Getting Ahead of Longhorn

I received this notice and I thought I would share it with you since it allows you to start planning.

Thank you and Enjoy!
Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP

Executive Chat
Microsoft is offering an Executive Chat called What’s New in Windows Server “Longhorn” where you can talk to the people involved in the product.  Here are the details:
Join Bill Laing-General Manager for Windows Server, Iain McDonald-Director of Windows Server Program Management, Alex Hinrichs-Group Program Manager, Joseph Landes-Director of Product Management, David Lowe-Senior Product Manager, and Ward Ralston-Senior Technical Product Manager to discuss what’s new in Windows Server “Longhorn.”   Learn more about how Windows Server “Longhorn” provides more control, greater flexibility and increased protection. Take this opportunity to ask questions about many of the product’s new technologies such as IIS 7.0, Active Directory, Terminal Services, Server Manager and the Server Core installation option.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time
17:00 - 18:00 GMT

Technical Details
If you want more information about the product, please participate in the Beta 3 eight-part series for Windows Server “Longhorn”.  Below are some details about each webcast.

1. TechNet Webcast: What Is New in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)
In this session, we present an overview of the new and enhanced features of Windows Server code name "Longhorn." Learn how Windows Server "Longhorn" provides more control, greater flexibility, and increased protection, enabling IT professionals to spend less time managing their infrastructures and more time using the new features to add business value. We provide demonstrations of many of the product's new technologies, including Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0, Server Core, the Active Directory directory service, Terminal Services, and Server Manager.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time
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2. TechNet Webcast: Overview of Server Manager  and PowerShell in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300) 
Join this webcast to discover the new features Server Manager provides in Windows Server code name "Longhorn”. Learn how Server Manager enables IT administrators to install, configure, and manage "Longhorn" server roles and optional components. We also explain how IT administrators can use the command-line interface in Server Manager to install these components. Finally, we  cover some of the key features of Window PowerShell for managing Windows Server “Longhorn” including management of WMI data, dealing with objects, management of IIS 7 and Terminal Server, also covering partners who have developed PowerShell—based products for network and Active Directory management.

Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time
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3. TechNet Webcast: Cluster Validation in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300)  
In this webcast, we describe the new validation process for failover clusters in Windows Server code name "Longhorn". We explain how this process is different from validation of server clusters in Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, and earlier versions of the operating system, which required that cluster hardware be selected from the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The new validation process eliminates the need for the HCL, so hardware acquisition for clustered servers is simplified. Join us to learn more.

Monday, May 7, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time
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4. TechNet Webcast: Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server "Longhorn" (Level 300) 
Be one of the first to see all the amazing changes coming in the new, redesigned Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0 in Windows Server code name "Longhorn." In this webcast, we focus on IIS 7, its new modular architecture, distributed configuration system, powerful new administration tools, and detailed diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities. Find out what you need to know about this powerful Web server tool.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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5. TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Advancing Network Security (Level 300) 
Among the long list of enhancements and innovations coming in Windows Server code name "Longhorn" are a number of networking advancements and policy-driven network security features. In this webcast, we discuss the next generation of networking features in Windows Server "Longhorn" and the network security solution scenarios these features enable. We examine the new Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, Server and Domain Isolation, and Network Access Protection (NAP). Discover how you can use these new networking innovations to provide your users with a more secure, reliable, and cost-effective connection experience.

Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time
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6. TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Server Virtualization Solution Scenario (Level 300)
The powerful new Windows Server virtualization infrastructure is a core feature in Windows Server code name "Longhorn." Attend this webcast to learn the right scenarios for server virtualization, how to identify virtualization opportunities, and the long-term strategy and road map for the Microsoft virtualization technologies. In this session, we focus on the four main solution areas for Windows Server virtualization, provide best practices on how to evaluate the requirements for a specific virtualization solution, and share some key tips and tricks for effective deployment of Windows Server virtualization. Virtualization is becoming a key tool for improving the overall manageability of IT environments; join us to discover how Windows Server virtualization can help you manage your organization's IT resources more efficiently.

Monday, May 21, 2007 9:30 AM Pacific Time
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7. TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Branch Office Solution Scenario (Level 300) 
Windows Server code name "Longhorn" provides integrated, secure, and cost-effective solutions that can help IT administrators efficiently manage the applications and services they must deliver to remote or branch office locations. Catastrophes and ongoing security threats increasingly require resilient distributed IT solutions for both public and private organizations. In this webcast, we present the new functionality and features in Window Server "Longhorn" specifically for branch office environments. Topics we cover include: Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption, Distributed File System Replication (DFSR), improvements to the Active Directory directory service, Server Backup, Server Core, and more. We conclude the session by providing specific information about some of the exciting new solutions for branch offices developed by Microsoft partners.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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8. TechNet Webcast: Windows Server "Longhorn": Centralizing Application Access with Terminal Services (Level 300)
Windows Server code name "Longhorn" delivers flexible ways to access centralized applications, enhances secure application delivery, and integrates server and local resources to enable greater productivity. In this webcast, we cover the new ways that Terminal Services (TS) provides for better centralized application access than before, helping IT professionals become IT heroes. Join this session to learn about specific Terminal Services features, including TS Gateway, TS Remote Programs, TS Web Access, and TS Easy Print.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 11:30 AM Pacific Time
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Comments (2)

  1. Max R. says:

    Hello! Very interesting. Thank you.

  2. Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, ISP, says:

    Yes, I agree. It’s coming so why not get a let up on it…



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