As part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to help students, faculty and administrators realize their full potential, the Microsoft Education team is hosting a series of webcasts designed to address the specific needs of colleges and universities.  Please join us for the following sessions to discover how Microsoft technologies can help enhance learning experiences while increasing productivity and operational efficiency.  


The following sessions are being offered on March 18th and 20th, 2008:


March 18th - 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST


Monitoring & Maintaining Infrastructure Health in Higher Education


With numerous mission critical servers and applications distributed across multiple locations, maintaining core infrastructure in Higher Education traditionally means unacceptable downtime, inefficient use of IT resources, and an unfavorable user experience.   Learn how the System Center suite of tools enables a proactive approach to system maintenance.  With real-time monitoring of Microsoft and non-Microsoft servers and tools to automate routine tasks, System Center helps IT reduce costs and increase efficiency.


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Event ID: 1032371234


March 18th - 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST


Survive Your Next Audit: End-to-End Records Management with the 2007 Office System


Increased government oversight of regulatory compliance and recent examples of compromised data at major universities has placed policy enforcement and content management high on the priority list.  With a comprehensive set of access and information management features, integrated across both servers and client software, Microsoft technologies provide the necessary tools to enforce compliance and policy while maintaining a flexible and familiar environment for users.  During this session, we will examine the document management and compliance capabilities of Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.


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Event ID: 1032371237


March 18th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Data Continuity in Higher Education


Management of information is key to the success of any organization, and the results of lost data can range from reduced productivity to legal repercussions.  In this session, attendees will discover how Microsoft's System Center Data Protection Manager enables the implementation of a backup strategy designed to meet the unique needs of the institution.


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Event ID: 1032371241


March 18th - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Deputize Your Network: Virus & Spam Protection in Higher Education


As students and faculty become more mobile and increasingly dependent on the campus network, the threat of viruses and Spam increases.   To provide adequate defense, the client, network edge and application servers must all be protected.  Operating without a comprehensive and integrated solution means managing numerous disconnected security products.  This results in a complex and costly environment.  During this session, learn how Microsoft Forefront technologies and Exchange provide an integrated approach to virus and spam protection resulting in greater protection and simplified management.


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Event ID: 1032371231




March 20th - 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST


One Inbox to Rule Them All: Unified Messaging in Higher Education


E-mail, voicemail, instant messaging, blogs, shared documents and in some dark corners of campus, fax machines . . . with so many communication systems students and faculty often struggle to stay on top of important information and messages.  While the way people work has changed significantly in recent years, the messaging systems they rely on have remained unconnected repositories.  Discover how unified messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 allows users to manage all of their information, even voicemail, in one consolidated system, dramatically increasing personal and team productivity.


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Event ID: 1032371245


March 20th - 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST


Leveraging Unified Communications to Enhance Learning


By bridging the gap between telephony and computing, Microsoft Unified Communications solutions allow students and faculty to have rich and dynamic interactions featuring instant messaging, voice and video over IP, and web conferencing.  Presence information, instant messaging and click-to-call functionality are pervasive and integrated throughout the computing experience so students and faculty can communicate within the context of their work.  During this session, we will explore how Microsoft Office Communications Server and related technologies can enhance learning experiences for both faculty and students.


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Event ID: 1032371249


March 20th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Doing the Right Things Right: Project & Portfolio Management in Higher Education


With ever tightening budgets and stretched resources, it is essential that higher education institutions focus on initiatives that drive innovation.  Once identified, projects must be successfully executed, finishing on time, within budget and most importantly delivering the promised value.  This session examines the project and portfolio management capabilities of Microsoft's Enterprise Project Management system.  Incorporating sophisticated industry proven workflows and analysis tools, Microsoft EPM can help institutions identify and successfully execute those projects which afford the greatest return on investment.


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Event ID: 1032371251


March 20th - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Streamlining Business Processes in Higher Education with Form and Workflow Solutions  


Managing the collection, distribution and integration of information is a challenge across all departments within Higher Education.  From provisioning new faculty to managing financials, many core business functions rely on manual processes and multiple disconnected applications.  Discover how the advanced workflow and forms capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enable institutions to automate business processes incorporating data from multiple systems.


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Event ID: 1032371243