    Client latencies occur when Exchange 2000 Converts Mail from MAPI to MIME format

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=317722

     

    Message Transfer Agent Tuning

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/d3c91edc-a5b7-4620-97f1-ef3c37c3a3a1.mspx

     

    How to Set the DB Data Buffers per Object Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/efe03200-fe11-4931-ad11-94a4225e8dc8.mspx

     

    How to Set the Dispatcher Threads Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/11a7cd14-224d-412d-8878-592adcffbe6b.mspx

     

    How to Set the Kernel Threads Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/d3b0f3be-b734-42bd-ad4c-103dd7ade0e2.mspx

     

    How to Set the Max RPC Calls Outstanding Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/4541becd-e035-48c3-8624-cb7f3344a649.mspx

     

    How to Set the MDB Users Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/ab35c222-39e0-468f-87c3-955eeb85d9e4.mspx

     

    How to Set the RTS Threads Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/43815b13-e26f-4720-840e-d55e7fbb560e.mspx

     

    How to Set the TCP/IP Control Blocks Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/6a313818-fe56-4b36-be58-3e1867e17664.mspx

     

    How to Set the Gateway Out Threads Registry Value
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/7f3732ba-e399-455c-9a46-9f4cd16f6ff7.mspx

     

    How to Set the SuppressStateChanges Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/875ae7f8-446d-4786-85d2-719ac7093cf6.mspx

     

    How to Configure Glitch Retry Interval in Exchange Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/8b43be56-48e6-400b-8014-54c95f87d1de.mspx

     

    How to Move the Mailroot Directory in Exchange Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/817c513f-1a36-47cd-8115-d65ca48cce88.mspx

     

    How to Set the MaxMessageObjects Registry Value

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/713be43c-0701-4d0b-9cbd-b902415353b4.mspx

     

    Active Directory Integration Tuning
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/aacaf4d8-a0c1-42d0-8eda-1c410177a7ce.mspx

     

    Optimizing the Global Catalog for Exchange Users in Branch Offices
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/584a8e49-0890-4e0a-9f3a-7db1a0cef907.mspx

     

    How to Set the MinUserDC Registry Value
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/72b234bf-e70a-4641-acb7-e6a13dd471a1.mspx

     

    How to Set the MaxActiveQueries Attribute
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/E2k3Perf_ScalGuide/c7381508-88b7-4c81-a282-b9c4c050c5bf.mspx

     

    How to view and set LDAP policy in Active Directory by using Ntdsutil.exe
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315071
     

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  • New Free e-Learning Promotion for TechNet Plus Subscribers

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    I just received some cool news via e-mail from the Microsoft TechNet Product Manager.  The e-Learning folks are offering a new promotion running from April-June, 2006.  All new or existing TechNet Plus subscribers will have some additional e-Learning courses available to them for free.  Three of them. 

    “Three? Free?!”

    Yep. Three.  Free.  Whoopie.

    “What courses?”

    Here are the links and summaries that were in my inbox:

    Course 2400: Implementing and Managing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
    Summary: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to update and support a reliable, secure messaging infrastructure. This infrastructure is used for creating, storing, and sharing information by using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 in a medium-sized to large-sized messaging environment. 

    Course 2008: Designing a Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 Organization - New Look & Feel!
    Summary: Learn the critical Exchange 2003 concepts that will enable you to design and deploy a solution that addresses your organization’s business needs.

    Course 2288: Using Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005
    Summary: This course prepares students to migrate legacy applications and consolidate server functions by using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
     

    “What’s the catch?  Is this for all TechNet Plus subscribers world-wide?”

    Well, the courses are in English only, and they’re available to TechNet Plus subscribers who have access to the TechNet Plus Subscriber Online Services web site, which currently includes TechNet Plus subscribers in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, as well as Software Assurance customers who receive the TechNet Plus media worldwide.  Also, you will only have 90 days to complete the course, as opposed to a whole year if you pay for it. 

    “How do I access this offer then if/when I’m a TechNet Plus subscriber?”

    Go to the TechNet Plus Subscriber Online Services page (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/signin) and click “Learning Resources” on the left side of the page. 

    So if you’re not yet a TechNet Plus subscriber, now’s a good time to sign up.  Details and subscription information can be found here. 

    And, I just noticed that the 30% discount is about to expire..

    The 30% discount offer ends March 31st!  Use promo code TNQ405 and get 30% off the subscription price.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: This promotion and promotion code have expired.
    Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion.

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2006 04

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: April 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

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    ·          TechNet Events and Webcasts blogger site.

    ·          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

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    Upcoming TechNet webcasts in a dynamic, interactive format.

     

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    Upcoming Security webcasts in a dynamic, interactive format.

     

     

    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 Series: Tech·Ed 2006 Webcasts: Power to the Pros

    If you have already registered for Microsoft Tech·Ed 2006, tune in to this series of webcasts and get the most out of your time while you’re there. Haven’t decided if you’ll attend Tech·Ed 2006? Then this webcast series will give you a preview of what you can learn June 11-16, 2006, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Plus, attend a pre-Tech·Ed webcast between April 10 and May 12 and you could win a free pass to Tech·Ed 2006 in Boston (official rules)!

     

    New Series: Windows Vista: Improve Your Desktop Security and Deployment Strategy
    Get the tools and information you need to prepare for Windows Vista, Microsoft’s new desktop operating system. Tune in and see how Windows Vista advancements in security and reliability, along with its operational efficiencies, give you and your users confidence in your organization's PCs. During these free webcasts, we introduce you to key Windows Vista product features and explore deployment, security, management, and productivity. Live webcasts also include a question and answer session. View one webcast, view a few, or view them all – the information will help you prepare for Windows Vista.

