Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog

  • Wanna win a pass to TechEd 2006?

    The TechEd 2006 Theme

    Like you need another reason to attend webcasts!

    Check out this site, and list of webcasts.  If you attend one of these, and submit an evaluation at the end, you are entered in a drawing to possibly win a “full conference pass” to TechEd 2006 in Boston.

    Here are the official rules.

    Hey.. send me a note if you’re the winner.  We could meet up at TechEd and maybe we can share some unhealthy snacks off of a long table together!

     

  • Resources for Webcast - Microsoft Solutions for Windows Update Management (April 28, 2006)

    Shields up!Kevin’s Webcast Resources:

    Microsoft Solutions for Windows Update Management

    UPDATE: These resources are for a webcast I was scheduled to deliver today (April 28, 2006).  However, due to circumstances beyond my control, we’ve had to postpone the webcast session for another day.  I will let you know when it is re-scheduled as soon as we get that figured out.

    In the meantime, please feel free to use these Windows Update Management resources.   

    Kevin

     

    Microsoft TechNet “Security Risk Management Guide”

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/topics/complianceandpolicies/secrisk/default.mspx

     

    Microsoft Solutions Framework

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/msf/default.mspx

     

    Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Executive Overview

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/cits/mo/mof/mofeo.mspx

     

    The Patch Management Process

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/topics/patchmanagement/secmod193.mspx

     

    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0 Data Sheet

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsa2/datasheet.mspx

     

    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 2.0 Download

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsa2/default.mspx

     

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/default.mspx

     

    How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;328010

     

    Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 (soon to be known as “System Center Configuration Manager 2007”)

    http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/default.mspx

     

    Patch Management using Systems Management Server 2003

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/cits/mo/swdist/pmsms/2003/pmsms031.mspx

     

    Microsoft Management and Operations Resources

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/cits/mo/default.mspx

     

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

     

    Live TechNet Events

    http://www.technetevents.com

     

    Microsoft Events page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/events

     

    Security Dog

  • System Center - Newly Announced Suite of Products

    System Center

    Microsoft announced the new suite of products now falling under a new name – System Center – as the suite of products surrounding the area of system management.

    “System Center is the Microsoft family of systems management products and solutions, focused on providing IT professionals with the tools and knowledge to help manage their IT infrastructure. It embodies the Microsoft vision for integrating systems management tools and technologies to help you ease operations, reduce troubleshooting time, and improve your planning capabilities.”

    Click the graphic above for the main page, or click HERE for the overview.

    “But what is it really, Kevin?”

    That didn’t explain it well enough for you?  Okay… basically, “System Center” encompasses anything and everything your IT administrators use that can be followed by the word “management”:

    • Operations Management
    • Change Management
    • Configuration management
    • Release Management
    • Asset Management
    • Data Protection Management
    • Problem Management
    • Capacity Management
    • Incident Management 
    • Waste Management

    (Okay.. so I snuck that last one in there.  But you get the idea.)

    “So, like MOM and SMS and DPM?”

    Right.  Data Protection Manager 2006 is a System Center product.  Current versions of SMS and MOM IT Transformedalso fall into this category.  In fact, the next major release of SMS, currently known as "SMSv4", and MOM, currently known as "MOMv3", will take on the System Center family name.  "SMSv4" will become System Center Configuration Manager 2007 while "MOMv3" will be named System Center Operations Manager 2007. 

    So… where you had SMS and MOM, you’ll now have SSCM and SCOM.

     

  • Exchange "12" Official Name is Finally Unveiled!

    It’s official…

    Exchange 2007 Logo

    You could have probably guessed, I suppose.

  • Best of Questions and Answers from Webcast: Exchange Server 2003: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

    Mouse ExtremeI love this webcast!

    Below I’ve pasted an edited and cleaned up copy of most of the Q&A from today’s webcast on Exchange Server 2003: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

    SUPER BIG thank you to Michael J. Murphy and Harold Wong for handling the Q&A on the back-end, and who’s work this really represents.

    -Kevin

    Questions and Answers:

    “[This webcast] was advertised as Level 300...”

    Hmm… Sorry about that. Some of the items will be 300 level since it involves registry entries.  However, the majority is probably more in the line of 200 level.

    “Does the Best Practice Analyzer tool have any special features to fix ‘Cannot connect to port 25 of routing group master’?”

    The Best Practice Analyzer does not "fix" anything. It will give recommendations based on our "Best Practices" and your current configuration.

    “What do I do if my Server reports ‘Cannot connect to the routing group master over port 25?’”

    See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/Analyzer/6fa17f7e-2cce-4b87-8903-cbcce84fe9b9.mspx?mfr=true

    “The most recent version is 2.6 and not 2.5”

    You are correct, 2.6 was just posted April 5th.  This session was created and approved last October.  I missed that.

    “How can I test connectivity to port 25?”

    How about telnet? see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q153119/

    “What should I try if after restoring a mailbox store from backup it is not mounting it through the Recovery Storage Group created.”

    First, make sure you were successful in restoring the store to the RSG. Was the database in RSG set to allow overwriting?  Did the restore complete successfully?  Also, make sure you don't restore the log files, only the database.

    “How do I enable OWAADMIN ? ( OWA is currently working though )”

    You need to download the tool and install it - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4bbe7065-a04e-43ca-8220-859212411e10&displaylang=en.

    “Is OWA Admin installed by default?”

    No, you need to download the tool from the MS website: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4bbe7065-a04e-43ca-8220-859212411e10&displaylang=en.

    Sorry – I thought I mentioned that when I started demonstrating it, but I guess I wasn’t clear on that.

    “How can I change the default route for the outgoing emails to my internet provider´s outgoing mail server in Exchange 2003 Server?  Thanks.”

    In Exchange 200x, that would require an SMTP Connector to be configured see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265293.  You’re welcome. 

    “Do you have to have Ex 2003 sp2 installed to enable PW change?”

    No, this was available in the original release as well.

    “How can I find out how to enable password change in OWA?”

    See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297121

    “Do you need to be using SSL Certificates to allow Domain password changes using OWA?”

    Yes.  See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297121

    “If using a Dynamic IP address with your ISP, you cannot obtain a SSL Certificate for this purpose correct?”

    You should be able to. The SSL Certificate is associated with a name, not an IP.

    “What is full-text indexes?”

    A full text index creates indices on all text, that includes message bodies and attachments, which makes searching the store very fast, but has overhead associated with it

    “Is there a way to defrag/compress your Exchange DB w/o taking it off line?”

    Exchange will perform an online defrag as part of its normal maintenance.  However, this only defrags within the database device.  If you want the actual file on the hard drive to be defragmented, then you will have to take it offline.

    “Is ‘last Build time’ in the Full text indexing section in the ESM supposed to tell you the last time when the index got created or updated?  Otherwise how can I confirm that my index is being updated every night?”

    It should be the last time it was rebuilt / updated.

    “Is it Best Practices to Take if Offline and Defrag it? If so what are the tools available to do this?”

    I wouldn't say it is ‘Best Practices’ to do this.  If you want to, then you would use ESEUTIL to degrag and remove the empty space.  You could then use a tool like Diskeeper  (or just the native defrag tool in Server) to defrag the drive. Or the Contig tool from Sysinternals to defragment just the store files.  Please keep in mind that this may take a considerable amount of time depending on the IO subsystem you have and the size of the database.

    “Where is the step by step guide for configuring Full Text indexing?”

    http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.support.microsoft.com%2fkb%2f822932%2f

    “Concerning catch-all - is this possible to have a catch all email addresses located on another container/mail server in the same organization?”

    Yes

    “Would adding disclaimer create an issue with digital certs ? ( is that what Kevin mentioned about S/MIME?)”

    Yes. Because the email is being modified after the signature is "applied", so signing would get confused.

    “I haven't installed SP2 to my Exchange 2003 Servers. I have 8 servers. Is there a preferred "Order" to install the SP? i.e. Front End, Bridge Head, other servers...”

    See the step by step guide http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/mobile/deploy/msfp_overview.mspx

    “I get a lot of ‘5.5.0 smtp;554 Relay access denied’ errors on outgoing email. Any thoughts”

    Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=895853&SD=tech

    “How can you check if Exchange is running a particular service pack?”

    spcheck tool http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279631

    “What is the defualt time for TarpitTime?”

    There isn't one.  The default is that the error messages is returned IMMEDIATELY.  You need to add the registry key and define a value.  See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842851

    “Are there any issues with OWA form based authentication enabled and Mobile ActiveSync?”

    “Will all Exchange tools work also on SBS 2003?”

    Everything shown today will, yes.

    “Excellent Presentation and offline answers!”

    Thanks!

    Here is my blog resource page for this session again:
    http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/archive/2006/04/26/425799.aspx

     

     

  • Resources for Webcast - Exchange Server 2003: Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (April 26, 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

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2 is LIVE

    IE 7.0 LogoBeta 2 of IE 7.0 is Released

    Yeah, I’ve been using a pre-Beta 2 version for awhile now, and I’m loving it.  Click here (or the logo graphic) to learn more about the new features, and to download beta 2 for yourself. 

    Seriously – I’m hooked on the RSS feed support, and on tabs. 

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 8 of 8

    TechEd 2005

    Last one.

    Shot quite a few things in this just-under-4–minute video. 

    Keith likes “The Mummy”, and Harold got shorter.

    Rob Westover draws and then awards the XBOX winner for our “Where’s Rob?” contest.

    Click HERE for Part VIII

    And that concludes a very long, FUN week! 

    Boston here I come!

     

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 7

    TechEd 2005

    The day was a full one.  Apparently.  Too full to take many videos.  I did manage to take a few pictures as we were walking out of Universal Studios. 

