The great folks on the MSDN team has invited TechNet events to hang out with them in March.  So we are heading out on the road again, and in reality they are bringing us IT Pros along for the ride.  We will be talking about Windows 2008 with a peak into R2.  Here is the topic:

Windows Server 2008image

In this session we will look at Windows Server 2008 and the improvements that have been made to Microsoft’s premier server operating system. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.

After we discuss Windows Server 2008, we’ll briefly discuss the improvements coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 which is in development and now available for beta testing.

Prizes

Attendees are eligible to win a book or a copy of Windows Vista.

Event Schedule – TechNet Events Unleashed starts at 3:00 PM and end by 5:00 PM

So you be wondering what to do until 3?  Well there are some great events through ARC ready and MSDN Unleashed, those events start at 9 and go up until the TechNet events that start at 3.  An overview of the events can be found here: March Technical Events, for the cliff notes take a look below:

ArcReady (9am-Noon) Click to register: http://arcready.com/

  • Mesh and Live Services
    We will explore the current state of cloud services. We will then look at how applications should be architected for the cloud and explore a reference application deployed on Windows Azure. We will also look at the services that can be built for on premises application, using .NET Services. We will also address some of the concerns that enterprises have about cloud services, such as regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Cloud Services
    We will take a slightly different look at cloud based services by exploring Live Mesh and Live Services. Live Mesh is a data synchronization client that has a rich API to build applications on. Live services are a collection of APIs that can be used to create rich applications for your customers. Live Services are based on internet standard protocols and data formats.

MSDN Unleashed (1-3pm) Click here to register: http://msdnevents.com/unleashed/

  • Tips & Tricks for the Visual Studio 2008 Debugger
    The Visual Studio debugger is a highly underutilized tool for many developers. In this session, you’ll learn how to use it like a pro, while picking up new techniques to fast-forward your problem solving and debugging abilities. We’ll show you how to use advanced breakpoints, advanced watch window / Expression evaluator tricks, modifiers, assertions on the fly, remote debugging, and more. Whether you’re writing C#, VB, WPF, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, or services, we’ll provide tips and tricks that will have you debugging faster and much more efficiently. The debugger is your primary tool for finding bugs, so join us and learn how to make the most of it.
  • Developing for Windows Mobile Devices
    Mobile development is growing fast, and Windows Mobile is at the forefront with over 18 million phones shipped last year and many more cutting-edge devices on the way. Visual Studio developers have tremendous opportunities in this space. Why? Developing for a Windows Mobile phone leverages your existing coding experience and takes it to new heights. In this session, we’ll look at some of the coolest new devices, you’ll learn how to set up Visual Studio with the latest SDK and device emulators, and you’ll see how to build, deploy and debug Windows Mobile applications. We’ll also explore how Internet Explorer Mobile 6 provides new AJAX capabilities that offer the richness of the desktop with pan and zoom features tuned for mobile devices.