     

    Exchange Server in Depth: Master Concepts and Optimize Your Server Environment

    Preview the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange "12" in a special four-part webcast series March 13-17. Exchange Server “12” will enhance the email administrator’s manageability experience, while also improving the information worker's access to larger mailboxes and providing a more secure email infrastructure.  Plus, attend all four webcasts in the Exchange “12” Preview portion of this webcast series (live or on demand) and submit evaluations by March 31, 2006, and you will receive a Microsoft travel mug**.  You will also be entered to win a TechNet Plus subscription containing the Exchange “12” code (official rules).  Offers open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

     

     

     

     

    SQL Server 2005: Upgrade Your Skills to 2005

    Live and on-demand webcasts available now
    Take an in-depth look at SQL Server 2005 from the DBA perspective as told by SQL Server MVP and guru Kimberly Tripp. Plus, attend 6 of the 11 webcasts in this series by May 31, 2006, and you will receive a USB coffee warmer*. Attend all 11 webcasts by May 31, 2006 and you will be entered to win an i-mate Smartphone (official rules)!

     

     

     

    New Webcasts: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Security Lockdown: Utilizing Standard Microsoft Tools to Secure Your Network

    With end users in your organization continuing to be the weakest link in the security chain, learn about tools that enable these users to lock down their own environment and protect their desktops. From policy strategy to tips and tricks, you’ll learn how to strengthen the end user link in your organization without sacrificing network performance and flexibility.


    Interactive IT Professional Webcast Calendar

    Upcoming IT professional webcasts in a dynamic, interactive format.

     

    Interactive Security Webcast Calendar

    Upcoming security webcasts in a dynamic, interactive 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

    §          A More Secure and Well-Managed Enterprise

    §          Ask the Security Experts

    §          Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005

    §          Desktop Deployment

    §          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

    §          Scripting

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

    §          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 500 attendees to attend six of the 11 webcasts in the SQL Server: Upgrade your skills to 2005 webcast series (live or on demand) by May 31, 2006.  Eligible webcasts are numbered parts 1-11 of 11. A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. This offer is non-transferable and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Void in Quebec. Microsoft is not responsible for non-delivery of gift due to incorrect postal information provided by respondent. Offer valid from March 1 - May 31, 2006. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

     

    **Offer good for the first 500 attendees to attend all four webcasts in the Exchange “12” Preview webcast series (live or on demand) by March 31, 2006.  A webcast evaluation must be submitted to gain attendance credit. This offer is non-transferable and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Void in Quebec. Microsoft is not responsible for non-delivery of gift due to incorrect postal information provided by respondent. Offer valid from March 13 - March 31, 2006. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

     

    Microsoft TechNet Webcasts

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Monitoring DFS Replication (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    When you have a large IT infrastructure, keeping tabs on the rate and synchronization of Distributed File System (DFS) Replication can be a challenge. This session draws on the vast experience of Microsoft's own IT department to share best practices for day-to-day monitoring, the different tools available, and common troubleshooting tasks. Using our internal IT department as a model, this webcast utilizes most of the presentation time with hands-on demonstrations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032291791&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 5 of 11): Effective Use of the New Management Tools (Level 200)

    Friday, April 07, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces a new set of tools that are a radical departure from previous versions. If you want to avoid a steep learning curve attend this fifth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, presented by Kimberly Tripp, to discover the new features designed to make the database administration and database development teams more effective and productive. Understanding the impact of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell—and where SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) diverges from the standard shell—can help you to use SSMS more effectively. The primary focus of this webcast is on solutions, projects, customizing the query tool, and source control integration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 300)

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

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032292976&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling Web and SharePoint Applications on the Internet with Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, learn how you can use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 to publish and secure your organization’s Microsoft SharePoint Web sites and applications on the Internet. Integration between ISA Server 2004 and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies allows your organization to reduce its dependency on virtual private network (VPN) and Remote Access Service (RAS) connections, while ensuring that security and access control is not compromised. Discover how using ISA Server 2004 to secure and publish SharePoint applications can result in a significant reduction of administration and troubleshooting costs, while providing other benefits for your business such as improving the efficiency of collaboration processes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293041&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents an in-depth examination of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the latest version of MOM that increases the levels of service availability for the Microsoft Windows Server System. Learn how you can use MOM 2005 to stay aware of issues, respond quickly and effectively, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. We cover the MOM architecture, monitoring components, configuration and environmental monitoring interfaces, management pack and tasks, and reporting features. Find out how to use MOM 2005 to highlight, capture, evaluate, and present information that can help prevent important IT issues in your organization from going unseen.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292982&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Messaging and Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Forrest Hobbs, Lead Partner Account Manager, FrontBridge, Microsoft Corporation

    E-mail is often considered the lifeblood of business, and enterprises rely on their IT departments to keep their communication arteries secure, protected, and compliant. Spammers, hackers, virus writers, regulators, and spies are making the IT challenge increasingly difficult, further taxing the limits of already resource-strained staff. Attend this webcast to learn how FrontBridge for Microsoft Exchange Server can provide your organization with an effective and practical solution against these types of attacks. Find out what business factors you need to consider, and learn how to deploy a managed FrontBridge solution that can greatly benefit your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293189&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS Logs and SQL Reporting Services IIS Log Pack: Digging into Your Data One Step at a Time! (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    On servers running Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 or 6.0, it can be difficult to obtain details about how clients use a Web site. This webcast explains how to mine your site’s log files and react accordingly. Focusing on the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Report Pack for IIS Logs (a free download), we provide step-by-step guidance on how to use Log Parser 2.2 to extract data from IIS log files and push the data to your SQL Server database. From there, we show you how to build graphical reports that display bandwidth statistics and site statistics by the day, hour, or minute, and highlight other data about the clients themselves, including which browsers your visitors are using.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293051&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for the Enterprise (Level 200)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Glenn Fincher, Senior Consultant, Xtreme Consulting Group