    John Baker say’s hi to his mom.  And Benjamin Franklin is quoted.

    Click HERE for Part VII

  • Wet Wet fun Down Under

    WaterballoonsCrazy Fun Aussies

    Apparently the launch of the XBOX 360 was big enough to warrant setting a world record for.  No, not in XBOXs sold.  (Well, maybe, but I don’t know that for a fact.)  No.. this was the record for the most water balloons thrown in one event.

    About 50,000 water balloons, the same number of Xbox 360 consoles that have been sold in the country since the launch on March 23, 2006, were thrown by participants. Gamers travelled from as far away as Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States to take part in the event.”

    Here is the PressPass article about it.

    And here is the Austrailian XBOX site that has pictures of the event.

    The weather is just recently warm enough here in Minnesota for water balloons.  (Those frozen ones really hurt!)

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 6

    TechEd 2005

    Party time!

    Part 6 of my videos comes from June 8.  I took some video of Karaoke at the IT Influencer Appreciation party, and immediately following at the bar next door, as me and my team mates enjoyed some live music.

    It’s a short video, so enjoy it over and over again.

    Click here for Part VI

  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition - FREE

    Virtual Server

    How much would you pay for all of that power?

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now a free product.  Get it here!

    “Isn’t this old news, Kevin?”

    Yeah… If you’ve heard this already, please forgive me.  I was not blogging the week it happened, so I missed putting out the big scoop here.  But I’m still just so amazed by this bit of news and the possibilities that it has for all of you that I thought I’d better mention it here anyway, in case some of you missed it.

    I recently bought a new “server” for home use, and I’m currently having a blast installing virtualized machines holding various builds of “Longhorn” Server, Windows Vista builds, Exchange “12”, and so on.  It’s a self-study training playground!  

     

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 5

    TechEd 2005

    Part 5 of the videos from TechEd 2005 included a plug for a contest that has since ended.  The SQL Server Chopper contest ended at the SQL Server 2005 Launch later in the year, when some lucky folks won some choppers built by the Orange County Chopper guys.

    The video features Chris Henley (and his “Henlettes”).

    Click here for Part V

  • SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 042 - SQL Server 2005 SP1 is LIVE!

    SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 042

    Service Pack 1 (SP1) for SQL Server 2005 is now available. 

    Get it here.  (Link is finally LIVE!)

    “What’s new, Kevin?”

    Well, the biggest news, in my opinion, is that it now fully supports Database Mirroring.  (Can I get a big “HOORAY!” for that one?!  Yeah!)

    Here’s the press release.

    Other updates include the release of SQL Server Management Studio Express, “a simplified graphical management environment for SQL Server Express Edition”, and additional reporting interfaces for SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services).

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

     

  • Eileen Shines on Channel 9

    Eileen BrownEileen Brown interviewed on Channel 9

    Eileen is a good friend of mine, who also happens to be the manager of IT Evangelists in the UK.  She’s got one of the best blogs around (in fact, she was one of the ones who first turned-me-on to blogging), and is just a super lady.

    And as you’ll see in the interview, she has quite an interesting past as well.

    So here she is now, featured on Channel 9’s latest “WM_IN – Women In Technology” show.

    (I couldn’t find a perma-link on that Channel 9 show site page, so eventually the link above won’t go right to Eileen’s show page.  So… you can also the video directly here, or download it here.)

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 4

    TechEd 2005

    Part 4 of my video “Rock-U-mentary” (the sights, sounds, and smells) of TechEd 2005 was footage from Monday, June 6th.  It is the longest of the videos, and contains some introductions of several of my team mates. 

    We even caught our manager, Stacey Copeland, putting up posters without permission.

    And we visit the TechNet booth in the exhibit hall during the official exhibit hall reception – spinning the “Wheel of TechNet”

    Click here for Part IV

  • What should I use: DPM 2005, or R2's DFS Replication?

    Data Protection Manager 2005 vs. DFS Replication in Windows Server 2003 R2

    For those of you wondering which to choose (and there are many of you), the folks that know best put some resources up on their blog (“The Filing Cabinet”). 

     

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 3

    TechEd 2005

    Part 3 in my revisit of video blogcasting from TechEd 2005 features a quick walk (fast forward video) through the exhibit hall and company store, eventually winding up at the Microsoft Across America “mobile experience” truck.

    Click here for Part 3

  • The May TechNet Webcast Calendar is LIVE

    Webcast Q&A AssistantsThe May 2006 TechNet Webcast Calendar is LIVE

    Check out this article, which lists all the webcasts, with links for signing up. 

    There are, of course, a couple that I’d especially like for you to attend:

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Windows Vista Desktop Deployment (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like running a production line. Various elements, including operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators, are constructed as discrete components and then brought together at the end of the process to make a finished product. This webcast discusses the components and production lines that form a comprehensive PC deployment solution. Learn how the production line point of view provides a project management approach to deployment readiness as a supply chain. This presentation acts as an introduction to other webcasts in the Deployment Series that focus on specific areas such as computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294163&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

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

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an introduction to the Active Directory directory service in the Microsoft Windows Server family of operating systems. Learn what a directory service is and the benefits that Active Directory offers. We cover the logical concepts of domains, trees, and forests, as well as the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain an understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and DNS. In addition, we discuss some operational functions such as intersite and intrasite replication and the Active Directory operations masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295119&Culture=en-US

  • TechNet Webcast Schedule - 2006 05

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts: May 2006

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

     

    TechNet Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    Upcoming TechNet Webcasts

    ·          By Topic

    ·          By Product/Technology

     

    ·          TechNet Events and Webcasts blogger site.

    ·          Check out the TechNet Webcasts Weblog.

     

    Interactive TechNet Webcast Calendar

    Upcoming TechNet webcasts in a dynamic, interactive format.

     

    Interactive Security Webcast Calendar

    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 Webcast Series: Upcoming & On-Demand

     

    TechNet Webcasts

    New Series: Top 10 Webcasts: Fast and Easy Access

    Fast and easy access to on-demand webcasts – what could be better? After selecting your webcast, simply enter your name, e-mail address, and company name to start watching, or you can download the webcasts to view when you’re offline. We’ve selected the 10 highest-rated Microsoft webcasts, as chosen by customers like you. And, as always, these webcasts are free.

     

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

    Our subject matter experts cover in-depth topics such as operations, mobility, migration, management, and security, providing you with the tools and knowledge that help optimize your Exchange Server 2003 environment. You can also preview the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange "12." 

     

    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 Webcasts: Security Learning Paths Webcasts
    Featured This Month: Connecting to Your Customers Securely

    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.

     

     

     

    SQL Server 2005: Upgrade Your Skills to 2005

    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 smart phone (official rules)!

     

    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. Plus, attend five of the six live webcasts in this series between May 1 and May 31, 2006 and you will receive a Windows Vista prize pack**. Attend all six in the series by May 31 and you will be entered to win a $2,000 pre-paid travel MasterCard (official rules).


    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

    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. This campaign is not applicable to Public Sector customers (government and public education customers). Are you a government or education customer?  If the answer is “yes” you may go to www.microsoftincentives.com/publicsector to view available Public Sector offers. 

     

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    Microsoft TechNet Webcasts

     

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

    Monday, May 01, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Windows Vista brings with it significant innovations in easing deployments. This live meeting presentation presents an overview of Windows Vista imaging technologies, remote deployment technologies, and how to assemble the best tools for a specific deployment strategy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294161&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management and Permissions in Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 02, 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.

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

     

    TechNet Webcast: UNIX Interoperability with Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jeffrey Gettis, Technology Solution Professional, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the twelve things everyone should know about authentication and authorization when using the new capabilities in Windows Server 2003 R2 to implement UNIX interoperability. This session covers what components are involved in the commonly known authentication process, which components of authentication with UNIX attributes are presented to UNIX systems, and how to present authorization information. We also discuss the addition of services such as Server for NFS and Client for NFS in Windows Services for UNIX, and the use of partner tools.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Information with Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Protecting confidential data and intellectual property such as e-mail messages, internal documents, and Web-based content is critical to the success of many organizations. Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems is a security technology that enables you to specify exactly who can open, read, copy, modify, or redistribute sensitive information. This webcast provides guidance and best practices that you can use to plan and implement your Windows RMS solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295032&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting "The Network is Slow" (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Laura Chappell, Senior Protocol Analyst, Founder, Analysis Institute

