Windows Server and ManagementAlthough the acquisition cost of hardware and software continues to decline, increasingly distributed environments have driven up the cost of IT operations. Microsoft is striving to dramatically reduce these costs by driving the Dynamic Systems Initiative, building manageability into Windows Server System technologies, The Dynamic Systems Initiative enables knowledge of an IT system to be created, modified, transferred, and maintained throughout the life cycle of that system. Learn how Microsoft can help you increase your operational efficiency today with Windows Server System technologies such as Microsoft Operations Manager, Systems Management Server, System Center, Virtual Server, and how these will evolve in the future.
Title: Small Business Server 2003 SP1: Tips and Tricks
Abstract: 2005 is a big year for server updates. Windows Server 2003 SP1 has been released, and now Windows SBS2003 SP1 is available. Learn about the components of SBS2003 SP1, how to obtain and install it and what to do to ensure a smooth upgrade. In addition, learn about the support available not only for SBS2003 SP1 but also for SBS2003 in general. Presented by Dean Calvert, SBS-MVP.
Australian Speaker: Dean Calvert
New Zealand Speaker:
Bio: Dean Calvert (BSc, MCP, SBS-MVP, CCA, CCSP) is Managing Director of Adelaide based Calvert Technologies (www.calvert.net.au). For over 10 years Calvert Technologies have been one of Adelaide's leading providers of IT solutions and services in the SMB market. Dean has presented at various Microsoft partner and customer events both throughout Australia as well as in the USA and Paris. Dean also facilitates the Adelaide SBS Users Group (www.sbsusers.net) which has been running since July 2003.
Title: Active Directory Design and Deployment: Tales of the Unexpected
Abstract: Want to know what issues other companies have encountered in their Active Directory deployment? This session discusses the technical details of a number of curious configurations, unusual design decisions, and unexpected events arising during field deployments of Active Directory.
Australian Speaker: MCS?
Title: Active Directory Federation Services Architecture Drilldown
Abstract: This session begins by exploring the internal workings of the major components in the Active Directory Federation Services. What is the difference between a Federation Service and a Federation Service Proxy? How does the Web server agent translate a SAML security token into an authorization context for applications? We'll trace the flow of claims through the system that enables federated identity and access management. To conclude, we'll explore how ADFS interoperability with other vendor identity management products is achieved by implementation of the WS-Federation Passive Requestor Profile.
Australian Speaker: Nigel Page
Title: Terminal Server Performance and Security:Tuning, Methodologies and Windows Server 2003 x64 Impact
Abstract: Windows Server 2003 x64 offers significant scalability benefits to Terminal Server customers. This session covers technical details related to the differences between Terminal Server scalability in 32-bit vs. x64 environments. It also covers general issues related to Terminal Server performance/scalability and recent releases, like: TS on-the-wire performance benchmarking and testing methodologies; fine tuning Windows Server to maximize TS performance, security and scalability; operational excellence with MOM/TS MOM pack and Windows Server 2003 SP1 Terminal Server improvements.
Australian Speaker: Amit Pawar
Title: Virtual Server 2005 SP1: Migrating Workloads
Abstract: This session provides guidance for consolidating and migrating LOB applications to Virtual Server 2005-based virtual machines. It provides technical information and recommendations, processes, build notes, job aids, test scripts, and documented test validation of the processes. This session is based on the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating LOB Applications.
Australian Speaker: Peter Fitzsimon
Title: How to Build a Self-Service Application Using Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS)
Abstract: Self-service applications are valuable tools for any IT organization to save on helpdesk costs. When building a self-service application, it is important to make sure that the application does not work for a specific environment only, but can span all heterogenous systems used in the IT organization. MIIS provides the functionality to aggregate identity information from heterogenous identity stores and enforce the correctness. This makes MIIS a great back-end platform for building self-service applications with workflow. Learn how to build self-service applications today on MIIS 2003 and how future versions of MIIS will make it even easier to build to leverage the aggregate identity information in MIIS and configure workflow.
Australian Speaker: Michael Kleef
New Zealand Speaker: Michael Kleef
Title: Efficient Storage Management and Simple SAN Deployments with Windows Server 2003 R2
Abstract: The upcoming release of R2 will include new tools that simplify the tasks necessary to set up an efficient storage environment for the Windows platform. Learn how the new quota management tools and SAN management tools are configured. These new tools, coupled with the integration of Windows storage features by Microsoft partners, have made SANs simpler than ever to deploy on Windows for both iSCSI and Fibre Channel. This session describes and demonstrates the new features (including the new iSCSI initiator and VDS1.1) and programs that make SANs accessible to a new class of users outside the data center environments.