    For those of you who haven’t had a chance to get a preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, this webcast introduces some of the new features and capabilities. This discussion focuses on features designed with the enterprise in mind.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292988&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 12, 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 April 11, 2006, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the April security bulletins. The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292804&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (Level 200)

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

    Tony Richardson, Principal Consultant, Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc

    For those of you who haven’t had a chance to get a preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, this webcast introduces some of the new features and capabilities. This webcast focuses on features designed with small and medium-sized businesses in mind.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292994&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Services and Critical Accounts (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Many organizations implement network services or applications that rely upon a service account. However, these applications often require service accounts to be configured to run with the highest possible privileges, a security risk that can enable an attacker to gain unrestricted access to the computer, domain, or entire forest. It is therefore vital to understand how to configure service accounts to the least level of privilege necessary to support the application or network service. Join this webcast to learn about these security principles, and to learn how to make your network services and critical accounts safer even in scenarios where the service account requires administrative-level privileges.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293065&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 6 of 11): New Application Design Patterns for Scalability and Availability and the Operational Implications of Service Broker (Level 200)

    Friday, April 14, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Beauchemin, database-centric application practitioner and architect, Microsoft Corporation

    SQL Service Broker is an integral part of the database in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Understanding why developers may choose to use this is one part of the picture, but some internal SQL Server features use it as well. In this sixth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, we present what new data objects comprise Service Broker, what new SQL statements you need to know about, and how you manage it, secure it, and monitor it, along with information about when it is appropriate to consider a Broker-based application. Join us to learn about dynamic management views and profiler support, in addition to how you can troubleshoot operational problems. The webcast also explains the internal functions run by Service Broker and how they work.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290570&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This first webcast in a three-part series begins by guiding you through the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. It explains what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are, and how GPOs are applied to users and computers. Join this webcast to find out the benefits of using Group Policy, how to create a test and staging environment, and how to use the two most common tools available to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292998&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast highlights security concepts that are new to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, such as encryption and user-schema separation, and looks at how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and examine some of the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We also show you some of the tools you can use to monitor the security of your SQL Server implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293080&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Three key scenarios are covered: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. The new and improved features in Windows Server 2003 R2 that are related to each scenario are also examined in the presentation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293007&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    For many companies, securing the computing environment is the IT department’s highest priority. When deploying new computers that run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Vista, making sure that the new deployments are at least as secure as the current environment is critical. By using constantly updated baselines and images, you can help secure the environment while still allowing for rapid desktop deployment. This webcast shows you how to choose and enable the security configuration of your Windows Vista desktops, manage ongoing security updates, and maintain desktop security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293003&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Manages SharePoint Operations (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    André Heymann, Microsoft IT Sharepoint Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    This presentation tells how Microsoft IT runs the day-to-day operations of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server within their SharePoint Products and Technologies infrastructure. Join us to learn how Microsoft IT manages their databases, active/passive storage area network (SAN) based SQL clusters, and several terabytes of content world wide. We share architectural thoughts, designs, and best practices learned from managing one of the largest and fastest growing SharePoint deployments in the world. This webcast covers backup/restore operations, database management, content clean-up, performance measurement, configuration best practices, and growth metrics collections based on SQL Reporting Services.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62433

     

    TechNet Webcast: Improvements to Calendaring in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Tischhauser, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an in-depth look at the enhancements to calendaring in the next generation of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” We go into detail on improvements to resource scheduling, the new model for free/busy data, and how these features are implemented in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, formerly code-named Outlook “12”, to provide a better end-user experience.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292770&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, 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 show how to use 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 Office Outlook Web Access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293061&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Threat Mitigation for Legacy Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Legacy computer systems are often the focus of unwanted attention from attackers because their existence implies an elevated level of trust or interaction with internal applications that are critical to the organization. Given that legacy systems are already perceived as vulnerable, this makes them a natural choice for further scrutiny from attackers. This webcast looks at the steps and considerations involved in securing older systems, including the roles and physical locations that these systems inhabit in your environment. Learn how, by examining the design and configuration of the entire network, you can create logical points to restrict the amount of hostile traffic as much as possible before it reaches your older systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293067&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 7 of 11): Technologies and Features to Improve Availability (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Find the right technology for the job in this seventh webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series. Join us to learn which technologies provide the right solution for a specific problem, as well as the pros and cons of each technology. Designing a system to protect you against the faults most likely to occur is the first and most important strategy, but finding the right combination to minimize both downtime and data loss is critical. This webcast covers all of the “Availability” technologies at a glance: remote mirroring, failover clustering, database mirroring, log hipping, replication, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), partial database availability, piecemeal online restore, database snapshots, snapshot isolation, and online operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290562&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can help make your information technology (IT) infrastructure more secure. This second webcast of a three-part series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software restriction policies. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether you want to deploy an in-house application or an update to software that has already been installed. We conclude with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293000&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Management (Level 200)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The latest version of Windows, Microsoft Windows Vista, offers new system management capabilities to provide better control of your desktop environment. New deployment features as well as group policy options offer a whole new level of management possibilities. Be one of the first to get to know Windows Vista. This webcast presents the Windows Vista desktop management tools, and features several live demonstrations to show how to manage Windows Vista desktops efficiently and effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Network and Perimeter Security (Level 300)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    As enterprises grow, firewalls get more complicated. Do you know which elements of a firewall are best implemented by software, and which elements are more secure when controlled by dedicated firewall hardware? In this session, learn how to use hardware and software firewalls for network and application filtering, and how to implement intrusion detection mechanisms. We show you how technologies such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Internet Protocol Security, and Network Access Quarantine can help you achieve a balance of access and security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management, Permissions, and Policies in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Brad Clark, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to create and manage most types of recipients using the management console and management shell in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12,” without Recipient Update Service (RUS) running in the background. See how a lower-level administrator can easily become a Recipient Manager without changing the access control list (ACL). This webcast also provides an overview of the Exchange “12” permissions model along with a primer on provisioning address lists, e-mail address policies (formerly recipient policies), unified messaging policies, e-mail life cycle policies, and mobile policies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293009&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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 even better? 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=1032293011&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Productivity (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Productivity is one of the most important reasons that anyone moves to a new operating system, and Microsoft Windows Vista is full of productivity enhancements for all levels of users. Join this webcast to drill into the features that are most important to corporate users. This presentation includes demonstrations that show the most typical anticipated implementations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292777&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore update management for Microsoft Windows. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate the various components of update management and their functionality. We begin with an overview of the business case for update management and the vulnerability timeline, including a demonstration that illustrates how the timeline gets shorter with every new vulnerability. Learn about the severity ratings that are assigned to vulnerabilities and what the various ratings mean, and see how Microsoft has improved the update experience to make it as straightforward as possible.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293069&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 8 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Wistrom, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Database mirroring was released for testing when Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shipped as a product. As we approach the first service pack, get prepared for the release of database mirroring for general production use and understand the barriers of what database mirroring will protect against. Attend this first part in the eighth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to obtain better insight for when database mirroring should be implemented as well as what to expect moving forward in service pack 1 (SP1).