    Users never call you to say, "The network is running great today." They call when the applications are sluggish, the Web page won't load in a flash, or their logon takes longer than expected. A slow network is the most common onsite request and we explain the information you need to troubleshoot various types of network calls. Where do you tap in? How do you set up the analyzer to measure time properly? What do you look for at the packet level? This webcast takes you through several case studies of networks that would make many IT professionals consider getting a job as a lint-picker in a garment factory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294701&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Windows Vista Desktop Deployment (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like running a production line. Various elements, including operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators, are constructed as discrete components and then brought together at the end of the process to make a finished product. This webcast discusses the components and production lines that form a comprehensive PC deployment solution. Learn how the production line point of view provides a project management approach to deployment readiness as a supply chain. This presentation acts as an introduction to other webcasts in the Deployment Series that focus on specific areas such as computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294163&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPSec (Part 1 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How can network isolation make your IT infrastructure safer, and how can you use Group Policy and IP security (IPsec) to implement it? This webcast series explains how to implement network isolation in your organization using Group Policy and IPsec. This first webcast provides an overview of the nature of IPsec. Join us to learn how IPsec can help you manage the challenges to secure network communication and the various ways you can implement IPsec to achieve different types of secure communication. Part Two continues the discussion with a look at using IPsec to create network isolation zones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Policy Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance with Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Shawn M Thomas, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Many companies struggle to meet the changing interpretations of "compliance," while others have created new business opportunities by implementing tighter controls and increasing the transparency of their business processes. This webcast explains how the new features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”, can help your company to enforce policies and comply with regulations. We also describe how the Exchange Server partner community can play an important, ongoing role in the dialog on compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294625&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Managing Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Vijay Gajjala, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Derek Del Conte, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that provides Web single sign-on (SSO) technologies to authenticate a user to multiple Web applications over the life of a single online session. This webcast discusses how to plan for, deploy, and manage an ADFS deployment. We cover deployment best practices and show how to configure your federation servers, federation server proxies, and ADFS Web agents for optimal performance. We also explore the different types of ADFS applications (claims-aware and Windows NT token-based) and examine their impact on deployment decisions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security Risk Management (SMI IV) (Level 300)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s well-connected IT infrastructures exist in an environment that is increasingly hostile to the continued reliability and functionality of computer systems. Attacks are occurring with increasing frequency, and often an organization is unable to react to new security threats before those threats have already exploited the company's computer systems. Join this webcast to gain a better understanding of the situation, and to learn how you as an IT professional can help maintain productivity by delivering shorter reaction times to these threats. This presentation explains how security risk management must become a primary concern for IT departments to keep their organization's IT infrastructure safe.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295034&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 9 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    After learning about what database mirroring provides—as well as the changes to expect in service pack 1(SP1)—attend this second part in the ninth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to walk through the entire process of implementation, failover, and monitoring. Join us for this slide-free session; it’s all about the demos.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290564&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Encryption and Key Management Using SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Laurentiu Cristofor, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an overview of the encryption features and capabilities in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Learn how SQL Server 2005 provides column-level encryption with key management by using built-in encryption functions, application programming interfaces (APIs), certificates, and symmetric keys to encrypt sensitive information and store it securely. We also discuss data encryption logistics, key management challenges, and some of the data encryption scenarios implemented internally at Microsoft.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293593&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing the Network Perimeter with Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Monday, May 08, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 provides a complete solution for securing the network perimeter between your organization and the Internet, remote users, and remote network segments. Attend this webcast to learn about the firewall features in ISA Server 2004 that enable you to provide secure access to internal servers and resources such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Internet Information Services (IIS). Discover how ISA Server 2004 can also function as a virtual private networking (VPN) server, providing remote users and remote sites with secure access to your internal network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295037&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment Workbench in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 08, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Establishing a baseline for the computing environment enables your organization to develop a standard configuration for deployment, simplifying operation and helping to lower the operating costs. The Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Workbench is a fundamental component of the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment that enables you to create a repeatable, automated reference computer image that you can use for deployment. This webcast examines the components of the BDD Workbench from the user interface to the underlying directory structure and supporting scripts, and shows you how to extend the BDD Workbench to fit the needs of your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294165&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange “12” Management Shell and Scripting (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Vivek Sharma, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast focuses on the command-line and scripting interface (based on Microsoft Windows "Monad") in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” See how to convert your multiple-page Microsoft Visual Basic and component object model (COM) scripts to a single line in Exchange “12.” We cover the basics of the management shell along with the underlying design and key concepts. Learn tips and tricks for building larger scripts that you can use to automate small, medium, and enterprise business scenarios. The session includes demonstrations of several single-line scripts that you can use immediately, with little or no tweaking.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293396&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: WAFS Deployment in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Environment - Best Practices for Success (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Albert N. (Chip) Copper III, Ph.D., Solutioneer, Brocade

    Noah Breslow, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Tacit Networks

    Adam Bogobowicz, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    A Wide Area File Services (WAFS) solution that is fully compatible with Windows Server 2003 R2 offers a long list of benefits for both branch office users and IT teams. This webcast describes how to size WAFS system cache sizes based on user patterns, migrate data to datacenter servers, and use pre-population to eliminate “cold” file access. Learn how to use Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) Namespaces for WAFS transparency and resiliency, plan for wide area network (WAN) outages, and enable WAFS security technologies. We also show how to take full advantage of features like file replication functionality in Windows Server 2003 R2 and the security capabilities of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294179&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

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

    On May 9, 2006, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the May 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 security bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294228&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Application Compatibility Testing (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    When you deploy a new operating system in your organization, compatibility problems with one or many line-of-business (LOB) applications can cause costly work stoppages. It is therefore essential that you test those LOB applications against the new operating system to ensure compatibility. This webcast describes the steps involved in making applications compatible and shows you how to test mitigation strategies and deploy compatibility mitigation packages. Learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and other environments to efficiently collect and analyze application inventory data. Our discussion also covers advanced features such as Windows Firewall, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and DCOM, and examines their relationship to application compatibility.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294167&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mobility Features in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Senior TS, Microsoft Corporation

    Is your organization’s mobile access solution secure, flexible, and affordable? This webcast demonstrates the advanced security features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and discusses how the product provides affordable access to e-mail and personal information across a range of mobile devices. Join us as we explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 SP2, including the new Always-up-to-date Notification feature. We also cover configuring personal identification number (PIN) lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange Server 2003, and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294723&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPSec (Part 2 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the overview of IP security (IPsec) provided in Part One of this webcast series, Part Two shows how to use IPsec to create network isolation zones. Topics include the advantages and limitations of network isolation, where network isolation fits into a defense-in-depth scheme, and how to use group policies and Active Directory directory service groups to restrict access to specific servers. Part Three offers guidance on how best to apply these concepts in the context of several network isolation scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295070&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Roadmap and Best Practices for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Troubleshooting and Scripting (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Alain Lissoir, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to provide IT professionals with a consistent, standards-based approach to accessing comprehensive system management information. This webcast provides a roadmap of improvements to WMI technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista. We discuss both existing and new WMI troubleshooting tools, and explain how administrators of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 can leverage the power of WMI. We also use demonstrations and examples to illustrate best practices related to WMI troubleshooting. Finally, we demonstrate how you can use the new Windows command shell, code-named "Monad", to access WMI information through commandlets and "Monad" scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294885&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Collaboration with Antigen (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how you can help protect your messaging and collaboration servers from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content with Antigen. This webcast explains what Antigen is and describes how it is tightly integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint Products and Technologies, and Live Communications Server to help ensure strong protection and centralized control without taxing server or network infrastructure performance. Learn how the content and file filtering technologies in Antigen can help ensure that your organization complies with corporate content policies, while eliminating inappropriate language and dangerous attachments from internal and external communications.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295074&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 10 of 11): Recovering from Human Error (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a variety of new features to help deal with the possibility of human error with preventative techniques, investigative techniques, and recovery techniques. Join this tenth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series as we look at data definition language (DDL) triggers, event notifications, partial database availability, partial database restores, and database snapshots.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290567&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Data Mining with SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 expands your data mining capabilities dramatically. This webcast introduces you to the possibilities of data mining and predictive analytics. Learn about the data mining process, and the specific mining features in SQL Server 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294887&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn how security is implemented in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and review the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We explain how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas and describe the security concepts that are introduced in this release, such as user-schema separation. See how familiar security concepts such as encryption are implemented in this release. This session also explains how you can monitor the security of your SQL server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295039&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange “12” Network from Viruses and Spam (Level 300)

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Mihai Costea, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn about the agent-based messaging hygiene features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”. Out of the box, Exchange “12” provides you with a competitive antispam solution that is composed of multiple filters with frequent updates and a built-in IP reputation system. Of interest to independent software vendors (ISVs) is antivirus technology such as store scanning and mechanisms for reliable and efficient transport scanning.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294728&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: User State Migration in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The user state includes users’ data files along with their operating systems and application settings, such as screen saver preferences and Web browser favorites. Ideally, a user state migration should not disrupt users’ day-to-day work environment. Join this webcast to learn how to plan and complete a user state migration in your organization. We explain how to determine which data and settings you should and should not capture. We also cover how to configure the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Finally, we show you how to capture and store user data and application information, and subsequently restore it to the new desktop.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294169&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Corporate IT Plans to Migrate an Internal Decision Support Application from Excel 2003 to Office Excel 2007 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Sergei Gundorov,  Senior Applications Developer, Microsoft Corporation

    Clark Hamilton, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    The Rhythm of the Business (RoB) project is a feature-rich Microsoft IT decision support application based on Microsoft Office Excel 2003, with more than 280 Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) subroutines and functions. The RoB project is in the process of being migrated to the 2007 version of the Microsoft Office System. This webcast examines important aspects of the migration, including use of the new ribbon UI, custom task panes, ideas for VBA code reuse, application deployment using a managed COM add-in, and dynamic event handling.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64675

     

    TechNet Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Clustering (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s businesses face many obstacles in the struggle to achieve highly available systems. This webcast examines how clustering can increase the availability of those systems. We define what high availability is and then review some of the more common challenges to achieving it. Then we consider the various clustering solutions available to you in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295096&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment for Windows Vista Using Lite Touch Installation (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    By incorporating Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) best practices, Windows Vista Lite Touch Installation has been significantly enhanced to gather information using zero-touch installation (ZTI) technologies. Join this webcast to learn how to configure Lite Touch Installation variables for automation, and how to use the updated BDD Deployment Wizard that allows in-time input of needed parameters or changes to default settings. We also show how the Lite Touch script gathers the data entered and the default configuration to automate the Windows Vista deployment in bare metal, machine replacement, refresh, and upgrade scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294173&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Scripting Secrets of Exchange Server 2003 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Robichaux, , 3Sharp

