image The people that run our internal IT systems – Microsoft IT – regularly run workshops (both virtual and face-to-face events) when they share how Microsoft implements aspects of our IT systems, and especially the things we have learnt along the way.

Next Tuesday afternoon, they are running a webcast on Network Access Protection. This is a way of securing your network, allowing a wider range of devices to connect whilst ensuring that they meet the security standards that you have defined. In a university, this could allow you to provide better support for students’ own laptops without compromising your core ICT service.

As it’s being run from the US – it’s the Seattle team who are running it – it’s at a slightly inconvenient time (5:30pm), but I’m sure that there will be some really useful information. Here’s the details:

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection

Network Access Protection (NAP) is a powerful new Windows Server 2008 feature that can help protect networks from malicious software (malware) and other threats. This webcast explains how organizations can use NAP to institute requirements for accessing a network, create policies that check for compliance with those requirements, and update and manage devices that are not in compliance. Join us to learn how Microsoft IT manages NAP within Microsoft and how organizations can leverage this feature to report on health policy compliance, and to take action to address identified risks.

Presenters: Brent Scallan, Senior Systems Engineer, Microsoft IT, Microsoft Corporation, and Pat Fetty, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server Team, Microsoft Corporation

Brent spent his first 8 years at Microsoft in Support and Consulting working with several Fortune 100 customers on enterprise deployments of Active Directory, DNS, WINS, DHCP, RRAS, PKI, and IPsec, among other technologies. Brent also worked with enterprise customers through pre-release deployments of Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. Brent has spent the past 2 years in Microsoft IT as a Senior Systems Engineer, dogfooding Windows Server 2008 and now Windows 7 specifically to deploy Network Access Protection (NAP) inside Microsoft.

11th November – 5:30pm (GMT)

It’s tagged by the technical team as “Level 300” – which means that you need to be a bit of a propeller head – I only ever understand about 50% of a Level 300 session!

More details, and registration, here