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290575&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your organization’s future or you want to improve IT security, then you should know more about Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This final webcast of a three-part series demonstrates how to manage Group Policy using the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects (GPOs) across domains. Learn ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security policies in your organization. We also provide scripts to help you implement and manage Group Policy, and we conclude by demonstrating some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293005&Culture=en-US

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Connected Systems

    ·          Operational Efficiency & Productivity

    ·          Portals

    ·          Web Plaform

     

     

    Connected Systems

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 300)

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

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032292976&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents an in-depth examination of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the latest version of MOM that increases the levels of service availability for the Microsoft Windows Server System. Learn how you can use MOM 2005 to stay aware of issues, respond quickly and effectively, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. We cover the MOM architecture, monitoring components, configuration and environmental monitoring interfaces, management pack and tasks, and reporting features. Find out how to use MOM 2005 to highlight, capture, evaluate, and present information that can help prevent important IT issues in your organization from going unseen.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292982&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This first webcast in a three-part series begins by guiding you through the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. It explains what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are, and how GPOs are applied to users and computers. Join this webcast to find out the benefits of using Group Policy, how to create a test and staging environment, and how to use the two most common tools available to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292998&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast highlights security concepts that are new to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, such as encryption and user-schema separation, and looks at how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and examine some of the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We also show you some of the tools you can use to monitor the security of your SQL Server implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293080&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 7 of 11): Technologies and Features to Improve Availability (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Find the right technology for the job in this seventh webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series. Join us to learn which technologies provide the right solution for a specific problem, as well as the pros and cons of each technology. Designing a system to protect you against the faults most likely to occur is the first and most important strategy, but finding the right combination to minimize both downtime and data loss is critical. This webcast covers all of the “Availability” technologies at a glance: remote mirroring, failover clustering, database mirroring, log hipping, replication, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), partial database availability, piecemeal online restore, database snapshots, snapshot isolation, and online operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290562&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 8 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Wistrom, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Database mirroring was released for testing when Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shipped as a product. As we approach the first service pack, get prepared for the release of database mirroring for general production use and understand the barriers of what database mirroring will protect against. Attend this first part in the eighth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to obtain better insight for when database mirroring should be implemented as well as what to expect moving forward in service pack 1 (SP1).

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290575&Culture=en-US

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Monitoring DFS Replication (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    When you have a large IT infrastructure, keeping tabs on the rate and synchronization of Distributed File System (DFS) Replication can be a challenge. This session draws on the vast experience of Microsoft's own IT department to share best practices for day-to-day monitoring, the different tools available, and common troubleshooting tasks. Using our internal IT department as a model, this webcast utilizes most of the presentation time with hands-on demonstrations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032291791&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 5 of 11): Effective Use of the New Management Tools (Level 200)

    Friday, April 07, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces a new set of tools that are a radical departure from previous versions. If you want to avoid a steep learning curve attend this fifth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, presented by Kimberly Tripp, to discover the new features designed to make the database administration and database development teams more effective and productive. Understanding the impact of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell—and where SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) diverges from the standard shell—can help you to use SSMS more effectively. The primary focus of this webcast is on solutions, projects, customizing the query tool, and source control integration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling Web and SharePoint Applications on the Internet with Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, learn how you can use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 to publish and secure your organization’s Microsoft SharePoint Web sites and applications on the Internet. Integration between ISA Server 2004 and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies allows your organization to reduce its dependency on virtual private network (VPN) and Remote Access Service (RAS) connections, while ensuring that security and access control is not compromised. Discover how using ISA Server 2004 to secure and publish SharePoint applications can result in a significant reduction of administration and troubleshooting costs, while providing other benefits for your business such as improving the efficiency of collaboration processes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293041&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Messaging and Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Forrest Hobbs, Lead Partner Account Manager, FrontBridge, Microsoft Corporation