    You have probably heard about the Windows “Monad” Shell, the next-generation command-line and scripting environment coming in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” But were you aware that Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 already includes a robust set of scripting capabilities? You can script many common, tedious operations in Exchange Server 2003, and you can easily write scripts to inspect or change many key configuration settings of your Exchange organization and servers. Join this webcast to learn how to create and manipulate Exchange objects, how to unlock the full power of unattended setup in Exchange, and how to optimize your backup processes using scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294725&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 3 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the webcast series, we explain the benefits of using some of the more advanced options of Group Policy. Learn how to manage Group Policy by using the Administrative Templates extension and scripts, and how to migrate Group Policy objects (GPOs) across domains. We offer various ways to improve security in your organization and explain how to make it easier to implement security policies in your environment. We also look at some specific examples of using Group Policy modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295072&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 11 of 11): Best Practices in Building Robust, Recoverable, and Reliable Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    In this eleventh and last webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, Kimberly Tripp reviews key areas discussed throughout the series to ensure that all areas have been covered. This summary session should keep you thinking, give you more resources to review and use, and point to a few new areas to consider. Building a robust, recoverable, and reliable system takes a myriad of options. Join us to learn what the options are and how you can start making the most of them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290581&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Distributed File System (DFS) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 helps administrators address key challenges through DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. When used together, these two technologies offer simplified, fault-tolerant access to files, load sharing, and wide area network (WAN)-friendly replication. In this webcast, we examine DFS Namespaces, formerly known as Distributed File System, and DFS Replication, the successor to File Replication Service (FRS), which was introduced in the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating systems. Learn about the benefits these technologies can bring to your branch office environment. We show you how to manage file server resources efficiently while keeping them available and secure for users, whether they are located at one site or across many geographically distributed sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295098&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Plans SharePoint Capacity and Growth (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    André Heymann, Microsoft IT Sharepoint Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft IT shares its best practices on how to configure enterprise-scale deployments of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. Learn about best practices for key SharePoint Products and Technologies including Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Cluster service and Network Load Balancing, Windows SharePoint Services, Windows SharePoint Portal Server, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and Internet Information Services (IIS). These best practices were tested with 60,000 Microsoft employees and partners, storing six terabytes (TBs) of content. Find out how Microsoft IT configures its primary Windows SharePoint Services farm in this large, complex, fast-growing information technology infrastructure.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=61469

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Key Infrastructure Enhancements in Windows Vista and Windows Server, Code-Named “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Avi Ben-Menahem, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes the enhancements made to the Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Windows Vista and in the next release of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn”. Join us for a detailed demonstration of the enhancements to the Certificate Server that are introduced in “Longhorn”, including a new Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) responder. Learn about the new X.509 certificate enrollment application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows Vista, which enable developers to easily build robust and secure PKI-aware applications. We also cover additional features like credential roaming service, which provides the infrastructure for certificate enrollment, renewal, and key roaming.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294630&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automating Your Network and System Compliance Documentation with LANsurveyor and Visio (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Craig Isaacs, President, Neon Software, Inc.

    New measures for regulatory compliance have created considerably more work for information technology (IT) professionals. Navigating these requirements can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In addition, manual inventories of network hardware and critical systems can be time-consuming and often inaccurate. This webcast shows how LANsurveyor from Neon Software enables you to document and secure your network in minutes rather than days by automating the discovery and inventory of your networked systems—including routers, switches, servers, printers, and IP phones—and producing reports in Microsoft Office Visio and Microsoft Office Excel formats. LANsurveyor can also help you to minimize risk and expense and boost productivity and efficiency by reducing staff times and internal controls testing.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294476&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying ISA Server 2004 to Protect Internal Network Segments from RPC-Based Attacks (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    One of the most serious threats to internal corporate servers is not from external attacks that originate outside the firewall, but from internal clients within a networked environment. It is all too common to encounter malicious code that end users have inadvertently installed on their systems. This webcast describes how deploying an application layer filtering solution such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 can help to minimize these threats by filtering the remote procedure call (RPC) traffic between client and server network segments and only allowing legitimate traffic to pass through. This presentation outlines best practice ISA Server architecture and real-world deployment scenarios, and details how to successfully deploy ISA servers as internal firewalls in your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294639&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory - Scenario Based (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how new Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features can be beneficial in specific management, deployment, and maintenance scenarios. In this webcast, we present four different scenarios that illustrate challenges that you may have experienced in Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory deployments. We then show you how new Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features address those issues, making management and deployment easier. The four scenarios we cover are: Active Directory administration, connecting separate forests, deploying Active Directory at small and branch offices, and Group Policy Management. This session is particularly relevant for organizations that have deployed Active Directory, or that have chosen to wait for Windows Server 2003 to deploy Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295114&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory and Compliance Standards (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Nick Cavalancia, VP of Product Marketing Management, ScriptLogic Corporation

    Compliance standards today call for protecting data, users, computers, and systems. But how does the management of Active Directory fit into the compliance model? This webcast presents the "Five As" of compliance as it relates to Active Directory. Join us to learn what is needed to comply with federal regulatory standards like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). We also cover best practice standards outlined by the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The session discusses methods of complying with the different types of standards using native Microsoft tools, and looks at various third-party solutions that can assist in bringing your Active Directory into compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294652&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common challenges in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions together with practical demonstrations. Topics include common issues encountered with management points and Advanced Clients, troubleshooting steps to identify management point or Advanced Client issues, and how to resolve the issues you previously identified.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295123&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Mobile Messaging (Level 300)

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

    David Wilson, Microsoft IT Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes how Microsoft IT used Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack to enhance its mobile messaging infrastructure. By implementing these new technologies, Microsoft IT was able to manage mobile devices more easily, better secure mobile devices, and enable end users to take advantage of a richer mobile messaging experience.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64090

     

    TechNet Webcast: Storage Management Features in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast is a technical discussion about the storage management features in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Microsoft has been working diligently to simplify storage management, and Windows Server 2003 R2 is the result of that effort. This discussion focuses on two key storage features, the Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS) and the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM). Demonstration from a physical system requires an actual SAN storage device, so during this webcast we demonstrate the SMfS and FSRM functionality with a virtual computer, using a virtual small computer system interface (SCSI) hard disk with some custom scripting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295108&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

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

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an introduction to the Active Directory directory service in the Microsoft Windows Server family of operating systems. Learn what a directory service is and the benefits that Active Directory offers. We cover the logical concepts of domains, trees, and forests, as well as the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain an understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and DNS. In addition, we discuss some operational functions such as intersite and intrasite replication and the Active Directory operations masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295119&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides vital information about migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Join us as we examine key aspects of the migration, such as choosing the migration path. Learn about the different paths available and the aspects of each that require specific attention. We cover upgrading both account domains and resource domains, restructuring domains, and moving user and group accounts around using the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT). We also discuss the effects migration has on trust relationships, DNS, profiles, and scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295110&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to the Exchange Server Best Practice Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. It collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology, and then sends the results to an XML output file. This webcast describes the benefits of this tool, and covers topics related to its implementation such as scheduling and baseline support. We also discuss how to use the tool with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294708&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installing, Configuring, and Managing Server Roles in Windows Server “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Daniel Harman, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Server Setup in the next version of Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” has changed substantially since previous releases of the operating system. Installation and configuration in Windows Server “Longhorn” is now done by server role; for example, File Server, Print Server, Terminal Services, and so on. To prepare for this change, join this webcast for a detailed walkthrough of both the Initial Configuration Tasks and Server Manager tools, which can be used to complete your server installation and ensure that it is operational.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294712&Culture=en-US

     

    By Topic:

    ·          Connected Systems

    ·          ERP

    ·          Mobility

    ·          Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

     

    Connected Systems

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 9 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    After learning about what database mirroring provides—as well as the changes to expect in service pack 1(SP1)—attend this second part in the ninth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to walk through the entire process of implementation, failover, and monitoring. Join us for this slide-free session; it’s all about the demos.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290564&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Encryption and Key Management Using SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Laurentiu Cristofor, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an overview of the encryption features and capabilities in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Learn how SQL Server 2005 provides column-level encryption with key management by using built-in encryption functions, application programming interfaces (APIs), certificates, and symmetric keys to encrypt sensitive information and store it securely. We also discuss data encryption logistics, key management challenges, and some of the data encryption scenarios implemented internally at Microsoft.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293593&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 10 of 11): Recovering from Human Error (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a variety of new features to help deal with the possibility of human error with preventative techniques, investigative techniques, and recovery techniques. Join this tenth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series as we look at data definition language (DDL) triggers, event notifications, partial database availability, partial database restores, and database snapshots.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290567&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Data Mining with SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 expands your data mining capabilities dramatically. This webcast introduces you to the possibilities of data mining and predictive analytics. Learn about the data mining process, and the specific mining features in SQL Server 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294887&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn how security is implemented in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and review the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We explain how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas and describe the security concepts that are introduced in this release, such as user-schema separation. See how familiar security concepts such as encryption are implemented in this release. This session also explains how you can monitor the security of your SQL server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295039&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 11 of 11): Best Practices in Building Robust, Recoverable, and Reliable Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    In this eleventh and last webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, Kimberly Tripp reviews key areas discussed throughout the series to ensure that all areas have been covered. This summary session should keep you thinking, give you more resources to review and use, and point to a few new areas to consider. Building a robust, recoverable, and reliable system takes a myriad of options. Join us to learn what the options are and how you can start making the most of them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290581&Culture=en-US

     

    ERP

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automating Your Network and System Compliance Documentation with LANsurveyor and Visio (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Craig Isaacs, President, Neon Software, Inc.