Australian Speaker: Mario D'Silva
Title: Introduction to System Center Data Protection Server (DPS)
Abstract: Attend this session to learn about Microsoft's latest member of the Windows Server System family, Data Protection Server (DPS). DPS enables the best disk-based data protection experience, resulting in improved operational efficiency, faster recovery and lower costs of protecting Windows file data. At the time when we all are experiencing rapid data growth, a comprehensive data protection strategy is a necessity. This session introduces you to the product and its functionality, along with partner solutions and the direction DPS is taking in the future.
Australian Speaker: Raj Natarajan
Title: Admin Scripting: Windows Server 2003 R2 and Beyond
Abstract: Scripting under Windows is an important capability for Administrators to automate tasks, perform inventories and monitoring. Although, scripting capabilities are not new under Windows, each new version of Windows brings its new set of scriptable interfaces. The aim of this session is to cover new scriptable features available in Windows Server 2003 R2. Components like WMI IPMI, WS-Management scripting and many more will be covered. This session also includes scripting demonstrations for new features in order to provide a concrete understanding to scripters and administrators attending this session.
Title: Active Directory Recovery Planning
Abstract: Have you ever thought how you would recover your Active Directory forest if it was to be affected by some unforeseen corruption caused by malicious or erroneous administrator actions? What is the quickest way to restore your CEO's account if it is accidentally deleted? From the administrator who loses sleep thinking about these questions, to the administrator who takes AD recovery for granted, there is something to learn from this session. This session covers disaster recovery scenarios ranging from deleted AD objects to loss of a domain controller and even loss of an entire Active Directory forest. Lessons learned from the product team, customers and Microsoft Product Support are presented, as well as Microsoft's latest recommendations for Active Directory disaster recovery planning.
Australian Speaker: PSS?
New Zealand Speaker: PSS?
Title: Best Practices: Architecting and Deploying Systems Management Server 2003 SP1
Abstract: One of the first and most difficult questions that SMS admins must face is how to set up their SMS hierarchy. This session covers 2003 site design best practices, numerous examples of "difficult" sites and recommended solutions, as well as an extensive Q and A for new IT administrators looking for answers on how to set up their environment. See a detailed walkthrough of planning and implementing an installation of SMS 2003. Concentrate on the step-by-step decisions in deciding how to architecture the new features of SMS 2003. See the key new tools, such as the SMS readiness analyzer, and focus on key lessons learned from the SMS customers.
Australian Speaker: Bill Anderson?
Title: Windows Mobile Device Management for the Enterprise
Abstract: Learn how device management works on the Windows Mobile platform. This session covers features, functionality and use of all components in the Windows Mobile Platform that provide device management capability. The device management feature pack for Systems Management Server 2003 is covered to illustrate utilization of these features.
Title: Architecting and Deploying Microsoft Operations Manager 2005
Abstract: This session, geared towards Infrastructure engineers and architects, discusses the processes involved in architecting MOM 2005 solutions while leveraging best practices and avoiding common architectural pitfalls. It also details the process used to architect a MOM 2005 solution based upon the client's specific business requirements through presenting multiple case studies of successful MOM deployments.
Title: MGT320 Next Generation Command Line Scripting: Monad
Abstract: Learn about Monad which is Microsoft's next generation command line scripting solution. Monad combines the interactivity of KSH or BASH, the programmability of Perl or Ruby and the production-orientation of AS400 CL or VMS DCL. In this session you will learn how Monad also serves as the foundation for our next generation of Admin GUIs so that everything you can do from the GUI you'll be able to do from the command line. You'll never view command line scripting the same way again.
Title: Migrating Unix workloads to Windows Server 2003. Why and how.
Abstract: This session provides an in depth look at migrating workloads from Unix system to Windows Server 2003 using SFU 3.5 and the new R2 Subsystem for Unix Applications. Topic covered will include: - Interoperabilty and Migration Solution Overview and roadmap (includes SFU 3.5 and R2 SUA subsystem). - The Interix/SUA subsystem architecture and Win32 interoperability.
- Migration candidate assessment criteria and migration options.
- The decision matrix for re-platforming (i.e. Windows version from ISV), porting (i.e recompile same source) or re-writing and extending with .Net.
- Migration demo. Extending an existing Unix executable (or shell script) with .Net and exposing as a web service.
- Understanding the benefits and constraints of migration vs re-write. (i.e what works well and what to avoid)
Australian Speaker: Chris Green
Title: Troubleshooting SMS 2003
Australian Speaker: Dean Gardiner