    E-mail is often considered the lifeblood of business, and enterprises rely on their IT departments to keep their communication arteries secure, protected, and compliant. Spammers, hackers, virus writers, regulators, and spies are making the IT challenge increasingly difficult, further taxing the limits of already resource-strained staff. Attend this webcast to learn how FrontBridge for Microsoft Exchange Server can provide your organization with an effective and practical solution against these types of attacks. Find out what business factors you need to consider, and learn how to deploy a managed FrontBridge solution that can greatly benefit your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293189&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS Logs and SQL Reporting Services IIS Log Pack: Digging into Your Data One Step at a Time! (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    On servers running Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 or 6.0, it can be difficult to obtain details about how clients use a Web site. This webcast explains how to mine your site’s log files and react accordingly. Focusing on the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Report Pack for IIS Logs (a free download), we provide step-by-step guidance on how to use Log Parser 2.2 to extract data from IIS log files and push the data to your SQL Server database. From there, we show you how to build graphical reports that display bandwidth statistics and site statistics by the day, hour, or minute, and highlight other data about the clients themselves, including which browsers your visitors are using.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293051&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 12, 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 April 11, 2006, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the April security bulletins. The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292804&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Services and Critical Accounts (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Many organizations implement network services or applications that rely upon a service account. However, these applications often require service accounts to be configured to run with the highest possible privileges, a security risk that can enable an attacker to gain unrestricted access to the computer, domain, or entire forest. It is therefore vital to understand how to configure service accounts to the least level of privilege necessary to support the application or network service. Join this webcast to learn about these security principles, and to learn how to make your network services and critical accounts safer even in scenarios where the service account requires administrative-level privileges.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293065&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast highlights security concepts that are new to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, such as encryption and user-schema separation, and looks at how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and examine some of the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We also show you some of the tools you can use to monitor the security of your SQL Server implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293080&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Three key scenarios are covered: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. The new and improved features in Windows Server 2003 R2 that are related to each scenario are also examined in the presentation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293007&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    For many companies, securing the computing environment is the IT department’s highest priority. When deploying new computers that run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Vista, making sure that the new deployments are at least as secure as the current environment is critical. By using constantly updated baselines and images, you can help secure the environment while still allowing for rapid desktop deployment. This webcast shows you how to choose and enable the security configuration of your Windows Vista desktops, manage ongoing security updates, and maintain desktop security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293003&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Improvements to Calendaring in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Tischhauser, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an in-depth look at the enhancements to calendaring in the next generation of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” We go into detail on improvements to resource scheduling, the new model for free/busy data, and how these features are implemented in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, formerly code-named Outlook “12”, to provide a better end-user experience.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292770&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, 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 show how to use 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 Office Outlook Web Access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293061&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Threat Mitigation for Legacy Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Legacy computer systems are often the focus of unwanted attention from attackers because their existence implies an elevated level of trust or interaction with internal applications that are critical to the organization. Given that legacy systems are already perceived as vulnerable, this makes them a natural choice for further scrutiny from attackers. This webcast looks at the steps and considerations involved in securing older systems, including the roles and physical locations that these systems inhabit in your environment. Learn how, by examining the design and configuration of the entire network, you can create logical points to restrict the amount of hostile traffic as much as possible before it reaches your older systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293067&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can help make your information technology (IT) infrastructure more secure. This second webcast of a three-part series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software restriction policies. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether you want to deploy an in-house application or an update to software that has already been installed. We conclude with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293000&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management, Permissions, and Policies in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Brad Clark, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to create and manage most types of recipients using the management console and management shell in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12,” without Recipient Update Service (RUS) running in the background. See how a lower-level administrator can easily become a Recipient Manager without changing the access control list (ACL). This webcast also provides an overview of the Exchange “12” permissions model along with a primer on provisioning address lists, e-mail address policies (formerly recipient policies), unified messaging policies, e-mail life cycle policies, and mobile policies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293009&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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 even better? 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=1032293011&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Productivity (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Productivity is one of the most important reasons that anyone moves to a new operating system, and Microsoft Windows Vista is full of productivity enhancements for all levels of users. Join this webcast to drill into the features that are most important to corporate users. This presentation includes demonstrations that show the most typical anticipated implementations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292777&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore update management for Microsoft Windows. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate the various components of update management and their functionality. We begin with an overview of the business case for update management and the vulnerability timeline, including a demonstration that illustrates how the timeline gets shorter with every new vulnerability. Learn about the severity ratings that are assigned to vulnerabilities and what the various ratings mean, and see how Microsoft has improved the update experience to make it as straightforward as possible.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293069&Culture=en-US

     

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your organization’s future or you want to improve IT security, then you should know more about Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This final webcast of a three-part series demonstrates how to manage Group Policy using the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects (GPOs) across domains. Learn ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security policies in your organization. We also provide scripts to help you implement and manage Group Policy, and we conclude by demonstrating some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293005&Culture=en-US

     

    Portals

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Manages SharePoint Operations (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    André Heymann, Microsoft IT Sharepoint Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    This presentation tells how Microsoft IT runs the day-to-day operations of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server within their SharePoint Products and Technologies infrastructure. Join us to learn how Microsoft IT manages their databases, active/passive storage area network (SAN) based SQL clusters, and several terabytes of content world wide. We share architectural thoughts, designs, and best practices learned from managing one of the largest and fastest growing SharePoint deployments in the world. This webcast covers backup/restore operations, database management, content clean-up, performance measurement, configuration best practices, and growth metrics collections based on SQL Reporting Services.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62433

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Management (Level 200)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The latest version of Windows, Microsoft Windows Vista, offers new system management capabilities to provide better control of your desktop environment. New deployment features as well as group policy options offer a whole new level of management possibilities. Be one of the first to get to know Windows Vista. This webcast presents the Windows Vista desktop management tools, and features several live demonstrations to show how to manage Windows Vista desktops efficiently and effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292773&Culture=en-US

     

    Web Platform

     

    TechNet Webcast: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for the Enterprise (Level 200)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Glenn Fincher, Senior Consultant, Xtreme Consulting Group

    For those of you who haven’t had a chance to get a preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, this webcast introduces some of the new features and capabilities. This discussion focuses on features designed with the enterprise in mind.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292988&Culture=en-US

     