    New measures for regulatory compliance have created considerably more work for information technology (IT) professionals. Navigating these requirements can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In addition, manual inventories of network hardware and critical systems can be time-consuming and often inaccurate. This webcast shows how LANsurveyor from Neon Software enables you to document and secure your network in minutes rather than days by automating the discovery and inventory of your networked systems—including routers, switches, servers, printers, and IP phones—and producing reports in Microsoft Office Visio and Microsoft Office Excel formats. LANsurveyor can also help you to minimize risk and expense and boost productivity and efficiency by reducing staff times and internal controls testing.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294476&Culture=en-US

     

    Mobility

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Mobile Messaging (Level 300)

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

    David Wilson, Microsoft IT Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes how Microsoft IT used Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack to enhance its mobile messaging infrastructure. By implementing these new technologies, Microsoft IT was able to manage mobile devices more easily, better secure mobile devices, and enable end users to take advantage of a richer mobile messaging experience.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64090

     

    Operational Efficiency & Productivity

     

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

    Monday, May 01, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Windows Vista brings with it significant innovations in easing deployments. This live meeting presentation presents an overview of Windows Vista imaging technologies, remote deployment technologies, and how to assemble the best tools for a specific deployment strategy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294161&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management and Permissions in Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 02, 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.

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

     

    TechNet Webcast: UNIX Interoperability with Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jeffrey Gettis, Technology Solution Professional, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the twelve things everyone should know about authentication and authorization when using the new capabilities in Windows Server 2003 R2 to implement UNIX interoperability. This session covers what components are involved in the commonly known authentication process, which components of authentication with UNIX attributes are presented to UNIX systems, and how to present authorization information. We also discuss the addition of services such as Server for NFS and Client for NFS in Windows Services for UNIX, and the use of partner tools.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting "The Network is Slow" (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Laura Chappell, Senior Protocol Analyst, Founder, Analysis Institute

    Users never call you to say, "The network is running great today." They call when the applications are sluggish, the Web page won't load in a flash, or their logon takes longer than expected. A slow network is the most common onsite request and we explain the information you need to troubleshoot various types of network calls. Where do you tap in? How do you set up the analyzer to measure time properly? What do you look for at the packet level? This webcast takes you through several case studies of networks that would make many IT professionals consider getting a job as a lint-picker in a garment factory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294701&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Windows Vista Desktop Deployment (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like running a production line. Various elements, including operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators, are constructed as discrete components and then brought together at the end of the process to make a finished product. This webcast discusses the components and production lines that form a comprehensive PC deployment solution. Learn how the production line point of view provides a project management approach to deployment readiness as a supply chain. This presentation acts as an introduction to other webcasts in the Deployment Series that focus on specific areas such as computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294163&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPSec (Part 1 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How can network isolation make your IT infrastructure safer, and how can you use Group Policy and IP security (IPsec) to implement it? This webcast series explains how to implement network isolation in your organization using Group Policy and IPsec. This first webcast provides an overview of the nature of IPsec. Join us to learn how IPsec can help you manage the challenges to secure network communication and the various ways you can implement IPsec to achieve different types of secure communication. Part Two continues the discussion with a look at using IPsec to create network isolation zones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Policy Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance with Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Shawn M Thomas, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Many companies struggle to meet the changing interpretations of "compliance," while others have created new business opportunities by implementing tighter controls and increasing the transparency of their business processes. This webcast explains how the new features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”, can help your company to enforce policies and comply with regulations. We also describe how the Exchange Server partner community can play an important, ongoing role in the dialog on compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294625&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Managing Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Vijay Gajjala, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Derek Del Conte, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that provides Web single sign-on (SSO) technologies to authenticate a user to multiple Web applications over the life of a single online session. This webcast discusses how to plan for, deploy, and manage an ADFS deployment. We cover deployment best practices and show how to configure your federation servers, federation server proxies, and ADFS Web agents for optimal performance. We also explore the different types of ADFS applications (claims-aware and Windows NT token-based) and examine their impact on deployment decisions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment Workbench in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 08, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Establishing a baseline for the computing environment enables your organization to develop a standard configuration for deployment, simplifying operation and helping to lower the operating costs. The Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Workbench is a fundamental component of the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment that enables you to create a repeatable, automated reference computer image that you can use for deployment. This webcast examines the components of the BDD Workbench from the user interface to the underlying directory structure and supporting scripts, and shows you how to extend the BDD Workbench to fit the needs of your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294165&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange “12” Management Shell and Scripting (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Vivek Sharma, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast focuses on the command-line and scripting interface (based on Microsoft Windows "Monad") in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” See how to convert your multiple-page Microsoft Visual Basic and component object model (COM) scripts to a single line in Exchange “12.” We cover the basics of the management shell along with the underlying design and key concepts. Learn tips and tricks for building larger scripts that you can use to automate small, medium, and enterprise business scenarios. The session includes demonstrations of several single-line scripts that you can use immediately, with little or no tweaking.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293396&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: WAFS Deployment in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Environment - Best Practices for Success (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Albert N. (Chip) Copper III, Ph.D., Solutioneer, Brocade

    Noah Breslow, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Tacit Networks

    Adam Bogobowicz, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    A Wide Area File Services (WAFS) solution that is fully compatible with Windows Server 2003 R2 offers a long list of benefits for both branch office users and IT teams. This webcast describes how to size WAFS system cache sizes based on user patterns, migrate data to datacenter servers, and use pre-population to eliminate “cold” file access. Learn how to use Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) Namespaces for WAFS transparency and resiliency, plan for wide area network (WAN) outages, and enable WAFS security technologies. We also show how to take full advantage of features like file replication functionality in Windows Server 2003 R2 and the security capabilities of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294179&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Application Compatibility Testing (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    When you deploy a new operating system in your organization, compatibility problems with one or many line-of-business (LOB) applications can cause costly work stoppages. It is therefore essential that you test those LOB applications against the new operating system to ensure compatibility. This webcast describes the steps involved in making applications compatible and shows you how to test mitigation strategies and deploy compatibility mitigation packages. Learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and other environments to efficiently collect and analyze application inventory data. Our discussion also covers advanced features such as Windows Firewall, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and DCOM, and examines their relationship to application compatibility.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294167&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mobility Features in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Senior TS, Microsoft Corporation

    Is your organization’s mobile access solution secure, flexible, and affordable? This webcast demonstrates the advanced security features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and discusses how the product provides affordable access to e-mail and personal information across a range of mobile devices. Join us as we explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 SP2, including the new Always-up-to-date Notification feature. We also cover configuring personal identification number (PIN) lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange Server 2003, and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294723&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Roadmap and Best Practices for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Troubleshooting and Scripting (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Alain Lissoir, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to provide IT professionals with a consistent, standards-based approach to accessing comprehensive system management information. This webcast provides a roadmap of improvements to WMI technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista. We discuss both existing and new WMI troubleshooting tools, and explain how administrators of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 can leverage the power of WMI. We also use demonstrations and examples to illustrate best practices related to WMI troubleshooting. Finally, we demonstrate how you can use the new Windows command shell, code-named "Monad", to access WMI information through commandlets and "Monad" scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294885&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: User State Migration in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The user state includes users’ data files along with their operating systems and application settings, such as screen saver preferences and Web browser favorites. Ideally, a user state migration should not disrupt users’ day-to-day work environment. Join this webcast to learn how to plan and complete a user state migration in your organization. We explain how to determine which data and settings you should and should not capture. We also cover how to configure the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Finally, we show you how to capture and store user data and application information, and subsequently restore it to the new desktop.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294169&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Clustering (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s businesses face many obstacles in the struggle to achieve highly available systems. This webcast examines how clustering can increase the availability of those systems. We define what high availability is and then review some of the more common challenges to achieving it. Then we consider the various clustering solutions available to you in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295096&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment for Windows Vista Using Lite Touch Installation (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    By incorporating Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) best practices, Windows Vista Lite Touch Installation has been significantly enhanced to gather information using zero-touch installation (ZTI) technologies. Join this webcast to learn how to configure Lite Touch Installation variables for automation, and how to use the updated BDD Deployment Wizard that allows in-time input of needed parameters or changes to default settings. We also show how the Lite Touch script gathers the data entered and the default configuration to automate the Windows Vista deployment in bare metal, machine replacement, refresh, and upgrade scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294173&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Scripting Secrets of Exchange Server 2003 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Robichaux, , 3Sharp

