We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program


Well, after having our asses basically owned by the SQL Product Group for the last year, SQL 2005 Launch is rapidly spiraling toward its official conclusion. The TechNet team's Best Of SQL Launch Events are over and we have returned to the road once again with our traditional content supporting IT Pros with real world, hands on examples of MS technology at work.

SQL Launch was an exhilarating experience. Personally I was on the road five of the first six weeks of Launch and spoke with nearly 3000 customers. The highpoint for me had to be the New York Launch in Manhattan Thanksgiving week. I had the opportunity to work with some great people, co-present with one of the District TS's, Mike McGeehan, great guy, very knowledgeable and  the 1000 or so customers and Partners in our session got on their feet and did the wave!  (I know, guys, there are still a couple of you I owe email to, please understand I have been swamped. If you send me updated requests I'll be able to get to them next week.)

New York was awesome as well because I got to see so many of the people from the New York IT community I know and respect, Dejan, Bill Z., Steve B., Steve G., William, and my favorite ladies Margaret and Pat--and many, many others. These are the folks that inspire me. Good, down to earth, ordinary people that exploit our technology to accomplish extraordinary things.

I had experiences like that over and over. I got to see my old friend Xin at the Newark Launch and met a great group of local students who came out to give us a hand. My buddy Doug who couldn't get into any of our events in NY/NJ because they filled up so quickly agreed to drive to Providence, RI and assist at the event just so he could get in--thanks Doug! All in all, it was overwhelming, frenetic and, ultimately, very rewarding.
Now, it's time to get back to our normal TechNet events soooooooooo without further ado, tomorrow I will be in Edison, NJ and Thursday White Plains, NY. The NJ event is pretty much full, but there may be a seat or two left.

You can register for either event at www.technetevents.com/mjmurphy.

What will be talking about? Here's what:

Up Close and Personal with Windows Server 2003 R2
Experience the smart new features and practical enhancements of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2. Learn how R2 will ease the pain of branch server consolidation and tackle the challenges of Wide Area Network coverage with less expense, latency and fewer remote management headaches. We’ll start the session by covering exactly where R2 fits in the Windows development cycle. Next up, we’ll explore several usage scenarios, starting with the features that will simplify branch management and address specific customer pain points. You’ll also learn about Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and its starring role in identity management. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a discussion of storage management.

Enrich your IT Toolbox with Microsoft Technical Resources
Get set to explore a wide array of technical resources that will help you get more from your Microsoft products. From interactive webcasts to personal article libraries and virtual test labs, Microsoft has a vast range of no-nonsense technical resources that will make it easier to evaluate, deploy and support the solutions that your company relies on each and every day. We’ll start with a basic overview of these materials, then look at some specific usage scenarios with Server 2003 R2, Exchange 2003 SP2 and infrastructure management. You’ll see practical demonstrations and leave ready to achieve better results at every step of the planning and deployment process.


Additionally This Week: SQL Server 2005 User Group Launch

Also, this Thursday from 1pm to 6pm I’ll be at the NY SQL Server User Group SQL 2005 Launch event at the Microsoft District office at 1290 6th AVE at 51st Street, 6th Floor, photo ID required for building access. Here’s the press release—hope to see you there!

On January 26th, Francois Ajenstat, SQL Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, and the NY SQL User Group will host an in-depth session on SQL Server 2005.
The session will feature a Project Room where you can get assistance on your projects from Microsoft and community experts.
Agenda
• 1:00 - 2:00 PM – Keynote session Overview of SQL 2005 Enterprise Solutions - Francois Ajenstat, SQL Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation  
• 2:00- 3:00 PM – Building Highly Available Systems with SQL Server 2005
- Mike McGeehan, Database Architect, Microsoft Corporation
• 3:00 - 3:15 PM Coffee break
• 3:15 - 4:15 PM – Architecting Scalable, Flexible and Secure Database Systems with SQL Server 2005
-Cary Gottesman, Database Architect, Microsoft Corporation
• 4:15 - 5:15 PM – Delivering Business Insight with SQL Server 2005
- Jaime Basilico, Database Architect, Microsoft Corporation 
• 5:15 - 6:00 PM Reception

After the session, we hope that you will join us for the NY SQL Server User Group's regular monthly meeting.  The NY SQL Server (http://nyc.sqlservercentral.com) meets once a month on the 4th Thursday of the month from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.

The January 26th User Group session will cover:
6:00 - 8:00 PM "Migrate Today: Managing and Monitoring the New Data Platform Created by SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio Team Systems 2005"
- Dmitri Tchikatilov, Database Architect, Microsoft Corporation
The User Group's goal is to drive the professional development of DBAs, Developers and Users of SQL Server. User Group sessions are free of charge and open to the public.