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          Exchange Server

    ·          Internet Information Server

    ·          ISA Server

    ·          Operations Manager

    ·          Security

    ·          SharePoint Portal Server

    ·          SQL Server

    ·          Windows

    ·          Windows Server

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Enabling Web and SharePoint Applications on the Internet with Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, learn how you can use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 to publish and secure your organization’s Microsoft SharePoint Web sites and applications on the Internet. Integration between ISA Server 2004 and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies allows your organization to reduce its dependency on virtual private network (VPN) and Remote Access Service (RAS) connections, while ensuring that security and access control is not compromised. Discover how using ISA Server 2004 to secure and publish SharePoint applications can result in a significant reduction of administration and troubleshooting costs, while providing other benefits for your business such as improving the efficiency of collaboration processes.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293041&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: IIS Logs and SQL Reporting Services IIS Log Pack: Digging into Your Data One Step at a Time! (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Adams, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    On servers running Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 or 6.0, it can be difficult to obtain details about how clients use a Web site. This webcast explains how to mine your site’s log files and react accordingly. Focusing on the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Report Pack for IIS Logs (a free download), we provide step-by-step guidance on how to use Log Parser 2.2 to extract data from IIS log files and push the data to your SQL Server database. From there, we show you how to build graphical reports that display bandwidth statistics and site statistics by the day, hour, or minute, and highlight other data about the clients themselves, including which browsers your visitors are using.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293051&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Improvements to Calendaring in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Tischhauser, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an in-depth look at the enhancements to calendaring in the next generation of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” We go into detail on improvements to resource scheduling, the new model for free/busy data, and how these features are implemented in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, formerly code-named Outlook “12”, to provide a better end-user experience.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292770&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management, Permissions, and Policies in Exchange “12” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Brad Clark, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Learn how to create and manage most types of recipients using the management console and management shell in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12,” without Recipient Update Service (RUS) running in the background. See how a lower-level administrator can easily become a Recipient Manager without changing the access control list (ACL). This webcast also provides an overview of the Exchange “12” permissions model along with a primer on provisioning address lists, e-mail address policies (formerly recipient policies), unified messaging policies, e-mail life cycle policies, and mobile policies.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293009&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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 even better? 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=1032293011&Culture=en-US

     

    Internet Information Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for the Enterprise (Level 200)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Glenn Fincher, Senior Consultant, Xtreme Consulting Group

    For those of you who haven’t had a chance to get a preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, this webcast introduces some of the new features and capabilities. This discussion focuses on features designed with the enterprise in mind.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292988&Culture=en-US

     

    ISA Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Technical Overview (Level 200)

    Monday, April 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents an in-depth examination of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the latest version of MOM that increases the levels of service availability for the Microsoft Windows Server System. Learn how you can use MOM 2005 to stay aware of issues, respond quickly and effectively, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. We cover the MOM architecture, monitoring components, configuration and environmental monitoring interfaces, management pack and tasks, and reporting features. Find out how to use MOM 2005 to highlight, capture, evaluate, and present information that can help prevent important IT issues in your organization from going unseen.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292982&Culture=en-US

     

    Operations Manager

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Messaging and Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Forrest Hobbs, Lead Partner Account Manager, FrontBridge, Microsoft Corporation

    E-mail is often considered the lifeblood of business, and enterprises rely on their IT departments to keep their communication arteries secure, protected, and compliant. Spammers, hackers, virus writers, regulators, and spies are making the IT challenge increasingly difficult, further taxing the limits of already resource-strained staff. Attend this webcast to learn how FrontBridge for Microsoft Exchange Server can provide your organization with an effective and practical solution against these types of attacks. Find out what business factors you need to consider, and learn how to deploy a managed FrontBridge solution that can greatly benefit your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293189&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Security

     

    TechNet Webcast: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (Level 200)

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

    Tony Richardson, Principal Consultant, Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc

    For those of you who haven’t had a chance to get a preview of Microsoft Windows Vista, this webcast introduces some of the new features and capabilities. This webcast focuses on features designed with small and medium-sized businesses in mind.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292994&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 6 of 11): New Application Design Patterns for Scalability and Availability and the Operational Implications of Service Broker (Level 200)

    Friday, April 14, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Bob Beauchemin, database-centric application practitioner and architect, Microsoft Corporation

    SQL Service Broker is an integral part of the database in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Understanding why developers may choose to use this is one part of the picture, but some internal SQL Server features use it as well. In this sixth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, we present what new data objects comprise Service Broker, what new SQL statements you need to know about, and how you manage it, secure it, and monitor it, along with information about when it is appropriate to consider a Broker-based application. Join us to learn about dynamic management views and profiler support, in addition to how you can troubleshoot operational problems. The webcast also explains the internal functions run by Service Broker and how they work.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290570&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Network and Perimeter Security (Level 300)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    As enterprises grow, firewalls get more complicated. Do you know which elements of a firewall are best implemented by software, and which elements are more secure when controlled by dedicated firewall hardware? In this session, learn how to use hardware and software firewalls for network and application filtering, and how to implement intrusion detection mechanisms. We show you how technologies such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Internet Protocol Security, and Network Access Quarantine can help you achieve a balance of access and security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293063&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore update management for Microsoft Windows. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate the various components of update management and their functionality. We begin with an overview of the business case for update management and the vulnerability timeline, including a demonstration that illustrates how the timeline gets shorter with every new vulnerability. Learn about the severity ratings that are assigned to vulnerabilities and what the various ratings mean, and see how Microsoft has improved the update experience to make it as straightforward as possible.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293069&Culture=en-US

     

    SharePoint Portal Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Manages SharePoint Operations (Level 300)

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    André Heymann, Microsoft IT Sharepoint Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    This presentation tells how Microsoft IT runs the day-to-day operations of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server within their SharePoint Products and Technologies infrastructure. Join us to learn how Microsoft IT manages their databases, active/passive storage area network (SAN) based SQL clusters, and several terabytes of content world wide. We share architectural thoughts, designs, and best practices learned from managing one of the largest and fastest growing SharePoint deployments in the world. This webcast covers backup/restore operations, database management, content clean-up, performance measurement, configuration best practices, and growth metrics collections based on SQL Reporting Services.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=62433

     