    You have probably heard about the Windows “Monad” Shell, the next-generation command-line and scripting environment coming in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” But were you aware that Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 already includes a robust set of scripting capabilities? You can script many common, tedious operations in Exchange Server 2003, and you can easily write scripts to inspect or change many key configuration settings of your Exchange organization and servers. Join this webcast to learn how to create and manipulate Exchange objects, how to unlock the full power of unattended setup in Exchange, and how to optimize your backup processes using scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294725&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 3 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the webcast series, we explain the benefits of using some of the more advanced options of Group Policy. Learn how to manage Group Policy by using the Administrative Templates extension and scripts, and how to migrate Group Policy objects (GPOs) across domains. We offer various ways to improve security in your organization and explain how to make it easier to implement security policies in your environment. We also look at some specific examples of using Group Policy modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295072&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Distributed File System (DFS) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 helps administrators address key challenges through DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. When used together, these two technologies offer simplified, fault-tolerant access to files, load sharing, and wide area network (WAN)-friendly replication. In this webcast, we examine DFS Namespaces, formerly known as Distributed File System, and DFS Replication, the successor to File Replication Service (FRS), which was introduced in the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating systems. Learn about the benefits these technologies can bring to your branch office environment. We show you how to manage file server resources efficiently while keeping them available and secure for users, whether they are located at one site or across many geographically distributed sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295098&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Key Infrastructure Enhancements in Windows Vista and Windows Server, Code-Named “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Avi Ben-Menahem, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes the enhancements made to the Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Windows Vista and in the next release of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn”. Join us for a detailed demonstration of the enhancements to the Certificate Server that are introduced in “Longhorn”, including a new Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) responder. Learn about the new X.509 certificate enrollment application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows Vista, which enable developers to easily build robust and secure PKI-aware applications. We also cover additional features like credential roaming service, which provides the infrastructure for certificate enrollment, renewal, and key roaming.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294630&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying ISA Server 2004 to Protect Internal Network Segments from RPC-Based Attacks (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    One of the most serious threats to internal corporate servers is not from external attacks that originate outside the firewall, but from internal clients within a networked environment. It is all too common to encounter malicious code that end users have inadvertently installed on their systems. This webcast describes how deploying an application layer filtering solution such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 can help to minimize these threats by filtering the remote procedure call (RPC) traffic between client and server network segments and only allowing legitimate traffic to pass through. This presentation outlines best practice ISA Server architecture and real-world deployment scenarios, and details how to successfully deploy ISA servers as internal firewalls in your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294639&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory - Scenario Based (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how new Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features can be beneficial in specific management, deployment, and maintenance scenarios. In this webcast, we present four different scenarios that illustrate challenges that you may have experienced in Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory deployments. We then show you how new Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features address those issues, making management and deployment easier. The four scenarios we cover are: Active Directory administration, connecting separate forests, deploying Active Directory at small and branch offices, and Group Policy Management. This session is particularly relevant for organizations that have deployed Active Directory, or that have chosen to wait for Windows Server 2003 to deploy Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295114&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory and Compliance Standards (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Nick Cavalancia, VP of Product Marketing Management, ScriptLogic Corporation

    Compliance standards today call for protecting data, users, computers, and systems. But how does the management of Active Directory fit into the compliance model? This webcast presents the "Five As" of compliance as it relates to Active Directory. Join us to learn what is needed to comply with federal regulatory standards like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). We also cover best practice standards outlined by the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The session discusses methods of complying with the different types of standards using native Microsoft tools, and looks at various third-party solutions that can assist in bringing your Active Directory into compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294652&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common challenges in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions together with practical demonstrations. Topics include common issues encountered with management points and Advanced Clients, troubleshooting steps to identify management point or Advanced Client issues, and how to resolve the issues you previously identified.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295123&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Storage Management Features in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast is a technical discussion about the storage management features in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Microsoft has been working diligently to simplify storage management, and Windows Server 2003 R2 is the result of that effort. This discussion focuses on two key storage features, the Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS) and the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM). Demonstration from a physical system requires an actual SAN storage device, so during this webcast we demonstrate the SMfS and FSRM functionality with a virtual computer, using a virtual small computer system interface (SCSI) hard disk with some custom scripting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295108&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

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

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an introduction to the Active Directory directory service in the Microsoft Windows Server family of operating systems. Learn what a directory service is and the benefits that Active Directory offers. We cover the logical concepts of domains, trees, and forests, as well as the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain an understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and DNS. In addition, we discuss some operational functions such as intersite and intrasite replication and the Active Directory operations masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295119&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides vital information about migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Join us as we examine key aspects of the migration, such as choosing the migration path. Learn about the different paths available and the aspects of each that require specific attention. We cover upgrading both account domains and resource domains, restructuring domains, and moving user and group accounts around using the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT). We also discuss the effects migration has on trust relationships, DNS, profiles, and scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295110&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to the Exchange Server Best Practice Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. It collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology, and then sends the results to an XML output file. This webcast describes the benefits of this tool, and covers topics related to its implementation such as scheduling and baseline support. We also discuss how to use the tool with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294708&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installing, Configuring, and Managing Server Roles in Windows Server “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Daniel Harman, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Server Setup in the next version of Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” has changed substantially since previous releases of the operating system. Installation and configuration in Windows Server “Longhorn” is now done by server role; for example, File Server, Print Server, Terminal Services, and so on. To prepare for this change, join this webcast for a detailed walkthrough of both the Initial Configuration Tasks and Server Manager tools, which can be used to complete your server installation and ensure that it is operational.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294712&Culture=en-US

     

    By Product/Technology:

    ·          Exchange Server

    ·          ISA Server

    ·          Office

    ·          Security

    ·          SharePoint Portal Server

    ·          Systems Managed Servers

    ·          SQL Server

    ·          Visio

    ·          Windows

    ·          Windows Server

     

    Exchange Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management and Permissions in Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 02, 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.

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

     

    TechNet Webcast: Policy Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance with Exchange "12" (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Shawn M Thomas, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

    Many companies struggle to meet the changing interpretations of "compliance," while others have created new business opportunities by implementing tighter controls and increasing the transparency of their business processes. This webcast explains how the new features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”, can help your company to enforce policies and comply with regulations. We also describe how the Exchange Server partner community can play an important, ongoing role in the dialog on compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294625&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Exchange “12” Management Shell and Scripting (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    Vivek Sharma, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast focuses on the command-line and scripting interface (based on Microsoft Windows "Monad") in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” See how to convert your multiple-page Microsoft Visual Basic and component object model (COM) scripts to a single line in Exchange “12.” We cover the basics of the management shell along with the underlying design and key concepts. Learn tips and tricks for building larger scripts that you can use to automate small, medium, and enterprise business scenarios. The session includes demonstrations of several single-line scripts that you can use immediately, with little or no tweaking.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293396&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Mobility Features in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, Senior TS, Microsoft Corporation

    Is your organization’s mobile access solution secure, flexible, and affordable? This webcast demonstrates the advanced security features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and discusses how the product provides affordable access to e-mail and personal information across a range of mobile devices. Join us as we explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 SP2, including the new Always-up-to-date Notification feature. We also cover configuring personal identification number (PIN) lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange Server 2003, and more.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294723&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange “12” Network from Viruses and Spam (Level 300)

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Mihai Costea, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn about the agent-based messaging hygiene features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”. Out of the box, Exchange “12” provides you with a competitive antispam solution that is composed of multiple filters with frequent updates and a built-in IP reputation system. Of interest to independent software vendors (ISVs) is antivirus technology such as store scanning and mechanisms for reliable and efficient transport scanning.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294728&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Scripting Secrets of Exchange Server 2003 (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Paul Robichaux, , 3Sharp

    You have probably heard about the Windows “Monad” Shell, the next-generation command-line and scripting environment coming in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” But were you aware that Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 already includes a robust set of scripting capabilities? You can script many common, tedious operations in Exchange Server 2003, and you can easily write scripts to inspect or change many key configuration settings of your Exchange organization and servers. Join this webcast to learn how to create and manipulate Exchange objects, how to unlock the full power of unattended setup in Exchange, and how to optimize your backup processes using scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294725&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Mobile Messaging (Level 300)

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

    David Wilson, Microsoft IT Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes how Microsoft IT used Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack to enhance its mobile messaging infrastructure. By implementing these new technologies, Microsoft IT was able to manage mobile devices more easily, better secure mobile devices, and enable end users to take advantage of a richer mobile messaging experience.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64090

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to the Exchange Server Best Practice Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. It collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology, and then sends the results to an XML output file. This webcast describes the benefits of this tool, and covers topics related to its implementation such as scheduling and baseline support. We also discuss how to use the tool with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294708&Culture=en-US

     

    ISA Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying ISA Server 2004 to Protect Internal Network Segments from RPC-Based Attacks (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Noel, Consultant, Convergent Computing

    One of the most serious threats to internal corporate servers is not from external attacks that originate outside the firewall, but from internal clients within a networked environment. It is all too common to encounter malicious code that end users have inadvertently installed on their systems. This webcast describes how deploying an application layer filtering solution such as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 can help to minimize these threats by filtering the remote procedure call (RPC) traffic between client and server network segments and only allowing legitimate traffic to pass through. This presentation outlines best practice ISA Server architecture and real-world deployment scenarios, and details how to successfully deploy ISA servers as internal firewalls in your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294639&Culture=en-US

     

    Office

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft Corporate IT Plans to Migrate an Internal Decision Support Application from Excel 2003 to Office Excel 2007 (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    Sergei Gundorov,  Senior Applications Developer, Microsoft Corporation

    Clark Hamilton, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    The Rhythm of the Business (RoB) project is a feature-rich Microsoft IT decision support application based on Microsoft Office Excel 2003, with more than 280 Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) subroutines and functions. The RoB project is in the process of being migrated to the 2007 version of the Microsoft Office System. This webcast examines important aspects of the migration, including use of the new ribbon UI, custom task panes, ideas for VBA code reuse, application deployment using a managed COM add-in, and dynamic event handling.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64675

     

    Security

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPSec (Part 1 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    How can network isolation make your IT infrastructure safer, and how can you use Group Policy and IP security (IPsec) to implement it? This webcast series explains how to implement network isolation in your organization using Group Policy and IPsec. This first webcast provides an overview of the nature of IPsec. Join us to learn how IPsec can help you manage the challenges to secure network communication and the various ways you can implement IPsec to achieve different types of secure communication. Part Two continues the discussion with a look at using IPsec to create network isolation zones.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295068&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Security Risk Management (SMI IV) (Level 300)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s well-connected IT infrastructures exist in an environment that is increasingly hostile to the continued reliability and functionality of computer systems. Attacks are occurring with increasing frequency, and often an organization is unable to react to new security threats before those threats have already exploited the company's computer systems. Join this webcast to gain a better understanding of the situation, and to learn how you as an IT professional can help maintain productivity by delivering shorter reaction times to these threats. This presentation explains how security risk management must become a primary concern for IT departments to keep their organization's IT infrastructure safe.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295034&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Securing the Network Perimeter with Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Level 200)

