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Interoperability Month
January 17-February 11

Whether you’re architecting composite applications in a multi-platform datacenter, extending the life of your legacy applications, or integrating J2EE applications with .NET, interoperability is top of mind. Join us this January for a month-long series of webcasts and panel discussion around cross-platform interoperability. You will find introductory to expert level content across topics in development, architecture, deployment and management, and business value.

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TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth Against Malicious Software - (Level 200)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Malicious software has become increasingly advanced; worms and viruses can propagate more quickly and evade detection more effectively. This session describes how a Defense-in-Depth approach to antivirus solution design can help protect various components of a computing infrastructure from malicious software attacks, including client computers, servers and networking devices. Learn how to implement an effective outbreak control and recovery plan, and how to identify, contain and remedy the effects of malicious software.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032266575&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Preparing a business case for Systems Management Server (SMS) (Level 200)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

Ed Goad, Senior Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

You have determined from an IT perspective that SMS is the right solution for your environment - but how do you build a business case that will help you secure the resources you need for proper implementation? In this webcast, we will discuss key considerations, such as reviewing your infrastructure and building an implementation plan, that will help you build the business plan you will need to make your ideal SMS deployment a reality.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267026&Culture=en-US

 

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TechNet Webcast: Integrating Active Directory with Unix and Java/J2EE Environments (Level 200)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

David McNeely, Director of Product Management, Centrify

Have you tried to extend Active Directory functionality in non-Microsoft environments? Active Directory has many compelling advantages for organizations of all sizes. However, leveraging Active Directory features and functionality in heterogeneous computing environments is not always possible, and when it is possible it can be difficult to integrate and extend Active Directory features to non-Microsoft platforms in your infrastructure. This webcast will show you how to seamlessly extend Active Directory to non-Microsoft environments such as UNIX and Linux operating systems and J2EE/web application servers such as Apache, WebLogic and JBoss. Join us for this webcast and learn how to take advantage of Active Directory functionality throughout your computing infrastructure.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267728&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Introducing the Business Desktop Deployment Solution Accelerator Enterprise Edition (Level 200)

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

Is your organization facing a migration to Windows XP and/or Office 2003? Join this webcast to learn about Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Solution Accelerator Enterprise Edition, a set of prescriptive guidance and procedures to assist migration and deployment to Windows XP and Office 2003. We will look at the tools and guidance in this new solution accelerator and how the BDD enables a stable, scalable and secure end-to-end deployment for an organization. We will preview the functional areas of the BDD and walk through the installation and configuration of the solution accelerator to help you use the BDD in your environment.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267979&Culture=en-US

 

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

Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific Time

Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Active Directory has been growing! It has become a powerful - and essential - tool in properly organizing and administering a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment. Join this session as we cover most aspects of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory operations, focusing on new features for deployment, administration and management, forest trusts, Group Policies, and application support. Whether you're adopting Active Directory for the first time in Windows Server 2003, or are considering an Active Directory upgrade from Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, you'll definitely want to join this webcast!

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032268117&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005—Installing a Two-Node Virtual Machine Cluster (Level 200)

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Robert Larson, Subject Area Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Looking for an easy way to build a cluster of virtual machines to avoid the cost and complexity of a physical environment?  Attend this session to learn how to create a two-node cluster of virtual machines running Windows Server 2003 - a key feature of Virtual Server 2005. This session will include a demonstration of the steps involved in building a cluster of virtual machines.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267134&Culture=en-US

 

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TechNet Webcast: Deploying and Managing Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Level 200)

Monday, February 14, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft

If you need to know how to plan and implement a successful Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) deployment, you will not want to miss this essential webcast. Learn how to prepare for deployment, including an overview of the best practices for testing mission-critical applications under SP2. You will learn how to use Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 to deploy SP2 and how to slipstream SP2 into new Windows XP installations. We will also show how Group Policy can provide centralized and simplified management of SP2 components such as Windows Firewall and Automatic Updates.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032268016&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Zero Touch Deployment Using Systems Management Server 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Pack (Level 200)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

Ben Hansen, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

How automated is your desktop deployment operation? The Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) component of the Business Desktop Deployment Solution Accelerator adds functionality to the OS Deployment Feature Pack of Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. Join this webcast to learn how to fully automate your desktop deployment as we demonstrate higher end functions of SMS 2003. We will highlight the features in the Operating System Deployment Pack that are most useful for deploying new machines in the Enterprise. We recommend that you have some basic familiarity with SMS to get the most out of this webcast.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267990&Culture=en-US

 

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TechNet Webcast: Microsoft System Management Server 2003 Technical Overview (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

This two-part series highlights the new features of Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, showing how SMS 2003 integrates with network and operating system technologies such as Active Directory and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). In the first part, we will discuss and demonstrate SMS Active Directory integration as well as review the new SMS Advanced Client. We will also cover asset management using Software and hardware inventory. Familiarity with SMS is helpful but not required for this session.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267548&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Using Tools from the SMS 2003 Toolkit 2 (Level 200)

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Wally Mead, Program Manager, SMS, Microsoft Corporation

You've been using SMS 2003 or have been thinking about it. Is there something that could make it even easier to use this powerful system to administer an enterprise-wide IT system? Fortunately for you, SMS 2003 Toolkit 2 has been recently released. It contains many tools that can provide immediate benefit to SMS sites. Join SMS 2003 expert Wally Mead as he explains these new tools and how you can use them to improve SMS efficiency and troubleshoot SMS issues more quickly.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267539&Culture=en-US

 

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TechNet Webcast: Defense in Depth Against Malicious Software (Level 200)

Monday, February 21, 2005 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Kai Axford, Security Specialist, Microsoft

Malicious software has become increasingly advanced; worms and viruses can propagate more quickly and evade detection more effectively. This session describes how a defense-in-depth approach to antivirus solution design can help protect various components of a computing infrastructure from malicious software attacks, including client computers, servers and networking devices. This webcast also covers implementing an effective outbreak control and recovery plan and identifying, containing and remedying the effects of malicious software.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032268022&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Options for Upgrading NT4 LOB Applications Including Using Virtual Server 2005 (Level 200)

Monday, February 21, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

As Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server comes to the end of its supported life, many organizations still have vital line-of-business (LOB) applications that run on this platform. This session details a variety of tools Microsoft provides to give organizations options on moving these applications to a newer platform. Using a five-step approach to moving an LOB application, we cover Application Compatibility mode on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, the Application Compatibility Toolkit, and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267986&Culture=en-US

 

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TechNet Webcast: Desktop Deployment Resource Roadmap (Level 200)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

David Smith, Senior Consultant, Entirenet

Ben Hansen, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Desktop deployment in a large enterprise can be complicated and time-consuming. But there are many tools and resources available to make the job easier and more automated. Spend an hour with us and possibly save yourself a lot of time and frustration. Join this webcast to learn about our best tools, resources and programs to make your deployment easier. Great for project managers too! This webcast will focus how to navigate the wide variety of MS resources available to customers to assist in planning, building, and Operating a deployment of Windows XP Professional and Office 2003 Professional.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267992&Culture=en-US

 

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft System Management Server 2003 Technical Overview (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

This two-part series highlights the new features of Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, showing how SMS 2003 integrates with network and operating system technologies such as Active Directory and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). The second part of the series will focus on software distribution and SMS reporting. We will examine the software distribution process, including roaming boundaries and the SMS Installer. The session will end with a brief discussion of SMS reporting features. Familiarity with SMS is helpful but not required for this session.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032267552&Culture=en-US