    SQL Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 300)

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

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032292976&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 has almost 1,000 configurable settings. This first webcast in a three-part series begins by guiding you through the terms and concepts used in the Group Policy environment. It explains what Group Policy is, what Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are, and how GPOs are applied to users and computers. Join this webcast to find out the benefits of using Group Policy, how to create a test and staging environment, and how to use the two most common tools available to manage Group Policy, the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy Object Editor.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292998&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast highlights security concepts that are new to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, such as encryption and user-schema separation, and looks at how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and examine some of the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We also show you some of the tools you can use to monitor the security of your SQL Server implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293080&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 7 of 11): Technologies and Features to Improve Availability (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Find the right technology for the job in this seventh webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series. Join us to learn which technologies provide the right solution for a specific problem, as well as the pros and cons of each technology. Designing a system to protect you against the faults most likely to occur is the first and most important strategy, but finding the right combination to minimize both downtime and data loss is critical. This webcast covers all of the “Availability” technologies at a glance: remote mirroring, failover clustering, database mirroring, log hipping, replication, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), partial database availability, piecemeal online restore, database snapshots, snapshot isolation, and online operations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290562&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 8 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Mark Wistrom, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Database mirroring was released for testing when Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shipped as a product. As we approach the first service pack, get prepared for the release of database mirroring for general production use and understand the barriers of what database mirroring will protect against. Attend this first part in the eighth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to obtain better insight for when database mirroring should be implemented as well as what to expect moving forward in service pack 1 (SP1).

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290575&Culture=en-US

     

     

    Windows

     

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

    Wednesday, April 12, 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 April 11, 2006, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the April security bulletins. The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292804&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing Services and Critical Accounts (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Many organizations implement network services or applications that rely upon a service account. However, these applications often require service accounts to be configured to run with the highest possible privileges, a security risk that can enable an attacker to gain unrestricted access to the computer, domain, or entire forest. It is therefore vital to understand how to configure service accounts to the least level of privilege necessary to support the application or network service. Join this webcast to learn about these security principles, and to learn how to make your network services and critical accounts safer even in scenarios where the service account requires administrative-level privileges.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293065&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    For many companies, securing the computing environment is the IT department’s highest priority. When deploying new computers that run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Vista, making sure that the new deployments are at least as secure as the current environment is critical. By using constantly updated baselines and images, you can help secure the environment while still allowing for rapid desktop deployment. This webcast shows you how to choose and enable the security configuration of your Windows Vista desktops, manage ongoing security updates, and maintain desktop security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293003&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, 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 show how to use 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 Office Outlook Web Access.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293061&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Threat Mitigation for Legacy Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Legacy computer systems are often the focus of unwanted attention from attackers because their existence implies an elevated level of trust or interaction with internal applications that are critical to the organization. Given that legacy systems are already perceived as vulnerable, this makes them a natural choice for further scrutiny from attackers. This webcast looks at the steps and considerations involved in securing older systems, including the roles and physical locations that these systems inhabit in your environment. Learn how, by examining the design and configuration of the entire network, you can create logical points to restrict the amount of hostile traffic as much as possible before it reaches your older systems.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293067&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can help make your information technology (IT) infrastructure more secure. This second webcast of a three-part series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software restriction policies. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether you want to deploy an in-house application or an update to software that has already been installed. We conclude with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293000&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Management (Level 200)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The latest version of Windows, Microsoft Windows Vista, offers new system management capabilities to provide better control of your desktop environment. New deployment features as well as group policy options offer a whole new level of management possibilities. Be one of the first to get to know Windows Vista. This webcast presents the Windows Vista desktop management tools, and features several live demonstrations to show how to manage Windows Vista desktops efficiently and effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Implementing Network and Perimeter Security (Level 300)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

    As enterprises grow, firewalls get more complicated. Do you know which elements of a firewall are best implemented by software, and which elements are more secure when controlled by dedicated firewall hardware? In this session, learn how to use hardware and software firewalls for network and application filtering, and how to implement intrusion detection mechanisms. We show you how technologies such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Internet Protocol Security, and Network Access Quarantine can help you achieve a balance of access and security.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293063&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Management (Level 200)

    Monday, April 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Keith Combs, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The latest version of Windows, Microsoft Windows Vista, offers new system management capabilities to provide better control of your desktop environment. New deployment features as well as group policy options offer a whole new level of management possibilities. Be one of the first to get to know Windows Vista. This webcast presents the Windows Vista desktop management tools, and features several live demonstrations to show how to manage Windows Vista desktops efficiently and effectively.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292773&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Windows Vista Productivity (Level 300)

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Productivity is one of the most important reasons that anyone moves to a new operating system, and Microsoft Windows Vista is full of productivity enhancements for all levels of users. Join this webcast to drill into the features that are most important to corporate users. This presentation includes demonstrations that show the most typical anticipated implementations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032292777&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Monitoring DFS Replication (Level 200)

    Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Dan Boldo, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    When you have a large IT infrastructure, keeping tabs on the rate and synchronization of Distributed File System (DFS) Replication can be a challenge. This session draws on the vast experience of Microsoft's own IT department to share best practices for day-to-day monitoring, the different tools available, and common troubleshooting tasks. Using our internal IT department as a model, this webcast utilizes most of the presentation time with hands-on demonstrations.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032291791&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 5 of 11): Effective Use of the New Management Tools (Level 200)

    Friday, April 07, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director, SYSolutions, Inc.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces a new set of tools that are a radical departure from previous versions. If you want to avoid a steep learning curve attend this fifth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, presented by Kimberly Tripp, to discover the new features designed to make the database administration and database development teams more effective and productive. Understanding the impact of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell—and where SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) diverges from the standard shell—can help you to use SSMS more effectively. The primary focus of this webcast is on solutions, projects, customizing the query tool, and source control integration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290558&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security in SQL Server 2005 (Level 300)