    Monday, May 08, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 provides a complete solution for securing the network perimeter between your organization and the Internet, remote users, and remote network segments. Attend this webcast to learn about the firewall features in ISA Server 2004 that enable you to provide secure access to internal servers and resources such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Internet Information Services (IIS). Discover how ISA Server 2004 can also function as a virtual private networking (VPN) server, providing remote users and remote sites with secure access to your internal network.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295037&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

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

    On May 9, 2006, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the May 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 security bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294228&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPSec (Part 2 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Building on the overview of IP security (IPsec) provided in Part One of this webcast series, Part Two shows how to use IPsec to create network isolation zones. Topics include the advantages and limitations of network isolation, where network isolation fits into a defense-in-depth scheme, and how to use group policies and Active Directory directory service groups to restrict access to specific servers. Part Three offers guidance on how best to apply these concepts in the context of several network isolation scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295070&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Secure Collaboration with Antigen (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how you can help protect your messaging and collaboration servers from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content with Antigen. This webcast explains what Antigen is and describes how it is tightly integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint Products and Technologies, and Live Communications Server to help ensure strong protection and centralized control without taxing server or network infrastructure performance. Learn how the content and file filtering technologies in Antigen can help ensure that your organization complies with corporate content policies, while eliminating inappropriate language and dangerous attachments from internal and external communications.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295074&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Network Isolation Using Group Policy and IPsec (Part 3 of 3) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    In this final part of the webcast series, we explain the benefits of using some of the more advanced options of Group Policy. Learn how to manage Group Policy by using the Administrative Templates extension and scripts, and how to migrate Group Policy objects (GPOs) across domains. We offer various ways to improve security in your organization and explain how to make it easier to implement security policies in your environment. We also look at some specific examples of using Group Policy modeling.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295072&Culture=en-US

     

    SharePoint Portal Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Plans SharePoint Capacity and Growth (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time

    André Heymann, Microsoft IT Sharepoint Technologist, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft IT shares its best practices on how to configure enterprise-scale deployments of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. Learn about best practices for key SharePoint Products and Technologies including Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Cluster service and Network Load Balancing, Windows SharePoint Services, Windows SharePoint Portal Server, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, and Internet Information Services (IIS). These best practices were tested with 60,000 Microsoft employees and partners, storing six terabytes (TBs) of content. Find out how Microsoft IT configures its primary Windows SharePoint Services farm in this large, complex, fast-growing information technology infrastructure.

    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=61469

     

    Systems Managements Server

     

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

    Friday, May 26, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Installations can be a difficult task unless you know where to look and what to look for. This webcast describes some of the common challenges in SMS 2003 environments and provides straightforward solutions together with practical demonstrations. Topics include common issues encountered with management points and Advanced Clients, troubleshooting steps to identify management point or Advanced Client issues, and how to resolve the issues you previously identified.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295123&Culture=en-US

     

    SQL Server

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 9 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    After learning about what database mirroring provides—as well as the changes to expect in service pack 1(SP1)—attend this second part in the ninth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to walk through the entire process of implementation, failover, and monitoring. Join us for this slide-free session; it’s all about the demos.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290564&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Encryption and Key Management Using SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

    Laurentiu Cristofor, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an overview of the encryption features and capabilities in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Learn how SQL Server 2005 provides column-level encryption with key management by using built-in encryption functions, application programming interfaces (APIs), certificates, and symmetric keys to encrypt sensitive information and store it securely. We also discuss data encryption logistics, key management challenges, and some of the data encryption scenarios implemented internally at Microsoft.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032293593&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 10 of 11): Recovering from Human Error (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a variety of new features to help deal with the possibility of human error with preventative techniques, investigative techniques, and recovery techniques. Join this tenth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series as we look at data definition language (DDL) triggers, event notifications, partial database availability, partial database restores, and database snapshots.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290567&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Data Mining with SQL Server 2005 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 12, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 expands your data mining capabilities dramatically. This webcast introduces you to the possibilities of data mining and predictive analytics. Learn about the data mining process, and the specific mining features in SQL Server 2005.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294887&Culture=en-US

     

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

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Join this webcast to learn how security is implemented in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. We discuss security from the perspective of the server, the database, and database objects, and review the different options you can use at each level to help secure your data. We explain how SQL Server 2005 breaks security down into several distinct areas and describe the security concepts that are introduced in this release, such as user-schema separation. See how familiar security concepts such as encryption are implemented in this release. This session also explains how you can monitor the security of your SQL server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295039&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 11 of 11): Best Practices in Building Robust, Recoverable, and Reliable Systems (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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

    In this eleventh and last webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, Kimberly Tripp reviews key areas discussed throughout the series to ensure that all areas have been covered. This summary session should keep you thinking, give you more resources to review and use, and point to a few new areas to consider. Building a robust, recoverable, and reliable system takes a myriad of options. Join us to learn what the options are and how you can start making the most of them.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032290581&Culture=en-US

     

    Visio

     

    TechNet Webcast: Automating Your Network and System Compliance Documentation with LANsurveyor and Visio (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Craig Isaacs, President, Neon Software, Inc.

    New measures for regulatory compliance have created considerably more work for information technology (IT) professionals. Navigating these requirements can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In addition, manual inventories of network hardware and critical systems can be time-consuming and often inaccurate. This webcast shows how LANsurveyor from Neon Software enables you to document and secure your network in minutes rather than days by automating the discovery and inventory of your networked systems—including routers, switches, servers, printers, and IP phones—and producing reports in Microsoft Office Visio and Microsoft Office Excel formats. LANsurveyor can also help you to minimize risk and expense and boost productivity and efficiency by reducing staff times and internal controls testing.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294476&Culture=en-US

     

    Windows

     

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

    Monday, May 01, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Windows Vista brings with it significant innovations in easing deployments. This live meeting presentation presents an overview of Windows Vista imaging technologies, remote deployment technologies, and how to assemble the best tools for a specific deployment strategy.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294161&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Information with Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Protecting confidential data and intellectual property such as e-mail messages, internal documents, and Web-based content is critical to the success of many organizations. Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems is a security technology that enables you to specify exactly who can open, read, copy, modify, or redistribute sensitive information. This webcast provides guidance and best practices that you can use to plan and implement your Windows RMS solution.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295032&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Tools and Techniques for Managing a Windows Vista Desktop Deployment (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Deploying desktops in a business environment is much like running a production line. Various elements, including operating system images, application packages, and user state migrators, are constructed as discrete components and then brought together at the end of the process to make a finished product. This webcast discusses the components and production lines that form a comprehensive PC deployment solution. Learn how the production line point of view provides a project management approach to deployment readiness as a supply chain. This presentation acts as an introduction to other webcasts in the Deployment Series that focus on specific areas such as computer imaging and user state migration.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294163&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment Workbench in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 08, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Establishing a baseline for the computing environment enables your organization to develop a standard configuration for deployment, simplifying operation and helping to lower the operating costs. The Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Workbench is a fundamental component of the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment that enables you to create a repeatable, automated reference computer image that you can use for deployment. This webcast examines the components of the BDD Workbench from the user interface to the underlying directory structure and supporting scripts, and shows you how to extend the BDD Workbench to fit the needs of your organization.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294165&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Application Compatibility Testing (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    When you deploy a new operating system in your organization, compatibility problems with one or many line-of-business (LOB) applications can cause costly work stoppages. It is therefore essential that you test those LOB applications against the new operating system to ensure compatibility. This webcast describes the steps involved in making applications compatible and shows you how to test mitigation strategies and deploy compatibility mitigation packages. Learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and other environments to efficiently collect and analyze application inventory data. Our discussion also covers advanced features such as Windows Firewall, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and DCOM, and examines their relationship to application compatibility.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294167&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: User State Migration in Windows Vista (Level 300)

    Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    The user state includes users’ data files along with their operating systems and application settings, such as screen saver preferences and Web browser favorites. Ideally, a user state migration should not disrupt users’ day-to-day work environment. Join this webcast to learn how to plan and complete a user state migration in your organization. We explain how to determine which data and settings you should and should not capture. We also cover how to configure the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Finally, we show you how to capture and store user data and application information, and subsequently restore it to the new desktop.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294169&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Business Desktop Deployment for Windows Vista Using Lite Touch Installation (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    By incorporating Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) best practices, Windows Vista Lite Touch Installation has been significantly enhanced to gather information using zero-touch installation (ZTI) technologies. Join this webcast to learn how to configure Lite Touch Installation variables for automation, and how to use the updated BDD Deployment Wizard that allows in-time input of needed parameters or changes to default settings. We also show how the Lite Touch script gathers the data entered and the default configuration to automate the Windows Vista deployment in bare metal, machine replacement, refresh, and upgrade scenarios.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294173&Culture=en-US

     

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    TechNet Webcast: UNIX Interoperability with Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Jeffrey Gettis, Technology Solution Professional, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast presents the twelve things everyone should know about authentication and authorization when using the new capabilities in Windows Server 2003 R2 to implement UNIX interoperability. This session covers what components are involved in the commonly known authentication process, which components of authentication with UNIX attributes are presented to UNIX systems, and how to present authorization information. We also discuss the addition of services such as Server for NFS and Client for NFS in Windows Services for UNIX, and the use of partner tools.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294175&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting "The Network is Slow" (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Laura Chappell, Senior Protocol Analyst, Founder, Analysis Institute

    Users never call you to say, "The network is running great today." They call when the applications are sluggish, the Web page won't load in a flash, or their logon takes longer than expected. A slow network is the most common onsite request and we explain the information you need to troubleshoot various types of network calls. Where do you tap in? How do you set up the analyzer to measure time properly? What do you look for at the packet level? This webcast takes you through several case studies of networks that would make many IT professionals consider getting a job as a lint-picker in a garment factory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294701&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Managing Active Directory Federation Services (Level 200)

    Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Vijay Gajjala, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Derek Del Conte, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a component in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 that provides Web single sign-on (SSO) technologies to authenticate a user to multiple Web applications over the life of a single online session. This webcast discusses how to plan for, deploy, and manage an ADFS deployment. We cover deployment best practices and show how to configure your federation servers, federation server proxies, and ADFS Web agents for optimal performance. We also explore the different types of ADFS applications (claims-aware and Windows NT token-based) and examine their impact on deployment decisions.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294177&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: WAFS Deployment in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Environment - Best Practices for Success (Level 200)

    Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Albert N. (Chip) Copper III, Ph.D., Solutioneer, Brocade

    Noah Breslow, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Tacit Networks

    Adam Bogobowicz, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    A Wide Area File Services (WAFS) solution that is fully compatible with Windows Server 2003 R2 offers a long list of benefits for both branch office users and IT teams. This webcast describes how to size WAFS system cache sizes based on user patterns, migrate data to datacenter servers, and use pre-population to eliminate “cold” file access. Learn how to use Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) Namespaces for WAFS transparency and resiliency, plan for wide area network (WAN) outages, and enable WAFS security technologies. We also show how to take full advantage of features like file replication functionality in Windows Server 2003 R2 and the security capabilities of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294179&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Roadmap and Best Practices for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Troubleshooting and Scripting (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Alain Lissoir, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Microsoft continues to invest in Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to provide IT professionals with a consistent, standards-based approach to accessing comprehensive system management information. This webcast provides a roadmap of improvements to WMI technologies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista. We discuss both existing and new WMI troubleshooting tools, and explain how administrators of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 can leverage the power of WMI. We also use demonstrations and examples to illustrate best practices related to WMI troubleshooting. Finally, we demonstrate how you can use the new Windows command shell, code-named "Monad", to access WMI information through commandlets and "Monad" scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294885&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Achieving High Availability with Windows Clustering (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Chris Henley, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Today’s businesses face many obstacles in the struggle to achieve highly available systems. This webcast examines how clustering can increase the availability of those systems. We define what high availability is and then review some of the more common challenges to achieving it. Then we consider the various clustering solutions available to you in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295096&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Solutions in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

    Friday, May 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Distributed File System (DFS) in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 helps administrators address key challenges through DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. When used together, these two technologies offer simplified, fault-tolerant access to files, load sharing, and wide area network (WAN)-friendly replication. In this webcast, we examine DFS Namespaces, formerly known as Distributed File System, and DFS Replication, the successor to File Replication Service (FRS), which was introduced in the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating systems. Learn about the benefits these technologies can bring to your branch office environment. We show you how to manage file server resources efficiently while keeping them available and secure for users, whether they are located at one site or across many geographically distributed sites.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295098&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Public Key Infrastructure Enhancements in Windows Vista and Windows Server, Code-Named “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Avi Ben-Menahem, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast describes the enhancements made to the Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Windows Vista and in the next release of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn”. Join us for a detailed demonstration of the enhancements to the Certificate Server that are introduced in “Longhorn”, including a new Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) responder. Learn about the new X.509 certificate enrollment application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows Vista, which enable developers to easily build robust and secure PKI-aware applications. We also cover additional features like credential roaming service, which provides the infrastructure for certificate enrollment, renewal, and key roaming.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294630&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory - Scenario Based (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

    Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    Find out how new Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features can be beneficial in specific management, deployment, and maintenance scenarios. In this webcast, we present four different scenarios that illustrate challenges that you may have experienced in Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory deployments. We then show you how new Windows Server 2003 Active Directory features address those issues, making management and deployment easier. The four scenarios we cover are: Active Directory administration, connecting separate forests, deploying Active Directory at small and branch offices, and Group Policy Management. This session is particularly relevant for organizations that have deployed Active Directory, or that have chosen to wait for Windows Server 2003 to deploy Active Directory.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295114&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory and Compliance Standards (Level 300)

    Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

    Nick Cavalancia, VP of Product Marketing Management, ScriptLogic Corporation

    Compliance standards today call for protecting data, users, computers, and systems. But how does the management of Active Directory fit into the compliance model? This webcast presents the "Five As" of compliance as it relates to Active Directory. Join us to learn what is needed to comply with federal regulatory standards like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). We also cover best practice standards outlined by the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The session discusses methods of complying with the different types of standards using native Microsoft tools, and looks at various third-party solutions that can assist in bringing your Active Directory into compliance.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294652&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Storage Management Features in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200)

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

    Keith Combs, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast is a technical discussion about the storage management features in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Microsoft has been working diligently to simplify storage management, and Windows Server 2003 R2 is the result of that effort. This discussion focuses on two key storage features, the Storage Manager for SANs (SMfS) and the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM). Demonstration from a physical system requires an actual SAN storage device, so during this webcast we demonstrate the SMfS and FSRM functionality with a virtual computer, using a virtual small computer system interface (SCSI) hard disk with some custom scripting.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295108&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Active Directory Fundamentals (Level 200)

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

    Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides an introduction to the Active Directory directory service in the Microsoft Windows Server family of operating systems. Learn what a directory service is and the benefits that Active Directory offers. We cover the logical concepts of domains, trees, and forests, as well as the physical concepts of domain controllers and sites. Gain an understanding of the relationship between Active Directory and DNS. In addition, we discuss some operational functions such as intersite and intrasite replication and the Active Directory operations masters.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295119&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Migrating from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

    Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

    This webcast provides vital information about migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Join us as we examine key aspects of the migration, such as choosing the migration path. Learn about the different paths available and the aspects of each that require specific attention. We cover upgrading both account domains and resource domains, restructuring domains, and moving user and group accounts around using the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT). We also discuss the effects migration has on trust relationships, DNS, profiles, and scripts.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032295110&Culture=en-US

     

    TechNet Webcast: Installing, Configuring, and Managing Server Roles in Windows Server “Longhorn” (Level 300)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time

    Daniel Harman, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

    Server Setup in the next version of Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” has changed substantially since previous releases of the operating system. Installation and configuration in Windows Server “Longhorn” is now done by server role; for example, File Server, Print Server, Terminal Services, and so on. To prepare for this change, join this webcast for a detailed walkthrough of both the Initial Configuration Tasks and Server Manager tools, which can be used to complete your server installation and ensure that it is operational.

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032294712&Culture=en-US

     

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  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 2.5

    Teched Video Blog #4

    This was just a short trip I took..

     

    Interface TV  Interface TV is on the air!

    I’m very proud to share this.  My team mates Chris Henley and Matt Hester have headed up a project to deliver a TV show.  The Developers have all that great Channel 9 content, and other team mates of mine on the MSDN side of Microsoft Across America have created The Code Room.  Well.. here’s a show of our very own, for the IT Pros!

    Click here to go to the official web site, and to watch Episode 1.

    “What’s the first episode about?”

    The first episode is a very moving one.  Matt writes in his blog entry about it:

    “The show demonstrates the positive impact of IT and IT Pro’s in the community.  This episode is simply fantastic!  The show showcases how The Red Cross used technology during the relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina.  The show is simply amazing at showing the impact of the work that we do everyday!  So, sit back and enjoy!”

    Indeed!

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 2

    TechEd 2005Here is video blogcast entry number two from last year’s TechEd in Orlando.

    On Monday, June 6th, Chris Henley and I were working in the Server Infrastructure area of the Hands-on-Labs.  We volunteered to fix a lab that was broken (HOL163), so I thought I’d document our efforts on video. 

    As you’ll see, our efforts really didn’t result in a fixed lab.  But it was a good learning experience nonetheless. 

    And another comment I should make also…

    I really don’t want this video to leave you with the impression that the HOLs don’t work.  They do.  And they’re awesome.  These folks who run the Hands-On-Labs are getting this process down really well.  TechEd 2005 was the first time they used a whole new engine for driving these things, and they’ve used it over and over again at other conferences since.  At our internal training conference TechReady 2 last January, for example, they ran these, and nearly all of them worked flawlessly. 

    Good stuff.

  • Steve explains what a firewall is to your Mother.

    Yo mamma!“Just what is ISA Server?”

    I just happened upon an excellent entry written by Security Expert Steve Lamb, where he wrestles with (and then sufficiently beats to death) the description of what ISA Server is and what it does – in terms that even your Mother would understand.British Flag

    Caution: His writing is in English. 

  • TechEd 2005 Revisited; Part 1

    TechEd 2005

    Yes, it was a grand time last year in Orlando.  In thinking ahead to the upcoming TechEd 2005 in Boston, I re-lived some of my memories by taking a look at the blog posts I did last year during the show; and in particular, some of the bad videos I put up for your enjoyment. 

    “Bad?  They weren’t bad.  Poor quality, perhaps…”

    Yeah… I rendered them small so they wouldn’t take too much download bandwidth.  This year’s videos will be much better.  I promise.

    Anyway, I  also noticed that my old blog entries from last year contain links to  locations that no longer exist, as far as where my video-blogcasts were being hosted.  So I thought that rather than re-find the link on the Blogcast Repository (because I know they’re still there, and it’s a great site and I think you should still visit them sometime soon), I would take this opportunity to learn how to use the resources we have here at Microsoft in the form of our company streaming media services. 

    So… if you’ve seen them already, you can skip over these.  I’m going to post one every couple of days.  I don’t want you to have too much of a good thing all at once. <heh>

    Here is video #1, taken June 5, 2005.