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast highlights security concepts that are new to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, such as encryption and user-schema separation, and looks at how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and examine some of the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We also show you some of the tools you can use to monitor the security of your SQL Server implementation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293080&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, April 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an end-to-end overview of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Three key scenarios are covered: simplified branch management, identity management, and efficient storage management. The new and improved features in Windows Server 2003 R2 that are related to each scenario are also examined in the presentation.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293007&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 21, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Knowing the finer points of Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can help make your information technology (IT) infrastructure more secure. This second webcast of a three-part series focuses on advanced Group Policy configuration options, including locking down desktop workstations and configuring software restriction policies. See how you can use Group Policy to target specific computers in your organization for software deployment, whether you want to deploy an in-house application or an update to software that has already been installed. We conclude with a discussion of the tools you can use to troubleshoot Group Policy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293000&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    If the prospect of migration looms in your organization’s future or you want to improve IT security, then you should know more about Group Policy in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This final webcast of a three-part series demonstrates how to manage Group Policy using the Administrative Template Extension and how to migrate Group Policy Objects (GPOs) across domains. Learn ways to improve security and make it easier to implement security policies in your organization. We also provide scripts to help you implement and manage Group Policy, and we conclude by demonstrating some specific uses of Group Policy Modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293005&Culture=en-US

     

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    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) (Level 300)

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

    Kevin Remde, 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=1032292976&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level 300)Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, 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 even better? 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=1032293011&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, April 28, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this webcast, we explore update management for Microsoft Windows. Join us as we discuss and demonstrate the various components of update management and their functionality. We begin with an overview of the business case for update management and the vulnerability timeline, including a demonstration that illustrates how the timeline gets shorter with every new vulnerability. Learn about the severity ratings that are assigned to vulnerabilities and what the various ratings mean, and see how Microsoft has improved the update experience to make it as straightforward as possible.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293069&Culture=en-US

  • Answers to Event Questions - File Server Resource Manager

    Muntz“Ha Haaa!”

    This is the second of many long-overdue, promised blog posts containing answers to questions I’ve received at our TechNet Events.

    These questions are about the File Server Resource Manager in Windows Server 2003 R2

    “Are quotas set on a per-folder basis only, or do they include all sub-folders?”

    You have two choices.  Your first option is to set quota on a folder.  This will then apply to all content under it- including content in any other folders.  The quota is basically the sum of all space used under the folder.

     

    The other option is what is called an “Auto-Quota”.  Here you assign the quota to a parent folder of folders.  So the quota will apply to every folder that is a direct child of the parent on which the auto-quota is set.  It will apply to folders that already exist, as well as folders that may be later created there.  A perfect example would be to set an auto-quota on folder that contains users home folders.  Each home folder will automatically have the quota assigned to them.

     

    “Can you set a quota on a per-user basis?”

    Not as such, no.  Quotas are really based on the storage being used in and under the folder for which it was defined.

     

    “Can you set quotas on a remote server?”

    The FSRM console works in the context of either the local server, or a server it’s connected to remotely.  So, yes, you can set and manage quotas on remote servers.  The caveat is that the remote server must also be running R2, and have the FSRM services installed and running. 

     

    Here is the Step by Step Guide to the File Server Resource Manager.

    “Kevin, why did you use that angry picture?”

    No special reason.  I just like it.

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  • Answers to Event Questions - Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS)

    Windows Server 2003 R2“Hi!”

    This is the third of many long-overdue, promised blog posts containing answers to questions I’ve received at our TechNet Events.

    These questions are about the Storage Manager for SANs function in Windows Server 2003 R2

    "Are existing LUNs detected?"
    Well… I'm not a storage expert and haven't worked with any other SAN technologies, so I couldn't say from personal experience.  However, my impression is that if the LUN was created using some other tool set, then no, the LUN isn't going to be manageable using Storage Manager for SANs.  I may be wrong.  (Anyone want to add a comment from personal experience?  Please do!)

     

    Creating a LUN in SMfS depends on the type of storage you're using, Fibre Channel or iSCSI. 
    From the "SANMgr_Step by Step Guide" (found online here, and also on the TechNet Resource DVDs our TechNet Event audience members receive):

    FC vs iSCSI

     

    If the LUNs will be deployed on a Fibre Channel subsystem, you only need to identify the servers that will access the LUNs, select which HBA ports on those servers will be used for LUN traffic, and finally assign LUNs directly to the servers.

     

    If the LUNs will be deployed on an iSCSI subsystem, the process requires additional steps. 

    After identifying the servers that will access the LUNs and selecting the iSCSI initiator adapters that will be used for LUN traffic, you should do the following:

    1. Create and configure targets on the iSCSI subsystems and enable portals on those targets to handle LUN I/O traffic.
    2. Optionally configure iSCSI security.
    3. Establish logon sessions from the iSCSI initiator on each server to one or more targets.
    4. Finally, assign LUNs to the targets.

    “In the Virtual PC machines you used in the demo, what tool or service did you use to emulate the SAN devices?”

    It’s a product called WinTarget, by a company called String Bean Software.  Here is their guide for using WinTarget along with Data Protection Manager.


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  • Answers to Event Questions - MOM

    MOM 1963 (holding Kevin)“MOM!”

    This is the fourth of many long-overdue, promised blog posts containing answers to questions I’ve received at our TechNet Events.

    This question is about Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

     

    “Is there a management pack to monitor Windows Backup?  What about other backup products?”

     

    There is a management pack available from Symantec to manage BackupExec.  Other than that, I can’t find a way to use Microsoft management packs to watch Windows Backup.

    For a quick way to search for Management Packs to support both MS and non-MS products, check out the Management Pack and Utilities Catalog.

     

    Anyone care to share how they might be monitoring Windows Backup using MOM?

     

    Any more questions?  Enter a comment or contact me here.